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Why do my AirPods screech or squeal?

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

Likely reasons why your AirPods make a screeching sound are that they have a bad connection, there is interference between them and the device, they are broken or because they need to be updated.

If only one of the AirPods makes the sound or they have been doing it since getting wet, it would be more likely that they are broken. If they both make the sound when connected to a particular device, it would be more likely that there is an issue with the connection.

Why do my AirPods screech or squeal?

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

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Bad connection

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

It would help to see if your AirPods still screech when they are connected to a different device. If they do not, it would mean that there is an issue with the connection.

It might 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 they flash orange then white
  4. Wait 30 seconds
  5. Open the lid and hold the button on the case
  6. Reconnect your AirPods to your device

Broken AirPods

It could also be the case that the AirPods are broken. This would be more likely if they have been making the screeching 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.

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 screeching sound when they are connected to that device.

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.

Feedback

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.

You need to reset network settings

A number of users have found that it is necessary for them to reset their network settings. To do this on an iPhone, go to settings, then general, then reset, and then go through the steps to reset network settings.

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How to stop my AirPods from screeching?

To stop your AirPods from making a screeching sound, try resetting them and reconnecting them to your device as mentioned above.

Also, try updating them and see if they make the sound when they are connected to different devices.

If only one AirPod is making the noise or they do it regardless of the device they are connected with, it would help to take them to an Apple store to see if they are broken and can be fixed.