AirPods Sound Volume Issues, Fix

This short article provides information on how AirPods sound volume issues can be fixed. Users usually report two common issues:

  • Sound from your AirPods is low
  • One AirPod is louder than the other

In fact, I was having this problem also. I noticed that my left AirPod was louder than the right. Are you having this problem too? Are your AirPods not working properly on one side or both? Do you think that you do not get good sound quality? Or do you think that you hear low sound from your AirPods? Here is how you can fix it.

Please note that you can use Siri to control it or you can go to Bluetooth settings for the AirPods to adjust the volume level.

AirPods low volume

See also: AirPods Are Connected But There Is No Sound


  1. The first thing is to go to Settings > General > Accessibility and scroll down and find the “Hearing” section. This section lets you to set a left/right audio balance. Do this step if you think one pod is quieter than the other. It might be this setting. The AirPods are supposed to have the same volume level unless the balance is changed. You can adjust the volume level for each pod.
  2. Restart your iOS device or other connected device.
  3. Turn off Bluetooth and wait a few seconds and turn back on. On your iPhone or iPad, you can do this by going to Settings > Bluetooth.
  4. While using your AirPods (e.g.; listening music), turn down the volume to zero, on your device, go to the Bluetooth settings (e.g.; if it is iPhone or iPad: Settings > Bluetooth) and disconnect your AirPods. To do that, tap on the blue “i” icon next to your AirPods and tap Disconnect (just disconnect, do not unpair). On your iPhone, launch the Music app and play some music. And turn the volume all the way down to zero. Then reconnect your AirPods and turn up the volume.
  5. AirPods are updated automatically. Apple releases updates on a regular basis. Perhaps there’s a firmware update available. To make sure that your AirPods are updated, do the followings:
    1. Place your AirPods in the charging case
    2. Make sure that you plug in the charging case
    3. Make sure that your connected iOS device is connected to the Internet and not too far from the charging case
  6. Is one of the pod is getting quieter? Or do you hear muffled sound? Perhaps it is time to clean it. As you wear your AirPods, your skin cells and ear wax may block the openings. This gunk can also get inside the AirPods speakers and cause these problems. Apple explains how you can clean them. What we recommend is that clean your AirPods with a soft, clean toothbrush. Brush the larger opening (sound opening) of your Airpods and remove any debris. Be careful, do not brush too hard. This can and will push debris and wax inside. Then “suck” on the opening. Suck until you could feel air flowing through. Then carefully brush and wipe again.

Hopefully, one of the tips above will help you fix your low volume problem. If not, you may be having a hardware related problem. You can make a Genius Bar reservation.

See also: Can’t Adjust The Sound Volume Level, Fix

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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41 thoughts on “AirPods Sound Volume Issues, Fix”

  1. My airpods sound is not coming from the part that goes In your ear its coming from the speaker in the back can someone help me????

  2. This worked! I did everything but it didn’t work. It might sound nasty, but the one with the toothbrush and the sucking worked!

  3. I didn’t work for me 🙁 tried them all! But i was in the bus and all of the sudden they both went to 50% of the volume and that is what i hear now if i put the volume to 100%. Cause of covid the apple stores are closed but i will call apple support. Thanks for all the tips! They are amazing!


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