Why is One AirPod Louder Than the Other? [Quick Answer 2024]

Written By Farhan Max

AirPods continuously adjust to the geometry of your ear to block out the outer world and increase your focus. Its melody, beats, and rhythm make listening to music unforgettable. AirPods have great noise cancellations and custom high dynamic range amplifiers to make music even better.

However, this experience disappears when one AirPod sounds quieter than another earpiece.why-is-one-airpod-louder-than-the-other

About all the AirPods users around the world experience this issue occasionally. And they ask the same question, Why did this happen?

Well, the reasons aren’t that severe, and the solutions are pretty straightforward.

So hop on and read this article. Here you will know what causes one AirPod to sound quieter than another earpiece and how to solve it.

Why does One AirPods Sound Louder than Others?

Sometimes one of your AirPods gets quieter than the other. Mostly your earwax is responsible for this problem. When you use AirPods for a long time, the earwax gets into the speaker and blocks the sound. Also, imbalanced settings, corruption in the software, and a low battery can cause this issue.airpods-sound

Here are the reasons for one AirPods sound louder than the other one:

  • The dirt stops the sound of one AirPods.
  • Your iPhone’s audio isn’t balanced.
  • One earpiece has a low battery.
  • Fault in the Automatic Ear Detection feature.
  • There is a problem with the song you are playing.
  • Your iPhone has a problem with the Bluetooth sensor.

You need to know the cause to solve the problem. After you have learned the root of the problem, you can determine which solution will work.

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How to Fix AirPods When One is Louder than Other

In nine out of ten cases, your problem is caused by increased dirt. For this reason, cleaning your AirPods is the most effective solution. When that doesn’t work, apply the following working solutions accordingly.

Here are the solutions for AirPods when one is louder:

1. Clean your AirPods

The first thing you need to do to solve the low sound problem is cleaning your AirPods. But the sensors are very delicate to use. So you need to take caution while cleaning Your AirPods.

Here are the steps to clean your AirPods:

Clean Outside

  • Scrub a cotton bar in the dirty areas of your charging case. Rub-a-cotton-bar
  • Wash the case’s line’s dirt using a toothpick covered with cotton. Clean-the-cases-line
  • Clean the box with a cotton cloth or tissue paper.

Caution: the copper pin in the bottom can easily bend by a poke of a cotton bar.

Clean inside

  • Wipe the charging port with a soft brush. Scrub-the-charging-port
  • Clean up the speaker of your AirPods with a dry cotton bar. Clean-the-tail
  • Use a periodontal brush and wash the internal connection point. clean-the-interna

This is the safest cleaning process without damaging any pins or connectors. You should clean your AirPods after every 3 days of use.

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2. Adjust Audio Balance

Sometimes the balance indicator isn’t in the middle. For this reason, you can face a sound imbalance between the two of your devices.

Here are the steps to balance iPhones audio:

  • Tap Settings.
  • Select Accessibility.
  • Navigate down to Audio/Visual.
  • Move the Balance slider to the exact middle.

As the balance slider is in the middle, you will enjoy a balanced output from both of your AirPods.

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3. Reset iPhone Bluetooth

When the previous fixes don’t solve the problem, your Bluetooth chip can’t send the signals properly. That time you need to reset your Bluetooth to solve this problem.

Here are the actions to reset iPhone Bluetooth:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Remove the devices except for AirPods.off the-bluetooth
  • Toggle-OFF Bluetooth > wait 20 seconds.
  • Switch Bluetooth back ON.go-to-bluetooth
  • Reselect your AirPods and connect.

Executing this step will reset your Bluetooth driver and solve your problem.

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4. Restart Your iPhone

Sometimes as you use your iPhone for an extended period, the processing capacity of your phone drops rapidly, and the Bluetooth won’t be able to function normally. That hampers the sound transmission toward AirPods.

Here are the steps to restart your iphone:

  • Quickly press the power-button for 5 times.
  • Slide the power icon off. restart-your-iphone
  • Wait for 10 minutes.
  • Again press the power button.

The iPhone doesn’t have a direct restart option like android phones. For this reason, you need to follow the above option.

5. Reset your AirPods

AirPods can have sound imbalance for software reasons. When that happens, resetting your AirPods will solve your problem.

Here are the steps to reset your AirPods:

  • Implant both of your headsets into the charging case and open the lid. airPods-headsets-into-the-charging-case
  • Press and hold the Setup button for 30 seconds. The status light will start flashing. status-light
  • Shut the case lid down.

This will reset the AirPods to their factory state, and the sound will be perfectly balanced.

6. Update The iOS

Old iOS have bugs that can cause one AirPods to sound louder than another earpiece. So you need to update your IOS to the latest version.

Here are the steps to update your iOS version:

  • Go to the Settings option.
  • Select the General menu.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Download and install when there’s a software update.


After installation of the latest OS, your problem will go away.

7. Switch of Automatic Ear Detection

AirPods automatic ear detection can sometimes malfunction. These malfunctions can cause AirPods to sound imbalanced. By turning off the feature, you can get rid of this problem.

Here are the steps to switch to automatic ear detection:

  • Navigate Settings
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Tap the Info button.
  • Scroll down and Toggle OFF Automatic Ear Detection

Turning this off will stop your AirPods from behaving randomly, and your one AirPods sound louder than other problems will be solved.

8. Charge the AirPods

Sometimes one of your AirPod has a low battery for some reason. This can cause AirPods to sound louder than others. For that, you need to check the battery percentage of your AirPods and charge them as per need.

9. Try playing something different

Sometimes the audio you are playing can have the sound balancing issue, not your device. So try to listen to some other things. If they played perfectly, your device is OK.

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10. Succ on It

Occasionally your speaker can have some sticky dust that remains even after cleaning the AirPods. To remove that garbage, suck” the biggest speaker on the AirPods until you feel air flowing through the smaller speaker.

However, this method is risky. The dust or garbage can go inside your body and make you vomit. Sometimes you can also get Diarrhea from doing this method.


Long story short,  your earwax is primarily responsible for one AirPod sounding quieter than another earpiece. You can solve this problem by cleaning your AirPods. Also, some software mismanagement can cause this problem. And the above solutions will solve the software mismanagement.

After applying the solutions, I’m sure your one AirPod sounding louder than another earpiece problem is solved. Comment for any other issue you need an answer to.

Good day.

About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.

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