Apple AirPods Low Volume? Here’s a Gross Fix!

My AirPods are awesome, and I love them. They are one of the best products Apple has made since the iPod; however, with such a tiny item that’s going in and out of your ears all the time (a gross place to start), they are bound to acquire some wear and tear.

If your Apple AirPods have Low Volume (lower than when you first bought them), there’s a really good chance they have ear wax build up on the speaker grills. The fix is pretty gross, but it fixed mine brilliantly, and my AirPods were down to about 70% of the loudness from when I first bought them.

The Fix – Suck the Speaker Grills

I know, it’s gross.

  1. Grab a microfiber cloth.
  2. Wipe away the currently visible earwax.
  3. Enclose the large speaker grill of one AirPod with your lips, and suck like you’re drinking from a straw (don’t inhale)
  4. Do this for about 25 seconds, wipe away the newly visible wax, and repeat once more
  5. Do this again for the other AirPod

You can also do this on the smaller grills (I did), and wipe them away too.  You don’t need to do this on the microphone grill at the bottom of the AirPods, unless you’ve been sticking that in your ears.  (Just kidding, I know you aren’t doing that.)

Did it work for you?

I didn’t commit enough the first time I tried this – I only lightly sucked on it and then gave up.  The second time, I really committed, and it worked like a charm. If it doesn’t work on the first attempt, really try to suck that wax out like your life depends on it.

Let me know how it worked for you in the comments below!

2 Replies to “Apple AirPods Low Volume? Here’s a Gross Fix!”

  1. I still have the wired ear pods, but I encountered the same thing. What I do is every 30-60 days as needed (if I can see a buildup, I know it’s time to clean), I would take a small eyeglass-repair size screwdriver and very gently scrape any buildup off both grills, and then do a full wipe of the whole pod with a soft cloth. That works for me.

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