AirPods Microphone Sounding Muffled Fix

AirPods Microphone Sounding Muffled? Here’s How to Fix It

AirPods are one of the world’s most popular true wireless earphones. They provide amazing audio quality and convenient features for users. However, some users face issues with their AirPods and AirPods Pro.

One of those issues is the Microphone sounding muffled. Each AirPod has a pair of microphones, which should produce better Sound, which is not true with some AirPods. You are in the right place if you are facing a similar issue. We will examine some reasons behind this issue and how you can fix it. Let’s get started.

AirPods Microphone Sounding Muffled: Possible Reasons

AirPods use microphones during calls, recording voice memos, Noise Cancellation, or when using Siri. If you find that the Sound is muffled during calls and when sending voice memos, here are some of the possible reasons why this could be the case:

  1. Clogged Microphone: The Microphone inside the earpiece and the stem might have been clogged due to dust or debris.
  2. Misaligned AirPods: The Microphone is not aligned correctly with your mouth, resulting in a muffled sound.
  3. Microphone Limited to Either AirPod: Limiting your Microphone from either AirPod means using the Microphone when it is inside the case.
  4. Outdated Firmware: Outdated firmware on your AirPods can result in issues such as the Microphone sounding muffled.
  5. Noise Cancellation: Although useful, it can sometimes impede the microphone quality of your AirPods.
  6. Issue With Your Device: There might be a software error with your device, causing the Microphone to sound muffled.
  7. Physical Damage: Physical damage to the AirPods, especially the Microphone, can make the Sound muffled.
  8. Low Power: A low battery on your AirPods can also result in a muffled sound.
  9. Too Much Background Noise: Loud and noisy environments can also cause the microphone sound to be muffled on your AirPods Pro.

15 Ways to Fix AirPods Microphone Sounding Muffled

We can troubleshoot now that you know why your AirPods microphone might sound muffled. We will begin with getting the basics right and then move on to the more advanced steps. Make sure to try all the solutions.

Fix 1: Clean the AirPods Microphone

Your AirPods’ microphones are always exposed to dust and other particles when you wear them or when they are not in the case. This dust can accumulate over the Microphone, consequently blocking a large portion of the Sound that the Microphone can capture.

Cleaning this dust is extremely important if you don’t want to sound muffled during a call or a virtual meeting. Take a cotton swab or something similar and remove any dust or debris accumulated on the microphones.

Remember that each of your AirPods has two microphones. One is on the earpiece near the vent, and the other is on the stem’s tail. Clean the microphones thoroughly, but make sure you are not too rough, as this could damage the microphones.

Once you clean your AirPods’ microphones, test them to see if the Microphone still sounds muffled. If the issue is resolved, clean your AirPods regularly to avoid such problems in the future. If not, move down to the next solution.

Clean the AirPods Microphone

Fix 2: Adjust Microphone Position

As you might have already understood, keeping your Microphone positioned correctly to face your mouth is extremely important. If it faces a different direction, your voice will sound muffled. Reposition your AirPods in a way that the stem is facing your mouth.

Fix 3: Turn Off Always Left / Always Right

If you have set your AirPods to always use the left or the right AirPod only for the Microphone, then your Sound might sound muffled. The set AirPods microphone will be used even if it’s inside the case and charging. To fix this setting, follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on the *your* AirPods option at the top.
  3. Tap on Microphone.
  4. Select Automatically Switch AirPods.

Note: If you don’t see your AirPods listed at the top, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Tap on the “i” next to your AirPods. Make sure your AirPods are connected.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Control Center icon on the menu bar of your Mac.
  2. Click on Sound.
  3. Then, click on “*your name* AirPods Settings.”
  4. Next to Microphone, select Automatically Switch AirPods from the drop-down.

You can also find your AirPods settings by going to System Settings / System Preferences > Bluetooth > click on Options next to your AirPods.

Fix 4: Update AirPods Firmware

Apple sometimes releases AirPods firmware updates just like it releases updates for your iPhone. The AirPods must be running on the latest version available to work properly with your Apple device and avoid compatibility issues. Follow the steps below to update your AirPods firmware:

  1. Connect your AirPods to the charger and ensure they are connected to your Apple device.
  2. Leave your AirPods still for a few minutes, and the firmware will update automatically.
  3. Make sure the AirPods are connected to your Apple device and that they are close to each other.

Update Your AirPods

Fix 5: Disable Noise Cancellation

While noise cancellation can be useful on the AirPods Pro in noisy environments, it can hamper your Microphone’s listening ability. Since ‘Active Noise Cancellation’ relies on the earpiece microphone to cancel out noise from your surroundings, it can sometimes cause muffled sounds.

Try turning off Active Noise Cancellation and see if the issue has been resolved. Follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on the *your* AirPods option at the top.
  3. Under Noise Control, select Noise Cancellation.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Control Center icon on the menu bar of your Mac.
  2. Click on Sound.
  3. Click on the arrow next to your AirPods and select Noise Cancellation.

Disable Noise Cancellation

Fix 6: Use Only One AirPod at a Time

Sometimes, the issue can be with one AirPod only. This means that one of the AirPods microphones is either flawed or non-functional. Try testing each AirPod one at a time to find the one causing the issue.

If you find one of the AirPods microphones sounds muffled and the other fine, you must contact Apple Support or visit your nearest Apple Store for further assistance. If there is no distinction between the pair, move down to the next solution.

Fix 7: Reset AirPods Settings

As you witnessed earlier in Fix 3, incorrect or misconfigured AirPods settings can cause issues with the Microphone and the AirPods sound. A one-stop solution would be resetting the AirPods settings to its factory defaults. This will delete or remove any configurations you might have made. Follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on the *your* AirPods option at the top.
  3. Now, click on Forget This Device. If prompted to confirm, do so.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Control Center icon on the menu bar of your Mac.
  2. Click on Sound.
  3. Then, click on “*your name* AirPods Settings.”
  4. Now, click on Forget This Device. If prompted to confirm, do so.

Fix 8: Test with Another Device

Sometimes, the issue might be associated with the device that your AirPods are connected to. You can confirm this doubt by disconnecting your AirPods from the current device and connecting it to a new one. Follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on the *your* AirPods option at the top.
  3. Now, click on Forget This Device. If prompted to confirm, do so.
  4. Open your AirPods now and follow the on-screen instructions to pair it with the new device.
  5. Once the AirPods are paired, check to see if the Microphone still sounds muffled.

Note: You have to remove your AirPods from your Apple ID if you want to use another device that’s not connected to your Apple ID.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Control Center icon on the menu bar of your Mac.
  2. Click on Sound.
  3. Then, click on “*your name* AirPods Settings.”
  4. Now, click on Forget This Device. If prompted to confirm, do so.
  5. Open your AirPods now and follow the on-screen instructions to connect it to a new Apple device.
  6. Once your AirPods are connected, check if the issue persists.

Fix 9: Check for Interference

Although rare, other wireless devices that operate on the same frequency as your AirPods can sometimes cause interference. Try turning off any unnecessary wireless devices, especially Bluetooth devices, and see if the AirPods microphone is still sounding muffled.

If that is the case, ensure your AirPods are connected to your Apple Watch if you have one. Also, forget other Bluetooth audio devices paired with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth.
  3. Tap on the “i” next to the Bluetooth device you want to forget.
  4. Tap on Forget This Device.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Settings or System Preferences.
  3. Now, click on Bluetooth.
  4. Click the Options button next to the Bluetooth device you want to forget.
  5. Click on Forget This Device.

Fix 10: Inspect AirPods for Damage

If none of the above steps have helped you resolve the issue, check your AirPods for any physical damage. If you have recently dropped your AirPods, specifically with them inside the case, there is a high chance that your AirPods have been damaged.

Fix 11: Check Audio Input/Output

The audio might sound muffled if your audio input is set to something other than your AirPods microphone. So, make sure you have selected the AirPods as your audio input. Follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Play some media on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Open the Control Center and tap the speaker icon on the music player widget. The speaker icon is located on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select your AirPods from the options.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Settings or System Preferences.
  3. Now, click on Sound.
  4. Go to the Input option and select your AirPods as the input.
  5. Also, drag the input slider to the right-most corner.

Fix 12: Recharge Your AirPods

Perhaps your AirPods are low on charge, so the Microphone sounds muffled. Ensure your AirPods are charged adequately, and then try again.

Keep your AirPods inside the case for 5 to 10 minutes, then try again. If your AirPods case is low on charge, charge your AirPods case for a full hour as well.

Fix 13: Update your iPhone or Apple Device.

If your iPhone or the connected Apple device is running on an older software version, there can be an issue with the AirPods. Ensure you are running on the latest software version available for your Apple device. Follow the steps below:

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Then, tap on Software Update.
  4. Your device will check for any available updates that can be installed.
  5. If any updates are available, tap on Download and Install to start installing.
  6. Once the installation is done, restart your device and see if the issue persists.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Settings or System Preferences.
  3. Click on General > Software Update or Software Update.
  4. Click on Update Now.
  5. Restart your Mac and see if the issue has been resolved.

Fix 14: Try a Different Listening Environment

Loud or noisy environments are unfit for taking important calls or recording a voice memo. If you try to use the AirPods microphone in a loud environment, the other person will surely hear your audio muffled.

That’s why we recommend you move to a quieter place and try using the Microphone again. If the issue is resolved, remember your surrounding loudness and noise when calling or recording a voice memo. If the issue persists, move down to the next fix.

Fix 15: Contact Apple Support

The final thing to do is to contact the Apple Support team. They should be able to better help you with this and develop a fix that addresses your specific reason behind the issue. You can also visit an Apple Store if you want a quick and smooth resolution of the issue.

Final Words

That’s how you fix the AirPods microphone muffling issue and make clear calls and voice messages. You can start by cleaning your AirPods, resetting them, and updating their firmware. Also, make sure you have enough charge on your AirPods.

Hopefully, the above steps have helped you fix the issue. If nothing works, you can contact Apple Support or visit your nearest Apple Store for personalized assistance. Let us know which solution worked for you in the comments section below.

About Mehtab

Mehtab is a tech writer at DealNTech, where he covers PC and mobile-related guides and news. He is passionate about helping people understand and use technology to their advantage. In his role at DealNTech, Mehtab focuses on creating informative and engaging content on a variety of PC and mobile-related topics, including Windows, CPU, GPU, and Android. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on X(Twitter)

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