Why is one AirPod Louder Than the Other: 8 Tested Fixes

Hey, welcome to the guide that will save your life, or at least your AirPods. I know you are feeling frustrated right now, and it’s all because of the uneven sound in your AirPods.

While let me tell you one thing that this issue is not just happening with you, I have seen on many online forums and found that thousands of users have already faced this problem. But don’t worry, I have the solutions for you.

I have done a lot of research on this issue and found the perfect 5 ways that always worked. I will share them with you, all you have to do is just follow the steps and your problem will be solved in no time.

8 Ways to fix one AirPod Louder Than the Other

Depending on the cause of the problem, there are different ways to fix one AirPod louder than the other, I will demonstrate each causes with a fix. Here are 8 tested fixes that you can try:

Solution 1: Restart Your Device

Sometimes, the simplest solution is the most effective one. Restarting your device can help to fix many issues, including the uneven sound in your AirPods.

This is because restarting your device can clear the cache, reset the Bluetooth connection, and resolve any software glitches that might be affecting the sound quality. Here are the steps to restart your device:

For the people using iOS devices, press and hold the Power button and the Volume button until you see the Slide to Power Off option. Then, drag the slider to turn off your device. Wait for a few seconds and then press and hold the Power button again until you see the Apple logo.

Restarting an IOS device

For Android devices, press and hold the Power button until you see the Restart option. Then, tap on it to turn off your device. Wait for a few seconds until you see the logo of your device and the device will be restarted.

Restarting Android phone

For Mac devices, click on the Apple menu and select Restart. Then, click on the Restart button to confirm.

restarting macbook

For Windows devices, click on the Start menu and select Power. Then, click on Restart.

Restarting windows device

After restarting your device, reconnect your AirPods and check if the problem is solved. If not, move on to the next solution.

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Solution 2: Reinsert your AirPods

  • The next thing you should try is to reinsert your AirPods into your ears or into the case and then take them out again.
  • This may help reset the connection and balance the volume levels of your AirPods.
  • You should wait for a few seconds after closing the case and then open it again to reconnect your AirPods to your device.
  • You can then play a song or a video and check if the volume is equal on both sides.

Solution 3: Try Another Device

This is not really a solution, but a way to find out if the issue is with your device settings or your Airpods. So connect your Airpods to a different device and see if they work properly. If the problem is with your device, go to the next solution ( in which we will configure device settings ).

Otherwise, continue with the other solutions until you get to solution 5 ( Which is cleaning Airpods to fix the low sound issue on one side ).

Solution 4: Check the Sound Balance

Another possible reason why one AirPod is louder than the other is that the sound balance is not set properly. This means that the left and right channels of your device are not balanced equally. To fix this, you need to adjust the sound balance settings on your device.

Here are the steps to do that:

For iOS devices, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual. Then, drag the Balance slider to the center or to the position that suits your hearing.

For Mac devices, go to System Preferences > Sound > Output. Then, drag the Balance slider to the center or to the position that suits your hearing.

sound balancing on macbook

For Windows devices, go to Control Panel > Sound > Playback. Then, right-click on your AirPods and select Properties. Go to the Levels tab and click on the Balance button. Then, adjust the left and right channels to the same level or to the position that suits your hearing.

For Android devices, go to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing Enhancements. Then, enable the Left/Right Sound Balance option and drag the slider to the center or to the position that suits your hearing.

After adjusting the sound balance, check if the problem is resolved. If not, move on to the next solution.

Solution 5: Update your Device and your AirPods

Updating your device and your AirPods to the newest software version can help to fix any problems that may affect the sound quality of your AirPods.

IOS Device Update:

To update your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap on Download and Install if you see an update available.

Updating IOS device

Mac Device Update:

To update your Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update (or General > Software Update in newer versions).

Updating software on mac

Updating Airpods:

To update your AirPods, put them in the case and plug the case into a power outlet. You also need to have your device close by and connected to the internet.

The update will start automatically and may take a while to finish. You can see the firmware version of your AirPods by going to Settings > Bluetooth and tapping on the “i” icon next to your AirPods.

Solution 6: Update Applications

One of the ways to fix the sound issue with your AirPods is to update the applications you use. Sometimes, the applications may have bugs or compatibility problems that affect the sound quality or balance.

If you use streaming services like Spotify or any other App, you should update them to the latest version if one of your AirPod is louder than the other. Your Spotify version may have trouble with Bluetooth connections or sound balance.

Here is how you can update your apps:

  1. First, go to your app drawer and open the App Store.
  2. Then, tap on your Profile.
  3. Scroll down and look for the app you need to update.
  4. Tap the Update button to start updating the app.
  5. Then, use your AirPods again and check if the update worked.

Solution 7: Clean your AirPods

If your AirPods are dirty, the sound may be blocked by dirt, wax, or debris. To fix this, you need to clean your AirPods often and carefully. Here are the steps to do that:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner, a shop-vac, or something similar with a small nozzle. Put the AirPod near the nozzle and turn the vacuum on. Cover most air gaps to create a suction. Do this for 15 seconds and repeat 2-3 times for each AirPod.
  • Use a toothpick and gently scrape the inside edges of the speaker holes. There may be a lot of wax, hair, or dirt there. Do this for all three holes on each AirPod (don’t ignore the other two holes, they also need to be cleaned).
  • Use some sticky tack (the kind you use to hang posters) and take a small piece. Press the sticky tack into the speaker holes and pull it out. This will help to remove any remaining dirt or wax. Do this as many times as needed (use new sticky tack often and do this for all three holes).
  • Use a cotton swab and dip it in some rubbing alcohol. Squeeze out the excess and gently wipe the whole surface of the AirPods (including the speaker holes). This will help to disinfect and sanitize your AirPods.

Or try the steps mentioned in the video:

After you clean your AirPods, reconnect them and see if the sound is even. Many users have said that this solution was very effective and the only one that worked for them.

Solution 8: Reset your AirPods

If none of the previous solutions worked for you, the last resort is to reset your AirPods. This will erase all the settings and data on your AirPods and restore them to their factory defaults.

This may fix any issues that are caused by corrupted or faulty firmware. Here are the steps to reset your AirPods:

  • First, put your AirPods in their case and close the lid. Wait for about 30 seconds and then open the lid.
  • Next, go to the Settings app on your device and tap on Bluetooth. Find your AirPods from the list of devices and tap on the i icon next to them. Then, tap on Forget This Device and confirm.
  • Then, press and hold the Setup button on the back of the case for about 15 seconds until you see the status light flash amber and then white.
  • Finally, place your AirPods close to your device and follow the instructions on the screen to pair them again.

After resetting your AirPods, reconnect them and check if the sound is balanced. If not, you may have a hardware problem with your AirPods and you should contact Apple support or visit an Apple store for further assistance.

Feedback/Solutions From Users Found on Forums

Above were the main causes and solutions for one airpod being louder than the other, but I have also done a lot of research on this issue and I have found various comments/feedback by users from forums like Reddit, Apple Discussion, Quora and Youtube Videos who have solved their low sound issue on one airpod.

This will help you to try their recommended solutions, and I can guarantee you that if they worked for them, they will work for you too.

User 1:

“It may seem weird, but try this. I can say it works for me. My right bud was much quieter than the left. I sucked on it until I felt some air coming out of the small speaker, and they had the same volume. Luckily I didn’t suck in any wax.”

User 2:

“This was the first article that told me to suck and it was the only thing that fixed it!!! Awesome!!!”

User 3:

“Cleaning the Airpods did it for me. Before cleaning my right Airpod was at maybe 5% volume when the Iphone volume was at 100%.

I could hardly hear anything. After I cleaned the Airpods, not with the Apple recommended method but with a dry electric toothbrush. The volume was normal again.”

User 4:

“How did the first one work?! I thought I had to buy a new pair omg‍” (the user is mentioning Solution 1 in our guide, I guess he tried other steps but forgot about this basic step )

User 5:

“This WORKED!!! I did the blowing and sucking idea and it worked… I couldn’t hear anything out of my left airpod… it was so annoying”

User 6:

“I thought the blowing thing was totally silly but it worked!!! Thank you so much!!! ( User is mention Solution 7 from our guide )”

User 7:

“Ohhh thank you thank you thank you I would never have guessed the blowing sucking way. Now I can go for my run without being annoyed and of course I don’t need to spend money on new ones. Thanks again”

User 8:

“OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS WORKED!! The suck method while sounded dumb at first totally worked, I’ve had the problem for months and finally found a solution! Thank you so much!”

User 9:

“Thank you so much for the sucking tip!!! I got my AirPods a few months ago and the volume in the left one has been much lower than the right one for a long time, but after just a few seconds of sucking they have the same volume again! You literally saved me so much money thank you!”

Well from these feedback, I must say that cleaning wax from your Airpods is the main solution to this problem, hope you fix this issue too with this recommended solution.

You can also watch this video if you can’t read the too much text in which one airpod louder then other issue is fixed:

FAQ Section

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about one AirPod louder than the other:

How do I know if my AirPods are damaged or defective?

If none of the above fixes work, or if you see other signs of damage or defect, such as cracks, dents, or loose parts, you may have a hardware problem with your AirPods. In this case, you should contact Apple or visit an Apple store or an authorized service provider to get your AirPods checked and fixed or replaced.

How do I prevent one AirPod from being louder than the other?

To prevent one AirPod from being louder than the other, you should follow some best practices, such as:

  • Clean your AirPods and charging case regularly with a soft cloth and a dry toothbrush.
  • Avoid using your AirPods in a dusty or humid place, or near other wireless devices.
  • Keep your device and your AirPods updated to the latest software version.
  • Check and adjust the audio balance on your device.
  • Store your AirPods and charging case in a cool and dry place when not in use.

My Final Say

I have presented you with 8 main solutions and some feedback from users who have tried different methods to fix the problem of one AirPod being louder than the other. This problem can be caused by various factors, such as volume settings, dirt, software glitches or firmware issues.

Depending on the causes, I provided you the solutions, I hope that one of these solutions or suggestions works for you and that you can enjoy your AirPods with balanced sound.

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