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How to adjust AirPods mic volume

If your AirPod’s mic is not working the way you want it to, you might be wondering if it is possible for you to adjust the mic on your AirPods or if you can raise its volume. This post will show you if you can adjust the mic on the AirPods and how you can raise the volume of the mic.

It is not possible to directly adjust the volume of the mic on the AirPods. To raise the volume, you need to ensure that the mic is clean, change the active mic that is being used, or update the AirPods.

If the mic is quiet on your AirPods, there are a number of possible causes, but there are also a number of things you can do about it.

How to adjust AirPods mic volume

It is not possible to directly change how loudly your AirPod’s mic records you. To change how loud you are on your AirPods mic, you would either need to move the mic closer to your face or to adjust the volume of the device you are using.

You have some unique abilities with the Apple AirPods. One of these abilities is to actually change which AirPod is going to have the active microphone.

Apple figured that you would not always have both AirPods in your ears at the same time. They knew there would be scenarios where you have just one AirPod.

If you have just one of the Apple AirPods in your ears, it could be that you only have the left or the right ear.  

With the Apple AirPods, you have the ability to change the active AirPod microphone. The default setting on the Apple AirPods is to switch between the left or the right AirPod depending on which one is in the ear.

You can change it so that it is fixed to just one side.

To do this, you go into the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone. With the Apple AirPods having an active connection, you can click on the “i” symbol on the AirPods tab.

From there you can go to the Microphone setting and choose the preference that will work for you.

Read more: Why can I hear myself through my AirPods?

Why is my AirPod’s mic so quiet?

Below are possible reasons why your AirPod’s mic is quiet and what you can do about it.

Broken AirPods

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”

Dirty

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

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

A connection issue

It is also possible that there is an issue with the connection that you 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.

A software issue

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.

Read more: Why can’t people hear me on my AirPods?

How to get my AirPods mic to be louder

To get your AirPods mic to be louder try the following:

  • Change the mic that is being used as explained in the “Broken” section above
  • Reconnect your AirPods to your device
  • Clean your AirPod’s mic grill using the Blu-tack method as explained above