The most frequent question that emerged on the majority of blogs addressing AirPod reviews was, “Do you need an external soundbar to control the volume?”
People were concerned about whether or not they needed an external soundbar that allowed them to control the volume.
Their worries stem from the fact that AirPods lack any physical buttons for boosting or lowering the volume.
The reason why people assumed that they needed an external soundbar was because there were no physical buttons on AirPods for controlling the volume.
All other headphones and earbuds have a specific button used for changing the volume.
The lack of these buttons stemmed from Apple’s decision to make AirPods entirely wireless.
People were worried that they wouldn’t be able to adjust the volume if they were in a loud environment or if they needed to make a quick adjustment.
However, all of these concerns can be easily negated by using either Siri or your iPhone.
Can You Control Volume On AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3 & AirPods Pro?
The volume of AirPods may be altered in two distinct ways. The first technique to change the volume is through Siri commands. The second approach is to use the volume buttons on an iPhone or any other devices. Double-tap gestures on AirPods can also modify the music’s sound.
In this post, I’ll show you how to regulate the volume of your AirPods.
You’ll learn ways to increase the volume on your AirPods and decrease it with and without Siri.
The methods can work on all models, including first-generation AirPods, second-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and Airpod Max.
Except AirPods Generation-three which will not allow you to control the volume by using “Hey Siri”.
The solution is to turn on “Hey Siri” on your iPhone, but that would violate workplace policies and pose a security risk.
How Do You Control Volume With AirPods Using Siri (First Generation)?
To change the volume on your AirPod, first, adjust your double-tap settings.
When you’re setting up the double-tap function for your AirPods, you can enable one of these options:
- Be compatible with Siri
- Play and pause your audio content
- Skip or forward the track
- Go back to the previous track
To make the AirPods compatible with Siri, all you have to do is customize the double tap option in a matter of minutes:
- On your iOS device, open the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
- Locate your AirPods and click the information icon next to them on the paired devices list.
- Select one of two options for the side; right or left.
4. Choose whatever option you like your AirPod will do on a double-tap. ( preferred to select siri)
You can double-tap the AirPods after you’ve customized the settings.
Tap on whichever you’ve designated between the right and left side to access Siri.
There are two main methods for utilizing Siri to manage the volume of your AirPod content.
- By saying, “Hey Siri, turn the volume up.” Or, “Hey Siri, turn the volume down.”
- You can also ask Siri a specific percentage you’d like to increase or decrease the volume. For example, “Hey Siri, lower the volume to 50%.”
How Do You Control Volume With Your AirPods Using Siri (Second Generation)?
To start, open the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
Now tap the information icon next to your AirPods under the paired devices list.
Scroll down and you’ll see that “Siri” has moved from being in the “Quick Actions” section to being an option under “Volume Control.”
Another change with second generation AirPods is there’s no longer any need for double-tapping.
The only requirement for using your voice command option is having the iPhone set as your primary device.
How Do You Control Volume With AirPods Without Using Siri (First and Second Generation)?
You may not be able to use Siri in certain instances.
For example, you’re in a quiet area like a library or hospital and don’t want to be a nuisance.
You can alter your AirPod volume using the side of your device’s volume button if you’re in a location where you can’t access Siri.
The alternative to that is dragging the volume indicator of the program you’re listening to, which is as follows:
- If your phone is unlocked, you can use the Control Center. It’s in the upper right corner on newer iPhones or the lower left corner on previous iPhone models (iPhone 8 and earlier versions).
- You may raise or lower the volume at the control center by dragging the volume slider up or down.
- You can alter the AirPods’ volume by dragging the volume slider right or left if your iPhone is locked.
How to Change Volume on AirPods, AirPods 2 & AirPods Pro (iOS 15 Update)
With the iOS 15 update, users are now able to change the volume on their AirPods, AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro.
To do this, open the Settings app and select “Music.”
Under “Playback,” you’ll see a section called “Headphones.”
Tap on this and you’ll see the option for “Volume Limit.”
From here, you can select to limit volume at 70% or 90% of your device’s maximum volume.
Four methods for controlling the volume of AirPods are outlined below:
By utilizing Siri, you may increase or decrease the volume.
To do so, first make sure your AirPod Pro is connected to your iOS device.
Simply say, “Hey Siri,” then say something like “Increase the volume by 5%” or “Turn up the volume” or “Decrease the volume.”
Simply make sure you speak clearly and loudly enough, and she’ll follow your instructions.
One of Siri’s most distinctive features is that you can utilize it to do a lot more than just increase or decrease the volume.
You can check your current volume levels by asking, “Hey, Siri, what is the present volume?” This function can assist you in establishing your ideal volume level, which may differ based on the situation.
For example, the optimal volume when listening to your favorite podcast at home/room is different from that when in a noisy environment.
Using Volume Buttons on Your iPhone
Without a doubt, Siri is beneficial in cases such as when you don’t have your phone on you or when you can’t touch your AirPods.
Moreover, there are different scenarios where you cannot talk loudly or at all.
For Example, when you are in an overcrowded area like in a public train station, you certainly feel annoyed when talking to Siri.
Then to control volume you have to do it the old fashioned way by using your phone’s side buttons.
Using the Volume Slider
Drag the volume slider from the active app to control the audio of your AirPod Pro. You can do this on the lock screen or in the control center.
On the lock screen, you need to drag the volume slider up or down. (left and right)
On an unlocked screen, you can access the control center.
When you’re at the command center, you may increase or decrease the volume by dragging the volume slider up or down.
This method can help you if you have some issues with the volume button.
Using Apple Watch
This method works on Apple watch Series 1 and Series 2.
When listening to a song, you can also change the volume by swiping up or down on the screen of your Apple Watch. This will allow you to set a particular volume level that is appropriate for that specific situation.
In order to use this feature, you need to select the song that you want to listen to from the Music app on your Apple Watch.
After that, swipe up or down on the screen of your watch to increase or decrease the volume, respectively.
You can also use this feature to control the volume of any other audio app on your Apple Watch.
Just like with your iPhone, it’s important to choose the proper volume level for each situation that you’re in.
When the AirPods are playing music, you can use Volume Limit to set how loud they will play.
How Do You Change AirPods Volume Using Your Mac Device?
While your AirPods are playing music or other media, you can double-click the “Volume Up” button on your Mac.
This will increase the volume by 25%, which is a relatively small amount.
Just like with your other devices, it’s important to find the right volume level for each situation.
For example, you may want to increase the volume when you’re at home, but decrease it when you’re at work.
Finding the right volume level can be tricky, but with a little trial and error, you’ll be able to set it to your liking.
When watching a film or listening to an online lecture, you may be wondering how to adjust the volume of your AirPods.
If you’ve linked your AirPods to your Mac, there are two methods for changing the volume.
The quickest method is to use the volume buttons on your Mac’s keyboard.
Or by clicking the volume control icon from the menu.
The volume level can also be adjusted by dragging the volume slider up or down.
Sometimes, the volume icon is not present on the Menu Bar.
To enable it, follow these steps:
- Click the Apple in your computer’s Menu Bar.
- Click System Preferences.
- Select ‘Acoustic’, then choose the AirPods connected to your Mac from the list.
How Do You Monitor or Limit Your AirPods Volume on?
There are several strategies to counteract the sound of your AirPods, including:
- If you’ve been listening to your AirPods for a long time, get a notification so that the volume will automatically be lowered.
- Use a health app to examine the audio levels in your AirPods over time.
- To monitor the audio levels from your AirPods while you’re using them, use the Hearing control in the control center.
- Limit the maximum volume for your AirPods.
The article discusses how to change the volume of your AirPods using different methods depending on the device you are using.
For example, on an iPhone you can use the volume slider, Siri or the volume buttons on the phone, and on a Mac you can use the volume slider or the “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” keys.
Kevin is a Tech journalist for over a decade. He writes on Wearables, Headphones, and Laptops. When he is not glued to his laptop, You will find him working on exciting projects that include Unboxing new Gadgets, comparing them, and tweaking their hardware.