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Apple AirPods are wireless headphones released December 2016.

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How do I fix the microphones? The speakers still work.

Neither microphone is working, though there is still sound in one, but just barely. The speakers work fine!

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1. Put Your AirPods Back in the Case and Reconnect

Establishing a fresh connection to your iPhone can resolve most audio problems with your AirPods, especially if they worked fine just a moment ago. All you have to do is put both earbuds in their charging case and then take them out again.

2. Clean the AirPods Microphones

If you’ve used your AirPods for several months, the microphone holes may have accumulated lots of grime inside them. That can make the AirPods microphone sound muffled. So, try cleaning them.

To do that, start by spraying a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol—don’t get it too wet. Then, dab away on the microphone holes on the bottom of the AirPods to loosen any gunk.

Follow by gently prying out any particles with a toothpick or a pair of tweezers. When doing this, take extra care not to damage the mesh grill covering the microphones. For more details, refer to our guide on how to clean your AirPods.

3. Check the Active Microphone Settings

If you can only use the microphone on a single AirPod, it’s possible this is down to your settings. Check the active microphone setting for your AirPods to determine if it’s configured to use both mics or not.

Go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the i icon next to your AirPods. Then, tap Microphone and enable the Automatically Switch AirPods option to let your AirPods determine the most suitable microphone to use on the fly.

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The other two settings will only use the microphone on your left or right AirPod. That can cause trouble if you put the wrong earbud into the charging case, or if there’s too much ambient noise from the same direction as the active microphone.

4. Update the AirPods Firmware

Outdated firmware can also result in the AirPods microphone not working. Head over to Settings > General > About > AirPods to look at your current Firmware Version. If you see an out-of-date version number (the AirPods Wikipedia page is an excellent place to check the latest version), try updating the firmware.

To do that, connect your AirPods to a charging source and leave them next to your iPhone, which must be connected to the internet. Check back again after 30 minutes, and they should’ve updated in the meantime.

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