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AirPods Mic Not Working – Causes and Fixes

If your AirPods mic is not working, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

Likely reasons why your AirPods mic is not working are that the Mic is not actually being used, you need to switch the mic that is being used, there is dirt or something covering the mic, a connection issue, they need a software update, low battery or your AirPods are connected to a different device.

The rest of this post will discuss each of these possible causes in more detail and what you can do about them.

Why is the mic not working on my AirPods?

Below are possible reasons why your AirPods mic is not working and what can be done about it.

You need to switch which mic is being used

It could be the case that the mic on one of your AirPods is broken. However, only one mic is actually used at a time to record your voice. So, you could try using the other mic to see if it is due to a hardware fault.

To fix this try the following:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to Bluetooth
  3. Click the “i” next to your AirPods
  4. Click “Microphone”
  5. Change it from “Always left” or “Always right”

The mic is not being used

It might also be the case that you need to enable microphone access in the settings for the app within your iPhone’s settings app.

On Mac press “Option + A volume button” and make sure that your Airpods are selected as the input source.

Your AirPods are muted on your phone

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The issue could be that your AirPods are muted on your phone or that you have selected to use your phone’s mic instead of the AirPods mic.

It would help to make sure that they are not muted and that it is actually the AirPods mic that is being used.

Dirt covering the mic

It might be the case that your AirPods mic is dirty. The problem is that metal filings can easily get into the filing grill which can make it harder for the mic to hear your voice. To fix this do the following:

  1. Get some Blu-Tack
  2. Firmly press it into the microphone grill several times

Alternatively, just get a cotton swab and rub the microphone grill using that.

You can also suck on the microphone grill to dislodge dirt that way.

A connection issue

It is also possible that there is an issue with the connection that your AirPods have with your device.

It would help to try connecting your AirPods to a different device and to see if the mic is still quiet when using that device.

It would also help to disconnect your AirPods from all the other devices that they have a connection with in case their connection has been interfering with your AirPods.

Your AirPods need to be reset

Another possible cause is that your AirPods need to be reset and reconnected with the device you are using.

To reset and reconnect your AirPods, do the following:

  1. Forget the AirPods on the device you are using
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Press the button on the case for 15 seconds
  4. Wait 30 seconds
  5. Open the lid and hold the button on the case
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your device

They need a software update

AirPods do receive software updates. It might be the case that your AirPods need to be updated. They do update automatically when you connect them to an Apple device.

Low battery

If your AirPods are on low battery, it can sometimes cause the mic to not work properly. It would help to try charging your AirPods and to see if that helps.

AirPods are connected to a different device

Read more: Why won’t my AirPods disconnect?

It is also possible that your Airpods are actually connected to a different device and it would help to double check that your AirPods are actually connected to the device you think you are using.