Airpods sound muffled

If your Airpods sound muffled, here are some steps you can take to fix the issue.

Quick fixes

You can try each one of these:

  • Make sure that you have the latest software on your connected iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
  • Check that your connected device is nearby, and there’s no wireless interference or obstructions between you and your device.
  • Listen to audio from a different app to see if the app causes the issue.
  • Check the microphone and speaker mesh on each AirPod.
  • If you see any debris, clean your AirPods and see if that fixes the issue.
  • Go to Settings >> Accessibility >> Audio/Visual >> Balance, and make sure that the balance is set in the middle.

However, if the issue persists, you may need to reset your Airpods.

Reset your Airpods

  1. Put your AirPods in their charging case, and close the lid. Wait 30 seconds.
  2. Open the lid of your charging case, and put your AirPods in your ears.
  3. Go to Settings >> Bluetooth. Or go to Settings >> your AirPods.
  4. If your AirPods appear there as connected, tap the More Info button next to your AirPods, tap Forget This Device, then tap again to confirm.
  5. If your AirPods don’t appear there, continue to the next step.
  6. Put your AirPods in their charging case, and keep the lid open.
  7. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for about 15 seconds, until the status light on the front of the case flashes amber, then white.

Reconnect your AirPods

After resetting your Airpods, you need to reconnect them to your device(s).

With your AirPods in their charging case and the lid open, place your AirPods close to your iPhone or iPad. Follow the steps on your device’s screen to complete setup.

Also, when you reset your AirPods, the settings for your AirPods also reset. You need to change your settings again.

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