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8 Ways to Fix One Airpod Not Working

Airpods are one of the most reliable products offered in the market. They are meant to work seamlessly at all times, but that is not to say that they don’t have their mishaps.

They don’t come cheaply, so we expect to always have it on the go with no issue. Still, unfortunately, that is never the case, and an annoying problem that AirPods face is when either the left or right airpod stops working. Here is a discussion on everything you need to know on what causes the airpod not to work and how to fix it.

What Causes One Airpod To Stop Working?

Airpod To Stop Working

When one airpod stops working, that is a definite indication of a problem.  Several issues can cause this problem to occur. Below are some of the causes of one airpod not working:

  • Low battery charge
  • Dirty AirPods
  • Network problems
  • Wrong audio setting
  • One AirPods is not connecting
  • One airpod does not have any sound


There is no single diagnosis for an airpod that is not working. Different causes have different ways of fixing it. Below are some of how one can fix an airpod that is not working:

1. Confirm The Battery Percentage

Confirm The Battery Percentage

When the battery is dead, the airpod will not work. Airpods can strain the lifespan of their battery. If the battery percentage is low or completely dead, the most reasonable thing to do is charge it. Put both AirPods in their case and charge them for some minutes. To confirm if the airpod is appropriately set, do the following:

Check the status light indicated on the charging case; an amber or orange light means that the airpod is properly charging, and a green light indicates that the same is fully charged.

2. Dirty Airpods

Dirty Airpods

Dirt can easily clog your audio device transmitter. Most people tend to overlook this problem. Dirt can make the sound not to be clear enough or one side of the airpod not work ultimately. One airpod can have a lot of dirt built up, thus preventing any sound from penetrating through that particular airpod. We can fix this problem by constantly cleaning AirPods before or after use to avoid buildup. To properly clean the AirPods, follow the below instructions:

  • Use a lint-free material to clean it.
  • Deep the lint-free material in a disinfectant item
  • Ensure the disinfectant contains 70 % isopropyl alcohol
  • Dry the airpod using cotton.
  • Ensure they completely dry before putting them back in their case

3. Switch on and off the Bluetooth icon

Switch on and off the Bluetooth icon

The audio might not be transmitted appropriately from one device to the airpod, and reconnection will help solve this problem. To fix this, go to settings then, turn off the Bluetooth icon, wait a few seconds, and turn it on once again to reconnect it.

4. Reset your AirPods

Reset your AirPods

Often, the airpod settings can change and affect one airpod, be it the left or right one. Here is how one can reset the AirPods:

  • Ensure that the airpod is in the charging case and the lid is closed
  • Open the lid after 30 seconds and connect your AirPods to the iPhone or iPad. Once connected, launch the settings menu and select the Bluetooth icon.
  • Check the listed list in the Bluetooth connections and select the airpod icon, then click the symbol (i) next to it.
  • Choose to forget this device.
  • Open the charging case and press the button at the back till the light on the front flashes a white flash.
  • Hold your AirPods still in the charging case and follow the instructions for pairing the devices.

5. Update your operating system

Update your operating system

New and advanced features keep on being introduced in the market. Updating the operating system to match the latest features is highly recommended. Below is a guide on how to update the operating system:

  • For iPhone users, go to settings then general settings. If there is a new update, it will be indicated, and a download and install option will be highlighted.
  • For Mac users, click the apple menu icon situated on the upper left side, then select About this Mac. Select the software update to confirm whether or not the Mac needs an update.

6. Check if the stereo balance is appropriately set.

Check if the stereo balance is appropriately set

The stereo balance should be at the center; any slight movement might make one airpod stop working. To fix this, head to settings> then click on accessibility > audio/visual > finally, balance the stereo by moving the balance slider to the center.

7. Restart your device

Restart your device

Restating the phones helps clear unnecessary files that might be causing sound not to be correctly transmitted to one side of the Airpod. Restarting a phone differs depending on whether an individual is using an iPhone, Mac, or iPad; thus, follow instructions for restarting your device according to the device used.

8. Confirm if the network setting is okay.  

If the network has an issue, a reset will be inevitable. Go to settings> general settings> reset the network to reset it.

9. Contact apple

Contact Apple

If all the above doesn’t work, one will probably face a hardware or software problem. In this instance, the best thing to contact the apple support team by calling a support adviser.  You could also head to an apple store and consult one of the people or take the Airpod for repair at any recommended and certified store. If you're not near any store, then the same can be sent to the nearest available store.

Always have the Airpod serial number to ensure the product's authenticity and that you are the owner, AirPods charging case, and evidence of purchase in the form of a receipt issued upon purchase.


The saying that one is better than one can never apply to an Airpod. This is because music goes directly to the soul. For one to sweetly enjoy their music, they need both sides of the AirPods to work correctly—any little mishap deterring one from enjoying musing from their expensively owned device. In case of trouble, follow the above steps, and if it does not work, contact the apple store for immediate help.