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How to Fix Microphone on AirPods

Apple AirPods can be used as a microphone, but sometimes the microphone functionality stops working properly for seemingly random reasons. This guide will walk you through all the best ways to get AirPods mics working again on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Why can’t anyone hear me on my AirPods?

AirPod mics not working properly are often caused by incorrect system or software settings, muting the microphones in an app, or connecting another mic to the same device.

Bluetooth conflicts with other devices can also cause an Apple AirPod’s microphones to turn off or disconnect. Draining the battery of a pair of AirPods or their charging case can also prevent them from working as expected.

How to Fix an AirPods Microphone That’s Not Working

Here are all the best solutions for fixing a broken microphone on an Apple AirPod, listed from fastest and easiest to most advanced.

  1. Select your AirPods in the app. If you’re having trouble using your AirPods’ microphone feature in a certain app, open the app’s microphone settings and select your AirPods from the list of available devices. Your device’s built-in microphone may be selected by default.

  2. Mute your microphone. Look for a small microphone icon in the app you’re using. If there is a line or a cross, it means the microphone has been muted. A quick click or tap on this icon will usually unmute the mic.

  3. Test your microphone. There are a number of important tests you can run to make sure your AirPods connect properly to your device. You’ll usually find one in the app you use your AirPods with or in your device’s settings.

  4. Check your device’s microphone settings. You may need to adjust some microphone and sound preferences and permissions in your computer’s system preferences.

  5. Turn your Bluetooth off and on again. A quick toggle of your device’s Bluetooth will reset its connection to your AirPods and might fix its microphone issues.

  6. Disable Bluetooth on other smartphones, tablets, and computers. If you’ve connected your AirPods to another device before, that device may be connected to them right now.

  7. Enable AirPods switch. On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings and select Bluetooth > the information icon next to your AirPods name > Microphone and activate Automatically switch AirPods.

    If the above settings do not appear, place your AirPods in the charging case and open the lid. The green light on the charging case should turn on to indicate a connection to your device.

  8. Disconnect the other microphones. Turn off any other wireless microphones you may have and physically unplug all wired microphones, including headsets with built-in microphones. These mics could cause conflicts with your AirPods.

  9. Restart your device. A quick restart of your computer, tablet, or smartphone can resolve most basic connectivity issues.

  10. Charge your AirPods. Your Apple AirPods battery may be dead.

  11. Clean your Apple AirPods. Dirt and dust can block your AirPods’ microphone or prevent the headphones from charging properly.

  12. Clean the AirPods charging case. A dirty AirPods case can prevent the AirPods from charging properly and can also deposit gunk that can block the microphones.

  13. Update the AirPods firmware. Apple occasionally releases firmware updates for its headphones, which can fix bugs and improve performance.

  14. Update your device’s operating system. Some devices such as the Nintendo Switch need to install an update before they can connect to Apple AirPods.

  15. Update your apps. An app update may fix microphone and other Bluetooth and audio bugs.

  16. Reset your AirPods. This process is quite quick and basically removes the AirPods from your device. You can reconnect them to your Windows and Mac computer or your iPhone and Android device to establish a new connection.

  17. Schedule a Genius Bar appointment. If you have an Apple Store in your area, make an appointment with its Genius Bar for in-person assistance with your AirPods.

  18. Contact Apple Support. If nothing else works, it’s best to contact official Apple Support directly. If your AirPods are damaged and relatively new, you may be able to get a free or discounted replacement.


  • How to Fix Silent AirPods?

    The main way to fix this problem when your AirPods are too quiet is to turn off Low Power Mode on your iPhone. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center, then tap the battery icon. You should also try charging your AirPods.

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