How To Fix Your AirPods Playing Out Of Back Speaker

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We all know how usefl AirPods are for listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks on the go. But did you know that sometimes they can have issues with playing out of the back speaker?

If you’re experiencing this issue, it could be due to a few different causes. First, you miht have a defective AirPod or it may be clogged with earwax. In either case, try cleaning your AirPod with a soft cloth and some warm water. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace your AirPod.

Another reason why your AirPods may be playing out of the back speaker is because of an issue with your device’s settings. If this is the case, try resetting your device by going into the “Settings” menu and selecting “Reset All Settings”. This should help fix the problem.

You may also want to check if there is an update available for your device or for your AirPods firmware. To do this, open up the “Settings” app and go to “General” > “Software Update” and see if there is an update available for either your device or for your AirPods firmware.

Finally, if none of these steps worked for you then it might be time to contact Apple Support for assistance with resolving this issue. They will be able to diagnose and troubleshoot any issues you are having with your AirPods so they can get them working properly again in no time!

Troubleshooting Issues with AirPods Playing Through Only One Speaker

It is possible that your AirPods are not properly seated in your ears. To ensure a secure fit, make sure the AirPods are fully inserted into your ears until you hear a click. If the sound is still only coming from one speaker, try cleaning out the earbud’s speaker grille with a soft brush or cotton swab. Additionally, check to see if the audio balance on your device is set to one side and adjust accordingly. If neither of these solutions work, it could be an issue with the Bluetooth connection beteen your AirPods and device; try resetting your Bluetooth connection or restarting both devices before attempting to use them again.

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Troubleshooting Issues with AirPods Playing Out of One Side Speaker

The most likely cause of this issue is an accumulation of ear wax on one side of your ear canal. When this happens, the speaker in that side is unable to properly move the sound waves through the wax, resulting in a quieter sound coming from that side. To resolve the issue, you need to clean out your ear wax usig a cotton swab and an ear cleaning solution. Additionally, you can try using a vacuum cleaner to suck out any excess wax that may be blocking the sound. Once you have cleaned up your ears, your AirPods should be back to playing audio evenly from both sides.

Ensuring Both AirPods Play the Same Audio

To get both AirPods to play the same audio, you need to enable Mono Audio. On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can do this by going to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual and turning on Mono Audio. For Apple Watch, go to Settings > Accessibility and turn on Mono Audio below Hearing. This will ensure that the same sound is played in both of your AirPods.

Changing Speaker Settings on AirPods

To change the speaker settings for your AirPods, you need to connect them to your device and then access the Settings app. From there, open Accessibility, and then select AirPods. You’ll be able to adjust the tone volume from here. You can also adjust oter settings such as noise cancellation, balance, and more.

Turning Off Directional Hearing on AirPods

To turn off directional hearing on AirPods, open Control Center and touch and hold the volume control. Then tap Spatial Audio at the lower right, and select Off. This will turn off both Spatial Audio and head tracking features, so your AirPods will no longer be able to detect which direction sound is coming from.

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In conclusion, AirPods are an incredibly convenient and versatile listening device with exceptional sound quality. Despite their small size and light weight, they are surprisingly durable and provide a comfortable fit. However, if you ever experience any issues with sound balance or volume, it is liely due to ear wax blockage. The simple solution is to gently suck on the speaker part of the AirPod to dislodge any wax buildup and restore the sound balance.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.