When you take out the Airpods from the charging box to listen to music, you find that one airpod is not working, it doesn't matter, I will fix it for you.
No doubt that the invention of the Airpods has changed how people listen to music from their iPhones. However, Airpods can sometimes disappoint you if one of them fails to work properly or has a low volume.
Well, here are essential hacks that you can use to fix your Airpods if one of them isn’t working.
1. Battery charge
One of the major reasons why one airpod is not working is that the battery is dead. Your AirPods wouldn't function as expected if they didn’t have enough charge. AirPods or Airpods pro batteries may drain at different rates even if you charge them simultaneously.
Therefore, it's good to check whether the airpod that isn't working is charged properly. The undercharged airpod can shut off completely or have a low volume. In that case, you can solve the problem by re-charging the Airpods. Ensure that the charging box is charged, and then check whether the two AirPods display battery percentages on the phone.
Try again using AirPods after they have recharged to see if they are working well. If the problem exists, then the low charge isn't the cause of the problem.
2. Check speakers and Microphone.
You need to check for foreign materials or dirty in the speaker and microphone if one airpod isn’t working properly. Check whether something is obstructing the speaker of the headset and the charging metal contacts of the charging box.
If so, clean the Airpods to solve the problem. Airpods comes come with a microphone that filters background noise so that you can enjoy flawless audio.
Clean AirPods wireless headphones
- Never put Airpods in water or use abrasive materials
- Use a soft and dry cloth to wipe them
- Please make sure they’re dry before putting them in a charging case
- Use a dry cotton swab to clean speakers meshes and microphone
Clean the AirPods charging case
- Use a soft and dry cloth to clean the charging case
- Never put the charging case in water
- Use a soft cloth to remove any debris from charging ports
- Don’t put anything into the charging ports
3. Check if Bluetooth is connected
Your AirPods are two independent Bluetooth devices. If one of the headphones is not connected to the iPhone's Bluetooth, it will not work properly.
Here’s is a detailed description of how to connect a single Airpod to the iPhone Bluetooth. The process is the same as when connecting both Airpods.
Step 1: Turn on the Bluetooth. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, then turn it on by dragging the icon forward.
Step 2: Open the Airpods case with the Airpod that you want to connect to iPhone Bluetooth still inside. Hold the case close to your iPhone.
Step 3: Press and hold the button on the AirPods case.
Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions and then tap the (connect) button.
Step 5: Once the connection is complete, your Airpods are ready to use with your iPhone and other Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account.
4. Reset AirPods
Resetting AirPods can solve Airpods problems such as inability to charge and connection failure, among others. This means that you can equally solve the problem of one Airpod not working and charging issues by resetting the Airpods.
Step 1: Put the Airpods in the charging case, close the lid and wait for at least 30 seconds.
Step 2: Open the lid of the charging case, but don’t remove the Airpods
Step 3: Now, go to your iPhone’s Settings > Bluetooth. Choose more info button or click next if the button isn’t available
Step 4: Tap the “Forget This Device” option and tap it again to confirm the command
Step 5: Still, with the lid of the Airpods charger open, take it close to your iPhone, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for 15 seconds. Wait until the status light flashes amber and then white.
Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions and then tap the (connect) button.
Step 7: Once the connection is complete, your Airpods are ready to use in your iPhone and other Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account.
5. Check stereo balance
One of the Airpods may not be working because you haven’t set the stereo balance well. This refers to the distribution of sound in each of the Airpods. Therefore, it’s good to check your stereo balance if one of the Airpods isn’t working.
Here is the systematic guide on how to do it and solve the sound problem.
Step 1: Tap the “settings” icon on your iPhone to open settings.
Step 2: Scroll to the “Accessibility” option and tap it
Step 3: On the page that opens, scroll down to “Audio/visual” and tap it.
Step 4: Move the slider between L and R letters to the middle to balance the volume between the two Airpods.
Step 5: Make sure you turn off the “Mono Audio” option if it’s on.
6. Update the operating system
Your AirPods are likely to malfunction if the iOS version on your iPhone is outdated. Therefore, it’s good to update the operating system in your phone if one of the Airpods isn’t working.
Doing so also enhances the general effectiveness of your iPhone. Here is a simple guide on how to update the operating system of your phone.
Step 1: Go to the “Settings” options of your iPhone and tap on the “General” tab.
Step 2: On the page that opens, choose the “Software update” option.
Step 3: Check for available updates, download and install them.
7. Go to the apple store for repair.
If you have tried all the above hacks and none seems to solve the problem, I recommend going to the apple store for repair. You can have your Airpodsor Airpods pro repaired in your nearest after-sales shop.
Don’t try to open the airpod to repair it by yourself because you will end up damaging it even more. If the Airpod is damaged completely, then you should buy a replacement airpod so that you can continue enjoying music from your iPhone.