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One AirPod Is Louder Than the Other (Causes and How to Fix)

Imagine listening to your favorite music through your AirPods every day, then out of nowhere, you notice that one AirPod is louder than the other!

The reason could be an uneven sound profile, outdated firmware, audio settings issue, or hardware issues. Solutions you can try include adjusting the sound profile, restarting your audio source, updating the firmware, resetting the earbuds, or cleaning the earbuds.

Keep reading to learn more about what causes one AirPod to be louder than the other and the multiple ways you can fix it.

Why Is One AirPod Louder Than the Other?

Here are the most common culprits behind the louder sound output in one AirPod but not the other:

1. An Uneven Sound Profile

Most tracks nowadays are stereo audio, which means that the left and right channels receive different audio signals.

This allows sound engineers and producers to create more immersive listening experiences by manipulating how you perceive sound from each speaker.

This can result in one AirPod giving a louder sound than its twin. In this case, it’s a normal occurrence.

To make sure, however, you should engage Mono audio to send the same audio signal to both earbuds and check each of their volumes. Here’s how:

  • On your iPhone, open “Settings” and choose “Accessibility”.
  • Under the “Hearing” category, select “Audio/Visual”.
  • Turn on “Mono audio” and try the AirPods.

2. Outdated Firmware

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Apple devices operate using firmware and AirPods are no exception. Firmware updates roll out regularly to improve the features of the device and enhance its performance.

Additionally, newer versions of firmware are often designed to resolve bugs and errors that may pop up in your Apple device and hinder its function or your experience.

As such, if the firmware on your AirPods is out of date, its output may suffer causing one earbud to sound louder than the other.

You can check whether or not your AirPods are running the latest firmware by following the steps below:

  • On your iPhone (or connected device), open “Settings”.
  • Choose “General” then tap “About”.
  • Tap on your AirPods’ name.
  • You should be able to see their current firmware version.

3. Audio Settings Issue

Another reason why one of your AirPods sounds louder than the other could be a technical error with the settings on your audio device. For example, you’re using the wrong sound enhancement settings.

To find out if this is really the problem,  connect a different pair of AirPods to the same audio source. If one side has a louder output, chances are the device needs readjustment.

4. Hardware Issues

A hardware issue with your AirPods could be the culprit behind one side sounding louder than the other.

It may be something wrong with the internal components of the earbuds or a buildup of dirt or earwax that prevents the production of full sound and muffles the volume.

How to Fix AirPods When One Is Louder Than the Other

Here are some common solutions to help you get a similar sound level from both AirPods:

1. Adjusting the Sound Profile

To tweak the balance of the volume in your AirPods, you can try adjusting their sound profile by following the steps below:

  • On your iOS device, open “Settings”.
  • Choose “Accessibility” then tap “Audio/Visual”.
  • You’ll see a slider that you can move left and right to redistribute the audio output between the earbuds.

2. Restarting Your Audio Source

Whatever the device you’re playing audio from, restarting it can resolve bugs and glitches that may be causing the lopsided volume.

Simply turn the device off and then back on after 15 seconds and see if the problem is fixed.

3. Updating the Firmware

You can’t manually update the firmware on your AirPods and you can’t use your iOS device to do it either — not yet at least.

If you want the latest AirPod firmware version, you need to let the earbuds do the job automatically as follows:

  • Connect the AirPods to your iPhone.
  • Leave the earbuds for about half an hour without usage.

4. Resetting the AirPods

A reset will return your AirPods to their default settings, effectively resolving most bugs and glitches that may cause lopsided volume issues. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Return the earbuds to the charging case and leave them inside the closed case for around 30 seconds.
  • On your iPhone, open “Settings” and choose “Bluetooth”.
  • Next to your AirPods’ name, tap the “i”.
  • Select “Forget This Device” and tap “Forget This Device” to confirm.
  • On the back of the charging case, hold down the setup button for 15 seconds.

5. Cleaning the AirPods

Use a microfiber cloth and some isopropyl alcohol to clean your AirPods, especially the speaker grills and the area around them.

Use a toothpick to gently remove dirt from the edges. Finish up with a soft toothbrush.

Final Thoughts

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When one AirPod is louder than the other, the solution can be as easy as restarting or resetting a device.

After you try all the fix-ups mentioned above, your last resort is to contact Apple and ask their technical support team for help.