There is no doubt that Apple AirPods are one of the best-sounding TWS earphones and are considered to be very handy and easy to use, especially for Apple users using iPhones and iPads. Apple has launched a number of AirPods and this family includes the AirPods 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen and the AirPods Pro 1st and 2nd gen.
But besides, its popularity and the tag of being one of the best in the market, there are users who face difficulties while using them. This is because of a different issue that the AirPods possess. One such issue that has been reported a lot by users is one of the AirPod sounds louder than the other.
This makes the sounding experience very imbalanced and unpleasing to the ears. If you are also facing this issue where one AirPods is louder than the other, then in this fixing guide, I am going to provide you with the fixes to get rid of this issue.
These fixes are applicable to all the AirPods series including the AirPods Pro.
How to Fix if one AirPids is louder than the other
The AirPods are Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphones where there are left and right channels to provide a well-balanced audio output. But when one AirPods sounds louder than the other, the sound output becomes quite uncomfortable.
This can be due to a number of reasons that can be software-related like an imbalanced audio setup on the connected device, a buggy connection b/w the AirPods and the device, or the issue can be physical like dirty AirPods.
1. Clean the AirPods
This should be very clear that the AirPods are not dust and dirt resistant. And on top of that, the AirPods are used on the ears, making them more prone to catch dirt and ear wax. Hence the very first thing that I would advise you is to give a good and proper cleaning to your AirPods.
Based on this fix, there are a number of AirPods users who have fixed the issue of one AirPod being louder by sucking the dirt from the speaker of the soft-sounding AirPod. I know this sounds extremely childish and is nothing related to nowhere related to anything technical. But this method is based on what most of the users have told. It is obvious to place a cloth in between while you suck on the AirPod.
Along with that, giving a proper cleaning to your AirPods is also a good practice and should be done by the users anyways. You can also give it to someone who can do the cleaning of the AirPods for you. I am attaching an AirPods cleaning tutorial that will help you in the process:
2. Use the AirPods with a different device
If cleaning the AirPods didn’t make any drastic improvement to the sound output it’s time to use the AirPods with a different device like another iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. Connect the AirPods with a different device, play some sounds or music, and see if the same issue is occurring here with the new device or not.
This will give you an idea, of whether the issue lies in your AirPods or the device. If the AirPods are sounding good with the other device, the issue is probably with your previous device, otherwise, the AirPods need some treatment.
3. Adjust the audio balance
On the device front, the first thing to check is to see if the audio balance adjustment is proper or not on your connected device. Now, the process can be slightly different based on which AirPods you are using.
For AirPods Gen 1 and 2
1. Open Settings.
2. Go to General > Accessibility > Hearing.
3. Under the balance section, you will be able to adjust the audio balance.
Make sure the slider is in the center of the left and right channels so that the audio is distributed equally in both the AirPods.
For AirPods Pro and AirPods 3rd Gen
1. Open Settings.
2. Go to Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations> Transparency Mode.
3. Enable Custom Transparency Mode.
Now, you will be able to adjust the slider between the left and right audio channels.
4. Reconnect AirPods
Softer sound on one AirPod can just be due to some connectivity glitch or bug and generally be fixed by simply disconnecting and reconnecting the AirPods.
Disconnecting the AirPods will reset the connection and then you try re-connecting the AirPods back to the device via the fresh Bluetooth connection.
1. Put the AirPods in the case and close the lid.
2. On your device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle its switch to off.
3. After 5-10 seconds turn on the Bluetooth.
4. Now, open the AirPods case, bring it close to the device, and connect it by following the on-screen steps.
5. Pair the AirPods again
If simple disconnection and reconnection of the AirPods didn’t work, you can try resetting the AirPods. This procedure will make your device completely remove the AirPods from the list of connected devices.
After that, we will pair the AirPods again to establish the connection as if the AirPods are new ones.
1. Put the AirPods in the case and close the lid. This will disconnect the AirPods from your device.
2. On your device, go to Settings > Bluetooth > tap on the “i” button next to your AirPods.
3. Tap on Forget This Device and confirm the selection.
4. Open the AirPods lid, press and hold the setup button for 15 seconds. The AirPod light will flash white and then amber, indicating the AirPods are reset.
5. Bring them close to the device, and tap on Connect from the popup.
You can refer to this tutorial video on how to reset AirPods:
6. Reset AirPods volume balance using the case
There is a simple hack that can reset the volume balance via the charging case. This method can fix the problem if one Airpod is louder than the other. To do so:
1. Connect the AirPods to your device.
2. Now, only take out the AirPod whose sound is louder.
3. Use it for a while and put it back in the case and close the AirPod case.
4. This should successfully reset the volume balance of both the AirPods as soon as you close the lid in the previous step.
In this whole process, you don’t need to do anything with the AirPod that is sounding softer. Once you are done with all the steps, connect the AirPods to your device as you normally do and see if the issue is fixed.
7. Update and Restart the device
The issue can be due to incompatibility b/w the software of the device and the AirPods. Hence it is highly recommended to check for any pending updates. You can check it by going to Settings > General > Software update.
If there is any pending update, download it and restart your device. If there is no update available, still perform a restart of your device. After the device boot up, connect your AirPods and check if the issue is fixed.
8. Contact Apple for the Fix or replacement
If none of the fixes works for you then the last thing that you can do is to contact Apple Support or visit your nearest Apple Store for the resolution. If the AirPods are under warranty, they will get repaired for free, otherwise, you’ll be charged for the repair.
If you’re in the Apple Care+ program, you will get an instant replacement of your AirPods with the new ones.
So these were the ways to fix if one Airpod is louder than the other. The issue generally occurs when one of the AirPod accumulates dirt and earwax, blocking the sound out. The smile solution to this is to give a proper cleaning to your AirPods.
There are also chances that this issue is occurring due to improper adjustment of the audio balance, shifting the audio output to one side.
Software incompatibility and connectivity glitches can also lead to this issue where one Airpod sounds louder than the other. Based on these causes, this fixing guide has compiled 8 ways that you use to fix the issue.