How to increase the volume of the AirPods

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How to increase the volume of the AirPods if they are not loud enough or fix any other volume related problem. You can turn up the volume of the AirPods using your iPhone or the Siri function built into your AirPods.

However, AirPods don't have physical volume controls, so you may need to try a few different troubleshooting methods if they're not powerful enough. Sometimes simply cleaning the AirPods can improve the sound quality and volume.

Along with Apple's AirPods, a thousand parallel copies have been launched - countless wireless headsets are now available for both iPhone and Android devices.

It is not difficult to understand why; there's something incredibly liberating about earphones that don't have wires, buttons, or other controls. But how do you do something as simple as turning up the volume?

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How to increase the volume of your AirPods

First, if your iPhone is nearby, you can simply use the volume controls on your phone - the volume buttons and slider on your phone directly affect the volume level of your AirPods.

Rather than integrating volume controls into the AirPods themselves, Apple has delegated that task to Siri. Here's how to change the volume of your AirPods:

  • If you have first generation AirPods, double tap one of the earbuds to wake Siri, then ask Siri to change the volume.
  • If you have XNUMXnd generation or later AirPods (this includes AirPods Pro) and you have set the “Hey Siri” feature on your iPhone, say “Hey Siri” and then ask Siri to adjust the volume.
  • On AirPods Pro, you can set an AirPod to activate Siri, then ask it to adjust the volume.

You can tell Siri to “turn up the volume”, it will increase the volume in approximately 12% increments. If you prefer, you can tell Siri to increase the volume by a specific percentage or a specific percentage (as in "Hey Siri, increase the volume by 20%" or "Hey Siri, increase the volume to 80%").

Be careful telling Siri to turn up the volume to a specific percentage, as the volume can get annoyingly loud all at once.

What to do if your AirPods have low volume?

If your AirPods suddenly have low volume, there are some tricks to increase the volume.

Clean your AirPods

An unfortunate fact of life is that human ears are waxy, and anything you tend to frequently put in your ears, such as earphones, tends to accumulate ear wax. It doesn't take much wax to greatly reduce the maximum volume of the AirPods.

When cleaning your AirPods, it's very important not to use anything wet or damp - never get your headphones wet. Also, do not hit the speaker protective mesh with a toothpick or pointed object as this may damage it.

Instead, use a dry cotton swab or soft-bristled toothbrush to remove wax or other debris from the speaker mesh.

Calibrate the AirPods with your iPhone

It's possible that AirPods and iPhones need to be calibrated - the two devices may have a different understanding of what “full volume” means, for example, and then the AirPods stop using the full range of audio available. It may sound complicated, but it's actually quite easy to fix.

  1. Put your AirPods in your ears and start playing music.
  2. Using the volume buttons on your iPhone, turn the iPhone volume down completely. You shouldn't hear anything from your AirPods now.
  3. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to bring up the Control Panel and tap the Bluetooth button to turn off Bluetooth. Leave your AirPods in your ears.
  4. Start playing the music again, this time through your iPhone's speakers. Using your iPhone's volume buttons, turn the volume down completely.
  5. Reconnect your AirPods. Pull down the Control Panel and tap Bluetooth to turn it back on. You may also need to open the Settings app, tap "Bluetooth" and tap "AirPods" to reconnect them.
  6. Play the music again, adjusting the volume as needed.

Check the audio settings of the Music app

If your AirPods have low volume mainly when you listen to music using the Music app, its settings may be misconfigured. You can fix it with just a couple of taps.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap "Music".
  3. Make sure EQ is set to “Off”. If it's on, tap “EQ” and then tap “Off”.
  4. Remaining in the music settings screen, make sure Volume Limit is also set to Off. If it is on, tap "Volume Limit" and slide the volume all the way to the right. This will turn it off.

What to do if an AirPods doesn't work?

Make sure both ears have the same volume

If AirPods are heard louder in one ear, an accessibility setting on the iPhone might suppress the volume in one ear. Here's how to check it out on your iPhone running iOS 13 or later:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap "Accessibility".
  3. In the Hearing section, tap "Audio / Visual".
  4. Make sure the left / right slider under “BALANCE” is balanced with the button in the center. If it slipped left or right, slide it back to center.

Further Reading:

  • How to connect AirPods to iPhone and iPad
  • 7 solutions for when AirPods don't work with phone calls
  • Huawei AirPods Pro discounted by 27% on Amazon
  • How to connect AirPods to Apple Watch
  • The best alternatives to AirPods

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