If you are using AirPods as Bluetooth headphones on your iPhone, you might be having sound issues.
Whether it’s too weak, improperly calibrated, out of sync, or choppy, there are solutions to correct the problem. Moreover, this tutorial is not only for AirPods and AirPods Pro, but also for all Bluetooth headsets and headphones connected to an iPhone or iPad.
How do I know if the sound volume is capped?
As exposure to loud music has a detrimental effect on our body, the European Union has imposed standards for maximum listening volume in decibels. By default, Apple pays attention to it and caps the volume at a certain threshold (85 db since 2013). Suddenly, it may be too weak for you, and you want to overcome this limitation.
- On your iPhone, go to “Settings”;
- Choose “Music”;
- Choose “Maximum volume”;
- Uncheck the EU volume limit.
You gained 25% more power. It is up to you to decide whether or not to deactivate this parameter while taking a risk for your ears. But depending on the helmets and the situation, this trick is essential.
Is the sound too low? Two possibilities
If you find that the sound is still too low, there are two possibilities. When your battery is low, your iPhone may choose to reduce the maximum volume, especially if you have activated the power saving mode.
So if you have a well charged battery and hit the low power mode in the control center, you probably won’t hear any difference. However, if you have activated the low power mode with a low battery, the volume may be affected.
Alternatively, it may be due to a setting related to accessibility. This is because the “balance” option can make one AirPod quieter than the other.
- On your iPhone, go to “Settings”;
- Choose “Accessibility”;
- Go to “Hearing”;
- Click on “Audio / Visual”;
- Checks the “Balance” parameter.
If the balance slider is not exactly in the middle, you will notice a difference in volume. Corrects the problem.
How to fix most volume issues with AirPods Sound calibration
AirPods use Bluetooth and sometimes the erratic behavior of this technology can infuriate us. The sound volume may be affected, so it is better to reset the pairing parameters.
- With AirPods in your ears, listen to music then:
- Lower the volume to zero;
- Go to “Settings”, “Bluetooth” and search for your AirPods in the list;
- Click on “More Info” next to it;
- Click on “Disconnect”;
- Listen to music through your iPhone speakers;
- Lower the volume to zero again;
- Reconnect your AirPods Try turning up the volume on your iPhone.
It’s a trick that works very often, and she doesn’t eat bread.
If you’ve tried changing the volume and it seems the AirPods aren’t listening to you, there might be a problem. In that case, it’s worth trying a few workarounds.
- Turn off your iPhone;
- Turn it back on.
This is another manipulation that often “fixes” the sound or synchronization problems between the two headphones. If it ever does not matter, continue.
Disconnect / reconnect AirPods
- With the AirPods out of their case, choose “Settings” on your iPhone;
- Choose “Bluetooth”;
- Find AirPods in the device list;
- Click on “More info”;
- Click on “Forget this device”;
- Confirm that you want to do it;
- Restart the pairing process to reset their parameters (and update, for example, if necessary);
- Put the AirPods back in their charging case;
- Close then reopen the lid;
- Press and hold the rear button until the front light flashes (about ten seconds);
- Hold the AirPods near your iPhone;
- Accepts pairing.
If none of this works for you, all you have to do is make an appointment at the Apple Store to see a technician and, if necessary, play the warranty.
AirPods: The sound of your headphones has become too quiet? Here’s how to fix it
On Apple forums, hundreds of people are complaining about the sound dropping on their AirPods. The volume has become so low that pushing it to the maximum is no longer enough. Planned obsolescence ? Rest assured, the problem is actually much simpler.
Introduced in 2017, AirPods are enjoying incredible popularity around the world. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, these wireless headphones have even become a “cultural phenomenon” in their own right. It is difficult to prove him wrong considering the number of people that we see white headphones in the ears every day in the big cities.
Despite a very good satisfaction rate, AirPods have been the subject of numerous complaints on the Internet in recent months. You can also find dozens of discussions on the Apple forums on the same subject: “the sound of my AirPods has become so weak that I can no longer hear anything”. The good news is that in most cases repairing headphones only takes about ten seconds and doesn’t cost a dollar (or nearly so).
The grids are blocked
Like any device, AirPods need maintenance. You just have to do it right. To put it simply, the headphone grilles are pierced with a multitude of small holes. Dust, various dirt, earwax … a lot of things can get stuck against this grid. After a while, the sound no longer passes through, which is the reason why you no longer hear anything.
Two solutions are available to you. The first is 99% effective and involves using cold Patafix. We insist on this adjective, place it in the refrigerator before use. If the eraser is too hot, it could damage your headphones. Then you have to place it all along the grid, press hard and then pull just as hard. Do this on the three grids of each ear cup several times.
If all goes well, you should notice a difference right away. If the bug is still present, there is another solution, very effective but which some will undoubtedly find repugnant (rightly so). Clean the AirPods as well as possible, put the headset at the entrance of your mouth and… inhale very hard. Yes, it’s surprising, but it works great. By going very hard, you should loosen the last dust stuck in the grid. It is this solution that some users put forward on the Apple forums. The author of this article was himself a victim of this noise reduction (100% volume was only 40%) and these two solutions worked.
According to our information, Apple Stores are overrun with users who experience this problem. Every day they come, worried they won’t hear anything, and ready to buy a new pair. Apple has a special eraser close to the patafix to remove debris stuck in the grille and finish cleaning using a stiff bristle brush. Most of the time, AirPods come out like new.
If all this is not enough after several times, then the problem may be software. “Forget” your AirPods in Bluetooth settings and pair them again, if possible to a different device. If the problem is still present, we encourage you to have them diagnosed by Apple. It is unlikely, but it is possible that your headphones are really faulty. In short, there is no magic solution except to take care of your headphones.
AirPods: How to Check a Headphone Volume Issue
AirPods, like any other pair of headphones, can have their sound capabilities diminished by the presence of dirt clogging the speaker grilles..
There’s the dirt on the outside that is visible and relatively easy to remove (read How to Clean Your AirPods), and the dirt on the inside that has managed to make its way through the grilles.
It has happened on one of our AirPods that the sound volume is very seriously reduced. This was noticeable on podcasts that were virtually inaudible outdoors.
First of all, there is a way to check if one of the headphones is really blocked. You have to go to the settings of iOS then in “General” and “Accessibility”. Scroll down and towards the end is the slider to direct the sound to the right or left channels. Another option just above, the one that forces the broadcast in mono instead of stereo. Just with that you should be able to check if each earphone is working correctly (or else it is one of your ears which is blocked … in this case reverse the placement of the earphones in the ears by plugging them head over head).
During our test, one of the headphones was clearly clogged on the inside. All it took was a can of dry air cleaning air, as is used for keyboards, to clean the earpiece and find a sound volume as on the first day.
This is a method popular with different YouTube videos that report the same type of problem. HOWEVER, there are solutions that may work but which are not prescribed by Apple, the bombshell is one of those blacklisted1. The datasheet says:
Clean your AirPods and charging case regularly with a soft lint-free cloth. Avoid moisture infiltration through any opening; do not use aerosol, no solvent or abrasive.
It’s up to everyone to see, knowingly.
In this video below, where the user gives his AirPods a complete cleaning, he does without a bomb and prefers to blow a good blow through the different holes of his headphones. This is probably the first thing to try before going any further and we can also turn to Apple if the problem persists.
AirPods Pro and Equalization: How to Customize Sound on iOS and macOS
Apple has taken care of the sound rendering of its AirPods Pro, offering improved sound compared to previous generations, in part thanks to the switch to the in-ear format.
Contrary to what we can hear trumpeting on YouTube, it is quite possible, and even expected, to be able to access the different equalization settings using AirPods Pro (and all other headphones / headphones / speakers on the market), and this on iOS as on macOS. Apple does not offer a dedicated application, but relies on its own programs for this (leaving users of other applications in the care of third-party vendors).