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Why can’t people hear me on my AirPods?

As someone who has been frustrated by not being heard on my AirPods, I decided to do some research to figure out why this was happening. In this blog, I will share what I found out and how I was able to solve the issue. I will also provide other solutions that I discovered during my research. The bottom line is that unfortunately, there is no way to change the microphone volume on AirPods. Read on to find out how I worked around this challenge.

The most likely reasons why people cannot hear you on your AirPods are that your mic is muted, your mic is not allowed on the app you are using, your AirPods are broken, your AirPods are not actually connected or your AirPods are dirty.

Key Takeaways and tips:

  • Unfortunately, there is no way to change the microphone volume on AirPods.
  • Possible reasons why people cannot hear you on your AirPods are that your mic is muted, your mic is not allowed on the app you are using, your AirPods are broken, your AirPods are not actually connected or your AirPods are dirty.
  • To fix this try the following: go to settings, go to Bluetooth, click the “i” next to your AirPods, click “Microphone”, and change it from “Always left” or “Always right”.
  • To reset and reconnect your AirPods, do the following: forget the AirPods on the device you are using, put your AirPods in the case, press the button on the case for 15 seconds, wait 30 seconds, open the lid and hold the button on the case, and reconnect your AirPods to your device.
  • It would help to make sure that your AirPods are not currently connected to any other devices and to see if it works then.

Why can’t people hear me on my AirPods?

Below are possible reasons why people cannot hear you on your AirPods and what you can do about them.

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

Alternatively, just get a cotton swab and rub the microphone grill using that.

Read more: How to adjust the AirPods mic volume?

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 your AirPods 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.

Read more: Why do my AirPods sound bad on Facetime?

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.

Your AirPods are muted on your phone

The issue could be that your AirPods are muted on your phone or that you have selected to use your phone’s mic instead of the AirPods mic.

AirPods
AirPods

It would help to make sure that they are not muted and that it is actually the AirPods mic that is being used.

Your AirPods are actually connected to another device

The cause could also be that your AirPods are actually connected to a different device. It would help to make sure that your AirPods are not currently connected to any other devices and to see if it works then.

It would also help to see if your AirPod’s mic works on a different device. If your AirPods do work on a different device, it would suggest that there is actually a problem with the device you are using.

Low battery

If your AirPods are on low battery, it can sometimes cause the mic to not work properly. It would help to try charging your AirPods and to see if that helps.

Your mic is not allowed on the app’s settings

It might also be the case that you need to enable microphone access in your app’s settings.

If you have tried all of the above and you are still unable to get your AirPod’s mic to work, the best option for you would be to take your AirPods to an Apple Store and to see if they can fix or replace your AirPods.

Pros of talking on AirPods

  • The sound quality is excellent.
  • They are wireless and easy to carry around.
  • They come with a charging case that can extend the battery life.
  • They are compatible with multiple devices.

Cons of talking on AirPods

  • The microphone volume can’t be adjusted.
  • They are not waterproof.
  • They are expensive.
  • The battery life is shorter when using the mic.