Apple’s AirPods are a great way for any Apple fan to listen to music, videos, and just about anything else on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more.
But there may be times, for any number of reasons, when your AirPods aren’t as loud as you’d like them to be.
Here are some tips on how to turn up the volume of your AirPods.
1. Change the volume of your device
The first way to turn up the volume on your AirPods should be obvious – turn up the volume. There are a number of different ways to do this.
First, just select the Volume Up button on your iPhone or iPad. No matter which model you’re using, the hardware volume control buttons are located on the side of your device.
You will see a small popup on your device showing the current volume and AirPods icon. Pressing the volume buttons will adjust the volume to your liking.
Although this is probably the easiest way to increase the size of your AirPods, Apple provides a number of other ways to accomplish the same task.
One way is through the Control Center and its built-in user interface elements. On iPhone X or later, just swipe down from the top-right corner. On older models, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
On the iPad, just swipe down from the top right of the screen as well.
You will see the volume control slider near the right part of the screen along with the AirPods icon. Adjust it as necessary.
Another option is to raise the volume with Siri. To talk to Apple’s virtual assistant with second generation AirPods or later, just say “Hey Siri.” On the first generation model, you’ll need to double-tap on either earpiece.
To get started, just ask about the current volume level. You can then tell Siri to increase the volume in a number of ways, for example, “increase the volume to 75 percent” or “increase the volume by 20 percent”. Simply saying “increase the volume” will turn the volume up in 12 percent increments.
2. Adjust iOS Settings
Another reason your AirPods are too quiet is the settings selected on your iPhone or iPad.
One of the first places you should check is if the Reduce Loud Sounds feature is turned off. It is designed to protect your hearing when using headphones.
head for Settings > Sound & Haptics on your iPhone. then select Headphone safety. make sure that Reduce loud sounds has been replaced.
The same setting is available on the iPad at Settings > Sounds. Choose Reduce loud sounds.
Next, you’ll want to head to Settings > Music on the iPhone. Scroll down to the Audio section. First, select Equalizer. If you’re not familiar with an equalizer, it can fine-tune the sound to better suit a specific type of music.
Apple includes a variety of different EQ options. So you can definitely give it a try and choose one that might provide a louder sound. You can also disable the equalizer completely.
Other streaming services, such as Spotify, also have separate EQ settings that you can customize.
Another toggle setting, if you’re looking to turn up the volume on your AirPods, is sound check. It plays all your music at the same volume level. While the feature is designed to protect your hearing, it can make playing some music quieter.
EQ and Sound Check are only available from Apple Music or music files downloaded to your iPhone.
3. Take a closer look at the source volume
If you are wondering why your AirPods are so quiet, be sure to also take a look at the sound source itself. For example, you might listen to a poorly recorded YouTube or TikTok video.
The audio from AirPods may also be less than you expect due to poor Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.
4. Clean your AirPods
Sure, it’s hard to think about, but with AirPods spending time in your ears, wireless earbuds tend to collect dirt, grime, and even earwax. All of that can collect on AirPods and cause certain sounds to be blocked.
Apple recommends that the best way to clean the outside of your AirPods is with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth slightly dampened with water. Make sure your AirPods are dry before putting them back in the charging case.
For microphone and speaker grilles, use a dry cotton swab to clean those areas. Be sure to remove all dirt and other debris, such as earwax, on the mesh surfaces.
Just to note, do not use any sharp objects or abrasive materials while cleaning your AirPods.
Basic AirPods troubleshooting tips
If you’re still having audio issues with your AirPods, it’s time to go through some basic AirPods troubleshooting tips.
First, put your AirPods back into the case and start charging them with a lightning cable or wirelessly. Then restart your iPhone, iPad, or other device.
Another quick and easy way to get your AirPods back to work is a soft reset. To do this, put both AirPods in the case and then open the cover. Press the setup button on the back of the case for 15 seconds until the status light flashes amber instead of white.
You will then need to reconnect your AirPods. Open the cover and place it near your iOS device and follow the onscreen instructions to set up the wireless earbuds again with your device.
Turn it into 11: Make your AirPods louder
With some of these simple troubleshooting tips, we hope to let you turn up the volume on your AirPods and better enjoy whatever you’re listening to.
Even if you don’t currently have any issues with your AirPods, small issues may appear in the future. But Apple has made it easy to get to the bottom of most problems.
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