Why are my AirPods so quiet?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

There could be several reasons why your AirPods might sound quieter than usual. Let’s explore some of the common causes and solutions to this issue.

1. Equalizer settings: One possible reason is that the equalizer settings on your phone or music app might have been adjusted incorrectly. Some music apps have an equalizer feature that allows you to customize the audio output. Check if the equalizer settings are set to a lower level or if any specific frequencies are turned down. Adjusting the equalizer settings back to default or increasing the levels could potentially solve the low volume problem.

2. Volume limits: Another possibility is that volume limits have been enabled on your device. Volume limits are designed to protect your hearing by preventing excessively loud sounds. However, if the limit is set too low, it can result in quieter audio output. To check if volume limits are enabled, go to the settings on your device and look for the “Volume Limit” or “Hearing” section. Disable any volume limits or increase the limit to a higher level if necessary.

3. Low-power mode: If you’re using your AirPods while your device is in low-power mode, it can affect the volume output. Low-power mode is designed to conserve battery life by reducing system performance, which can also impact the volume of your AirPods. Try disabling low-power mode and see if the volume returns to normal.

4. Bluetooth connection issues: Sometimes, a weak or unstable Bluetooth connection can lead to lower volume levels. Make sure your AirPods are properly connected to your device by checking the Bluetooth settings. If the connection seems weak, try moving closer to your device or resetting the Bluetooth connection. You can do this by forgetting the AirPods in your device’s Bluetooth settings and then pairing them again.

5. Earwax or debris buildup: Over time, earwax or debris can accumulate in the speaker meshes of your AirPods, which can reduce the volume output. Inspect the speaker meshes and gently clean them using a soft, dry brush or a clean, lint-free cloth. Be careful not to push any debris further into the speaker meshes. Cleaning the speaker meshes can help restore the volume to its normal level.

6. Hardware issues: In some cases, the low volume issue may be due to a hardware problem with your AirPods. If you have tried all the troubleshooting steps mentioned above and the volume is still low, it might be worth contacting Apple support or visiting an authorized service center to get your AirPods checked.

Remember that these are just some of the common causes for low volume on AirPods, and the actual reason may vary depending on your specific situation. It’s always a good idea to try different solutions and see which one works best for you.