If your AirPods or AirPod Pros will only work in a certain position, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.
The most likely reason why your AirPods only work in a certain position is that the ear detector is broken. It would help to try turning automatic ear detection off in your iPhone’s settings.
There are some other options available to you. However, unfortunately, it is likely that you are going to need to take them in to get fixed or replaced.
Why do my AirPods only work in a certain position?
If your AirPods only work in a certain position, it would be likely that they are broken.
A likely cause is that both or one of the ear sensors are faulty and not being able to tell when they are in your ears.
You can fix this by turning the ear detection off on iPhone and iPad, by clicking “settings” -> “Bluetooth” -> click the “i” next to the AirPods then you can click to turn off ear detection. However, this won’t help much when using Mac or Android.
It would also help to try cleaning the AirPods and to make sure that there are no debris inside of any of the grills.
It could also be the case that they are broken due to water damage or being dropped. This would be more likely if only one of them is not working or if they both stopped working since getting wet.
If only one AirPod is not working, it is an option to just use the other one by leaving the broken one in the case.
Another thing that is worth trying is to reset and reconnect your AirPods to your device by doing the following:
- Forget your AirPods from your device
- Put your AirPods in the case
- Open the lid and hold the pairing button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white
- Pair your AirPods with your device again
Unfortunately, there are no other options than to take your AirPods to an Apple store to be fixed or replaced.
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What to do if my AirPods only work in a certain position?
If your AirPods only work in a certain position, try turning off the automatic ear detection by clicking the “i” next to the AirPods on the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone or iPad.
Other than that, it will likely be necessary for you to take your AirPods to an Apple store to be fixed or replaced.
Read more: AirPods blinking white but not connecting
Why do I have to turn my AirPods all the way up to hear them?
If you need to turn your AirPods all the way up in order to hear them, it could be the case that there is a volume limit on your device, the website or app has the volume set low, or your AirPods are dirty.
I have written a full guide to how you can deal with this problem in this post.
Why do my AirPods only sound good at an angle?
If your AirPods only sound good at an angle, it could be the case that they are dirty. It would help to make sure that there are not any debris inside the speaker grill.
You can clean your AirPods as explained by Apple here.
However, it might also be the case that your AirPods are broken. This would be especially likely if it started happening suddenly after being dropped or allowed to get wet.
It is likely that you will have to take them to an Apple store in order to get fixed or replaced.
Why do my AirPods only work on one side sometimes?
If your AirPods only work on one side sometimes, it could be due to that AirPod having a faulty battery, a bad connection to your device, or a problem with the ear sensor.
It would help to try turning off automatic ear detection as explained above.
You can also try resetting and reconnecting your AirPods to your device as explained above.