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The Airpods are classy with superior sound technology from Apple. But not everyone knows how easy it is to adjust the volume on the Airpods, especially as there are no visible buttons in and around the device to do so.

ln this blog post, we will answer the question "Can you control the volume on Airpods?" and tell you exactly how. We will also answer other relevant questions regarding volume controls on Airpods.

Can you control volume on Airpods?

Yes, you can control the volume on your Airpods and this article explains different ways to do it.  Due to the fact that the Airpods have no physical button, it might look like a daunting task to adjust the volume for someone who is not familiar with the device. But, we will try to explain the various methods to do so in a simple way.

What are the various means of controlling volume on Airpods?

The various methods of controlling the volume of your Airpods are:

  • Using SIRI.
  • Using the touch controls on the Airpods.
  • Make use of the control center or volume sliders.
  • Make use of your Mac.
  • Adjusting the volume from a connected Apple Watch.

From the above, you can see that there are a variety of ways that the volume of your Airpods can be adjusted. It depends on the model of your Airpods, how you are using the Airpods and which method is most convenient for you. We will explain each method in detail in the succeeding paragraphs below.

Do Airpods block out background noise? (Answered)
Yes, most AirPods block out background noise to some extent. But the AirPods Pro and Max have better noise-canceling capabilities than earlier models

How to control volume on Airpods using SIRI

We will explain the volume controls on Airpods using SIRI by the different generations of Airpods.

Using SIRI to control volume of First Generation Airpods

  • Activate SIRI on the Airpods by double-tapping on the sides of the Airpods.
Double tapping on the Airpods to activate SIRI
  • Wait to hear a chime sound to show that SIRI is activated and is waiting for your command.
  • Then, tell it which volume control you want. For example, "Turn the volume up."

Using SIRI to control volume of Second Generation Airpods

  • Activate SIRI on the Airpods by simply saying "Hey Siri."
  • Wait to hear a chime sound to show that SIRI is activated and is waiting for your command.
  • Then, tell it which volume control you want. for example, "Turn the volume down."

Using SIRI to control volume of Third Generation Airpods and Airpods Pro

  • Activate SIRI on the Airpods by simply saying, "Hey Siri."
  • Listen for a chime sound to show that SIRI is activated and is waiting for your command.
  • Then, tell it which volume control you want. For example, "Turn the volume up" or "Turn the volume down."
While wearing the Airpods, user can activate SIRI anytime by saying "Hey Siri"

How to control volume of Airpods using touch controls

By default, touch controls are used to activate SIRI (by double-tapping for first-generation Airpods), pause, play, skip forward and skip backward. They are not used to directly control the volume of the Airpods except for Airpods Max.

For Airpods Max, you can adjust the volume up by turning the digital crown on the Airpods forward or adjust it down by turning the digital crown backward.

Aside from using your voice, you can customize the double tap function on second-generation Airpods to summon SIRI, which can be further used to control the volume.

For third-generation Airpods and Airpods Pro, the force sensor is used for touch controls and there are no double tap settings on the force sensor to summon SIRI or turn the volume up or down. As discussed below, the volume can be adjusted using SIRI commands  (activated by saying "Hey Siri") or volume sliders.

Does Apple Watch drain iPhone battery? (Answered)
Yes, especially If you use your watch heavily. Heavy usage on your Apple Watch will drain the battery on your iPhone faster.

How to control volume of Airpods using volume sliders

You may be in a quiet environment and not want to disturb the ambiance by saying, "Hey Siri." In that case, the volume sliders in the devices connected to the Airpods can be used to adjust the volume.

This method works for all generations of Airpods, including the Airpods Pro. Volume sliders can be found on your iPhone's Control Center, Lock Screen, or Notification Center. To adjust the volume of your Airpods from your control center:

  • Connect your Airpods to your iPhone.
  • Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone.
Swipe down to reveal the control center of your iPhone
  • For iPhone 8 and earlier iPhones, slide from the bottom up to reveal the control center.
  • Look for the volume slider.
  • Raise it up or down to adjust the volume as you deem fit.

To adjust the volume from your notification center or lock screen:

  • Connect your Airpods to your iPhone and play any audio.
  • If your phone is locked, you will see a volume slider on your iPhone's locked screen or notification area.
  • Adjust the volume by dragging the slider to the right or left as you deem fit.
Volume sliders on an iPhone

The above instructions are similar if you use an iPad and it should work fine.

How to control volume of Airpods from your Mac

The volume of your Airpods can also be adjusted from your Mac if your Airpods is connected to it. To adjust the volume:

  • Connect your Airpods to your Mac.
  • Use the volume keys on the keyboard to adjust the volume up or down.
Volume slide button on some Mac computers
  • Alternatively, Click the volume icon in the menu bar.
  • Drag the slider to the desired volume level.

If you cannot find the volume icon from the menu bar, you will have to add it to the menu bar from the system preferences. To do so:

  • Click the Apple icon on your Mac.
  • Select System Preferences.
  • Click on Sound and select Output.
  • From the list that appears, select your Airpods.
  • Also, on the same window, below the "output volume", select the box that is next to "Show volume in menu bar".

The above steps will make the volume icon appear on the menu bar while simultaneously connecting you to your Airpods.

Does Apple Watch have Compass? (Answered)
Only the Apple Watch SE or series 5 or later has a native inbuilt compass that may come in handy when you’re out and about in the outdoors.

How to control volume of Airpods from your Apple watch

The volume of your Airpods can also be controlled from your Apple watch if your Airpods are connected to it. To adjust the volume:

  • Ensure that your Airpods and Apple watch share a connection.
  • Start playing any audio.
  • Tap the "Now Playing" button at the top center of the home screen of your Apple Watch to reveal the "Now Playing" screen.
The "Now Playing" screen of Apple Watches
  • Turn the digital crown forwards or backward to increase or decrease the volume.
  • On the "Now Playing" screen, just beside the digital crown, there is a volume icon that displays the volume level in green color.

Frequently Asked Questions about the volume control on Airpods

Q: Can I adjust the volume of only one Airpod at a time?

A: No, it is not possible to adjust the volume of only one Airpod. The sound produced by both Airpods will always be the same.

Q: How can I know if my Airpods are connected?

A: There are a few ways to know if your Airpods are Connected. One way is to look for the tiny LED light on each Airpod stalk. If the LED is white, then it means that your Airpods are connected and ready to use. Another way of knowing if your AirPods are connected is by looking at the control center of your devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch). If you see the "Connected" text next to your Airpods name, then it means they are connected.

Q: Can I use Siri with my AirPods?

A: Yes, Siri can be used with AirPods. To activate Siri, double-tap either AirPod (for first-generation) while wearing them. You can also say "Hey Siri" (for Airpods Pro and Airpods third generation) to activate Siri without having to double-tap your AirPods.

Q: How can I know the battery level of my Airpods?

A: The battery level of your Airpods is displayed once you open the Airpods case lid with the Airpods in it and take it close to your devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) for a few seconds. You can also simply install the battery widget which will display the level of your AirPods battery when at least one Airpod is in the case.

Checking the battery level of Airpods

Q: How can I charge my AirPods?

A: Put your AirPods in their charging case and then plug in the Lightning cable to a power source. You can also wirelessly charge your AirPods by placing them on a Qi-certified compatible wireless charger.

Q: One of my Airpod is not producing any sound. what can i do?

A: If one of your Airpods is not producing any sound, you can first check if it's connected. If the problem persists, try restarting both your devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) and your AirPods.

Another troubleshooting step would be to clean your AirPods and ensure there is no debris or dirt blocking the speaker mesh. You can clean your AirPods using a soft dry lint-free cloth. Finally, if all else fails, you can try resetting your AirPods.

To reset your AirPods, just put them back in their case and then hold down the setup button at the back of the case for about 15 seconds until you see the Amber light flashing. Wait until it turns white.

Can Apple watches be locked to a carrier? (Answered)
No, Apple Watches are not locked with any carrier after production. However, if you come across the term “carrier locked”, it simply means that....

Wrap up

As seen from the above article, there are a few ways to control the volume of your Airpods. You can do so from your Mac, Apple Watch, or even from your iPhone or iPad. In addition, Siri can also be used to adjust the volume of your Airpods.

Simply choose any convenient method, depending on the device you are using the Airpods with. Thanks for reading.

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