Over the past few days I've had an unfamiliar problem with the AirPods Pro: Whenever I listened to music or podcasts, the right earbud was quieter than the left. At first I thought I was just imagining it, but if you turn the balance control completely to the right and left, you can clearly see that one is quieter than the other.
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Adjust the balance of the AirPods Pro
A quick excursion into the balance guide for the AirPods Pro:
- Audio / visual
- there the fourth point "balance"
Resetting the AirPods Pro unsuccessful
My first attempt at solving the problem was that Reset the AirPods Pro. After I did that and re-paired the AirPods Pro, it was clear: that wasn't it.
Furthermore, one AirPod Pro was louder than the other. So again on a research tour and this time it looked like I had found the solution: A membrane inside the AirPods Pro headphones could be dirty and thus be prevented from vibrating and generating the sound waves. That sounded understandable and would also explain why the AirPod is only quieter and not completely off.
So detached the ear insert from the AirPod and blown everything through with your mouth. Assemble and test AirPod: same problem as before.
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Cause: Defective ear insert
After loosening the tip to clean it, it occurred to me that maybe it could be the tip itself. After all, with the AirPods Pro these are not just silicone plugs with a hole in the middle, but they have a cover in the hole, which could have been damaged during my previous cleaning under the tap.
To test that, I got two other ear tips from the AirPods Pro pack and put them on. The result: everything sounds normally loud again. Unfortunately, the other size (S) did not seal sufficiently, so I have to get new "medium" size ear tips.
Get new ear tips directly from Apple
A brief review of the offers on Amazon and Apple shows that the bottom line is that buying from Apple is even cheaper and free of shipping costs. Both Ear tip sets on Amazon You can have all three sizes for about 12 euros, but I know that I only need the medium size and for that I pay 9 euros at Apple - and I save the environment nonsensical plastic waste.
I'd rather play it safe and get them Silicone plugs directly from Apple.
If you also have the effect that one of your AirPods Pro is quieter or louder than the other, then hopefully my instructions will help you. If you have any more AirPods Pro tips, I look forward to your comments.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.