How to Make AirPods Louder & Quieter the Easiest Ways (2022)

Master Airpods Pro & AirPods volume controls and discover the best way to make AirPods louder or quieter, perfect for comfortable listening.

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Is your AirPods' volume low? AirPods Pro and AirPods volume control can be a bit non-intuitive. It's not easy for everyone to figure out how to adjust the volume on their AirPods when there are no buttons and no dials! If you've been wondering how to work AirPods and AirPods Pro volume control, read on to learn how to make your AirPods louder or lower the volume. 

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    How to Make Your AirPods Louder or Quieter with Siri

    AirPods controls are hidden in Siri commands, AirPod tap controls (some call them AirPods touch controls or AirPod touch controls), and AirPods gestures. You can also use your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, or Mac to adjust volume. I'll cover both AirPods controls and AirPods Pro controls so that you can learn how to change the volume on AirPods and AirPods Pro no matter the model! If you're not sure what model of AirPods you have, you can learn how to identify your AirPods here. For more great AirPod tricks, check out our free Tip of the Day.

    How to Turn Volume Up on AirPods Using Siri: iPhone Setup Steps

    Before you can turn the volume up or down on your AirPods you'll need to adjust your settings so that one of your AirPods is able to summon Siri. Make sure your AirPods are connected to your device, then follow these steps on your iPhone (or iPad):

    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

    2. Tap Bluetooth.

    3. Find your AirPods in the list of paired devices, and tap on the info icon to the right.

    4. Under Double-Tap On AirPod, tap either Right or Left. This will determine which of your AirPods will summon Siri, consider the one on your non-dominant side so that you can do it without interrupting another important task, such as writing.

    5. Choose Siri from the list of possible functions. 

    Now that you've turned the Siri audio controls on in the Settings on your iPhone (or iPad) you'll be able to activate Siri by touching your AirPods. This is specific to the model of your AirPods. For AirPods & AirPods 2, read this. For AirPods 3, AirPods Pro (Gen 1), or AirPods Pro (Gen 2), skip to this section. If this was all you needed to know, read how to pause AirPods next!

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    Double-tap AirPods & AirPods 2 to Use Siri Volume Controls

    Once you've customized your settings, you can double-tap the designated AirPod to activate Siri. Here's where to tap on AirPods to summon Siri:

    1. Double-tap the AirPod in the position indicated in the image below.

      AirPods and AirPods 2 volume control
    2. Say, "Turn up the volume." Or, "Turn down the volume."

    Pro Tip: You can also raise or lower the AirPods' volume by telling Siri a specific percentage you'd like to increase or decrease the volume. For example, you might say, "Siri, lower the volume to 20 percent." After a little experimentation, you'll figure out which volume levels are most comfortable for you.

    AirPods 3, AirPods Pro & AirPods Pro 2 Volume Control with Siri

    With AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, you cannot customize a double-tap command to summon Siri as you do with the original and second-generation AirPods. This is because the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro come with a Force Sensor on the stem, and all Siri command options are already configured. You still have the ability to summon Siri with voice only, by saying "Hey Siri" and requesting the volume be raised or lowered. But if you want to adjust the volume without saying "Hey Siri" you can do so by following the steps below: 

    1. Press and hold the Force Sensor to activate Siri. 

      AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro Volume control
    2. Say something like, "Raise the volume" or "Lower the volume by 40 percent."

    For all models of AirPods covered in this article, you can only adjust the volume through Siri or with your device playing the audio. So if you're looking to adjust AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Pro 2 volume control without Siri, read on to learn how to adjust the volume with the device playing the audio.

    Bonus Tip: Alternative AirPods Volume Control with Hey Siri

    One of the convenient features added to AirPods beginning with the second generation is the ability to summon Siri with voice only (instead of using the double tap shown above). If you have a pair of second- or third-generation AirPods or AirPods Pro and would like to raise or lower the volume, you can now do so without tapping or squeezing your earbuds.

    1. Just say, "Hey Siri, raise the volume" or "Hey Siri, turn down the volume."
    2. You can also ask Siri to raise or lower the volume by percentage by saying, for example, "Hey Siri, raise the volume to 50 percent."

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    How to Adjust Volume on AirPods Pro & AirPods Volume Control without Siri

    When your AirPods or AirPods Pro are connected to a device, you can use that device for AirPods and AirPod Pro volume control. I'll walk you through turning volume up on AirPods Pro and Airpods of any model on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, and Mac. Plus the newest AirPods Pro (Gen 2) because they have a new tap control for volume control!

    1. AirPods Settings on the iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch: How to Adjust Volume on AirPods

    If you're in a quiet place and don't want to be disruptive by talking to Siri, you can adjust your AirPods' volume from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The steps below work for all models covered in this article, including AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Pro 2: 

    1. If you have a newer iPhone, unlock it, then open the Control Center by swiping diagonally from the top right corner of the display. If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the display to open the Control Center.

      airpods volume
    2. Now raise or lower the AirPods' volume by dragging the volume slider up or down.

      adjusting airpod volume in iphone Control Center
    3. If your iPhone is on the Lock screen, or in the Notification Center, you can raise or lower the AirPods' volume by dragging the volume slider right or left.

      adjusting airpod volume on iphone lock screen 

    Related: How to Use AirPods, AirPods 2 & AirPods Pro: A Guide to Charging, Pairing, Setting Up & More

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    2. Apple Watch AirPod Volume Controls: How to Increase Volume on AirPods (Any Model) or Decrease It

    If you are listening to music on the iPhone that is paired with your Apple Watch or listening to music directly from your Apple Watch, it's also possible to change the AirPods' volume on your watch. Before watchOS 9, you could tap the the Now Playing icon directly from your Home Screen and then turn the Digital Crown to raise or lower the volume.

    apple watch now playing icon

    1. If you are running watchOS 9, you can get to Now Playing in several different ways. The first is to open your Control Center by swiping up from your Home Screen and tapping the ear icon.

      The first is to open your Control Center by swiping up from your Home screen and tapping the ear icon.
    2. Here you can see the headphone volume and level, including the decibels you can hear. Tap the volume icon on the right to raise the volume and on the left to lower it.

      Tap the volume icon on the right to raise the volume and on the left to lower it.
    3. You can also just open the Music app from the App Library.

      You can also just open the Music app from the App Library.
    4. Or press the Side button to pull up recently opened/favorited apps and selecting the Music app.

      Or by tapping the Side button to pull up recently opened/favorited apps and selecting the Music app.
    5. Once this screen appears, you'll see a small volume icon.

      apple watch volume icon
    6. When you turn the Digital Crown, a green volume indicator will appear.

      green volume bar appears when digital crown is turned

    Pro tip: Did you know that you can use your AirPods as hearing aids?

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    3. How to Make AirPods Louder & How to Lower Volume on AirPods from a Mac (All Models)

    If you are using AirPods connected to macOS Ventura, you can change the volume by using the volume keys on your keyboard or follow the steps below: For older macOS, skip to this section.

    1. Open the Control Center by tapping this icon in your Menu Bar.

      Open the Control Center by tapping this icon in your Menu Bar.
    2. If you see the AirPods icon under Sound, just drag the slider left or right as necessary.

      If you see the AirPods icon under Sound, just drag the slider left or right as necessary.

    If you're using AirPods connected to a Mac running an older software, you can change the volume by using the volume keys on your keyboard or by clicking the volume icon in the Menu Bar and clicking and dragging the volume slider up or down. If there is no volume button in your Menu Bar, you can enable it in System Preferences. Click the Apple on your computer's Menu Bar, then click System Preferences, select Sound, then Output, then click the AirPods your Mac is connected within the list that appears. Finally. at the bottom of this window, below the volume bar, click the box next to Show volume in menu bar.

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    4. AirPods Pro 2 Only: Tap Controls without Siri: How to Turn Up Volume on AirPods Pro (Gen 2)

    If you have the newest AirPods Pro (Gen 2) you can turn the volume up and down by touching the stem without Siri! Just place your thumb on the stem of either the left or right AirPod and swipe up (louder) or down (quieter) on the Touch control using your index finger.

    how to make my airpods louder

    Source of GIF: Apple.com

    Now that you've got your volume where you want it, if you're having trouble with your microphone, you can see our troubleshooting tips for the AirPods mic. If your AirPods aren't at their loudest, even at the highest set volume, check out this article with a cool trick on how to turn volume up on AirPods Pro and AirPods.

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    Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

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