Why is One AirPod Louder Than The Other? The Ultimate Fix to Follow

BY Sourav


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Does it feel like the sound of your right/left AirPod is louder than the other? If your answer is yes, in that case, you should know that it is one of the common AirPod problems. 

This type of problem can affect your music listening experience. However, the good news is you can fix it easily without taking it to the Apple Service Centre or purchasing a new one. 

Go through this article to know why one AirPod is louder than the other and how you can fix it. 

Why is One AirPod Louder Than The Other?

The most likely cause why one AirPod is louder than the other is because of the buildup of earwax, dust and sweat over the speaker of the headphone. On the other hand, if you have altered the sound preference, then the audio balance can get disrupted and that can cause the issue with your AirPod.

How to Fix One AirPod Louder than the Other?

1. Clean the AirPods

Keep in mind that even a small layer of dust or earwax is enough to disrupt the sound quality of your headphones. Your AirPods and AirPods charging case will gradually attract a lot of dust, debris, and moisture. That’s why you have to clean them using safe methods. 

In order to carefully clean your AirPod speakers, try using a dry, clean toothbrush and a lint-free cloth.  It is even possible to clean your AirPods with a Q-Tip. Don’t forget to wipe down the interior of your AirPods’ charging case.

You can also clean your AirPods by sucking on them or by blowing air onto the speaker. Make sure to keep a thin cloth between your mouth and the speaker every time you blow.

2. Adjust the Audio Balance

Using the AirPods’ Audio Balance feature, you may adjust the volume coming from each individual earpiece. If the audio volume of your AirPods is not balanced, then one AirPod can be significantly louder than the other. That’s why you need to make sure that you never shift the sound balance to the right or left.

In order to adjust the audio balance, you need to follow the simple steps on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings and select Accessibility.
  • Choose audio/visual from the next menu.
  • Drag the slider and place it at the center.

3. Reset your AirPods

Sometimes a minor device problem can be fixed by resetting the device. You can reset your AirPods by unpairing the device from your iPhone and then re-pairing it again.

Unpair the device

  • Go to Settings and then select Bluetooth.
  • Click on the Info Icon next to your Airpods.
  • Tap on Forget This Device.

Re-pair the device

  • Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • Put both the AirPods in the charging case and then open the lid.
  • Press and hold the back button of the charging case until the light blinks white.
  • You can see a pop-up on your phone, select Connect.
  • It will take a few seconds to connect to the AirPods and the reset process will be done.

4. Restart your iPhone

Restarting the iPhone can often resolve minor software-related issues, such as no sound on iPhone video. So, try restarting your iPhone to fix the issue with your Airpods. Here’s how to do so,

  • Press and hold the power button until you see the power off slider.
  • Swipe the slider to the right to turn off the iPhone
  • Wait for 30 seconds.
  • Again press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

5. Reset the iPhone

Sometimes the problem can be with your iPhone but not with the AirPods. To ensure that your Airpods are not faulty, try connecting with other devices such as another iPhone, iPad, MAC or PC. Once you connect it to another device, check the sound on both speakers by listening to a song or video.

In case the AirPods run perfectly on another device, then you need to reset your device. Here’s how you can reset your iPhone or iPad:

  • Go to your iPhone’s Settings and tap on General.
  • Tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone> Reset.
  • Finally, tap on Reset All Settings.

Don’t worry, as resetting your phone will not delete your media files; however other things such as network settings, Apple Pay Cards, location and other privacy settings will be deleted. Once you are done resetting your iPhone, you can check whether the problem with your AirPods is working fine or not.

6. Charge your AirPods

It can be a possibility that one of the AirPods’ batteries had died and that’s why one AirPod is quieter than the other. Insert both AirPods into the charging case and plug in the official Apple lightning cable. Charge them for at least 30 minutes to make sure the problem isn’t caused by a lack of charge.

7. Re-calibrate AirPods through iPhone

If you’ve tried everything else and still one AirPod is louder than the other, try adjusting the volume by calibrating. Calibrating the sound between two devices refers to altering the volume so that the sound matches on both devices. The sound quality of your AirPods and iPhone will be identical after doing this.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to calibrate your device:

  • Connect your AirPods with your iPhone and start listening to something.
  • With the help of the volume button, reduce the sound to the lowest.
  • Next, go to your phone’s Settings and turn off Bluetooth. Make sure you do not remove the AirPods from your ears.
  • Now, transfer background music to your iPhone speakers. Next, you can set the volume to the lowest.
  • Finally, turn on your Bluetooth and connect the AirPods to your iPhone.

If you follow these steps, the volume and frequency of the noises played by your AirPods will be flexible. In this way, the volume levels on each AirPod would get balanced.

Final Words

Wear and tear, software, and hardware-related issues can be the reason why one AirPod is louder than the other. However, the problem can be fixed using some simple methods mentioned in this article. In case none of these methods works for you, then you don’t have any other choice but to repair your AirPods by visiting Apple Care or purchasing a new one. 

About The Author


Sourav’s been working as a freelance writer and blogger for over five years. She is a firm believer in big dreams and realizing them. Her work has been published in Women On Writing, Be a Freelance Blogger, Make a Living Writing and Brazen Careerist among others