Why is only 1 of my AirPods working?

Answered by Michael Wilson

There could be several reasons why only one of your AirPods is working. It’s important to troubleshoot and identify the specific issue before finding a solution. Here are some possible causes and steps you can take to fix the problem:

1. Check the AirPods’ battery levels: Make sure both AirPods are charged and have sufficient battery power. If one AirPod is low on power or not charged at all, it may not function properly.

2. Clean the AirPods and charging case: Sometimes, debris or dirt can accumulate on the AirPods or inside the charging case, leading to connectivity issues. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean them, ensuring there is no obstruction on the charging contacts or speaker mesh.

3. Reset the AirPods: If both AirPods are charged but only one is working, try resetting them. To do this, place both AirPods in the charging case, keep the lid open, and press and hold the button on the back of the case until the LED light on the front starts flashing white. Then, reconnect the AirPods to your device and check if both are functioning properly.

4. Check the audio balance settings: It’s possible that the audio balance settings on your device are causing sound to be directed to one AirPod only. To resolve this, go to your device’s settings, navigate to Accessibility or Audio/Visual settings, and adjust the audio balance slider to the center or equal position.

5. Ensure proper AirPods placement: Sometimes, incorrect placement of the AirPods in your ears can result in audio issues. Make sure both AirPods are securely and comfortably positioned in your ears, creating a proper seal. Adjusting the position or trying different ear tips may also help improve the sound balance.

6. Update software and firmware: Keeping your device’s software and AirPods firmware up to date is crucial. Check for any available updates and install them if needed. Software updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can resolve issues with the AirPods’ functionality.

7. Test with another device: To determine if the issue lies with your AirPods or the device you’re using, try connecting the AirPods to a different device. If the same problem persists, it suggests that there may be an issue with the AirPods themselves and contacting Apple support or visiting an authorized service provider for further assistance may be necessary.

It’s worth noting that if your AirPods are still under warranty or covered by AppleCare, you may be eligible for a replacement or repair if all troubleshooting steps fail to resolve the issue.

Remember, these troubleshooting steps are general suggestions, and the specific steps may vary depending on the device and operating system you’re using.