Why Are My AirPods So Quiet?

On occasion, you may notice that your AirPods are a little quiet, and be stuck as to the best way to fix them – but fortunately for you, we have the solution!

Your AirPods could be quiet for a multitude of reasons, including low battery, being too far away, or being clogged with ear wax. Either way, we have you covered, so read on to find quick and easy solutions.

Why Are My AirPods So Quiet?

What Are AirPods?

AirPods are wireless earphones that connect via Bluetooth to an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad.

They’re great for listening to music while on-the-go, and ensure that you’ll never miss a beat when it comes to enjoying your favorite tunes.

What Are Some Common Reasons For Your AirPods Being Quiet?

There are many reasons why your AirPods might be quieter than normal. Here are just a few of the most common ones:

Your AirPods Have Been Damaged

The first thing you should check is whether or not your AirPods have been damaged (see also ‘How To Get Water Out Of AirPods‘) – this can happen in a number of ways.

Perhaps they were dropped onto hard surfaces, or perhaps they got caught in something while being worn.

In any case, if you think that your AirPods have sustained damage, you’ll need to replace them with a new pair.

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You Have Low Battery Power

Another reason why your AirPods could be quieter than usual is that you simply don’t have enough battery power left in them.

When this happens, you won’t be able to hear anything through them, which means that you’ll need to charge them before using them again.

They May Be Too Far Away From Your Device

If you’re having trouble hearing what someone else says because your AirPods are far away from your device, you’ll need to move them closer to see if this improves the connection (see also ‘Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?‘), and so the volume.

Make sure that the AirPods are well within range by adjusting the distance between your device and your AirPods. If there is no improvement, another method may be required.

AirPods Need Reset

Perhaps the first thing to check is that your AirPods are actually turned on – if they are, and are still too quiet, then try turning them off and on again (see also ‘How To Turn Off AirPods‘).

If this doesn’t help, then you’ll need to reset them. To do this, press and hold both buttons for 10 seconds. After doing so, wait for the LED lights to blink twice.

Then, remove the AirPods from your ear and reinsert them. Finally, press and hold the buttons once more to turn them back on again.

AirPods Could Be Clogged With Ear Wax

This is one of those lack of maintenance issues that most people skip over. Just like with all other in ear head headsets you need to clean the ear wax off after each use.

Over time if this is skipped and even sometimes when its not, ear wax builds up and pushes into the ear bud semi clogging it and acting as a sound dampener.

How Can I Increase The Sound Of My AirPods?

In some cases, you may find that your AirPods are too quiet. This is usually due to one of two things: either your phone’s volume has been set too low, or your AirPods’ volume settings have not been adjusted properly.

To fix this issue, you should try these steps:

Adjusting The Settings On Your iPhone Or iPad

First, make sure that you’re connected to Wi-Fi. Next, open up the Settings app on your iOS device (or go to the Home screen).

There, you’ll find options for changing the volume of your AirPlay speakers.

This involves scrolling down until you see “Volume Limit” in the list of options, and setting the slider to the maximum level (100%) if you want the sound to be as loud as possible. 

You can also opt for another level, between 0% and 100%, that is the perfect match for your preferences – remember not to play your music too loudly, or you can cause damage to your hearing.

You can save changes that you make by tapping the “+” button to effectively lock your selection in place.

Turn Your AirPods On And Off Again

Sometimes, the classic options are the best ones – and in some cases, simply turning your AirPods off by pressing and holding the button located on their right side (see also ‘What Does The Button On The Back Of AirPods Do?‘).

Reinsert your AirPods into your ears, press and hold the button again to turn them back on, and enjoy your new, louder sound!

Turn Up The Audio Output On Your Mac

Next, open up System Preferences on your Mac. Click on the Sound icon, and then click on the Input tab. Now, you’ll want to select either Built-in Speakers or Headphones as the default input source.

Using Siri To Fix The Volume

If you’ve tried all of the above methods and still aren’t satisfied with the results, there’s another option available to you. You can use Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, to adjust the volume of your AirPods.

Simply say “Hey Siri”, followed by the command “Set my AirPods volume to 50%.” Once you do so, the volume will automatically increase to the desired level.

Reset Your AirPods

Finally, if you’ve exhausted all other options, and nothing seems to be working, you might need to reset your AirPods to try and essentially “kick” them back into action.

Use A Different Pair Of Earbuds

If none of the above suggestions work, then it’s time to consider replacing your current set of AirPods with a different pair as sometimes they just deteriorate over time and use.

Final Thoughts

AirPods (see also ‘How To Stop AirPods From Reading Messages‘) are a great addition to help you enjoy your music collection, but this means that you need to ensure that you can hear the sounds and that your AirPods are functioning as they should.

If you notice that your AirPods seem to be too quiet, follow the tips outlined above to get the most out of your headphones.

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