How To Make AirPods Louder? – 2023 Review

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The best way to enjoy music is probably with a high enough volume to block out the surrounding noises, with no interruption at all, and Apple AirPods, with their noise cancellation feature, does offer us just that. But there are instances where people experience letdown with the volume not being high enough and their AirPods not sounding as they usually do. In this article, I have given some useful tips on “How To Make AirPods Louder?”.

Have you faced a similar issue while using your AirPods? If yes, then worry not; you’re not the only one facing such situations. While Apple AirPods are undoubtedly the best options in the market to go for while purchasing a wireless earbud, they do lack sometimes. AirPods offers you excellent built quality and serviceability, but there are complaints regarding a few features that have become common now. 

One such complaint is regarding the volume issue that many face after a while. Optimum volume levels are essential while using earbuds, whether for listening to music, watching a movie, or attending a call. No one wants muffled voices there. It’s a big let-down to see you’ve maxed up your volume but still only hear whispers. Quite an annoying situation is mainly coming from something as costly as a pair of Apple AirPods.

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Nevertheless, don’t be disheartening just yet. You can use some hacks and tips to make the most of your investment made in the pair.

There are quite a few reasons why your AirPods may function differently, and checking through them can be of help.

Here we’ll list some of the troubleshooting solutions you can go through.

How To Make AirPods Louder?

Starting with the essential tip, you’ve got to keep the pods clean; it’s vital for maintenance. Dirt and don’t accumulation would affect the charging and cause other electrical problems in the device. As grossing as it might be to hear, ear wax accumulation might be the reason for the muffled-up volume and must be cleaned up at regular intervals. 

Cleanings tips:

  • Use a fine microfiber cloth instead of cotton.
  • Cotton swabs and Q-tips are suitable for gently cleaning the tail ends
  • Some soft fine bristle brushes work fine for cleaning narrow spaces.
  • A wet cloth is a big no-no for cleaning purposes.


This might seem unnecessary but could be of help to some people. For AirPods, there’s no inline control for turning the volume up or down. Volume adjustments depend on the audio source.

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Different audio adjustment methods for AirPods:

  • Manual control

The simplest way is to use the volume slider. The Control center can also be used for adjusting the phone’s volume

  • Let Siri do it for you

We spend a lot of time asking Siri all sorts of questions all day might as well make her make the volume adjustments as we prefer.

  • Apps own sound settings.


There is high chance that a low battery could cause volume disturbances in your AirPods volume as we keep forgetting to keep them charged from time to time. So next time you experience a sudden drop in your AirPods volume, try setting them and then testing again for audio levels.


In some instances, the iPhone’s very convenient low-power mode could also hamper AirPod’s volume. Try disabling Low-power mode in the battery settings of your iPhone and checking after to see if the volume works fine.


The accessibility setting sometimes gets misconfigured, which causes disturbance in sound balance, which checks individual volumes of each AirPods. This leads to an unbalanced sound with a little louder volume in one AirPod, and slower in the other AirPod. 

To adjust this setting:

  • Go to the settings
  • Find the “Accessibility” option in the general section.
  • In the “Balance” section, adjust the slider as per your liking.


There’s a possibility that it’s not your AirPods causing trouble, but the music you are listening to requires a specific type of setting to be heard adequately. This could easily be corrected with a few adjustments:

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Select the music option and then playback.
  • Tap on “Equalizer.”

Here you can change the style as per the song being played to get desired audio.

Disabling the equalizer also works when using the Apple Music app.

Just follow the previous steps and turn the toggle off beside the Equalizer option.


For the betterment of your health, there are certain volume limits that Apple has put for maximum volume. This is to avoid any potential ear damage. These volume limits can be the reason behind the low volume of your AirPods, and removing these limits could elevate your AirPods volume.

Steps to follow:

  • Open the Settings option on your iPhone.
  • Tap on Sounds and Haptics.
  • Select Headphones Safety and toggle the Reduce Loud Sound option.
  • This will open a slider showing adjustments for maximum volume output for the device.
  • Adjust accordingly.


As you know, your AirPods and iPhones are different devices; they might require syncing up the volume.

Bluetooth calibration can help with this mix-up and help in syncing up your AirPods and iPhones’ volume.

How to Calibrate:

  • Play music on your iPhone while your AirPods are connected.
  • Now turn the volume of your AirPods to a Minimum.
  • After this, disconnect your AirPods from the settings and turn off the device’s Bluetooth.
  • Again, play music on iPhone’s speaker and turn down the volume to the lowest level.
  • Turn on Bluetooth and again connect your AirPods to your iPhone.
  • Now adjust the volume as per your wish and check if the problem has been resolved.


There might be a chance you missed the later firmware update, or your AirPods failed to update automatically. In such cases

  • Put your AirPods back in the charging case and connect them to the charger.
  • Place your iOS device nearby. This will have your AirPods update itself automatically.


Missing the latest iOS update can also cause trouble in using your AirPods. Sudden changes in the volume of your AirPods might result from an older version of device software causing multiple errors. In such cases, you need to update your iPhone software.

  • Open the settings menu and tap on the “General” option.
  • In this tap on software update
  • Tap on install if any new updates are available, or else it’ll display the “iOS is up to date” message


When all fails, go for the basics.

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Try restarting your device to check if it solves the problem with your AirPods volume.


As inconvenient as it may seem, it might be the best option for troubleshooting any type of device available today.

Resetting your AirPods will get them to stop malfunctioning and solutions to lots of their problems.

Steps to reset:

  • Place your AirPods in the charging case.
  • Open the Bluetooth option in the settings.
  • Tap on the “i” button beside your device and then select Forget this Device.

After this, try reconnecting your AirPods to your device. This’ll likely solve any software problem and, in turn, make your AirPods louder.


When nothing else helps, try contacting Apple support online. 

  • On the website, select the AirPods option I’m the grid menu and choose Audio and Sound.
  • Type your quirky as Soft AirPods aren’t listed as a problem option
  • The support team will provide you with some answers.

Some tips for Android users

For Android users facing volume issues while using their AirPods, try these tips for a quick fix.

  • On the Settings menu, tap on the System menu at the bottom.
  • Find the Build Number of your phone
  • Tap seven times on it, and you’ll receive a notification on your devices
  • Then scroll down to disable “Absolute volume,” changing it to “On Position.”



Any volume issue with your AirPods could be an annoying one. 

The hacks, as mentioned above, are pretty much all that’s worked for us in correcting the volume issues with our AirPods, so we recommend them as a solution in case of a similar problem.

We hope these hacks work for you too. If the problem doesn’t resolve, try contacting the Apple store or a technician for better professional help.