Airpods Microphone Muffled? EASY FIX

This article answers the question “Why do my Airpods Microphone sound Muffled” and will also provide you with troubleshooting tips to resolve them.

If your AirPods microphone sounds muffled while making calls or voice memos, here are some easy fixes to try.

A muffled microphone will prevent you from speaking with your AirPods connected due to the recipients will not be able to hear you.

This will not require you to disconnect the AirPods before sending a voice note or speaking in a seminar to use your device's microphone.

This can be quite painful especially when you’ve sent countless voice memos without knowing your voice is somewhat muted.

The same applies to seminars, conferences, interviews, and workshops; because you can’t participate verbally until you disconnect your AirPods.

A muffled AirPods microphone can be caused by the presence of dust or dirt accumulated at the entrance of the microphone.

In some cases, you might also notice some background noises while speaking through your AirPods microphone.

Nevertheless,  without wasting much time let’s see some causes and fixes to apply if your AirPods microphone is muffled.

How to Test Airpods Microphone

It’s important to test your AirPods microphone to determine if the muffled sound is from a network connection (Online Seminars) or a glitch from the app you’re trying to send a voice memo on.

Here’s how to test your Airpods Microphone

  • Make sure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone
  • Open the Voice Memo App under utilities
  • Record a voice memo using your Airpods
  • Play it back to yourself to confirm the status

That’s it.

If the voice memo sounds clear then it could be anything from the recipients' speaker, internet connection, or a minor glitch from the app

However, if your voice sounds muffled and not loud due to some obstruction then you’ll need to try any of the below-mentioned fixes.

Why is My Airpods Microphone Muffled?

Highlighted below are some of the minor reasons why your AirPods microphone will sound muffled.

  1. Accumulation of dirt and dust on the microphone
  2. Outdated Airpods firmware
  3. Poor internet connection
  4. Minor OS glitch
  5. Damaged Microphone

Be rest assured that these problems aren’t hard to fix if you decipher the exact cause.

How to Fix a Muffled Microphone on my Airpods

If your AirPods microphone appears to be muted while sending audio messages, here are a few fixes you can implement to repair it.

1.. Clean Airpods and Case

You can clean the down of your AirPods where the microphone is located with a soft brush and a methylated spirit.

Brush off the surface gently and use a toothpick to pick out remaining dirt particles from the surface of the microphone.

Also, avoid using excess methylated spirit or petrol on your device to avoid damaging them.

You can extend the cleaning to the case to get rid of any dirt that might get back into the microphones.

2 Succ it out

Another weird solution is to suck the beneath of your AirPods.

Your microphone is located at the bottom of your AirPods close to the metal Connectors.

Blowing air out and in could remove any blockage due to the accumulation of dust, air, and water which could make your AirPods mic sound underwater.

3. Reconnect your Airpods

This particular method has worked for me over the years. All you need to do is simply disconnect and connect your AirPods back.

This will clear any glitch in your Bluetooth connectivity on your device.

4. Check your internet connection

If you’re in an online conference or seminar with a poor network connection then you’re voice might sound muffled.

This is because the poor network will not be able to transmit your voice to other users in real-time, making it look as though you’re mute meanwhile you’re talking.

You can try connecting to a stable wifi connection and try communicating once more...

5. Adjust Microphone settings to Automatic

If you configured your microphone to be one-sided then you would encounter problems while making voice memos

You can adjust this by going to Settings > Bluetooth  > locate your AirPods and tap on the more info icon “i” > scroll to Microphone and set to Automatically Switch AirPods.

This will enable you to use the two microphones thereby producing better sound.

6. Update Airpods Firmware

Firmware updates are required for Airpods just as it’s necessary for your device.

You can check if there’s a firmware update for your AirPods by going to Settings > General > About > Firmware Version and checking if there’s any update.

Now, put the AirPods in their case and place them close to your iPhone or iPad and wait for the update to be completed.

7. Try on Another Device

Try connecting Airpods to another device and make a voice memo with it.

If the voice doesn’t sound muffled then you’ll need to either update your device OS or restart.

8. Update your Device OS

Simply check if there's an update for your iPhone device then download and install it.

This should resolve the suppressed or muffled microphone voice.

9. Reset your Airpods

Resetting your Airpods will resolve a muffled microphone very quickly.

You can initiate the rest action by tapping and holding the button at the back of your Airpods until it blinks a white light.

You can now pair and reconnect your AirPods to your device and try it once more.

10. Restart your Device

Restarting your device will clear minor glitches resulting from the app's cache and data.

So, perform a restart action and see if the muffled microphone sounds are resolved.

11. Airpods Replacement

In a case where your AirPods frequently hits the floor or hard surfaces, it could cause damage to your microphone.

Also, the Presence of fluid such as water or oil for an extended time could result in a damaged Microphone.

So, it’s best to purchase new AirPods for yourself, and this time; use them more carefully.

12. Disconnect External Accessories

There could be a possibility that another connected device is controlling audio input, so, the best thing to do is to disconnect all other external accessories connected to your device.

You can also switch those devices off to prevent further interferences.

13. Use your External Microphone

You could decide to use your device's microphone by disconnecting from the AirPods while on a call or before sending a voice memo.

Alternatively,  you can switch to using your phone speaker as the audio source in the case of an incoming or outgoing call.

This might be stressful but it’s worth it if you don’t use the microphone too often.

14. Contact Apple Support

If you read up to this place and the muffled microphone hasn’t been resolved then it’s a hardware-related issue.

You could reach out to apple directly on their website or by visiting any apple store close to you.

They can issue a replacement for you if you’re under warranty or give you the best alternative. 

That’s it.


If your AirPods sound muffled, mute or as though it’s underwater then here are 14 proven fixes you can implement.

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