Why Are My Airpods So Quiet?

People who use AirPods for listening to music or attending calls often get confused when their AirPods start to become quieter.

For new users, this may be surprising, and they may not know what might be the problem. They can become silent when a user utilizes certain audio and device settings like “Low Power Mode,” volume restriction, and equalization.

The other major reasons can be that there’s gunk on the AirPods and the device’s volume and battery levels are low, which is causing them to be extremely silent.

Other causes include faulty hardware and outdated firmware. So in this discussion, I will be talking about the solution to the common question, “Why Are My Airpods So Quiet?”.

Reasons Causing Airpods To Be Quiet with Solutions

1. Battery In Airpods Is LowThe Battery In Airpods Is Low

AirPods, like other gadgets, might malfunction if their battery level falls too low. This happens when the battery is less than 10%.

Your AirPods will receive little to no signal from their linked smartphone if the battery is low.

As a result, don’t anticipate great connectivity or performance from them, which is why the AirPods’ power level drops. On your device’s notification bar, look for the AirPods icon and the battery level next to it. 

You may fix this problem by,

  1. Use the charging case to charge them by connecting the case to a power source. 

2. Gunk Formed Inside Airpods

Gunk Formed Inside Airpods

The major reason for the low volume is that Gunk has accumulated in the earbuds. This is the cause of your AirPods not giving much sound as they used to. So what can be done about it? 

Examine your AirPods speakers for any dirt accumulation. Typically, the buildup begins at the corners. So make sure to thoroughly inspect those components.

Clean your AirPods as a way if you notice any accumulation. You can use any thin or sharp object in a small size to clean your AirPods. 

3. Make Adjustments to the Audio BalanceMake Adjustments To The Audio Balance

The audio balance may be wrong if one of your AirPods is quieter than the other. Your audio balancing adjustments may be found in the Accessibility Settings on your device.

  1. Go to Accessibility in the Settings app.
  2. Select Audio/Video.
  3. Use the slider to adjust the “Balance” to the middle position and ensure that the volume in both earpieces is equal.

4. Check Safety Features On Your Airpods

If you have an iPhone, the volume of your headphones may be controlled by your iPhone’s safety features. While Apple’s volume control is intended to safeguard your hearing, it does not always function. You can disable this function to set the volume.

  1. Go to Settings on your device to choose Sounds & Haptics.
  2. After that, you can find the option Headphone Safety, click on it.
  3. To stop your device from lowering the volume of your AirPods when you reach a specific volume, turn off the “Headphone Notifications” setting (gray).
  4. If “Reduce Loud Sounds” is turned on, your AirPods will not play music louder than the slider setting. Toggle the switch Off to turn off all loud noises, or tweak the toggle switch to let stronger sounds through while still protecting your hearing from the highest decibel sounds.

Note: Setting Reduce Loud Sounds and sliding the slider all the way to “100 decibels” results in greater sound than entirely disabling Reduce Loud Sounds.

5. Update Your Device

It’s possible that your iOS device and/or AirPods are acting up because of software difficulties if you didn’t upgrade them when fresh updates were released.

If you can upgrade both of them to a newer version of iOS, do so.

Here is what you need to do.

  1. Go to Settings of your AirPods using your device.
  2. Then go to General > Software Update.
  3. Then, you have to check the firmware version on their device under “Settings” (it should read something like BTXX.00X).
  4. Update it if it is available.

6. Set Your Equalization to Default

If you’re unfamiliar with an Equalizer, it’s a feature that allows you to set the frequency response of any speaker or headphone.

So, if you are having trouble with sound and there is no other way to fix it, you can set equalization for your AirPods. Try shifting some sliders around until everything sounds nice again! Alternatively, just restore them to their previous state.

To change these settings on your device by simply using these steps:

  1. Select off in Settings.
  2. Then go to Music and choose EQ.

See if switching to a different profile and then returning to “off” helps.

7. Other Elements May Destroy Your Airpods

A liquid or other object may have caused harm to your AirPods. This might lead them to break down and stop playing audio.

If this is the case, you should return them to Apple for repair or replacement within your warranty term.

However, before shipping anything, make sure you acquire an estimate because these repairs may be rather costly. If it hasn’t been destroyed from the outside, they should be able to salvage whatever is left within.


In this article, I have shared some ways you can get rid of the trouble “Why are my AirPods so quiet”. If you have AirPods and you feel like they are getting quiet, you can try to fix the volume with these methods.

  • The battery of your AirPods may be low and you will have to recharge them.
  • Gunk can form inside AirPods which need regular cleanup.
  • You can make adjustments to the audio balance.
  • You can update your device from settings.
  • You can adjust the equalization to default.
  • Check for other elements that may destroy your AirPods.

I hope some of these fixes would work for you. If they do, then let me know in the comment section below.


Is there a method to control the volume of the AirPods without using your hands?

There is a method. You can use Siri AirPod voice command like “Hey Siri, make the volume higher” if your AirPods Pro has successfully associated with your iPhone.

What options do I have if I'm still experiencing issues with AirPods sound?

You can call or get in contact with Apple Support which will enable you to schedule an appointment for complaints. The AirPods might be faulty. Make a list of all the troubleshooting methods you’ve attempted.

Last Updated on January 15, 2024 by Shabarish Balaji

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