How to fix one AirPod isn't working

AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earphones from Apple Inc. They are two separate earbuds that use gestures to interact with the user. Taking the earbud out of your ear pauses playback. Putting it back in will continue playback. A double-tap triggers the Siri voice assistant or controls music playback. 

AirPods are compatible with Apple devices running iOS 10 or later, macOS Sierra-based PCs and laptops, and watchOS-based watches. The earphones play audio from any device that is Bluetooth 4.0 compliant. On Android devices, a double-tap gesture is available for control.

Various problems often occur with wireless earphones. One such problem is when one of the earbuds disconnects. It also happens to seemingly reliable and quite expensive AirPods.

In this article, we are going to tell you how to fix one AirPod that isn’t working.

What can be the reason of AirPod only playing in one ear

If your AirPods only play in one ear, it means that something is wrong. There may be reasons ranging from fairly simple (low battery or dirty AirPods) to quite complex (network or sound settings problems). Keeping this in mind, there is no single cause for this problem with AirPods, nor is there a single solution.

How to fix the AirPod that is not working

If one of your AirPods is not functioning, there are many ways to fix it. Below we have listed the possible ways to fix it, from the simplest to the most complicated. Therefore, if you want to fix your AirPod that is not working, you can try to follow one or a couple of these ways to fix it:

  • First of all, check the battery of your AirPods. AirPods can discharge their batteries at different rates, so even if AirPods are charged at the same time, one of them may discharge first. Check the battery life of your AirPods or the battery widget and charge if necessary.
  • Clean the earbud that does not work. You may not be able to hear sound in one AirPod because debris has accumulated in it, blocking sound output. This could be lint, dust, or even earwax. Check your AirPods and if the speakers look clogged, clean the earphones.
  • Switch Bluetooth off and on again. The problem with your AirPods may be that the sound is not transferring properly from your device to the earbuds. In this case, try resetting your Bluetooth settings.
  • Reboot your device. Rebooting is unlikely to solve the problem, but it is a quick and easy solution, so it’s worth a try. Restarting your device clears active memory and can often solve temporary problems.
  • Pair and unpair AirPods. To do this on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth > tap the “i” (information) button next to AirPods > Forget this Device > Forget Device. This will remove the AirPods from your device. Then put the AirPods in the case, hold down the button on the case, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up.
  • Hard reset of AirPods. Follow the same steps to unpair and pair the AirPods as in the previous step. When you hold down the button on the AirPods body, hold it for about 15 seconds until the light starts flashing amber and then white. Then release the button and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Reset network settings. If there are problems with these settings, this might be the cause. A network reset may help, although you will have to reconnect your Bluetooth devices, re-enter your Wi-Fi passwords, etc. To reset the network settings, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  • Test Stereo Balance. On iOS devices, there is a setting hidden deep in the accessibility options that allows you to control the balance of sound between the left and right AirPods. Your problem may be that this setting upsets the balance and directs all sound to only one AirPod. To fix this, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > find the Balance slider and move it to the center.
  • OS update. Every new version of iOS brings many new features and significant bug fixes. Although this is unlikely to solve the problem, there is a chance that your problem is fixed in the latest OS version of your device.
  • Contact Support Team. If nothing from the above helps, you have to contact Apple Technical Support.

The methods and solutions to this problem are exactly the same for Android mobile devices.

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