Why Is One AirPod Louder Than the Other? [Do This NOW]

Why Is One AirPod Louder Than the Other
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Over time, I have seen many Airpod users complaining that one of the pods is not working.

There are several instances, owners of AirPods have reported having this issue; some claim to have been dealing with it for years!

Fortunately, there is a quick remedy that should take care of most issues, with one AirPod sounding better than the other.

One AirPod is louder than the second. Why?

Your headphones’ speaker is covered in a layer made of cerumen, grime, and body sweat that makes one your Air Podslouder than the other.

If you gently clean the insides of your AirPods with a hygienic toothbrush or probably Q-Tip, they will become louder almost immediately.

Your AirPods’ volume substantially decreases when cerumen and dust build up inside.

A point may come that you would not be able to hear anything!

The fastest remedy however is taking out some time to clean it. Don’t be upset if it doesn’t work.

There are numerous other measures that have been tried and true which you may use to resolve this problem.

I’m positive you’ll get your defective AirPods operating again if you follow each method listed below.

Clean AirPods and Charging Ports

If one of your AirPod sounds better than the other, it’s probably due to the fluid in the middle ear, grime, and dirt that have collected on the speaker and in the charging port.

Completely disgusting!

Even a tiny layer of cerumen can have a major impact on the acoustics of the AirPods.

If you use your AirPods under the rain or when exercising while using them, moisture may also accumulate.

The AirPods will accumulate salt from perspiration, which will lower the audio quality.

Sometimes AirPods get wet from sweat or rain which may also accumulate dust even after they have dried up.

The rubber AirPods Pro tips are especially troublesome since they attract sweat, earwax, and grime like nobody’s business.

Therefore, check the tips of your AirPods Pro to discover if any dirt has amassed there when the volume and sound performance have suddenly decreased.

Examine carefully!

It might end up being so thickly doused that it is scarcely noticeable at the first glance.

Your AirPods may easily be cleaned of dirt and grime.

You must make sure you’re wiping your fragile electronics correctly though.

It has also become very handy to use a dry and clean toothbrush to gently clean dirt and grime off your AirPod speakers, or even an item of a similar kind.

In the same manner that you would clean out your physical ears, you could also clean out your AirPods using a Q-Tip.

Make careful to clean both the AirPods’ charging tips and the inside of the charging case!

To truly obtain a deep clean, you can, if necessary, with the Q-tip, also apply some isopropyl alcohol.

Not to fear, Apple is on board!

It is important to be advised that you should not use detergent or water when doing this.

To get a clearer look, you could simply make use of your phone’s flash or better still get a flashlight.

If you make it a practice to maintain the charging link ports immaculate and the speakers and sensors devoid of blockages, you’ll undoubtedly find a long-lasting solution to this issue.

Adjust the Balance for the Audio

Make sure your audio is balanced if, after cleaning your AirPods, one still does not sound as loud as the other.

To modify the balance of your audio:

Select Settings, then Accessibility.
After that, navigate to Audio/Visual.
Ensure that the Balance slider is exactly in the middle.

You will hear greater volume coming from one AirPod in comparison to the other if the balance slider is not in the center.

Just double-check that your audio is perfectly balanced before continuing.

Bluetooth Reset

Your next attempt should probably be restarting your phone’s Bluetooth if cleaning your AirPods and adjusting your audio didn’t solve the issue.

Restarting Bluetooth:

Navigate to Settings and choose Bluetooth.
After turning Bluetooth off, wait 20 seconds.
After that, turn Bluetooth back on.
Try to connect by selecting your AirPods again.

As an alternative, you may click the blue Bluetooth symbol on your phone’s home screen after swiping down to turn it off (grey).

After 20 seconds, click the Bluetooth icon once again to turn it on (blue).

You could try it again if the first time doesn’t work for you before letting go and moving forward.

You may usually resolve this issue by simply pushing your phone to attempt to restore a solid Bluetooth connection.

Try resetting your AirPods if you resume playing music with them, and the issue persists, with one being louder than the other.

Reset the AirPods

This is a fairly simple remedy, though slightly more complicated than simply restarting your Bluetooth.

Amazingly, many of you will find this to be effective.

You’ll need to follow the process to “Forget This Device” for you to get started.

This is how to do it:

Navigate to Settings and choose Bluetooth.
An info symbol will appear next to your AirPods.
To forget this device, choose it.
You can effectively do this to take off your AirPods from the list of devices on your phone.

You must re-sync your AirPods now that they have been removed.

To repair your AirPods, do the following:

Make sure you turn ON Bluetooth in your phone.
Open the charging case’s cover after putting both AirPods inside.
Press and hold the AirPod charging case’s button until the case status light begins to flicker white.
Your phone should display your AirPods. Choose “Connect”
It will require a couple of seconds for your AirPods to connect, but after that, you really are ready to go!

Your AirPods will be completely reset by this process, and the sound should now be reliable.

Do not become anxious if you are one of the unfortunate ones who have yet to resolve the problem.

Continue reading since various additional solutions will probably help you with this.

Let us look at another solution.

Resetting your iPhone

In some cases, it’s not entirely your AirPods’ “fault” if one AirPod does not sound as loud as the other; instead, it’s your phone’s problem.

The process of resetting your phone may be done in one of two ways.

The first step is easy; simply shut off your phone completely.

You’d be astonished at how many connectivity and software problems can be fixed with the simple power-off and power-on remedy.

This is mostly because the phone software also resets when the phone reboot, clearing any bugs or issues it may have encountered.

Press and hold any volume button while simultaneously holding the side button to turn off your phone (For older versions of the iPhone, you only need to press and hold the side button).

Reset Network Settings is the second method for restarting your iPhone.

By doing this, you disconnect from all current networks and delete all prior connections.

For your iPhone’s network settings to be reset:

Access Settings
The general settings option is down the page.
Go to the bottom and click Reset.
Select “Reset Network Settings” to finish.

iPhone Software Update

The software in iPhones is always being upgraded, enhanced, and corrected.

One AirPod may sound louder than the other if you’re using outdated or old software, which might be the root of the problem with your AirPod’s Bluetooth connection.

As often as you can, try to ensure your phone software is up to date.

I advise you to enable Automatic Updates so that your phone can plan to download these updates as you sleep at night.

Access Settings
The general settings option is down the page.
Select Software Update in the top menu.
Select the Automatic Updates Toggle next. 
If an update is available, choose Install Now.

Your phone will operate at its peak performance if you are using the most recent software!

By keeping an eye on these, you may prevent a lot of problems.

Shut off every nearby gadget

Here is another plausible solution for this issue; turn off all Bluetooth devices within close proximity to your Airpods.

This requires turning them down entirely.

The presence of other phones, mouse, headphones, keyboards, etc. might cause interference.

You could definitely prevent this by ensuring each of those devices is turned off.

Alternately, for every one of these Bluetooth devices, go to your iPhone and follow the process to “Forget This Device.”

We have earlier described the process of how to achieve this above.

You can ensure that there is no interference by performing this action.

Deactivate Automated Ear Recognition

The technology in AirPods can automatically detect when they are in your ear.

When this has been established, your device’s audio output becomes audible.

The technology is amazing, but if something goes wrong during this process, your headphones might encounter sporadic sound and a weak or blank connection.

(Make sure you cleaned your headphones well according to the previous guidelines because the most common cause of this function acting up is filthy headphones.)

I would simply turn off Automated Ear Recognition at the onset to see if that is the cause of the audio issue.

However, you must remember that if you deactivate this feature, your AirPods might just keep playing even after you have taken them off your ears.

The following is how to disable Automated Ear Recognition:

Navigate to Settings and choose Bluetooth.
Next to your AirPods, tap the Info button.
Turn off automatic ear detection by navigating to the bottom.

Check to see whether this has resolved your issue.

Power Up (Charge) Your AirPods

When AirPods frequently run out of juice (charge), they lose sound and loudness, and occasionally lose microphone capabilities.

If you always keep your battery level at 10% charge or less, you may permanently reduce the battery life of your AirPods!

AirPods are almost worthless when they are almost dead.

AirPods running low on battery are not particularly fun to use.

And when do they pass away?

They are also not precisely simple to locate.

When Apple AirPods aren’t charged properly, there are several other problems to contend with than just one AirPod not sounding as loud as the other.

For this reason, it’s crucial to maintain your AirPods completely charged to prevent running into any of these issues.

It’s not a difficult effort either because AirPods can charge from almost dead to fully charged in about an hour!


There are various tried-and-true solutions to the problem of one AirPod sounding louder than the other:

Clean the charging ports and speakers on your AirPods.
Ensure that your audio is perfectly balanced.
Try turning off and back on your phone’s Bluetooth to reset it.
If necessary, use “Forget This Device” to reset your AirPods. After that, fix your headphones.
Turn off and then back on your phone.
Install the most recent operating system on your phone.
To prevent potential interference, shut off any Bluetooth devices in the area.
Automatic Ear Detection should be disabled.
A full charge for your AirPods is a must.

This issue will probably be resolved before you attempt all of the troubleshooting procedures described in this article.

With all of the steps I have listed in this guide, you should be able to get your Airpods working perfectly again.