Why Are My AirPods Playing Out Of The Side Speaker?

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We’ve all been there: You’re listening to some tunes on your AirPods and suddenly one of the earbuds starts playing out of the side speaker. It’s frustrating and can be difficult to figure out why it’s happening.

The most common cause of this problem is an obstructed speaker mesh. There could be dirt, dust, or other debris stuck in the mesh that is causing the sound to come out of one side only. To fix this issue, you can try gently cleaning the mesh with a soft cloth or brush.

Another possible cause of this issue is a Bluetooth connection issue. Try un-pairing/forgetting your AirPods from your device and then re-pairing them again. This usually fixes any connection issues that may be preventing both earbuds from playing audio correctly.

If neither of these solutions works for you, then there may be a hardware issue with your AirPods. In this case, you should contact Apple Support for assistance. Apple has a great customer service team that can help troubleshoot and repair any hardware issues you may have with your AirPods.

No matter what type of problem you’re having with your AirPods, it’s important to remember not to panic! There are plenty of solutions to try before needing to get in touch with Apple Support — so don’t give up! Just take some time to troubleshoot the issue and you should eventually find a solution that works for you.

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Investigating the Source of Unusual Sounds Coming from AirPods

The sound coming from the outside of your AirPods is likely caused by a hardware issue. This could be due to an ear wax build-up, an obstruction in the speaker port, or even a loose connection. If you have been using your AirPods for an extended period of time, it is possible that the components inside may have worn out. Additionally, it could also be caused by a software issue. To troubleshoot this issue, we recommend trying a full repair, reset, and trying again. Start with Unpairing/”Forgetting” the Device: Settings > Bluetooth > Airpods > Forget this device. Confirm it. Once this is complete, attempt to reconnect your device and see if the issue persists. If it does not resolve after this step, please contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Turning Off Outside Speakers on AirPods

First, make sure that your AirPods are connected to your device. Then, open the Settings app and select “Bluetooth.” Select the AirPods from the list of devices, then tap the audio icon next to it. In the pop-up window that appears, tap “Off” under “Outside Speakers.” This will turn off any external speakers connected to your AirPods.

Troubleshooting AirPods Not Playing Through Main Speaker

It’s possible that your AirPods may have become disconnected from your device, or the audio output settings may be set to mono. To fix this issue, try resetting your AirPods and then reconnect them to your device. Additionally, check the audio output settings on your device to make sure that it is set to stereo and not mono. If necessary, you can also clean the speaker mesh on each AirPod to make sure there isn’t any debris obstructing the sound.

The Effects of Listening to Music Through Headphones

The sound coming from your headphones may be audible outside of them because of sound leakage, which is the result of the headphones not being able to contain all of the air vibrations that produce sound. This can happen if your headphones don’t fit snugly over your ears if they are lower quality, or if you have them turned up too loud. To reduce sound leakage and make sure your music stays private, try getting a better-fitting pair of headphones, or consider using noise-canceling or noise-isolating headphones. Additionally, it’s important to keep the volume at a reasonable level so as not to disturb those around you.

Factory Resetting AirPods

To factory reset your AirPods, start by making sure they are in their case. Then press and hold the setup button located on the back of the case for 15 seconds. The status light should change from flashing amber to white. This indicates that your AirPods are reset and ready to be paired with a new device. To complete the process, close the lid of the case and your AirPods will be fully reset.


In conclusion, Airpods are a great way to listen to music and make phone calls. They are comfortable, easy to use, and provide excellent sound quality. The wireless technology makes them highly convenient and the battery life is impressive. While there may occasionally be sound issues or connectivity issues, these can usually be solved by resetting or unpairing the Airpods and then trying again. Ultimately, Airpods are a great choice for anyone looking for an enjoyable listening experience.

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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.