There are many AirPods users who not only use their AirPods with their Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac but also connect them with their Windows PC and Android smartphone and tablets. Talking specifically about Windows users, there are users who are facing low AirPods volume on their Windows 11 PC.
If you are one of those users who have recently upgraded to Windows 11 and are facing a low volume output issue on connecting your AirPods stick around to this fixing guide and I’ll show you how you can fix this and get the same audio quality that you were previously getting on Windows 10.
Fix AirPods low volume on Windows 11
The reason for Windows 11 delivering low output on your AirPods is because of the reason that Windows 11 handles audio using a different codec i.e. AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) over Bluetooth. Windows 10, on the other hand, uses the SBC and aptX Bluetooth codecs for the same purpose.
AAC Bluetooth audio codec is developed by Apple and hence works better with AirPods on Windows but it has resulted in low audio issues due to some reason.
But luckily, the issue is fixable and you can try the following fixes to get rid of the issue.
1. Update Windows 11
Being a new OS, Windows 11 is getting new updates and security patches furiously. If you are using an older version of Windows 11 and have not performed any updates for quite a long time, then it is highly recommended to check for updates.
There are a number of Windows 11 users who have reported that after 4-5 updates to Windows 11, the issue of low AirPods sound on Windows 11 gets fixed. It has been seen that the older versions of the Windows 11 stable and dev channel builds were having this issue but the new updates have solved it.
To check for updates, Open Settings and go to Windows Update > Check for updates. If there is any pending update, download and install it. Finally, restart the PC.
2. Uninstall AirPods devices and reset the AirPods
Uninstalling all the available sound devices by the name of your AirPods is the solution that has worked for most users. There are high chances that it will also work for you.
In this solution, we will be uninstalling all the sound devices available on your PC by the name of your AirPods.
1. Search and open Device Manager.
2. Expand the Bluetooth category.
3. Right-click on the devices named after your AirPods and select Uninstall device.
4. Click on Uninstall on the Uninstall Device window to confirm the selection.
5. Do the same with every single device containing the name of your AirPods in the Audio Inputs and Outputs, Bluetooth, System devices, Sound, Video and Game Controllers categories.
5. Restart your PC.
6. Now come to your AirPods, place them in the case, and close it.
7. Press and hold the reset button for 15 seconds located at the back of the case. The AirPods’ light will start blinking orange and then will turn white. If you need step by step guide to reset your AirPods check out this article.
8. Now open the case and connect pair the AirPods again and see if the issue is fixed.
3. Enable Loudness Equalization
The loudness equalization enabled for your AirPods can solve the issue. There are Windows 11 users who have confirmed the fact that enabling the Loudness Equalization for their AirPods has either improved the sound or solved the issue completely.
You can try the same by following these steps:
1. Search and open Control Panel.
2. Set View to Large icons.
3. Go to Sound.
4. Under the Playback tab, right-click on your AirPods and go to Properties.
5. On the Headphones Properties window, go to the Enhancements tab.
6. Checkmark the Loudness Equalization option and click on OK.
4. Set the DisableAbsoluteVolume value to 1
The DisableAbsouleVolume DWord Registry value is by default set to 0 i.e. on. Turning the value to 1 i.e. disabling it can also solve the issue.
This method has worked for a number of users as per what they have reported on various forums. Here’s how to do it.
1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialogue box. Enter regedit and click OK. This will open the Registry Editor.
2. Now navigate to the following path:
You can also copy and paste this path to the address bar of the Registry Editor window.
4. Once you are in the CT folder, double-click on DisableAbsoluteVolume and set its value data to 1.
5. Click on OK and restart the PC.
Once done, connect your AirPods and see if the issue is fixed or not.
5. Disable the AirPods Hands-Free device
The Hand-free device driver is normally disabled in Windows 10 by default. But for some reason, it is active in Windows 11.
Disabling this device on the Windows 11 PC has worked for many users in improving the sound volume of their connected AirPods. You can try this fix by following these steps:
1. Search and open Device Manager.
2. Expand the sound, video and game controllers device section, and look for the AirPods Hand-free device drivers.
3. Right-click on it and select Disable device.
4. Click on yes to confirm if prompted.
5. Restart the PC and see if the volume of your AirPods is improved or not.
6. Quit the Microsoft Teams
There are also people who have blamed the Microsoft Teams app for causing the low sound volume on their connected AirPods. As per the users who have solved the issue by quitting the Teams app, the application overrides the audio channels which results in the lowering of the system sound volume.
Quitting the app has worked for them. You can also try this method if you use the team’s app continuously. Also, make sure to kill any Microsoft Teams background process from the Task Manager.
7. Disable the Sound input for AirPods
If the sound input for the AirPods is enabled it affects its sound output for some reason. As per the users who have done a lot of hits and trials, the AirPods sound better and loud when their microphone is not in use.
You can also tell your Windows PC to not take sound input from the AirPods by using the following steps:
1. Open Settings by pressing Win + I.
2. Go to System and then to Sound.
3. Scroll down to the Input section and click on your AirPods.
4. On the next screen click on the Don’t allow button for the Audio option
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is my Windows 11 sound so quiet on AirPods?
The main reason is that Windows 11 uses the AAC codec instead of the SBC or aptX which were used in Windows 10. Apart from this, can be other reasons like outdated versions or drivers, etc.
Do AirPods work on Windows 11?
Yes, definitely. The Apple AirPods work completely fine with Windows 11. In fact, Windows 11 also provides the facility to enable spatial audio with the AirPods.
How do I increase AirPod volume on Windows 11?
Increasing the volume of the AirPods on your Windows 11 PC can be done by uninstalling the AirPods drivers for the Audio Inputs and Outputs, Bluetooth, System devices, Sound, Video and Game Controllers categories in the Device Manager window. You can also try other fixes like disabling the audio input for AirPods, updating the Windows 11 version and drivers, etc.
So here comes the end of this fixing guide where I have tried to demonstrate to you the various ways to fix the AirPods low sound on Windows 11 issue. I am hoping that this fixing guide would be helpful for you. In normal cases, if you are using the latest version of Windows 11 that is available currently as of writing this guide, you may not face the low volume issue on your AirPods.
However, there can be other reasons for this issue like outdated drivers, low volume due to communication activity, etc. Based on the possible reasons this fixing guide has tried to provide as many fixes for the issue as possible.