Why AirPods are crackling, popping, rattling, staticy and ways to fix it


If you were among the early users of Apple’s AirPods Pro. Apple did well by making us believe that all our apple devices can connect easily and AirPods Pro’s new style plus excellent noise cancellation made the decision easy. My AirPods Pro are just two years old, so I am sorry they won’t turn three. I’ve noticed a very annoying rattle inside the right earbud in the last few days.

This rattle or crackling in one ear generally overcomes any still-audible sound. Tapping on the earbuds makes it much louder as if something has come off inside, clattering about. In search of a remedy for this, I deeply researched static in airpods and identified some recommended solutions.

What to do first: iOS Update

The first thing you should do is to upgrade your iOS firmware. I’m not sure why the firmware would be causing what sounds like an audible rattle, but that was one of the first things Apple recommended I do to resolve my concerns with my AirPods Pro. Unfortunately, though – probably as you suspected when it happened – doing a software update didn’t help. The following solution is a hard reset on the Apple AirPods Pro.

1. Resetting Apple AirPods Pro

Place your AirPods inside their charging case and close the cover.

Wait 30 seconds.

Click on the lid of your charging case.

On your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, head to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the More Info button next to your AirPods. If you can’t find your AirPods in Settings > Bluetooth, skip to the next step.

Press Forget This Device, and press again to confirm.

Vents in [AirPods]

Pro for a thorough cleaning.

I then came across some chat boards that deal with [Airpod] cracking and recommend using sticky tape to clean anything that might be a potential obstruction for the tiny, almost invisible grills on [Airpods]. My results use tape to press and release over the grills in hopes of removing any dust or debris: Nada.

To take things further, I attempted to clean the AirPods using cotton swabs and a touch of isopropyl alcohol. It proved ineffective as well.

How to clean AirPods Pro with compressed air: use with caution

I blew them out with an air compressor on the last and most desperate curve.

Plenty of websites will tell you using compressed air on your [AirPods] Pro is a dangerous game because it could blast something loose inside (that’ audiences not already free, those), so only use this as a last resort.

Your [AirPods] have three vents or little grills that may remain blocked with something. Blow them out indirectly and gently. Blow it through instead of directly into the grill using a can of compressed air.

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