AirPods Settings: How to Turn Volume Up & Down

AirPods settings and AirPods volume control can be a bit unintuitive. It's not easy for everyone to figure out how to adjust the volume on your AirPods when there are no buttons and no dials! There are two Airpods volume options for increasing and decreasing the volume on your AirPods: One involve using Siri to turn your AirPods up or down and the other involves using your iPhone to raise or lower the Airpods volume. Let's get started learning how to use either option. 

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To turn the volume up or down on your AirPods, you'll need to adjust your AirPods settings so that one of your AirPods is able to summon Siri. To adjust your AirPods settings, follow this link. Once you've customized your AirPods settings, you can double-tap whichever AirPod you've designated to summon Siri. To do this:

  • Double tap either AirPod in the position indicated in the image below.
  • Say, "Hey Siri, turn up the volume." Or, "Hey Siri, turn down the volume."

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You can also raise or lower the AirPods volume by telling Siri a specific percentage you'd like her 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.

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. 

  • Open Control Center on your iPhone by swiping down from the top right corner of the display on iPhone X, XS, and XR, or up from the bottom of the display on iPhone 8 and earlier iPhones.

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  • Touch and hold the audio card in the upper right corner of the Control Center.

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  • Tap on your AirPods in the menu that pops up.
  • Now raise or lower the AirPods volume by sliding the volume button right or left.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.