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Why is one AirPod louder than the other? Quick Fix

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It’s really frustrating when your AirPods are working all good, giving good sound and suddenly one day, one of the AirPods start acting weird and starts giving less sound from the other AirPod. Well if you are facing this problem then you don’t have to worry, it might b caused because of some minor issues that you can fix on your own.

In this article, we have discussed why one AirPod is louder than the other one and a few ways that might help you fix the issue.

Also read: Why do my AirPods keep pausing? Quick Fix

What are the causes of one AirPod being louder than another issue?

If you are having issues like one AirPod being louder than the other one, below are some reasons that might be causing the problem.

  • Dust or earwax is accumulated in the AirPod.
  • Audio balance settings are changed.
  • Outdated AirPod firmware.

How to fix the issue?

Below we have explained a few fixes that might help you resolve the one AirPod is louder than the other issue.

Clean the AirPods

AirPods go inside your ears so it’s common that some earwax and dirt might get in the AirPods. Earbuds are small and they push sounds from small holes when those holes get clogged, you automatically will hear less sound from the clogged AirPod. So you must try this method first as clogged AirPods are the most common reason for this issue.

Use something to suck the earwax out to make some space, you can use your mouth as well to suck the first inside and clear some space, it’s kind of dirty but it definitely works.

Check the balance settings of AirPods

It is possible that the balance settings of the AirPods changed somehow and that is why one AirPod is louder than the other. To know how to change the balance settings follow the steps below.

  • Open the Settings on your phone.
  • In settings, tap on Accessibility.
  • Under Hearing, tap on the Audio/Visual option.
  • Make sure to keep the balance slider in the middle to get equal sound from both the Airpods.

Update the firmware of Airpods

If your AirPods are connected to your iPhone and you have a stable internet connection then the firmware will automatically be updated and if somehow it wasn’t then you can just keep your AirPods connected to your iPhone and leave it connected without using it for about 30 minutes to make sure the update is done properly.

Reset the AirPods

If the low volume still persists even after trying all the above-mentioned fixes then you can try resetting the AirPods. To know how to reset your AirPods follow the steps below.

  • Keep your AirPods in the charging case and close the lid for about 30 seconds then open it again.
  • On your iPhone open Bluetooth settings.
  • Tap on the i icon beside your AirPods.
  • Tap on Forget This Device and then tap on Confirm to disconnect the AirPods from your phone.
  • Find the Reset button at the back of the charging case and press then press and hold the Reset button for about 15 seconds.
  • The status light will start to flash the amber light three times after that release the button and close the lid.

Also read: Why do my AirPods die so fast?

Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: