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Why are my AirPods making a static sound?

If your AirPods have been making a static sound, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

Why are my AirPods making a static sound?

Below are likely reasons why your AirPods have been making a noise when connected.

A problem with the mic

If the noise you are hearing is more of a crackling noise, a number of users have reported that the crackling noise is due to a problem with the mic in their AirPods.

When you use the mic on the AirPods, it is actually the case that only one mic is being used. So, what you can do is switch the mic that is being used.

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”

Turn off transparency and noise cancellation modes

Some users have found that if you turn off the transparency and noise cancellation modes, the static goes away. To do this click the “i” next to your AirPods in the Bluetooth settings, then you can turn off the noise canceling and transparency modes there.

A problem with the connection

The reason might also be that your AirPods have a poor connection with the device that you are using.

It could be the case that you are too far away from the device, there are walls in the way, there is interference from other electronics, or your AirPods are connected to other devices as well.

It would help to try connecting your AirPods to a different device and to see if you still hear the static noise when you are connected to the other device.

If you do not hear the noise, it means that the problem is with the device or the connection you have with that device.

It would also help to try reconnecting your AirPods with the device.

Try the following:

  1. Forget the AirPods on the device you are using
  2. Put your AirPods in the case
  3. Wait 30 seconds
  4. Open the lid and hold the button on the case
  5. Reconnect your AirPods to your device

If that does not work, you can try resetting your AirPods by doing the following:

  • Forget your AirPods from your device
  • Put them in the case
  • Open the lid
  • Hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
  • Pair your AirPods with your device again

Broken AirPods

It might also be the case that you have damaged AirPods.

This would be more likely if your AirPods make the sound regardless of the device they are connected to, they make the sound even when they are not connected to any device and if it is a sound that they are not designed to make.

In this case, your best option is to take the AirPods to an Apple store.

Dirt in the microphone area

Sometimes the microphone areas can get dirt in them which can result in a buzzing noise. To fix this, you can get a cotton swab and use it to rub the microphone grill.

You have transparent or noise canceling mode enabled

Sometimes, when enabling the transparent or noise-canceling modes, it can result in there being a static sound. If it is very loud, this would be unusual.

However, if it is a faint sound, you should start to get used to it and not recognize it in the future.

A problem with the device itself

It might also be the case that there is a problem with the device or app you are using itself. It would help to see if you have similar problems when you listen to that device using different earphones.

You need to update the AirPods

AirPods do receive software updates. It might be the case that your AirPods need to be updated.

To update your AirPods, you need to put your AirPods in the charging case while it is charging and put an iPad or iPhone near the case.

Read more: AirPods blinking white but not connecting?

How to get rid of static sound in AirPods?

To get your AirPods to stop making a static sound, while they are connected, it would help to try reconnecting your AirPods to the device, to change the mic that is being used (as explained above), to update the AirPods, to see if they work fine when connected to different devices, and finally to take them into an Apple Store to get fixed or replaced.

Read more: Can you use AirPods with a smart TV?

Why is one AirPod making a static sound?

If only one AirPod is making a static sound, it would be more likely that the AirPod is faulty.

However, it might be the case that you need to reset and re-pair your AirPods with your devices, or it could be because that AirPod is being used as a mic and it would help to try switching the mic being used as explained above.

Why are my AirPods making a static sound when talking?

If your AirPods only make the static sound when you are talking, it could be due to a problem with the mic.

You can change the mic that is being used by clicking on the “i” next to your AirPods in your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings then click “microphone”.

It could also be due to a bad connection between your AirPods and your device or because your device has a bad connection with the internet or cellular network.