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Why Are My AirPods So Quiet | 10 Quick Fixes

Why Are My AirPods So Quiet
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AirPods are a top-of-the-line audio device by Apple which has been quite popular and durable making them trustworthy and an all-time favorite. But, sometimes these AirPods may create some problems such as AirPods becoming quiet which need to be immediately addressed.

Potential problems

  • Low Volume Of Connected Device
  • Low power mode on your iPhone
  • Ear Wax or Dirt
  • Low Battery
  • Unbalanced Earbud Volume
  • Bluetooth synchronization issues
  • Changed Equalizer settings

Key Solution Points

  • Increase the Device volume
  • Disable Low Power Mode
  • Clean AirPods with a Q-tip cotton swab
  • Charge AirPods before using
  • Turn off “Reduce Loud Sounds.”
  • Disable EQ from your device

Causes and Fixes to make AirPods louder | Fix Quiet AirPods

Low Volume Of Connected Device


One of the most common reasons is the low volume of connected devices. Not all AirPods are made to control the volume of external devices. Maybe the volume is low on the connected device.


Method #1
You may ask Siri to increase the device volume which is the quickest solution.

Method #2

  • Open settings on your device.
  • Click on Sound and Vibration menu.
  • Now, increase volume to the maximum.
Make Headphones Louder

Low power mode on your iPhone


If you have low power mode enabled, it will cause AirPods not to work properly or remain quiet. Because some apps consume more battery and are being blocked by iOS to operate in low power mode. These apps don’t even have volume control and they are being adjusted by the device.

That’s true, Apple AirPods have their own batter, but iOs have been designed this way.


If your AirPods have gone quiet while using an iOS device, must check the power mode. If it is enabled, you must disable it. Next time, you must be careful about enabling low-power mode.

Low power mode on your iPhone decreases volume

Ear Wax or Dirt


When AirPods are more exposed to the external environment or they are used excessively, there are more chances of sticking dust or ear wax to the speakers of AirPods which may block the sound.


You must clean your AirPods with a Q-tips cotton swab. You should clean your AirPods periodically. You should also clean your ears to avoid any ear wax which may cling to your AirPods resulting in the blockage of sound from AirPods.

Ear Wax decreases volume of AirPods

Low Battery


If your AirPods have a low battery and they are about to die, you may see one of your AirPods keep turning off and on which is an obvious symbol of a low battery. You can also see the battery status on your device connected. AirPods don’t work smoothly when they are low on battery.


Must charge your AirPods before using them. You must always make sure that the charging never gets below 20% and you should not over-charge your AirPods which may impair the performance of AirPods. If you are not using AirPods, keep them in their case to avoid battery drain when not in use.

Low Battery decreases volume of ios device


Set Volume Limit


You must check that there isn’t any volume limit set on your device which may cause your connected AirPods to sound low. This is a very handy feature that keeps our hearing health well and prevents any high-level sound which may damage our hearing.

You can see this feature as “Reduce Loud Sounds” on Apple devices.


  • Go to settings on your device.
  • Now, select “Sound & Haptics.”
  • Tap on Headphone Safety.
  • Turn off “Reduce Loud Sounds.”
Set Volume Limit

Unbalanced Earbud Volume


Apple AirPods may go quiet when both of them are not balanced to equal volume. As AirPods and Earbuds’ volume is being controlled by the device which enables manual volume adjustment of both of the AirPods.

You may have mistakenly changed the settings in your device to make the volume set according to your listening preference.


  • Go to settings on your device.
  • Now, click on Accessibility.
  • Slide the slider bar (indicating L and R) exactly in the middle. You can see the bar under Balance
Unbalanced Earbud Volume decreases volume

Turn off EQ (Equalizer)


EQ(Equalizer) adjusts the sound settings and sound frequency automatically and it is mostly used to increase the sound level of specific devices which have not much volume and their sound is too low. It improves your listening experience.

But, Your AirPods may feel quieter when EQ settings have not been adjusted correctly.


  • Turn off Equalizer on your iOS device, To do this, follow the steps mentioned below.
  • Go to settings on your device.
  • Tap on Music.
  • Now, disable EQ.
Turn off EQ (Equalizer

Bluetooth synchronization issues


Sometimes, you may experience trouble with your Bluetooth connection which is due to the settings on your device. Check if all the settings are correct and if they are successfully paired.


You may need to disconnect and reconnect your device to solve the main issue.
Follow the steps below for Bluetooth synchronization.

  • Tun the volume down to 0 when your AirPods are connected.
  • Now, disconnect your AirPods from the device without unpairing them.
  • After a few seconds, you may reconnect your AirPods at 0 volume.
Bluetooth synchronization issues

Turn Off “Sound Check”


Apple devices have this valuable feature that makes automatic adjustments in volume. This is a very important spec because when any sudden high-pitched volume rings on your device, it automatically reduces the volume to keep your ears away from high sound levels. But, you may find it frustrating that it turns down the volume without your intention.


  • Go to Settings on your device.
  • Now, Select Music from the menu.
  • Turn off Sound Check.
Turn Off Sound Check

Check Connections


You must have seen the broken connection between your AirPods and device or you may observe disconnecting of AirPods multiple times which is due to the weak Bluetooth connection caused by an out-of-range device or outdated software.


You must reset your device using iOS by following the steps mentioned below.

  • Go to settings on your device.
  • Click on Bluetooth.
  • Now find your AirPods’ name and tap on ‘i’ icon.
  • Click on “Forget This Device.” 
  • Now, press again to confirm the process.
  • Now, press on ‘Connect’ when it appears.

Outdated Firmware


You may need to check your AirPods’ software. Because outdated firmware may impair the performance and lower the sound.


  • Tap on settings on your device.
  • Go to General in the menu.
  • Select Software Update.
  • Tap Install Now.
Outdated Firmware

Different Ear Size


Both ears may not be in identical size. That’s why there may be earbuds or AirPods’ adjustment issues which also vary from person to person as not everyone has the same ear sizes. It creates the problem of low sound in one of the ears.


  • When you are wearing your AirPods, try to stretch your ears to wear the AirPods properly, so that the sound is balanced in both ears.
  • You may search for ear tips having different sizes according to your ears.
Different Ear tips according to ears

Contact Apple Support


If none of the above fixes worked for you, you must consider it a hardware problem which may be due to the power surge, water damage, or breakage in the internal electric circuit board.


You should contact Apple Support for the replacement or possible recovery from damage. If your AirPods are in guarantee, you will find a new replacement for free otherwise, you may get your AirPods recovered from possible damage.


Why Are My AirPods So Quiet?
(i)Your AirPods may be quiet due to the ear wax or dirt clinging to your AirPods. You must clean your AirPods and your ears periodically.

(ii)You may have set the minimum volume on your device which protects your ears from high-level sound. Remove the minimum volume set which will remove possible reduced volume barriers to allow smooth sound performance.

(iii)Your AirPods must have a low battery which impairs the performance of AirPods. Must charge your AirPods to keep using them with your device.

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If your connected device is an iPhone, you can adjust the volume with the Rocker switch. You can press up or down to change the volume.
If your AirPods are connected to Mac, you can change the volume from the menu bar with the keyboard.

  • Go to settings.
  • Click on Accessibility.
  • Now head on to Audio/Visual.
  • You can adjust the sound bar and adjust the slider in the middle to make it balanced.

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