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The Airpods were built to provide a quality sound experience, but soon enough, Apple realized the need for the pods to also be interactive. Due to its physical dimensions, users actually wonder where the mic of the Airpods is located.

In this blog post, we will answer the question "Where is the mic on Airpods?" and also discuss some other things related to Airpods microphones. We will cover whether or not there is a built-in mic, where the mic is located, and what you can do if you're having trouble using it.

Where is the mic on Airpods?

The mics on Airpods are located at the tail end of the stem of the Airpod. There is also another microphone just behind the main bud of the Airpod. The main bud is the part that goes into your ear when you are using the device.

Looking at the Airpods physically, the two visible holes mark the point where you can find the microphones. The holes are located close to the position of the microphone. One hole is at the bottom of the Airpods stem, while the other hole is behind the earbud.

The placement of the main mic is strategic. It is very close to your mouth when you are using the Airpods, making it easier to record your voice.

The two mics work together to block out background noise and focus on the sound of your voice. This is helpful in noisy environments where you still want to be able to be heard clearly. When the microphone works in this mode, it is known as Noise Cancellation.

When the mics allow in some background noise and your voice,  it is in Transparency mode. When both Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode are not in use, the noise control of the Airpods is now set to off.

Do Airpods have a built-in mic?

Yes, Airpods have a built-in mic. As discussed in the previous section, two mics are located on the Airpods. One at the tail end of the stem and one behind the main bud. You can even say that both microphones are actually in-built. Although, the main mic is more externally placed than the internal mic.

These mics work together to provide quality sound for phone calls, recording voice memos, and even talking to SIRI. The built-in mic is used to listen to internal sounds or sounds that the external mic may not have picked up.

Can you control volume on Airpods? (Answered)
Yes, you can control the volume on your Airpods and this article explains different ways to do it.

How to test Airpods microphone

There are a few ways that you can test your Airpods microphone.

The first way is to use the Voice Memos app. This app comes pre-installed on all iPhones and allows you to record audio using the internal mic of your phone. To test if your Airpods mic is working, connect your Airpods to your iPhone and open the Voice Memos app. Start a new recording. Once you are done recording, playback the audio to see if it sounds clear. If it sounds clear, it means your Airpods are in good working conditions.

Another way to test your Airpods mic is to make a phone call using your iPhone. Connect your Airpods to your iPhone and call someone you know. Ask them if they can hear you clearly. If they say yes, then your Airpods mic is most likely working fine.

You can also test your Airpods mic by asking SIRI to perform a task. For example, you can ask Siri to set a timer by simply saying, "Hey Siri, set a timer for 5 mins". If Siri is able to perform the task, it means your Airpods mic is working properly.

Airpods showing mic opening

How to clean Airpods microphone

If you are having trouble with your Airpods mic, one of the first things you should do is to clean it. Carry out the following actions to clean your Airpods:

  • The Airpods should be cleaned using a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  • The microphone mesh can be cleaned using a dry soft cotton swab.
  • Do not run water or any liquid through any of the microphone openings as this could damage the device.
  • If your find grime or debris in the microphone openings, use a soft, dry, bristled brush to remove the grime and debris.
  • Avoid using any sharp or abrasive material to clean the microphone openings.
  • You can also blow gently on the microphone to get debris off but not too hard to not damage the internal components of the Airpods.
  • If the Airpods get wet, allow them to get dried before using them or placing them in the charger case.

Airpods microphone is muffled (what to do)

If your AirPods microphone is muffled, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue.

First, go through the sound settings of the Airpod and ensure you have not muted or changed the audio settings of the microphone to respond from only a single Airpod.

Second, ensure the Airpods are clean and free of debris. If there is something blocking the microphone, it could be causing the muffled sound. The debris can be cleared with cotton buds or a soft bristle brush.

After trying this, you can also try resetting your Airpods. To reset your Airpods, follow these steps:

  • First, make sure your Airpods are disconnected from your iPhone.
  • Then, press and hold the setup button on the back of the charging case for about 15 seconds until you see the status light flash white after flashing amber.
  • After that, open the lid of your charging case and wait for a few seconds until the Airpods appear on your iPhone.
  • Try using the Airpods again to see if the microphone issue has been fixed.

If you're still having issues with a muffled microphone, you may need to take your Airpods to an Apple Store or authorized service provider for further diagnosis. This may be because the microphone may have been damaged internally, or it could be that the speaker is faulty and not producing any sound.

Airpods microphone is not working on calls (what to do)

If you're having trouble with your Airpods microphone not working on calls, you can try a few things.

First, try to use the Airpods for another sound source, such as listening to a podcast or playing music, to confirm that the speaker is working fine. This helps to isolate the issue.

Then, inspect the Airpods physically for any damage. There have been cases of dogs chewing Airpods they found lying around. If there is any damage to the Airpods, that could be a reason why the microphone is not working.

If your AirPods are still under warranty, you can take them to an Apple Store or authorized Apple Service provider for repair or replacement.

Otherwise, as explained earlier, you can try other DIY methods, such as resetting your Airpods or cleaning the microphone mesh.

Finally, ensure that your iPhone's software is up to date, as there have been cases where a software update has fixed similar issues.

To check if your iPhone's software is up to date, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If an update is available, install it.

These are a few potential solutions to the problem of an Airpods microphone not working on calls. In most cases, one of these methods should fix the issue.

Graphic image of Airpods Pro showing mic openings

Frequently Asked Questions about Airpods microphone

Q: Where are the microphones on Airpods?

A: The microphone is located on the stem of the Airpod and behind the earbud.

Q: Does Airpods have built-in mics?

A: Yes, both Airpods have a built-in mic.

Q: How do I know if my Airpods mic is working?

A: You can test whether your Airpods mic is working by trying to use it to make a voice note or using it to activate Siri. You can also try making a call using the Airpods and see if it picks up your voice properly.

Q: Why is my Airpods microphone not working on calls?

A: There could be several reasons why your Airpods microphone is not working on calls. It could be a hardware issue, software issue, or due to physical damage. Try the methods listed in paragraph six to troubleshoot the problem.

Q: I dropped my Airpods and now the microphone doesn't work. Is it broken?

A: Possibly. In most cases, physical damage will void your warranty. You can take it to an Apple Store or authorized Apple Service provider for repair or replacement.

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.

Wrap up

We hope this article provided the information you require regarding placing the microphone on Airpods. As explained earlier, the mic is located on the stem of the Airpod and behind the earbud.

If you're having trouble with your Airpods microphone not working, try some of the troubleshooting methods listed in this article. Thanks for reading.

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