You plug your AirPods in, turn your favorite track on, but you experience that your one AirPod is louder than the other. This might have left you thinking, what has gone wrong?
First, there is nothing to be worried about because you are not the only one who has come across this issue. Many people have reported this problem, and believe it or not, most of them got this sound issue fixed by following simple steps.
So, if your one AirPod is louder than the other, we have got your back. In this post, we have penned down some simple and easy-to-follow steps that can get the sound of your left or right AirPod back on track.
The ways mentioned below will cost you $0 bucks and you can easily perform them at home. So go ahead and try these ways to see what works for you. Dive right in!
Make Sure to Clean Your AirPods Properly
There could be several reasons why your one AirPod is louder than the other. But the most prominent reason you are facing this issue is that your AirPods have not been cleaned properly in a while.
Derbies, dust and dirt are the main culprits that cause sound issues in your AirPods. They can not only disrupt the performance, but if not removed they can also cause hardware issues in your AirPods. That is why it becomes essential to clean your AirPods, especially if one AirPod is louder than the other.
One way to do this is by taking a soft toothbrush and brushing over the speaker grills of your AirPods delicately.
However, you can also clean your AirPods by wiping them gently using a soft, perhaps a little dampened, piece of cloth. After cleaning thoroughly, make sure to dry your AirPods with the help of a soft, lint-free dry cloth.
You can also suck on your AirPods with the help of straw to remove excessive ear wax. This method has worked for many people so it might be a solution to your problem too.
For more information on cleaning AirPods, check out this recent post on how to clean AirPods Pro.
However, if still after cleaning the ear wax or dirt from your AirPods one AirPod is louder than the other, follow the next step in this guide.
Check on the Audio Volume Balance and Adjust Accordingly
You have the setting in your iPhone where you can easily adjust the audio volume of your AirPods.
Adjusting the audio volume balance by keeping the slider in the middle will produce equal sound on the AirPods.
Many users reported that their one AirPod is louder than the other. However, they experienced a balanced sound on both ends after adjusting the audio volume balance.
Now you might be wondering how to do it. Here are the steps:
Firstly, enter the settings on your iPhone:
From Settings, jump into the Accessibility and find the Audio/Visual option:
After entering in the Audio/Visual option, if you find that the slider is slightly or completely towards left or right, make sure to align it in the middle. Having your slider in the middle ensures equal sound in both the AirPods.
Check Whether Your One AirPod is Louder Than the Other by Connecting with Another Device
If the above methods have not worked for you, it is time for you to find out whether your device has a problem or your AirPod.
So go ahead and try to connect your AirPods with another device. It could be your mom’s iPhone, your iPad, Mac, etc.
After connecting your AirPods with another device, put them in your ears and play the music. If they sound balanced, your previous device might need a fix.
But if still, your one AirPod is louder than the other, then you need to follow the next step to solve this problem.
Forget And Re-Connect Your AirPods
Are you still at square one? This time, try and reconnect your AirPods.
All you need to do is go into your iPhone settings and hit the Bluetooth option right under the Wi-Fi. There, you will see your AirPods connected (might not be connected now) with the Bluetooth of your device. Make sure to click the "i" icon on the right in the Bluetooth section. Then, click on the option "Forget this device."
After finishing the above process, make sure to put both of your AirPods back in the case and close it. After that, hold down the button located at the back of the case until you see your AirPods popping up on your Bluetooth list again. Pair again and see if you have fixed the problem or not.
Try Performing Hard Reset
If you are still beating your head around the low-pitched AirPod, then this time, you should try setting up your AirPods all over again.
So, in order to perform a hard reset you need to follow the previous method that we have discussed. But this time, you need to press the physical button at the back of your AirPods case for a bit longer (for 15 seconds at least). Do not release the button until you see Led lights flashing.
Now re-connect the AirPods with your iPhone from scratch and see if you have any success.
Proceeding with a hard reset means that your AirPods will be restored to the factory default settings. Not to mention the hard reset will also result in removing all the devices that were previously paired with your AirPods.
But rest assured, none of your data or media will be affected by performing a hard reset.
Reset All Settings
Resetting all settings on your iPhone is your last hope for fixing the “one AirPod is louder than the other” issue.
Most of the problems do get solved by simply restoring the settings to the factory defaults.
However, in order to perform this, go into the Settings and tap General:
From there, scroll all the way down to find transfer or reset iPhone:
Now click on reset, and a pop up will appear:
Click on reset all settings, and it will ask for your passcode. Confirm your passcode, and all your settings will be restored to factory defaults.
However, bear in mind that upon resetting the network settings, all your paired Bluetooth devices, your Wi-Fi networks, and passwords will vanish.
So before giving this step a go, make sure that you are okay with it.
Consider Contacting Apple Support
Not being able to listen to your favorite tracks or watch your favorite movies with the proper sound of your AirPods is quite frustrating. We get that!
However, if your one AirPod is louder than the other, the steps mentioned in this blog would help you fix it.
But if you are still at square one after doing everything you could, you should contact Apple Support.
You can also visit your nearest Apple store and get a replacement. But this is only applicable if your warranty has not expired or you haven’t got anything replaced in the past.
- 1.1 Make Sure to Clean Your AirPods Properly
- 1.2 Check on the Audio Volume Balance and Adjust Accordingly
- 1.3 Check Whether Your One AirPod is Louder Than the Other by Connecting with Another Device
- 1.4 Forget And Re-Connect Your AirPods
- 1.5 Try Performing Hard Reset
- 1.6 Reset All Settings
- 1.7 Consider Contacting Apple Support
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