Microphones on iPhone not working? Here’s a bunch of fixes

The AirPods are one of the most popular accessories for Apple devices. It’s no surprise that a lot of people rely on the microphone feature of their AirPods to make important calls, listen to podcasts, and much more. But what happens when the microphone stops working?

In this article, we’ll provide a bunch of fixes to help get the microphone on your AirPods back up and running. We’ll also take a look at some basic troubleshooting steps to help you find the root cause of the issue. So, if your AirPods’ microphone isn’t working, don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place.

Reconnect to the iPhone

To get your AirPods back in action, you must first reconnect them to your iPhone. The process is quite simple, though it can vary slightly depending on the version of your iOS and the AirPods you have.

The first step is to open the AirPods case and make sure the LED light is flashing white. Then, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Bluetooth. You will be able to see all the Bluetooth-enabled devices nearby. Tap the name of your AirPods in the list and they should connect.

If your AirPods don’t show up in the list, try closing the AirPods case and opening it again. Then, tap and hold the round button at the back of the case until the LED light starts flashing white. This will make the AirPods visible in the Bluetooth list.

Clean the Microphone Grid

Now that your AirPods are reconnected to the iPhone, it’s time to take the next step towards ensuring optimal performance: cleaning the microphone grid. To do this, you’ll need a microfiber cloth and some rubbing alcohol. Start by removing any dirt or debris that may have lodged itself into the microphone grid. Be gentle but thorough and use the cloth to remove any dirt particles.

Once all the dirt and debris have been cleared, dampen the cloth in the rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the microphone grid. The rubbing alcohol will help to remove any bacteria or oils that may have accumulated on the microphone grid. Make sure to let the microphone grid dry. Doing this will ensure that your microphone is functioning at its full potential and that your audio experience is the best it can be.

Check Active Microphone Settings

Now that your microphone grid is sparkling clean, it’s time to check the active settings. Before you do, make sure that the mic is in the open position, and your headphones are connected.

To begin, make sure your microphone is on. In most cases, there will be a button or switch on the side of the mic that will enable you to easily toggle it on and off. If it is not on, double-check all the connections to make sure everything is plugged in correctly.

Once you have verified that it is on, you can adjust the volume settings. Depending on the type of microphone you are using, this may be done manually with a knob or wheel, or it may be adjusted digitally with software. If you are using a digital microphone, you may need to adjust the settings in the software that came with it.

Next, you will need to adjust the gain. This is the amount of power that is used to amplify the sound coming from your microphone.

Turn off Noise Cancelation

When it comes to microphone settings, it’s also important to understand how to cancel out any background noise. Noise cancellation is a great tool for reducing distractions and creating a better audio experience. To get started, you’ll need to adjust your microphone settings to enable noise cancellation.

First, bring up the microphone settings in your audio software. Look for the ‘Noise Cancellation’ option and toggle it on. After that, you should hear a noticeable difference in the audio quality. Background noises like typing, traffic, and conversations will be reduced in the audio, so that your voice can be heard more clearly.

If you want to further reduce noise, you can tweak the settings to give you the best sound quality. Try experimenting with the ‘Noise Reduction’ and ‘Ambient Noise’ sliders to find the right balance. You can also adjust the ‘Sensitivity’ and ‘Hiss Reduction’ to eliminate any static or hissing in the audio.

Check Airpods for Water Damage

To check whether AirPods have been damaged by water, the following steps should be taken: Restarting the iPhone will reset the connection between the device and the AirPods and may help with any connection issues. Making sure the AirPods are sufficiently charged is important to ensure that the pairing process is successful. If the AirPods are still not connecting, forgetting and then re-pairing them may be necessary. Placing the AirPods in the case and then trying to connect again can also help.

Restart Your Iphone

Now that you have checked and canceled the noise cancellation, the next step is to restart your iPhone. Before doing so, make sure your AirPods are sufficiently charged. Then, press and hold the side button and either volume button on your iPhone until you see the power off slider appear. Slide the switch to turn it off. Wait a few seconds and then press and hold the side button until the apple logo appears.

Once your iPhone has been restarted, you can try to forget and then re-pair your AirPods. To do this, open the Settings app and tap Bluetooth. Then, tap the information icon next to the AirPods and tap Forget This Device.

Make Sure Your Airpods Are Sufficiently Charged

The next step is to make sure your AirPods are sufficiently charged. If you’re using AirPods Pro, check the case first. If the LED indicator is white, then you know your AirPods have enough juice. If the LED indicator is amber, then your AirPods need to be recharged. To recharge your AirPods, simply place them in the case and plug it into a power source. The LED indicator will turn white once the AirPods are sufficiently charged. On the other hand, if you’re using AirPods (2nd generation) or AirPods (1st generation), the charging status can be checked using your iPhone.

Forget and Then Re-Pair Your Airpods

If canceling out the noise didn’t work, you should also try forgetting and then re-pairing your AirPods. This will reset the connection between your iPhone and AirPods, and hopefully eliminate any issues you’re having. To do this, go to the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, and click on the “i” next to your AirPods. Then, tap “Forget This Device” and then click “Forget Device” again to confirm. After that, take out your AirPods and put them back in their case. Wait a few seconds and then take them out again and put them back in your ears.

Put the Airpods in the Case and Try Again

Taking it a step further, if the noise cancellation is still not working, try putting your AirPods in the case and taking them out again. This simple action can be enough to reset your AirPods and get them working properly. If you have done this and still have not had any success, you may need to reset your AirPods. To reset your AirPods, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for a few seconds until the LED light flashes amber. Next, remove your AirPods from your device’s Bluetooth list and then re-pair them. This should get your AirPods working properly again.

Update Your Iphone System

Once you have checked your AirPods for water damage, the next step is to update your iPhone system. To do so, begin by opening the Settings app. This can be done by tapping on the grey gear icon, usually found on the home screen of your device. From here, you can begin the updating process.

Navigate to the General tab, located at the top of the Settings menu. In this tab, you will find the Software Update option. Tap on this option to begin the update. After doing so, your phone will begin the process of downloading and installing the update. Depending on the size of the update, this could take a few minutes or longer.

Once the update is complete, your phone will automatically restart. Once the restart is complete, you can begin using your phone as normal. It is important to remember to update your phone system regularly, as this can help to keep your device secure and running as efficiently as possible.


The AirPods are designed to give you a seamless and hassle-free listening experience. But if your microphone is not working, you can always try these fixes to get it back up and running.

From checking your active microphone settings and canceling noise cancellation to cleaning the microphone grid and updating your iPhone system, these steps will help you get your AirPods microphone back in working order. So, now you can go back to enjoying your favorite tunes in peace!