1708267478 Why one of your AirPods always runs out sooner than

Why one of your AirPods always runs out sooner than the other

Apple’s AirPods are one of the most popular wireless earbuds on the market. They provide a seamless connection to all your Apple devices. Yet they also have an annoying drawback.

If you own a pair of AirPods yourself, you probably know the problem. One of the two earbuds drains faster, so after a while you can only listen to music with one earbud. Terribly irritating.

And also a bit strange, since the competitors seem to have this problem less. So where does this problem come from? And can you solve it again? We explain it for you.

Why that one earpiece on your AirPods runs out faster

The battery life of AirPods can be affected by several factors. So can the way you use the wireless earbuds. Whether you’re making calls or just listening to music.

But if you notice that one of your AirPods is draining faster than the other, there’s another reason. Once you remove your AirPods from the case, the system automatically selects one side to be used as a microphone, while the other serves only as a speaker. And yes, the side you use as a microphone drains faster.

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Here’s how to solve it

So there’s nothing wrong with your AirPods if one of the two earbuds is draining faster. But it’s important to fix the problem quickly. That’s because if one side serves as the microphone too often, you run the risk of the battery failing faster, rendering the earpiece unusable. Fortunately, there is an easy solution.

Open Settings and tap your AirPods under your Apple ID name. Then scroll down and tap the Microphone option. Here, select Automatic switching between AirPods. That way, both earbuds will alternate microphone functions with each other, preventing battery overload.

Should one of the two earbuds already have battery problems, you can also choose to use the “healthy earpiece” as the microphone. That way you can straighten out the condition of the battery somewhat.

New AirPods in 2024?

Apple has wild plans for the AirPods in 2024. There may be three new versions of the new earbuds coming out this year. First, you can expect a new version of the standard model, the AirPods 4.


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