Skip to Content

Why do my AirPods have a buzzing sound?

As an AirPods owner, I’ve experienced the occasional buzzing sound coming from my AirPods. It can be annoying and distracting, sometimes making it difficult to hear what I’m listening to. It’s a problem that I’ve been trying to figure out for some time now, and I’m finally ready to share my research and experiences with the world. In this blog post, I’ll be exploring why my AirPods have a buzzing sound and what I can do to fix it.

Likely reasons why your AirPods have a buzzing sound are that they are trying to connect to a device far away, your AirPods are giving you feedback such as telling you that the volume is too high or your AirPods might be damaged.

There are a number of possible causes of AirPods and AirPods pros having buzzing sounds. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Key Takeaways
AirPods can make a buzzing sound due to various reasons
To fix the buzzing sound, try resetting and reconnecting your AirPods, switching eartips, turning off noise cancellation modes, and updating the AirPods
If you hear buzzing while talking, move away from other devices, make sure AirPods are charged, and check the connection
Clean the microphone area of the AirPods
If the buzzing sound persists, take your AirPods to an Apple store
Switch to the internal mic if there is an issue with the external mic
Check for software updates on your device
Move away from other devices if there is interference
Ensure that your AirPods are charged

Why do my AirPods have a buzzing sound?

Below are likely reasons why your AirPods have a buzzing sound.

Bad connection

The issue could be that your AirPods have a poor connection with the device you are using. It would help to see if your AirPods still buzz when they are connected to a different device. If they do not, it would mean that there is an issue with the connection.

Read more: Why can’t I see the last location of my AirPods?

It could also be the case that you need to reconnect your AirPods and it would help to try reconnecting them to your device.

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 until the light flashes amber then white
  4. Wait 30 seconds
  5. Open the lid and hold the button on the case
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your device

A problem with the Eartips

Sometimes, the sound is actually the result of the eartips vibrating. Try taking the eartips out and putting them back in again. If only one AirPod is making the buzzing sound try switching the eartips over. If the sound stops, you will know it is due to the eartip.

Read more: is the Apple Pencil waterproof?

Turn off transparency and noise cancellation modes

Some users have found that if you turn off the transparency and noise cancellation modes, the buzzing 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.

Broken AirPods

It might also be the case that the AirPods are broken. This would be more likely if they have been making the buzzing sound regardless of the device they are connected to. It would also be more likely if only one AirPod makes the sound and if you recently dropped them or got them wet.

In this case, the only option would be to take your AirPods to an Apple store to be fixed.

AirPods need a software update

It could also be the case that your AirPods need updating. To update the AirPods, you need to put them in the case while the case is being charged, then put a connected Apple device near to the case.

To check the firmware version in your AirPods go “Settings” -> “General” -> “About” -> “AirPods” and you should see the firmware version there.

A problem with the device itself

It might also be the case that there is an issue with the device your AirPods are connected to. This would be more likely if your AirPods only make the sound when they are connected to that device and if other earphones also make a buzzing sound when they are connected to that device.

Dirt in the microphone area

Sometimes the microphone and speaker 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 speaker grills.  You can also try sucking or blowing on the grills to dislodge any dirt.

You need to switch to the internal mic

If the problem is only happening with FaceTime or Mac, Some users have found that for some reason when the AirPod’s mic is enabled on FaceTime Mac, it results in the sound quality being bad.

To fix this, you need to switch to the internal mic on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The reason for this is that when you are using the AirPod’s mic on FaceTime and Mac, the audio codec changes in both directions which is why you need to switch to the internal mic.


In some cases, it could be feedback from your AirPods. This happens when you turn the volume up too high on your device, or if you’re standing too close to another microphone or speaker. Move away from other devices and turn the volume down.


Can I fix the buzzing sound in my AirPods?

Usually, it’s a fairly simple fix. Turn off your AirPods and turn them on again. Move away from other devices. Make sure that you’re close to the device that’s transmitting sound.

But sometimes you’ll still hear the buzzing sound. This could mean that something is actually wrong with the AirPods themselves. Luckily, Apple has robust customer service that can help you fix your AirPods.

It should also be noted that you should have someone else listen to your AirPods. Sometimes, if you listen to AirPods a lot, you can develop something called tinnitus. Tinnitus means you hear buzzing even when it isn’t occurring. It can be subtle and sometimes it can come and go.

Why are my AirPods buzzing when I talk?

If your AirPods are buzzing when you use them, it’s most likely because they’re picking up feedback from another device. This can typically be fixed by moving away from the offending device or turning off and on your AirPods.

It could also mean that your AirPods don’t have any power and need to be charged. To do this, plug the Lightning cable into your device. There will be a battery indicator on your phone that shows how much life is left in your AirPods.

Another issue could be related to the connection between your Apple Watch or iPhone and your AirPods. You can check if there’s an issue with the connection by using another device.