There must be a problem if only one of your AirPods is working. Some of the reasons for this are easy to fix (like when your AirPods are low on energy or unclean) while others can be more involved (problems with network or audio settings).
This AirPods issue has multiple potential origins and solutions because of this. The best course of action is to go through the troubleshooting procedures until the AirPods begin functioning normally again.
When only One of My AirPods Functions, What Should I Do?
Here are some potential solutions, ranked from easiest to most difficult to implement:
If only one AirPod is malfunctioning, a dead battery is probably the blame. It’s possible that one of your AirPods will run out of power before the other, even though you charged them both at the same time. Look at the battery widget or your AirPods to see if you need to charge them.
Clean the AirPods.
Due to the buildup of muck, it may be unable to hear the audio from one of your AirPods. Anything from lint to dust to earwax fits that description. If the AirPods’ speakers appear clogged, you should check the batteries and clean them.
Turn Bluetooth On And Off.
Perhaps the audio isn’t being transmitted correctly from your device to your AirPods. If that’s the case, you might need to reset Bluetooth. Simply navigate to Settings > Bluetooth > toggle Bluetooth off (white), wait a few seconds, and then toggle it back on (green) on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
Restart Your Device.
It’s not probable that restarting will fix the issue, but it’s easy to do and won’t take long. In many cases, an issue can be temporarily fixed by simply restarting the device in question. Your iPhone or iPad may need to be restarted.
Unpair and Re-Pair AirPods.
One of your AirPods still doesn’t seem to be working. Get your AirPods ready for another round of setup. Go to your iOS device’s Bluetooth settings by pressing the Home button twice, then tapping the I icon next to your AirPods, and finally tapping Forget This Device.
Your AirPods will be disconnected from your gadget at this point. The next step is to place the AirPods in their charging case, press and hold the case’s button, and then follow the on-screen setup instructions.
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Hard Reset AirPods
If you have tried everything else and your AirPods still aren’t working, try hard resetting them. To unpair and re-pair your AirPods, proceed as described above.
For the AirPods case to turn on, you need to press and hold the button for roughly 15 seconds, at which point the light will alternate between flashing amber and white. When prompted, release your grip and continue with the on-screen prompts.
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How to Fix One AirPod that Isn’t Working
1. Put both AirPods back in their case and make sure they’re charging. Let them charge for 30 seconds.
2. Open the case’s lid near your iPhone or iPad and wait for them to pop up on the screen.
3. Put both AirPods in your ears and try playing music or a video to make sure the audio is working.