Why Your AirPods Are So Quiet? [How To Fix]

If you’ve been saving and waiting for the perfect opportunity to get a pair of Apple AirPods, you’ve definitely got high hopes for how well they’ll function. And, for the most part, they deliver.

The number one reason your Airpods are so silent is because earwax, filth, and perspiration have piled up and created a coating over the speakers within your headphones. Use a clean, dry toothbrush or Q-Tip to carefully wipe the gunk off your AirPods, and they will become noticeably louder almost immediately.

We’ll go over why AirPods get so silent and what you may do to get them to function normally once again in the section below.

Why are my AirPods so quiet?

First and foremost, you should be aware that there isn’t a single factor that might be producing the AirPods’ low loudness or quiet sound. Several causes might be occurring, but there’s no way of knowing for sure what the specific cause is without checking out various things on your own first, so we’ll go through them now!

Your AirPods are dusty or have earwax

First of all, most AirPods have a tiny gap on the rear that lets dust and grime to seep inside. Ear wax from your ears might also be a source of concern from time to time. For this reason, if you’re experiencing problems with your AirPods being too quiet or simply not sounding right, try taking them out and carefully looking through the small holes on the backside of each pod. Try blowing air in there with a blow drier to clear it out first before attempting any other ways!

Using a tissue or a paper towel to clean out your AirPods will also help to keep them clean and free of earwax. Your AirPods’ sound quality will be muffled and lack bass if earwax gets trapped inside of them.

Why Your AirPods Are So Quiet? [How To Fix]

Low power mode on your iPhone

Going into low power mode on an iOS device may sometimes restrict audio output from specific applications that are using too much battery life, which can have an impact on how loud things play even if there are no volume controls available in the app you’re listening to music in.

This is counterintuitive given that AirPods have their own battery, but that is just the way iOS works.

So if your Airpods suddenly become deafeningly silent when being used with an iOS device, check to see if you have low power mode activated and stop it to see if the problem has been rectified.

Volume limit on your iPhone

Some iPhones may be configured to have a maximum volume level, which might further contribute to this issue. This setting is in place to keep your hearing safe. In order to modify this, go to Settings General – Accessibility and scroll all the way down until you find Volume Limit at the bottom of the page.

If you’re using your AirPods with an Android mobile, this shouldn’t be a problem, as most devices have an audio limiter built in to avoid hearing damage in certain cases.

Your AirPods/iPhone/Mac need to be updated

If your iOS device and/or AirPods were not updated when fresh updates were released, it’s possible that the cause for their malfunctioning is related to software difficulties. If you are able to upgrade them both to a more recent version of iOS, please do so!

To see whether there are any accessible updates for any of these devices

Update your iPhone software via the Settings menu (General > Software Update).

On your iPhone or iPad, look in the “Settings” menu to see what firmware version your AirPods are on (it should read something like BTXX.00x).

Bluetooth synchronization issues

If you’re experiencing Bluetooth issues with your AirPods, check to see that all of the settings are accurate and that they have been properly linked with both of your devices (iPhone/Mac or PC).

Depending on the situation, you may need to detach and rejoin your AirPods in the Bluetooth settings on each device in order to resolve the problem. An anonymous Redditor pointed up a straightforward solution to the problem:

  • Reduce the volume of the music being played via the AirPods to zero while they are connected.
  • Allowing you to maintain your AirPods in your ears while disconnecting them from your Bluetooth settings page without unpairing or forgetting them is recommended.
  • Play music via your iPhone’s speakers while while reducing the volume to zero percent.
  • Connect your AirPods once more and increase the volume on both the AirPods and the iPhone speakers while keeping both at zero level.

The issue has been resolved. When it comes to sync problems, this seems to be a solution that has been noted in the Apple support forums as well.

Make sure both AirPods have the same volume

Having one AirPod with a substantially lower volume level than the other may explain why they seem to be quieter than the other. It is possible that there is an issue with syncing both AirPods at the same level.

Why Your AirPods Are So Quiet? [How To Fix]

You can easily determine whether or not your AirPods are playing at the same volume level by following these steps. Remove one of them and re-insert it into the machine. Hold off on moving on to the following step until they’re both linked! If one is playing audio at a much higher volume than the other, this will fix your issue!

You can also try reducing the volume on both AirPods at the same time and disconnecting them both at the same time again to re-calibrate the volume settings on both AirPods.

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