AirPods microphone not working? 6 ways to solve it

AirPods microphone not working? 6 ways to solve it

Having trouble with your AirPods? While they are generally reliable earbuds that rarely cause problems, Airpods can and do stop working from time to time. A not uncommon type of problem is when the microphones seem to stop working, preventing you from making calls or speaking commands to Siri. Thankfully, most of the problems you’ll typically encounter with AirPods microphones are trivial and have simple solutions.

What to do if the AirPods microphone doesn’t work?

Unfortunately, while the solution isn’t difficult, it’s not always obvious what the solution actually is – any number of problems can cause your AirPods microphone to stop working. Anything from a dead battery to a blocked microphone port could be the culprit, so try each of the suggestions below until you find the solution that fixes your problem.

Put the Airpods in the case and try again

Believe it or not, this simple trick can fix a million problems with your AirPods, not the least of which is in a situation where the microphone doesn’t seem to work. If the AirPods aren’t behaving properly, place them in the Charging Case (or, in the case of AirPods Max, the Smart Case) for about 30 seconds, then remove them and try again. This restores the Bluetooth connection with your iPhone and can bring everything back to normal.

Make sure your AirPods are sufficiently charged

If your AirPods’ batteries are low, they can start behaving strangely. Specifically, if the AirPods are trying to use the microphone in a single earbud but that bud is already dead, it may seem like there’s a serious problem. The correction? Just what you’d expect – put them back in the charging case and charge your AirPods for a while until they have enough battery power to function normally. If possible, please charge them for at least 30 minutes before trying again.

Apple AirPods charging

Check your microphone settings

There is a microphone in both AirPods, and by default they are designed to automatically use the one in the optimal headset. But there’s a little-known setting that lets you specify which headset the AirPods should always use. You may have changed it by default at one time and forgot about it, or it may have been changed by mistake. For best results, let the AirPods switch microphones automatically, which can prevent problems, for example, if the battery in one of the AirPods is low or already low.

1. Put the AirPods in your ears so they are connected to your iPhone. This won’t work if your AirPods aren’t currently connected to the iPhone.

2. On your iPhone, launch the app Settings .

3. Touch Bluetooth .

4. Find your AirPods in the Bluetooth device list and tap the the To the right.

5. Touch Microphone .

6. On the Microphone page, tap Automatically change AirPods .

AirPods settings on iPhone.

Restart your iPhone

There is an old adage that you can fix many computer problems just by turning it off and on again. If the problem with your AirPods is somewhere in your iPhone, such as a software driver that allows the microphone to work with a particular app, restarting the iPhone may be the fastest way to get back up and running.

Forget and then re-pair your AirPods

If nothing has worked so far, it may be time for a more drastic, albeit still quite simple, measure. If your AirPods have a bad connection to your phone, it may be possible to fix the problem by completely removing the AirPods from your iPhone and then reconnecting them as if they were brand new. It sounds like an extreme measure, but it only takes a few moments.

1. On your iPhone, launch the app Settings .

2. Touch Bluetooth .

3. Find your AirPods in the Bluetooth device list and tap the the To the right.

4. Touch Forget this device . And then she confirms that she wants to do this in the pop-up that appears at the bottom of the screen.

5. Connect the AirPods to your iPhone as if they were new.

AirPods settings on iPhone.

Make sure the microphone is clean

At this point, we’ve exhausted any reasonable software glitches that could cause your AirPods to malfunction. This means that there are only two possible problems left: the microphones need to be cleaned or they no longer work.

Look for microphone ports – On AirPods or AirPods Pro, you’ll find them at the end of the stem, near the mouth. If they look dirty, clogged, or blocked by dirt, grime, lint, or other foreign matter, clean your AirPods thoroughly and remove any dirt.

The AirPods may be damaged, so contact Apple Support

If you’ve gotten this far and your AirPods microphones still stubbornly refuse to work, the news isn’t promising – your AirPods may be damaged, defective, or otherwise in need of repair or replacement.

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