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Airpods Volume Low After Cleaning (Causes and How to Fix)

As an Airpods owner, I was recently frustrated to find that the volume of my Airpods had become unexpectedly low after cleaning them. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share with you the causes of this issue and the solutions I found so you don’t have to suffer the same fate! In this blog post, I’ll explain why Airpods volume may become low after cleaning and how you can easily fix it.

The AirPods volume can be low for various reasons, such as connectivity problems, low battery, and defects in the speaker. You should also make sure that you deep clean the speakers with isopropyl alcohol to remove any stubborn grime that muffles the sound.

IssuePossible CauseSolution
Low volume after cleaning AirPodsWet or heavily clogged speakersUse isopropyl alcohol to clean the speakers thoroughly.
iPhone/iPad in Low Power ModeTurn off Low Power Mode on your iPhone or iPad.
Software issuesReset the Bluetooth connection on your device and reconnect your AirPods.
Malfunctioning AirPodsReplace damaged AirPods or visit a certified service center for inspection and repair.

4 Reasons Why AirPods Volume Is Still Low After Cleaning

If you’ve cleaned your AirPods hoping to improve the low volume but it’s still not loud enough, here are some of the reasons causing it.

1. The AirPod Speakers Are Still Wet or Heavily Clogged

According to Apple, you should clean your AirPods with a dry, clean, lint-free cloth. Using water or a damp cloth to clean the speaker can actually block the sound or even damage the internal components because they’re not waterproof.

In some cases, the volume might stay low because the grime and gunk deposited on the speaker hole are too thick to be removed by wiping them with a dry cloth, which muffles the sound.

2. Your iPhone/iPad is on Low Power Mode

AirPods are designed so that they can go quieter when the battery level on your device is low. If you have the Low Power mode activated on your iPhone or iPad, the AirPods will respond by limiting the volume level to a lower setting.

The AirPods Low Power mode is also activated in other scenarios, such as taking them off for more than 5 minutes and keeping them stationary without putting them back in the AirPod case.

3. Software Issues

Another aspect that can heavily limit the volume of your speaker is connectivity problems. These issues are caused by a wide range of factors, including certain bugs and glitches.

One thing you should know here is that these problems aren’t always due to your AirPods, so you might also want to check your iPhone or iPad for any problems that are blocking the sound since they’re the devices mainly responsible for the volume of your AirPods.

4. The AirPods Is Malfunctioning

Lastly, if the AirPods’ speakers are physically damaged, whether by hard impacts and knocks or due to electricity issues, the speaker quality might be affected, which in turn, can lower the volume of the AirPods.

This problem is usually the hardest to fix because it requires a certified professional, but it’s quite rare if you’re careful enough, so you don’t have to worry much about it.

Read more: AirPods won’t connect to Apple Watch


How to Fix AirPods with Very Low Volume

Now that you know more about the problems, here’s a quick look at some of the ways you can troubleshoot them:

1. Clean the Speakers with Isopropyl Alcohol

If you need extra cleaning power while cleaning your AirPods, the only liquid that you can safely use is isopropyl alcohol. This one doesn’t damage the electrical components of the speaker while removing all the hardened grime and gunk that can’t be removed with a dry cloth.

You can also get rid of any water stuck inside the speaker by downloading a reliable water-ejecting app from the App store and playing it on the AirPods.

Read more: AirPods randomly pause

2. Reset the Bluetooth Connection

If you suspect that the volume problem is caused by a software issue, a simple reset can solve this problem.

First, put the AirPods back in their case, and leave them for at least 30 seconds.

Meanwhile, head to the Bluetooth section in the Settings menu, then pick your AirPods and choose “Forget This Device”. After that, take the AirPods out and connect them again to your device.

3. Turn Volume Reducing Settings

If you have the Low Power Mode enabled, make sure that you turn it off to allow the AirPods to reach the maximum volume.

4. Replace the AirPods If They’re Old or Damaged

If the AirPod’s volume is still quite low on all devices despite all your efforts, you might want to consider replacing them with new ones, especially if they’re pretty old or severely damaged.

However, if the AirPods are relatively new, you might want to send them to a certified service center to get them inspected, fixed, or replaced (if possible).

Wrap Up

As you can see, cleaning your AirPods may not be enough to improve their volume level, especially if you don’t use isopropyl alcohol to dissolve and remove stubborn gunk stuck in the mice and speaker holes.

With that being said, with the help of this guide, you should be able to pinpoint the cause of the problem and find the right fix for it!