One AirPod is Louder than the Other (Fix)

One AirPod is Louder than the Other

It’s frustrating when you’re listening to music on your AirPods and notice that one earbud is louder than the other.

The problem is usually caused because your AirPods have earwax stuck in the speakers due to excessive use. However, it could also happen because of a software issue, in which case you’ll have to update your AirPods’ firmware or change the volume balance in the Settings.

Cleaning your AirPods to fix unbalanced audio

The most obvious solution is to clean your AirPods. If you use your AirPods daily, it’s natural for earwax to build up in the speakers and block the sound.

There are many ways to clean your AirPods. One of the easiest ways to clean them is using a soft toothbrush. Wipe the AirPods with a clean cloth while removing the wax and dirt with the brush.

Here are some tips that Apple recommends on how to clean your AirPods:

  • Don’t use soap, shampoo, lotion, conditioner, or any solvent to clean your AirPods. If they’ve been exposed to any chemicals, dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth, and don’t put them back in the case until they are completely dry.
  • Don’t pour water over your AirPods to clean them. They’re not waterproof.
  • Use a dry cotton swab to clean the speaker meshes.
  • Don’t use sharp objects such as pins to clean your AirPods.
  • Always use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth when you’re done cleaning your AirPods.

Adjust the volume balance in the settings

Through the accessibility settings, you can adjust the volume balance of your AirPods. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.

    Accessibility Settings Where AirPods Volume Can Be Adjusted
    Tap Accessibility.

  3. Scroll down and tap Audio/Visual.

    Audio and Visual Settings on the iPhone
    Tap Audio/Visual.

  4. Under the “Balance” section, you’ll see a slider that you can control to adjust the volume balance between the left and right AirPods. It should be in the middle for the audio volume to be equal in both AirPods.

    AirPods Balance Settings on the iPhone
    Adjust the Balance slider.

Update your AirPods firmware

Sometimes unbalanced volume will be caused by a software issue. Apple regularly releases new firmware updates for the AirPods, which fixes bugs and other known problems.

Unfortunately, these updates don’t show up in the settings. The only way to install a new firmware is by leaving your AirPods in the case, close to your iPhone. Make sure they’re sufficiently charged. They will automatically begin updating.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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