One is better than none, they say. However, that is completely unacceptable when it comes to your AirPods. It’s practically impossible to unwind and lose yourself in some nice music or a movie if you only have one Airpod.
Additionally, since AirPods aren’t exactly inexpensive, you should get the best stereo sound quality they have to offer.
We understand your frustration, which is why we’ve created this helpful guide that covers all the potential causes of one of your AirPods not working. Additionally, we’ve included a number of inexpensive fixes you can try out first to get your AirPods working properly. Let’s begin, then!
How to Fix a Malfunctioning AirPod
1. Ensure that both AirPods are charging before placing them back in their case. Give them 30 seconds to charge.
2. Lift the lid of the case close to your iPad or iPhone and watch as the devices appear on the screen.
3. To test the audio on both AirPods, insert them into both ears and play some music or a video.
Resetting Your AirPods
1. Make sure your AirPods are in their charging case with the lid closed before you begin.
2. To pair your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad, open the lid after 30 seconds. Open the Settings app on your smartphone, then select Bluetooth.
3. Locate your AirPods among the Bluetooth devices and hit the I icon next to them.
4. Select Ignore this gadget. To find this choice, you might need to scroll down.
5. After you’ve lost your AirPods, open the lid of the charging case and press and hold the button on the rear for around 15 seconds. White flashes ought to be made by the front light.
6. Place your iPhone or iPad close by while holding your AirPods in their charging case with the lid open. Similar to the first time you paired them, you should receive on-screen directions for doing so now.
Usually, resetting your AirPods will solve this issue. However, if you’re still having problems with either one or both AirPods, make sure that nothing is blocking the speaker mesh. For information on how to properly sterilize your AirPods and their case, refer to our cleaning guide.
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Why Doesn’t One of Your Air Pods Function?
For a variety of causes, AirPods can malfunction, which often leads to the following situations:
A single Airpod is silent:
If only one Airpod is producing sound, there may be a problem with the volume or audio settings. In other circumstances, your sound may suffer because the earphone mesh is blocked by dirt or debris.
Unable to connect one Airpod: It’s possible that your device’s OS or firmware needs to be upgraded if one of your AirPods won’t pair with it. Or, if you already have a number of Bluetooth connections, it could be necessary to update your network settings.
A single AirPod won’t charge:
It’s possible that one of your AirPods is entirely discharged and needs some time to recharge if it’s not charging. Additionally, the earbuds might not be able to receive a full charge from the charging case. In other instances, the AirPods’ firmware may need to be updated or the charging ports may need to be cleaned.
Initial Troubleshooting for One Unresponsive Air Pod
Finding the source of your AirPods‘ issues isn’t always a simple and fast process. Furthermore, some remedies could be a little invasive. Because of this, it’s important to eliminate the most frequent causes before moving on to the more technical processes.
You can perform the following preliminary checks to be safe:
Check the Battery Level of Your Air Pods.
- You should start by making sure your AirPods are charged. It’s possible that one of them has short battery life and will turn off.
- Place your AirPods in the charging case, open the lid, and place it close to your iPhone or iPad to see if they are charged. The remaining battery life for your AirPods is displayed on your iPhone.
- As an alternative, you can check the battery in the AirPods’ Bluetooth settings on any Apple device.
- If this is the problem, the solution is really straightforward and may be applied right away. Put the AirPods in their case and use the Lightning cable to charge them.
- Try playing with them once they are charged to see if it resolves the problem. Try the next method if the issue continues and you can only hear in one ear.