How to Fix Quiet AirPods: Try This First!

So you’re struggling with the volume of your AirPods, it’s too low, and nothing you do increases it. Is it a problem with the AirPods? What can you do to fix quiet AirPods?

It’s a pretty frustrating issue. I had the same problem and I’m going to share what worked for me in this article.

Bear in mind, the issue is usually software-related, and it’s more common on Android devices.

Don’t buy a new pair of AirPods until you try these fixes!

How to Fix Quiet AirPods:

1 – Turn Volume to Zero, Restart Bluetooth (Don’t Unpair)

When listening to music with your AirPods, lower the volume to zero. Open Bluetooth settings on your phone and disconnect the AirPods from Bluetooth. Do not unpair and forget the AirPods.

Next, play some music on your phone and turn the volume all the way down.

Lastly, reconnect the AirPods to your phone via the Bluetooth settings, increase the volume, and the AirPods should no longer be too quiet.

For more cases, the above solution should do the trick. However, if your AirPods are still acting up there are a few other things to try.

2 – Unpair, Forget, and Repair

In some cases, a complete Bluetooth connection reset can solve the problem.

Put the AirPods back in their case. Open the Bluetooth settings on your phone, locate the AirPods, and tap on “Unpair & Forget”. I would also toggle Bluetooth off and back on just to reset it.

Next, open the AirPods case, hold the pairing button, and find the AirPods in Bluetooth devices on your phone. The volume on the AirPods should be loud again.

3 – Disable Volume Limit Feature (iPhone)

The volume limit feature was designed to protect your ears from harmful volume levels. Open Settings, tap on Sounds and Haptics, and Headphone Safety.

There should be an option to disable Reduce Loud Sounds.

Here’s the thing:

Unfortunately, the Reduce Loud Sounds option is not available on all iPhones, and it varies depending on your region. It’s a subject of a lot of debate online, but the reason seems to be due to specific government regulation laws.

The option can also disappear when you reset or upgrade an iPhone. Either way, if you don’t see the option on your iPhone, there’s no way to get it back.

In some cases, you can work around the volume limit by changing the AirPods device type on your iPhone to “Other” instead of Headphones.

4 – Disable Dual Audio (Android)

Dual Audio is an option on Android phones found in the Advanced Bluetooth Settings.

When enabled, Dual Audio can sometimes create synchronization issues that limit the volume on the AirPods. I recommend disabling it.

Open Bluetooth Settings, tap on the three dots in the top right corner and select Advanced. Disable Dual Audio from the list. Reconnect the AirPods and see if that fixed the volume levels.

5 – Enable Absolute Volume (Android)

If you’re using AirPods with Android, there is another feature that could be limiting the volume on your AirPods.

First things first, turn off Bluetooth on your phone. Next, Open Bluetooth Advanced Settings and enable Media Volume Sync.

On most phones, the Media Volume Sync option will be greyed out (or not there at all) but you can enable it through Developer Options.

If you haven’t enabled developer options on your phone, here’s what you need to do:

Enable Developer Options:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select About Device
  3. Tap on Build Number 7 times
  4. If required, enter your pin
  5. The Developer Options menu will be unlocked at the bottom of the Settings menu

Next, open Developer Options, and scroll through until you see an option called Disable Absolute Volume, toggled it off.

Head back to Bluetooth settings, turn on Bluetooth, and reconnect the AirPods. Open Advanced Bluetooth Options, Media Volume Sync should no longer be greyed out, enabled it.

In most cases, that will fix the quiet volume on your AirPods, when connected to Android phones.

Can’t access Advanced Bluetooth Settings? Certain phones do not have Advanced Bluetooth Settings, such as Huawei or Xiaomi phones.

In that case, your best bet is to completely unpair and re-pair the AirPods.

7 – Clean AirPods

One last fix could be to simply clean your AirPods, the speaker grill can be blocked with debris after some time.

To clean the AirPods, use a Q-Tip dipped in alcohol, and rub around the AirPods until everything is clean.

You can also try shaking them out a little bit.

8 – Visit an Apple Center

If you tried all the fixes on this list, the last resort is to bring the AirPods into an Apple Center for a check-up.

In some cases, if the AirPods are still under warranty, they will give you a replacement. If it’s a hardware issue, then there’s not much that you can do on your end.

The new AirPods should be able to play music at the correct volume.

Conclusion:

To summarize, it’s not uncommon for AirPods to be too quiet. Most of the time, lowering the volume on the AirPods, disconnecting from Bluetooth, lowering your phone’s volume, and then reconnecting them, should do the trick.

Photo by Jonas Schindler on Unsplash

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