Why Is One AirPod Not Working?

If either of your AirPods stops operating, they could be a problem. The root of your problem, "why is one AirPod not working," could be as simple as a low battery or filthy AirPods, or it could be a little more sophisticated, such as issues with network or audio settings. As the reasons differ, so do the solutions. We've included a few essential remedies in this post for you to try, and if they don't work, you may need to contact Apple Support.

Examine the Battery

One of the most typical causes of your problem, "why is one AirPod not working", is that the battery in your AirPod is very low or perhaps dead. Because the battery draining speeds of your AirPods vary, even if you charge both of them simultaneously, one of them may run out of power sooner than the other. Check the battery widget or the battery life of your AirPods, and charge them if necessary.

Clean Your AirPods

Another strange but likely answer to your question is that there is something within your AirPods. The gunk could contain earwax or grit. Examine the drains for obstruction and clean them if necessary.

Turn on and off Bluetooth

The audio from your device may not always be successfully transmitted to your headphones. Consider turning off Bluetooth and then turning it back on in such circumstances. To reset your device's Bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth, then tap on the toggle to turn it off (white), wait a few seconds, and then tap on it again to turn it on (green).

Restart Your Computer

Restarting your device may not be ideal for your "why is one AirPod not working" problem, but it's worth a go. Because restarting a device clears off the active memory, it is frequently used to remedy temporary difficulties.

AirPods Should Be Unpaired And Repaired

Are you still having problems? Resetting your AirPods is an option. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Forget This Device > Forget Device > choose I next to the AirPods. This will permanently delete the AirPods from your device unless they are re-enabled. After inserting your AirPods back into the case, press the button on the case and follow the on-screen prompts to set up again.

AirPods Hard Reset

To hard reset your AirPods, use the instructions as in the previous point for pairing and unpairing your AirPods. Hold the button on the case for fifteen seconds or until an amber light flashes and becomes white. Then, carefully follow the instructions on the screen.

Note: If this tool does not work, try holding the button on the case for a bit longer, perhaps 40-50 seconds, and then continue after allowing the light cycle through 5 Amber and write cycles.

Reset Network Settings 

iPhones include settings for connecting to multiple networks, including Bluetooth devices. To reset your networks, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Resetting the network settings may assist, but it may cause your device to forget all Wi-Fi passwords, previously associated Bluetooth devices, etc.

Examine the Stereo Balance

On iOS devices, there is a feature in the Accessibility menu that allows the user to change the audio balance between the left and right AirPods. Perhaps the issue is concealed here, causing all audio to be sent to one AirPod while leaving the other with none. To correct it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > select the Balance slider and move it to the center.

Upgrade the operating system

The most recent iOS and iPads provide numerous new features and critical bug fixes. Though it isn't ideal for curing your problem, you may not have the same issue in the most recent versions of these gadgets. Updates are free and relatively quick, plus they usually come with a slew of new features, so it's worth a shot.

Seek Apple's Assistance

If you've exhausted all of the solutions above to your problem of "why is one AirPod not working," it may be time to seek direct assistance from Apple. Contact Apple Support or schedule a Genius Bar appointment at an Apple Store.