How to Make AirPods Louder

Fix volume issues if your AirPod sound is too quiet

Apple AirPods are designed to work effortlessly, automatically pairing with your iPhone or iPad just by opening the case. But some users say their AirPod sound just isn't loud enough, and because AirPods don't have a volume control, this problem can be frustrating.

There are several reasons why your AirPods might not be generating enough volume, ranging from dirty speakers to misconfigured audio settings. Here's how to troubleshoot the issue.

These troubleshooting tips apply to AirPods, AirPods 2, and Airpods Pro.

Woman listening to AirPods while looking at iPhone.
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How to Fix Low Volume on AirPods

These AirPod troubleshooting steps are mostly fast and simple. Try each fix and quickly find out if it resolved your audio issues. If not, move on to the next potential solution.

Turn up iPhone Volume

Try turning up the volume on your iPhone. This might seem obvious, but there’s no volume control on the AirPods, so you need to rely on your iPhone's volume control to set the sound level. This is a good place to start because it's easy to overlook the volume on your iPhone.

Turn off Low Power Mode

If your iPhone is in Low Power mode, it can affect some non-critical systems, which can cause audio to play at a lower volume than usual. Turn off Low Power mode and try to use your AirPods with your iPhone in standard power mode.

Are Your AirPods Charged?

Make sure your AirPods are charged. If your AirPods have a very low charge, they can misbehave. Top them off by charging them for one or two hours, then test the audio again.

Turn off Equalizer Settings

Turn off any equalizer (EQ) settings. Most of the EQ settings tend to make audio played through the AirPods sound quieter. Surprisingly, even the ones with "Booster” in the name sound noticeably quieter. For that reason, it’s best to turn the EQ off.

Turn off the Volume Limit

For your hearing protection, the iPhone has an optional Volume Limit control, which caps the maximum volume of the phone somewhat lower than its true maximum output. If your AirPods aren't loud enough, turn off the Volume Limit to help you get back your missing sound.

Calibrate the Sound

Calibrate the sound between the iPhone and AirPods. It’s possible your phone and AirPods have two very different understandings of what the minimum and maximum volume should be. Here's how to fix it:

This doesn't happen often, but recalibrating the audio levels just takes a minute or two, so you should try it anyway.

  1. While playing music through your AirPods, turn the iPhone's volume all the way down.

  2. Disable Bluetooth, start playing music so it comes out of the iPhone's speaker, and then turn the iPhone's volume all the way down again.

  3. Enable Bluetooth and reconnect the AirPods.

Ensure AirPods Are Set to the Same Volume

Make sure both earbuds are set to the same volume, as you may have configured the iPhone’s Accessibility setting to play the two ears at different levels.

  1. Go to your iPhone's Settings.

  2. Select Accessibility.

  3. Scroll down to the Hearing section and select Audio/Visual.

  4. Make sure the slider is balanced, with the button in the middle between the L and the R.

Re-Pair Your AirPods With Your iPhone

Sometimes re-pairing your AirPods with your phone will solve the problem.

  1. Go to your iPhone's Settings.

  2. Select Bluetooth.

  3. Tap the circled i to the right of the AirPod name.

  4. Tap Forget This Device.

  5. Connect and set up your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad as if they were a new device.

  6. Check the volume on your newly set up AirPods.

Clean Your AirPods

If none of the audio settings have fixed the sound problem, your earbuds may need a good cleaning. Since the AirPods spend a lot of time in your ears, the speaker grille tends to get covered in earwax. If you can see buildup, carefully cleaning them can make a noticeable difference.