While trying to provide a solution for the inconveniences of wired headphones, the AirPods come with their own set of problems; they might not fit well in your ears.
Apple tried to solve this issue in AirPods Pro, where their contoured silicone tip should sit right in your ear to allow for comfort and optimal noise cancellation. However, some people still struggle with the fit of AirPods in their ears.
Try The Airpods Fit Test
If you’re unsure whether your AirPods fit well in your ears, you can use Apple’s Airpods Fit Test. It’s only available for AirPods pro, though.
Here’s how to perform the test on your iPhone or iPad.
- Place the AirPods Pro in your ears and pair them with your device.
- Navigate to Settings and choose Bluetooth.
- Hover to your Airpods Pro connection and tap on the “i” next to it.
- Choose “Test Ear Tip Fit” to run the test.
- Click the play button. You’ll hear some music.
- You’ll get a message that says “Good Seal” if your Airpods fit well.
- Your iOS device will prompt you to try another size if they don’t fit.
Solutions for AirPods that Don’t Fit in Your Ears
Here are four simple ways to adjust the fitting of your AirPods.
Twist the Airpods
The intuitive solution is to twist your Airpods around 30 degrees so that the stem lies in a horizontal position rather than a vertical one that will inevitably fall at some point.
Some people tried wearing their Airpods upside down, and it’s worked for them. Although it looks a little weird, it’s a well-known trick that runners use.
Use Ear Hooks
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Although Apple’s core principle is to have its devices operate in a closed system, the aftermarket managed to sneak some accessories for the AirPod specifically.
The ear hooks are one of the most sought-after accessories of this aftermarket. If you tried to use your Airpods while exercising or even going for a brisk walk, you’d know what we’re talking about. It’s almost certain that one of them will fall at some point.
Ear hooks are mostly made of silicone. You attach their flexible bodies to the AirPods, and the hook goes around your ears to secure the fit. You can find plenty of options online with two main types; in-ear and over-ear hooks.
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The only downside to these hooks is that they won’t work with your AirPods case, so you’ll have to remove them every time you put the AirPods back in the case.
If you’re looking for an even more secure fit, you can opt for over-ear hooks. Also called ear grips, these silicon hooks are way longer than in-ear hooks and go all around your ear.
They’re different from in-ear hooks in that they attach to the stem of AirPods. They don’t cover it entirely.
The problem with over-ear hooks is similar to in-ear; they won’t fit into the case. Plus, ear grips are a bit cumbersome compared to the AirPods themselves.
Go DIY – Waterproof Tape
Using waterproof tape on your AirPods is one of the most popular and cost-efficient workarounds to adjust their fitting. All you need is some durable waterproof tape, typically Nexcare, and a pair of scissors.
Cut out four rectangular strips and place two on each of your AirPods, just above and below the sensor. You can do circular pieces using a hole punch, whatever works best for you.
Waterproof tape is resistant to moisture, so it should retain a good grip even when placed in your ears for a long time.
Use an AirPods Leash
If you find the hooks to be annoying, you can try something less invasive. An AirPods leash is a smart idea for a secure fit while doing physical activity. It’ll also solve the problem of your AirPods falling off during movement.
It’s made of super strong magnets that stick to the stem of your AirPods and a twenty-something silica gel strap that goes around your neck.
No need to give up on your AirPods because they don’t fit perfectly in your ears. Try one of the solutions above and let us know what you think.