How To Fix Muffled AirPods: A Step-by-Step Guide

Apple’s AirPods are one of the best-known and most expensive earbuds on the market. They have great sound quality and last a long time on a single charge. The Pro version also has Active Noise Cancellation. No matter which model you have, AirPods can have problems.

Users of AirPods often say that after a few years of use, sound and music have become muddy. Don’t worry if you’re having this problem. There may be an easy way out. There are many things that can make the sound from Airpods less clear.

Most of the time, AirPods don’t sound clear because the speaker grilles are dirty. Apple’s wireless earbuds sit in the ear canal, where earwax and other debris can build up over time. These things can change how good the sound is. There are also other reasons, such as the wrong audio balance, lack of support for Dolby Atmos, Headphone Safety, and more.

Why Do My AirPods Sound Muffled?

Apple AirPods are in-ear headphones that can get clogged with earwax and block the sound coming from the speakers. If it’s hard to hear the music coming from your AirPods, you may need to clean the speaker grilles. Here’s what you need to do:

How To Clean AirPods

You need cotton swabs, toothpicks, rubbing alcohol, a microfiber cloth, or an AirPods Cleaner Kit to clean your AirPods and AirPods Pro.

  • On the end of the cotton swab, put some rubbing alcohol.
  • Remove the silicone ear tips from AirPods Pro and wash them with water.
  • Use the cotton swab to clean the speaker meshes in a careful way.
  • The rubbing alcohol will help break up the buildup of earwax and other things in the ear.
  • Using a toothpick, carefully pick out any trash from the meshes.
  • Don’t use the toothpick to clean out the speaker beyond the mesh.
  • On a microfiber cloth, put some rubbing alcohol.
  • Use the microfiber cloth to clean your AirPods.
  • Let your AirPods dry out before you put them back in the case that charges them.

How To Reset AirPods

If you clean your AirPods and the sound is still muffled, you may need to reset them. The problem could be with how your AirPods connect to your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device. By resetting them, the connection will be made again, which should fix the problem with the sound being muffled. AirPods are easy to reset, and once you’re done, all you have to do is connect the earbuds to your Apple device again.

  • Put the AirPods in their case and close the lid.
  • Open the lid after 30 seconds.
  • On your iPhone or other Apple device, go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  • Tap the More Info button next to your AirPods.
  • Tap “Forget This Device” and then say yes.
  • Press and hold the Setup Button on the back of the case until the light blinks amber, then white, for about 15 seconds.
  • Put your AirPods close to your iPhone and follow the steps on the screen to get them to work again.

How to Turn Off Dolby Atmos in Apple Music

If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can use Dolby Atmos to listen to some songs. But not every device can use Dolby Atmos. If you use the first or second generation of AirPods to listen to songs in Dolby Atmos, the sound may be muffled.

  1. Get the most recent version of iOS or iPadOS for the Apple device.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Tap the icon for Music.
  4. Tap Dolby Atmos in the Audio menu.
  5. Dolby Atmos can be set to Automatic, Always On, or turned off.
  6. If you choose Automatic, songs that work with Dolby Atmos will play automatically when you use AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods (3rd generation).

Why Do My AirPods Sound Muffled On Mac?

It’s easy and quick to connect AirPods to a Mac, but sometimes they may sound muffled. This is a common problem for people who own both an AirPod and a Mac. Let’s look at why your AirPods might not sound clear on your Mac and how to fix the problem.

Before we start, you need to set up your AirPods on your Mac. Before you pair, make sure the AirPods are in the case and have at least a third of a charge. You need to turn on your AirPods and connect them to the case. If the batteries are low, they won’t connect. Follow these steps to fix AirPods that are paired but don’t sound clear:

  1. Click the Apple menu icon on your Mac and then click System Preferences.
  2. Click the Sound icon, then click the Input icon.
  3. The choices you see depend on the type of Mac you have and the audio devices you have connected to it.
  4. Change the list of sound input devices from “Airpods” to “Internal Microphone.”
  5. If your Mac display has a built-in mic, it will be listed as Display Audio.

Why Do My AirPods Sound Muffled On PC?

AirPods sound good on your iPhone, but the sound quality is terrible when you plug them into your PC. AirPods work with PCs, but if your sound device settings aren’t set up right, they might sound muffled. You can easily get AirPods to work with a PC by doing one simple thing.

On a Windows PC, there is not enough Bluetooth bandwidth for both the speakers and the microphone to have high-quality sound at the same time. When you connect your AirPods to Windows, Windows makes two new devices. A Headset device that makes sound like a phone and a Headphones device that makes sound like a CD. Do the following to keep your AirPods from going into Headset mode when you connect them:

  1. Link your AirPods to your Windows computer.
  2. Go to Control Panel.
  3. Click View Devices and Sound under the Hardware and Sound icon.
  4. Click twice on the icon for the AirPods.
  5. Choose the tab for Services.
  6. Uncheck “Hands-Free Telephony,” then click “Apply.”

Because of this setting, you can’t use your AirPods as a headset. The sound will now be 44100 Hz when you use your AirPods to listen to music on your Windows PC (CD quality).

How come one of my AirPods is louder than the other?

Another common complaint about AirPods is that one of the wireless earbuds sounds louder than the other. Find out how the AirPods 3 and the AirPods Pro are different. People with this problem often say they can’t hear music or podcasts at full volume, but they can hear Siri just fine.

This problem doesn’t happen as often with wired Apple EarPods as it does with wireless earphones. There is a way to fix the problem, which is good news. You can check to see if one of your AirPods isn’t working right by going into the settings on your iPhone.

  1. To see the options, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
  2. Tap Safety with Headphones.
  3. Move the slider next to Lessen Loud Sounds.
  4. Check to see if one of your AirPods is now at full volume. If the volume is still low on one side, you may need to change how your iPhone handles audio balance.
  5. Open Settings.
  6. Click on Accessibility.
  7. Tap Audio/Visual.
  8. To set the audio balance to normal, move the slider to the middle.

You can also try to fix AirPods with low volume by using an app called Bluetooth Volume Booster. The app turns up the volume on both sides of your headphones so you can hear your music at full volume.

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How to get AirPods to be louder

When you can’t hear the music very well through your AirPods, it’s not fun to listen to music. There is something, though, that might help solve the problem. First, make sure your device’s volume isn’t too low. If it is, you should start by changing that.

Use your iPhone to set up the AirPods.

Your iPhone and AirPods may need to be calibrated because they may have different ideas of what “full volume” means. So, your AirPods might not be playing the full range of sounds. It might not sound easy, but it’s not hard to fix.

  1. Put your AirPods in your ears and start listening to music.
  2. Use the volume buttons on the iPhone to turn the volume all the way down. At this point, your AirPods shouldn’t be making any noise.
  3. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to get to the Control Panel. Tap the Bluetooth button to turn it off. Don’t turn off your AirPods.
  4. Start playing music again through the speakers built into your iPhone. Use the volume buttons on your iPhone to turn the sound down all the way.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to get your AirPods back together. Open the Control Panel and click Bluetooth to turn Bluetooth back on. You may also need to open the Settings app, go to Bluetooth, and then choose AirPods.
  6. Adjust the volume to start playing music again.