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Why do my AirPods make a noise when connected?

If your AirPods or AirPod Pros make a noise when connected, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

AirPods are meant to make a beep sound when they connect to tell you that they have connected. If your AirPods are making sounds they are not meant to make, it could be due to a problem with the connection, they need to be updated, a problem with the mic, or because they are faulty.

There are a number of possible reasons why your AirPods are making a noise. However, by the end of this post, if you have not fixed it, you should have a much better idea of likely causes.

Why do my AirPods make a noise when connected?

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 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”

A problem with the connection

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

It might 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 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

Broken AirPods

It could 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.

Low battery

When the AirPods are running low on battery, they will make a ping-type sound. It might be the case that you are hearing the sound because your AirPods are running low on battery.

This would be more likely if the AirPods die shortly after. If your AirPods are dying quickly, even after you have very recently charged your AirPods, it would make it likely that your AirPods have a faulty battery.

Switching between noise canceling and transparent mode

If you have AirPods pro, it might also be the case that the sound you are hearing is your AirPods switching between noise canceling and transparent mode.

When AirPods pro switch between these modes, they will make a ping-type sound.

This would be more likely if your AirPods only make the sound when you squeeze the stem for a few seconds which triggers the AirPods pro to switch between modes.

To tell you it is connected

AirPods will also make a sound when they connect to a device. If you only hear the sound shortly after taking your AirPods out of the case, it would be likely that you are hearing the connection sound.

If you keep hearing that sound afterward, it might be the case that your AirPods are switching between devices.

This would be more likely if your AirPods are connected to multiple Apple devices and it is causing your AirPods to keep automatically switching.

In this case, it would help to disconnect your AirPods from all other devices and to only have them connected to the device you want to listen to.

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: Why does one AirPod charge slower than the other?

How to get my AirPods to stop making a noise when connected?

To get your AirPods to stop making a noise, 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: How to find AirPods case

Why do my AirPods make a static sound when connected?

If your AirPods have a static sound while connected, it would be likely to be due to interference from other devices, a weak connection or because they are faulty.

It would help to try resetting and reconnecting your AirPods and to disconnect them from other devices that you are not using.

It would also help to try to limit interference from things such as walls and doors by using your AirPods nearer to the device.

Are AirPods supposed to make a noise when they connect?

AirPods are meant to make a sound when they connect to a device to let you know that they have connected. However, that sound should stop straight away.

If you are hearing a crackling or static sound after connecting, it could be due to one of the reasons mentioned above.

If the tips above do not solve it, your best option would be to take the AirPods to an Apple store to see if they can fix or replace your AirPods.