AirPods are one of the finest and most successful inventions in technology so far. They were immediately accepted and are now used worldwide due to their comfort and portability. However, everything has its own pros and cons, and so is the case with the Apple AirPods. Users have been complaining about an error that they are facing “Why one AirPod is louder than the other?”. And so, to help them in getting away with it using some easy fixes, we are going to tell it all.

In this article, we are going to discuss the probable reasons why one of my AirPods is quieter than the other, and also how we can resolve this issue using some pretty easy steps. So let’s get the ball rolling!

Common Issues Faced by AirPods Users

Even though the Apple AirPods have their own perks, there are many issues that the users have to face. We are going to list some of them below for you:


  • Losing an AirPod from the pair.
  • Unable to charge AirPods.
  • One AirPod is louder in one year than the other.
  • Dropping the AirPod on the floor or water accidentally.
  • Losing the connection suddenly to the AirPods.
  • AirPods falling off the ears time after time due to loose grip.
  • No sound or music in the AirPods.
  • Having trouble using the AirPods with non-iOS or Android devices.

Phew! So these were some problems that the AirPods users have to face from time to time. Even though Apple has worked hard on resolving these issues on the second and third generations of the AirPods, the users can still face any of them. Now let’s see why the issue of “One AirPod is louder than the other” happens.

Why is One AirPod Louder Than the Other?

Imagine having a good time listening to your favorite music on your AirPods comfortably, but the sound frequency doesn’t quite feel right. One AirPod’s sound is louder than the other, making you wonder if your AirPods are not connecting. Not likely. Let us explain why. It is hard to determine if one AirPod is louder than the other due to a software or hardware issue. However, here are some reasons why the issue probably might be happening:

  • Imbalanced Audio Signal: There is a possibility that you have not set the audio signal correctly in the settings of your connected device which is causing the issue of one AirPod being louder than the other.
  • A Connectivity Glitch: If your AirPods are not connected in the right manner, then that can be the reason for the issue.
  • A Damaged AirPod: The possibility for such an error is high if your AirPod is damaged. As the AirPod which is damaged isn’t functioning properly, the working one’s sound can be heard louder.
  • Junk Accumulated in the AirPod: If an excessive amount of debris has been getting accumulated in your AirPods, then this can be one of the reasons why your one AirPod is louder than the other.

At this point, we can’t be sure why exactly one AirPod sounds louder than the other. It can be because of a software or hardware problem. More importantly, your earwax could get into your AirPod, potentially causing damage. Below, we are going to explain how to get your AirPods issue repaired if they malfunction.

How to Fix the “One AirPod is Louder Than the Other” Issue?

There are some troubleshooting methods that you should try to fix —  why is one AirPod louder than the other? You can try the solutions mentioned below one by one using easy steps until the balance returns to your AirPods. 

Clean AirPods or the Charging Case

This is one of the most basic methods that should be used generally and not just as a troubleshooting solution.

  • Get a soft and lint-free cloth for cleaning the surface. 
  • With the help of the cloth, gently wipe the AirPods and their charging case.
  • To clean more compact particles, you can also use a fresh toothbrush.

Note: Don’t use tissue or cloth that will break up inside your device.

Clear Out the Earwax

It is only natural that earwax is present in our ears, and it can also get inside the gadgets that we wear on our ears like earphones or AirPods. And so, there is a high chance for the AirPods to get slower due to its excessive accumulation. Therefore, we have got you some easy ways to get rid of unwanted earwax from your AirPods. The AirPods volume can be adjusted by holding the AirPods and placing a thin towel over the mesh, then sucking it to get the dirt out. After that, continue to suck on it, and then check your quieter-sounding AirPods to see if there’s a noticeable change in the quality of its sound. 

As the AirPods or any other earphones build ear wax, any arriving sound is muffled, making the method effective. 

Note: Just be careful to suck on it using a tiny towel in between your teeth. Simply wipe clean with the towel every time you blow into the AirPods.

Check Your Audio Balance in the Connected Device

Audio balance refers to the volume of sound that comes out from the left side and right side of your AirPods when you’re listening to music or watching your favorite television show. As the balance is adjusted in the bar, your AirPods will sound louder on that particular side of the AirPods. 

To make sure that you are listening to the best quality audio on your AirPods, you should check if the balance is adjusted in the middle to keep the audio levels in check and balance on both AirPods. Here’s how you can check the audio balance of your AirPods.

  • Go to the Settings of your device.
  • Then tap on Accessibility and select Audio/Visual.
  • Now, to restore the balance, slide the bar to the middle (0.00).

Try Your AirPods With Another Device 

If you are still unable to get this issue fixed, you can try connecting your AirPods to some other iOS device, be it iPhone, iPad, or iMac. This will make it clear if your AirPods are at fault or if there is any other issue. 

Once connected, try playing some audio or video from that device and check if the issue stays still or not. 

Restart your Device

It is possible that the AirPods you are blaming for being louder on one side are actually the device’s fault that they are connected. For that, you can follow the most basic common methods i.e., restarting your device. The steps for it are as follows:

  • Press and hold the power button and swipe the power off slider.
  • Now, restart your iPhone after waiting 30 seconds by holding the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection 

One of the many features of AirPods is that they can detect when they are plugged into your ear and when they are not. This is why when you remove one AirPod from your ear, the audio, or the video automatically stops playing and when you plug it in again, it starts to play. 

Sometimes, this may cause some trouble while listening to music on your AirPods. Hence, you can try turning off the automatic ear detection feature. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Settings section. 
  • Tap on General
  • Click on the Info button present next to your AirPods. 
  • Scroll down and turn off the ‘Automatic Ear Detection’ option. 

Reset AirPods

For solving minor software flaws like rapidly dwindling battery life, and connection difficulties you should consider resetting your AirPods. When you reset your AirPods, you get a “new start,” just like it is with your device. Resetting AirPods is a simple process. The steps to reset the AirPods are as follows: 

  • Press and hold the AirPods Charging Case’s Setup button.
  • Wait for the status light to show an amber color and then white.
  • After it starts flashing white color, release the setup button. 
  • Your AirPods will now be successfully reset.

Calibrate AirPods Sound and iPhone

If still, nothing works out for you, try calibrating your AirPods with your iPhone. This method is meant to simply entail the altered sound to account for all the external circumstances. 

With this, you will be able to hear the effect immediately, especially as the level of sound rises and falls. Here’s how you can calibrate your AirPods:

  • Turn down the volume all the way. 
  • Then in Bluetooth settings, turn off your AirPods. 
  • Make sure that your AirPods are positioned correctly in your ears. 
  • Use your iPhone’s speakers to listen to the sound. 
  • Then, turn your phone’s volume down all the way. 
  • Now connect your AirPods again and increase the volume all the way and see if it works. 

Reset All Settings

If resetting your Apple AirPods Settings doesn’t work, you should try resetting the settings of your device itself. Here are the steps for it:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Scroll down and click on Transfer Or Reset iPhone.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Click on Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode, if asked.
  • Tap Reset All Settings another time to confirm your decision.
  • Your iPhone will shut down, complete the reset, and turn itself on again will automatically turn back on when the reset finishes.

Contact Apple Support for Repair

If none of the above-mentioned methods worked for you, don’t worry! As we are still here for the rescue with one last resort for you – contacting Apple Support for the repair of your AirPods. The steps for this easy procedure are as follows:

  • Visit Apple’s website to make an appointment at the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store.
  • Make sure to check in at the Genius Bar when you arrive.

FAQs

Ans: There can be many possibilities for why one of the AirPod is quieter like earwax accumulation, damaged AirPod, connectivity issues, etc.

Ans: You can clean wax by using a lint-free cloth or a toothbrush. In addition, you can also use a cotton bud or a toothpick to scrub the wax from the mesh.

Ans: Yes, if any other method doesn’t work out for you, you can try managing your device’s settings or resetting them too.