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How do I make my AirPods have more bass?

As an owner of AirPods, I’ve found myself frustrated with the lack of bass in my music. After doing some research and improving my expertise, I’m excited to share with you what I have learned about how to make AirPods have more bass. I’ll go over the various solutions I discovered, so that you can find the one that works best for you.

Key Takeaways:

  • To make your AirPods have more bass, you can engage the bass boost on the music settings on your iPhone.
  • You can also adjust the bass on AirPods by heading into the sound settings on the app you’re using to access music.
  • To increase the sound of the bass on your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, turn off Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and Transparency Mode.
  • Regularly cleaning your AirPods with a dry, soft brush can help improve their sound quality and make the bass more noticeable.
  • AirPods normally have a middle-of-the-road bass level

How Do I Make My AirPods Have More Bass?

The easiest way to increase the bass on your AirPods is to engage the bass boost on the music settings on your iPhone.

From the settings screen on your iPhone, scroll down to Music and choose EQ from the playback section. You’ll see an option for Bass Booster, which you can turn on to increase the bass on your AirPods.

This simple bass boosting method has one drawback in that it only increases the bass on songs you’ve downloaded onto your iPhone within the Music app.

If you open many popular video or music service apps, your bass boost setting often won’t transfer over to the sound on those other apps or websites.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use other methods to increase the bass on your AirPods.

There are quite a few settings you can modify and meddle with on your iPhone, your computer, and in the apps you use to change the bass level of your AirPods.


Can You Adjust the Bass on AirPods?

Another method to adjust the bass on your AirPods is to head into the sound settings on the app you’re using to access music.

For example, Spotify has settings within the app to modify the bass. After connecting your AirPods to your iPhone, you’ll want to open the Spotify app and head into the settings section. 

Within settings, you’ll navigate to playback and then tap on Equalizer. Within the list of different sound amplification settings, you’ll find an option called Bass Booster.

If you’re using your AirPods with an Apple computer, you can use this same method to boost in-app sound and bass on Spotify.

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How Do I Make My AirPods Pro Have More Bass?

There’s a setting on your AirPods that has nothing to do with bass but which can actually reduce the sound of the bass on your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max when you use it.

The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature works great when you want to reduce background noise around you, but the process tends to reduce your music’s bass power or feel.

The setting isn’t explicitly designed to reduce the bass that you hear from your AirPods, but the heavy processing of the music files that occurs when you use ANC can make the sound feel thinner and less intense. If you’re not hearing much bass from your AirPods, try shutting off ANC.

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Are There Other Settings I can Use to Boost Bass on My AirPods?

Another setting that you may want to turn off to increase the sound of the bass on your AirPods is Transparency Mode, which works opposite to how Active Noise Cancellation works.

When you turn on Transparency Mode, the AirPods will process the sound in such a way that you can still hear what’s going on around you despite listening to music at the same time.

Transparency Mode is an excellent feature, but it also has the unfortunate side-effect of reducing the sound quality from the AirPods.

Turning off Transparency Mode and Active Noise Cancellation may help make the bass level on your AirPods sound more impressive.

Keep Your AirPods Clean for the Best Bass Boost

The sound quality of your AirPods may degrade over time if you don’t clean them every once in a while. The speaker grills and tips of your AirPods will inevitably get dirty, and the buildup of dirt and other contaminants may reduce how much sound can come through the speaker.

The muffled sound you hear from dirty AirPods may make it sound like you’ve turned the bass – and all the other music enhancements – entirely off.

Fortunately, it’s easy to clean AirPods. Simply remove the tip and clean the surfaces with a soft brush. An extra-soft makeup brush is okay, or you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles.

You don’t want to use any water or cleaning agents to clean your AirPods. Just use a dry brush and gently rub them clean. Your freshly cleaned AirPods may have better sound and more apparent bass sound.

Can easily adjust bass on AirPods via iPhone settingsBass boost setting only works on downloaded music in Music app
Can adjust bass through sound settings in music appsActive Noise Cancellation reduces bass on AirPods Pro or Max
Can improve bass by cleaning AirPods regularlyTransparency mode reduces sound quality on AirPods

How Much Bass Do AirPods Normally Have?

The bass level on AirPods is a middle-of-the-road sound that won’t blow your ears off but won’t disappoint you either if you’re a fan of full, rich sound.

Anyone who wants to enjoy a significant bass boost on their AirPods will need to modify at least one setting for optimal bass sound, whether that’s the native bass boost in their iPhone or a setting on a popular app like Spotify or Pandora.