How to Adjust the Volume Level on Your Apple AirPods Pro Earbuds

Key takeaways:

  • You can adjust AirPods Pro volume using your connected device’s volume controls, Siri voice commands, or the touch controls on the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) stems.
  • Enabling noise cancellation on AirPods Pro can improve audio quality and volume.
  • If your AirPods Pro volume is too low, try cleaning the earbuds, calibrating them with your iPhone, or checking your device’s accessibility settings.

Apple’s AirPods Pro have become incredibly popular thanks to their sleek design, powerful features, and exceptional audio quality. However, managing the volume on these wireless earbuds can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to using them. In this article, we’ll explore several ways to adjust the volume on your AirPods Pro, ensuring you always have the perfect listening experience.

Using Your Connected Device’s Volume Controls

The easiest way to change the volume on your AirPods Pro is by using the volume controls on the device they’re connected to, such as your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here’s how:

  • When your AirPods Pro are connected and in use, simply use the volume buttons on your device to increase or decrease the volume.
  • You can also adjust the volume using the volume slider in the app you’re using, on your device’s Lock Screen, or in the Control Center.
  • If you have an Apple Watch, you can use the Digital Crown to change the volume when viewing the Now Playing screen.

Asking Siri to Adjust the Volume

Another convenient way to control the volume on your AirPods Pro is by using Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. To do this:

  • If you have first-generation AirPods Pro, double-tap either earbud to wake Siri, then ask Siri to adjust the volume.
  • For second-generation AirPods Pro, say “Hey Siri” (if you’ve set up this feature on your iPhone) and ask Siri to adjust the volume.
  • You can tell Siri to “increase volume,” which will raise the volume in approximately 12% increments, or you can specify a percentage, like “Hey Siri, set the volume to 50%.”

Using Touch Controls on AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

The second-generation AirPods Pro introduced a new feature that allows you to adjust the volume directly from the earbuds themselves using touch controls. Here’s how it works:

  • Place your thumb on the stem of the AirPod you want to adjust.
  • Swipe up on the stem to increase the volume or swipe down to decrease it.
  • You’ll hear a click in the earbud as you swipe, confirming the volume change.

If you find the touch controls too sensitive or accidentally trigger them often, you can adjust the sensitivity or turn them off entirely in the AirPods Pro settings on your iPhone.

Enabling Noise Cancellation for Better Audio

AirPods Pro feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which can help improve audio quality and perceived volume by blocking out external noise. To get the best listening experience:

  • Open the Control Center on your iOS device.
  • Press and hold the volume slider with the AirPods Pro icon.
  • Tap “Noise Cancellation” to enable ANC.

You can also control noise cancellation settings by going to Settings > Bluetooth and tapping the “i” icon next to your AirPods Pro.

Troubleshooting Low Volume Issues

If you find that your AirPods Pro aren’t loud enough, even after adjusting the volume, there are a few things you can try:

  • Clean your AirPods Pro: Earwax and debris can block the speakers, reducing volume. Gently clean the earbuds with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Calibrate your AirPods Pro: If one earbud seems quieter than the other, try calibrating them. Place both earbuds in their case, then remove them. Put them in your ears and play audio for about 30 seconds. The earbuds will automatically adjust to balance the volume.
  • Check your device’s accessibility settings: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual and ensure the “Balance” slider is set to the center. If it’s shifted to the left or right, it could make one earbud quieter than the other.

By using these various methods to control the volume on your AirPods Pro, you can ensure a comfortable and enjoyable listening experience tailored to your preferences.


How do I control the volume on my AirPods Pro without my phone?

You can use Siri voice commands or, if you have second-generation AirPods Pro, the touch controls on the stems to adjust the volume without using your phone.

Can I make my AirPods Pro louder?

Yes, you can make your AirPods Pro louder by increasing the volume on your connected device, using Siri to set a higher volume percentage, or enabling noise cancellation to improve perceived volume.

Why is one AirPod Pro quieter than the other?

If one AirPod Pro is quieter than the other, it could be due to earwax blockage, an accessibility setting on your device that shifts the audio balance, or the earbuds needing calibration. Clean the earbuds, check your device’s accessibility settings, and calibrate the AirPods Pro to resolve the issue.