The most common AirPods failure and how to fix it

While chatting with my friends who work at the Apple Store in Los Angeles, I heard an anecdotal story about how many people come to the store with broken AirPods. Often people lose one earphone, this is normal. Sometimes one or both of their headphones fail, which also happens. But in most cases, headphones that are not broken are brought to the store, and the owners can fix them themselves at home.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

The design of AirPods is such that, unlike the vast majority of headphones of this type, they do not have a silicone insert, a plastic rim enters the ear canal. At the same time, the speaker is maximally taken out, that is, there is no recess. This means that the headphones easily collect earwax and gradually the metal mesh covering the speaker becomes clogged, and then one or both headphones begin to play quieter. But people do not pay attention to this exactly until the moment when one of the headphones starts playing very quietly. Then there is a “breakdown” story, and they go to the Apple Store.

My son, who bought headphones about six months ago, came to me with exactly the same problem. After returning from the States, I decided to see what can be done here. No special devices are required here, everything can be done with improvised materials, in particular, a cotton swab, any liquid for cleaning screens, or, alternatively, find pure alcohol. You will also need a toothpick.

So, this is what the case and the headphones themselves looked like before I took them on.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It The most common “breakdown” AirPods and how to fix it

The black coating on the case is due to the fact that when closing, particles of something get in, the lid grinds them, and they collect all the dust and dirt in the jacket pocket. It is not difficult to clean the case, but it will not work to wash the scuffs on the inside, and this is not particularly necessary, they do not affect anything. Moisten a cotton swab with alcohol and simply swipe over dirty areas. You can hold a toothpick at the joints, you won’t make the case worse, but you will remove the dirt. And I looked at the condition of the case with different people, dust and dirt are collected in approximately the same areas.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It The most common “breakdown” AirPods and how to fix it

Alas, it is difficult to deal with this, all the dirt is clearly visible on white. In my case, the case is not too dirty yet, but it is difficult to wipe off.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

For those who have problems charging one of the earphones, I recommend looking inside the case and see if anything is stuck to the contacts. This is the most common problem. But the deterioration of the sound is due to the fact that sulfur accumulates on the headphones.

So, for starters, you can try cleaning the headphones with a stick.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Gently moisten the cotton end, then place it against a piece of paper to remove excess alcohol. Gently, without pressure, slide over the mesh. Most likely, you will leave the dirt in the central part, and at the edges it will remain.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Therefore, it is worth taking a toothpick, without pressure, it is very easy to draw along the edge from the inside. The use of force here is contraindicated. Suddenly, it turns out that a decent amount of dirt has accumulated on each earbud.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Repeat the exercise with the Q-tip, the earpiece will be relatively clean, you can see it in the picture.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

It is almost impossible to clean all the dirt from the metal mesh at home, and it is not necessary, the headphones will work. In our case, the sound level in each of the headphones was restored, and the “breakage” disappeared. Exactly the same thing happens for most AirPods owners if they clean their headphones at an Apple service center . Someone even tries to use vacuum cleaners at home to blow out dust - but it's like shooting sparrows from a cannon, and you definitely shouldn't do this. Alternatively, you can try to clean the headphones with a cleaning liquid, but they will still get dirty quickly enough, and you should not clean them constantly. Blowing dirt inside with a hair dryer is a million dollar idea, don't do it.

Another tip that works for any electronics. Sometimes people, after cleaning headphones or other electronics with alcohol or other liquid, want to dry it and use a hair dryer. There is nothing wrong with this, although it is superfluous if you did not fill the headphones with alcohol, but simply swiped them over the surface. But! Always use a cold hair dryer, do not heat electronics.

If, after cleaning your headphones like this, the sound in one ear plays worse than in the other, then you should check the iPhone settings, go to the Settings-Universal Access section and look at the channel balance in the settings.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

In principle, the described method for cleaning headphones is suitable for any model, just make sure that you have a metal mesh (most headphones do). All headphones with silicone inserts do not get dirty as much as AirPods, they have a different design, it is better in every way. But armed with the knowledge of how to clean your AirPods, you'll likely avoid problems with them getting quieter and different headphones playing at different volumes. Sometimes people even think that the sound is delayed, that's what the dirt in the channel does to the music.

The most common AirPods failure and how to fix it

While chatting with my friends who work at the Apple Store in Los Angeles, I heard an anecdotal story about how many people come to the store with broken AirPods. Often people lose one earphone, this is normal. Sometimes one or both of their headphones fail, which also happens. But in most cases, headphones that are not broken are brought to the store, and the owners can fix them themselves at home.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

The design of AirPods is such that, unlike the vast majority of headphones of this type, they do not have a silicone insert, a plastic rim enters the ear canal. At the same time, the speaker is maximally taken out, that is, there is no recess. This means that the headphones easily collect earwax and gradually the metal mesh covering the speaker becomes clogged, and then one or both headphones begin to play quieter. But people do not pay attention to this exactly until the moment when one of the headphones starts playing very quietly. Then there is a “breakdown” story, and they go to the Apple Store.

My son, who bought headphones about six months ago, came to me with exactly the same problem. After returning from the States, I decided to see what can be done here. No special devices are required here, everything can be done with improvised materials, in particular, a cotton swab, any liquid for cleaning screens, or, alternatively, find pure alcohol. You will also need a toothpick.

So, this is what the case and the headphones themselves looked like before I took them on.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It The most common “breakdown” AirPods and how to fix it

The black coating on the case is due to the fact that when closing, particles of something get in, the lid grinds them, and they collect all the dust and dirt in the jacket pocket. It is not difficult to clean the case, but it will not work to wash the scuffs on the inside, and this is not particularly necessary, they do not affect anything. Moisten a cotton swab with alcohol and simply swipe over dirty areas. You can hold a toothpick at the joints, you won’t make the case worse, but you will remove the dirt. And I looked at the condition of the case with different people, dust and dirt are collected in approximately the same areas.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It The most common “breakdown” AirPods and how to fix it

Alas, it is difficult to deal with this, all the dirt is clearly visible on white. In my case, the case is not too dirty yet, but it is difficult to wipe off.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

For those who have problems charging one of the earphones, I recommend looking inside the case and see if anything is stuck to the contacts. This is the most common problem. But the deterioration of the sound is due to the fact that sulfur accumulates on the headphones.

So, for starters, you can try cleaning the headphones with a stick.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Gently moisten the cotton end, then place it against a piece of paper to remove excess alcohol. Gently, without pressure, slide over the mesh. Most likely, you will leave the dirt in the central part, and at the edges it will remain.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Therefore, it is worth taking a toothpick, without pressure, it is very easy to draw along the edge from the inside. The use of force here is contraindicated. Suddenly, it turns out that a decent amount of dirt has accumulated on each earbud.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Repeat the exercise with the Q-tip, the earpiece will be relatively clean, you can see it in the picture.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

It is almost impossible to clean all the dirt from the metal mesh at home, and it is not necessary, the headphones will work. In our case, the sound level in each of the headphones was restored, and the “breakage” disappeared. Exactly the same thing happens for most AirPods owners if they clean their headphones at an Apple service center . Someone even tries to use vacuum cleaners at home to blow out dust - but it's like shooting sparrows from a cannon, and you definitely shouldn't do this. Alternatively, you can try to clean the headphones with a cleaning liquid, but they will still get dirty quickly enough, and you should not clean them constantly. Blowing dirt inside with a hair dryer is a million dollar idea, don't do it.

Another tip that works for any electronics. Sometimes people, after cleaning headphones or other electronics with alcohol or other liquid, want to dry it and use a hair dryer. There is nothing wrong with this, although it is superfluous if you did not fill the headphones with alcohol, but simply swiped them over the surface. But! Always use a cold hair dryer, do not heat electronics.

If, after cleaning your headphones like this, the sound in one ear plays worse than in the other, then you should check the iPhone settings, go to the Settings-Universal Access section and look at the channel balance in the settings.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

In principle, the described method for cleaning headphones is suitable for any model, just make sure that you have a metal mesh (most headphones do). All headphones with silicone inserts do not get dirty as much as AirPods, they have a different design, it is better in every way. But armed with the knowledge of how to clean your AirPods, you'll likely avoid problems with them getting quieter and different headphones playing at different volumes. Sometimes people even think that the sound is delayed, that's what the dirt in the channel does to the music.

The most common AirPods failure and how to fix it

While chatting with my friends who work at the Apple Store in Los Angeles, I heard an anecdotal story about how many people come to the store with broken AirPods. Often people lose one earphone, this is normal. Sometimes one or both of their headphones fail, which also happens. But in most cases, headphones that are not broken are brought to the store, and the owners can fix them themselves at home.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

The design of AirPods is such that, unlike the vast majority of headphones of this type, they do not have a silicone insert, a plastic rim enters the ear canal. At the same time, the speaker is maximally taken out, that is, there is no recess. This means that the headphones easily collect earwax and gradually the metal mesh covering the speaker becomes clogged, and then one or both headphones begin to play quieter. But people do not pay attention to this exactly until the moment when one of the headphones starts playing very quietly. Then there is a “breakdown” story, and they go to the Apple Store.

My son, who bought headphones about six months ago, came to me with exactly the same problem. After returning from the States, I decided to see what can be done here. No special devices are required here, everything can be done with improvised materials, in particular, a cotton swab, any liquid for cleaning screens, or, alternatively, find pure alcohol. You will also need a toothpick.

So, this is what the case and the headphones themselves looked like before I took them on.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It The most common “breakdown” AirPods and how to fix it

The black coating on the case is due to the fact that when closing, particles of something get in, the lid grinds them, and they collect all the dust and dirt in the jacket pocket. It is not difficult to clean the case, but it will not work to wash the scuffs on the inside, and this is not particularly necessary, they do not affect anything. Moisten a cotton swab with alcohol and simply swipe over dirty areas. You can hold a toothpick at the joints, you won’t make the case worse, but you will remove the dirt. And I looked at the condition of the case with different people, dust and dirt are collected in approximately the same areas.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It The most common “breakdown” AirPods and how to fix it

Alas, it is difficult to deal with this, all the dirt is clearly visible on white. In my case, the case is not too dirty yet, but it is difficult to wipe off.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

For those who have problems charging one of the earphones, I recommend looking inside the case and see if anything is stuck to the contacts. This is the most common problem. But the deterioration of the sound is due to the fact that sulfur accumulates on the headphones.

So, for starters, you can try cleaning the headphones with a stick.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Gently moisten the cotton end, then place it against a piece of paper to remove excess alcohol. Gently, without pressure, slide over the mesh. Most likely, you will leave the dirt in the central part, and at the edges it will remain.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Therefore, it is worth taking a toothpick, without pressure, it is very easy to draw along the edge from the inside. The use of force here is contraindicated. Suddenly, it turns out that a decent amount of dirt has accumulated on each earbud.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

Repeat the exercise with the Q-tip, the earpiece will be relatively clean, you can see it in the picture.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

It is almost impossible to clean all the dirt from the metal mesh at home, and it is not necessary, the headphones will work. In our case, the sound level in each of the headphones was restored, and the “breakage” disappeared. Exactly the same thing happens for most AirPods owners if they clean their headphones at an Apple service center . Someone even tries to use vacuum cleaners at home to blow out dust - but it's like shooting sparrows from a cannon, and you definitely shouldn't do this. Alternatively, you can try to clean the headphones with a cleaning liquid, but they will still get dirty quickly enough, and you should not clean them constantly. Blowing dirt inside with a hair dryer is a million dollar idea, don't do it.

Another tip that works for any electronics. Sometimes people, after cleaning headphones or other electronics with alcohol or other liquid, want to dry it and use a hair dryer. There is nothing wrong with this, although it is superfluous if you did not fill the headphones with alcohol, but simply swiped them over the surface. But! Always use a cold hair dryer, do not heat electronics.

If, after cleaning your headphones like this, the sound in one ear plays worse than in the other, then you should check the iPhone settings, go to the Settings-Universal Access section and look at the channel balance in the settings.

The Most Common AirPods Breakdowns and How to Fix It

In principle, the described method for cleaning headphones is suitable for any model, just make sure that you have a metal mesh (most headphones do). All headphones with silicone inserts do not get dirty as much as AirPods, they have a different design, it is better in every way. But armed with the knowledge of how to clean your AirPods, you'll likely avoid problems with them getting quieter and different headphones playing at different volumes. Sometimes people even think that the sound is delayed, that's what the dirt in the channel does to the music.

The most common AirPods failure and how to fix it

While chatting with my friends who work at the Apple Store in Los Angeles, I heard an anecdotal story about how many people come to the store with broken AirPods. Often people lose one earphone, this is normal. Sometimes one or both of their headphones fail, which also happens. But in most cases, headphones that are not broken are brought to the store, and the owners can fix them themselves at home.

The design of AirPods is such that, unlike the vast majority of headphones of this type, they do not have a silicone insert, a plastic rim enters the ear canal. At the same time, the speaker is maximally taken out, that is, there is no recess. This means that the headphones easily collect earwax and gradually the metal mesh covering the speaker becomes clogged, and then one or both headphones begin to play quieter. But people do not pay attention to this exactly until the moment when one of the headphones starts playing very quietly. Then there is a “breakdown” story, and they go to the Apple Store.

My son, who bought headphones about six months ago, came to me with exactly the same problem. After returning from the States, I decided to see what can be done here. No special devices are required here, everything can be done with improvised materials, in particular, a cotton swab, any liquid for cleaning screens, or, alternatively, find pure alcohol. You will also need a toothpick.

So, this is what the case and the headphones themselves looked like before I took them on.

The black coating on the case is due to the fact that when closing, particles of something get in, the lid grinds them, and they collect all the dust and dirt in the jacket pocket. It is not difficult to clean the case, but it will not work to wash the scuffs on the inside, and this is not particularly necessary, they do not affect anything. Moisten a cotton swab with alcohol and simply swipe over dirty areas. You can hold a toothpick at the joints, you won’t make the case worse, but you will remove the dirt. And I looked at the condition of the case with different people, dust and dirt are collected in approximately the same areas.

Alas, it is difficult to deal with this, all the dirt is clearly visible on white. In my case, the case is not too dirty yet, but it is difficult to wipe off.

For those who have problems charging one of the earphones, I recommend looking inside the case and see if anything is stuck to the contacts. This is the most common problem. But the deterioration of the sound is due to the fact that sulfur accumulates on the headphones.

So, for starters, you can try cleaning the headphones with a stick.

Gently moisten the cotton end, then place it against a piece of paper to remove excess alcohol. Gently, without pressure, slide over the mesh. Most likely, you will leave the dirt in the central part, and at the edges it will remain.

Therefore, it is worth taking a toothpick, without pressure, it is very easy to draw along the edge from the inside. The use of force here is contraindicated. Suddenly, it turns out that a decent amount of dirt has accumulated on each earbud.

Repeat the exercise with the Q-tip, the earpiece will be relatively clean, you can see it in the picture.

It is almost impossible to clean all the dirt from the metal mesh at home, and it is not necessary, the headphones will work. In our case, the sound level in each of the headphones was restored, and the “breakage” disappeared. Exactly the same thing happens to most AirPods owners if they clean their headphones at an Apple service center. Someone even tries to use vacuum cleaners at home to blow out dust - but it's like shooting sparrows from a cannon, and you definitely shouldn't do this. Alternatively, you can try to clean the headphones with a cleaning liquid, but they will still get dirty quickly enough, and you should not clean them constantly. Blowing dirt inside with a hair dryer is a million dollar idea, don't do it.

It is almost impossible to clean all the dirt from the metal mesh at home, and it is not necessary, the headphones will work. In our case, the sound level in each of the headphones was restored, and the “breakage” disappeared. Exactly the same thing happens to most AirPods owners if they are cleaned. headphones at an Apple service center. Someone even tries to use vacuum cleaners at home to blow out dust - but it's like shooting sparrows from a cannon, and you definitely shouldn't do this. Alternatively, you can try to clean the headphones with a cleaning liquid, but they will still get dirty quickly enough, and you should not clean them constantly. Blowing dirt inside with a hair dryer is a million dollar idea, don't do it.

Another tip that works for any electronics. Sometimes people, after cleaning headphones or other electronics with alcohol or other liquid, want to dry it and use a hair dryer. There is nothing wrong with this, although it is superfluous if you did not fill the headphones with alcohol, but simply swiped them over the surface. But! Always use a cold hair dryer, do not heat electronics.

If, after cleaning your headphones like this, the sound in one ear plays worse than in the other, then you should check the iPhone settings, go to the Settings-Universal Access section and look at the channel balance in the settings.

In principle, the described method for cleaning headphones is suitable for any model, just make sure that you have a metal mesh (most headphones do). All headphones with silicone inserts do not get dirty as much as AirPods, they have a different design, it is better in every way. But armed with the knowledge of how to clean your AirPods, you'll likely avoid problems with them getting quieter and different headphones playing at different volumes. Sometimes people even think that the sound is delayed, that's what the dirt in the channel does to the music.