How to Stop Wind Noise in AirPods

One of the most interesting parts of having a pair of AirPods is that they are wireless and you can take them along for an outdoor walk or run.  Moreover, you can even use your AirPods in cars such as convertibles, motorcycles, and bicycles.

You might probably be asking, what about the wind?. This is a common question most new AirPods users ask almost every day. 

Some of the easiest ways to stop wind noise in your AirPods by using noise cancellation features are;  do an ear fit test inspect AirPods settings, reset your device, clean up the AirPods and get an AirPods service repair. 

Will the wind be an issue when they take their AirPods outdoors? Airpods users usually want to figure out on their first outdoor trek if the superior sounds of their AirPods can block out blustery winds outdoors. 

Second-generation AirPods have a noise cancellation feature that helps reduce wind noise anytime you are listening to them. However first generation AirPods do not have this feature so you will still hear wind noises. 

How to Stop Wind Noise in Your Airpods by Fixing the Noise Cancellation Feature

Inspect AirPods Settings 

Sometimes the simplest things are usually the most neglected. However, the noise cancellation feature of the AirPods will not work when you are using just one airpod. So should have both earbuds (right and left)  in your ears to activate the noise cancellation. 

There are three modes that you can easily select in your device settings that have a direct influence on how the noise cancellation feature operates. It is very necessary to keep the noise cancellation mode enabled in the settings for the feature to function properly. 

Here is how to check out and ensure your active noise cancellation is enabled;

For iPhone or iPad

  • Go on and open the settings of your iPhone or iPad whichever your AirPods are paired with.
  • Next, tap on the ‘Bluetooth’ option and tap on the ‘i’ icon beside your AirPods name.
  • Now,  ‘press and hold the AirPods area’ and ensure the left and right options are all set to noise control 
  • Finally, press down the ‘force sensor ‘ on the AirPods to change it from the other modes to the noise cancellation mode. Once that is done you will see below the noise control area

However, you can also make these changes using the control center of your iPhone.Simply tap and hold onto the volume option till you see extra options pop up. From there you will see the three modes, select noise cancellation, and tap on it to enable the feature. 

For Mac

Go on and tap on the volume icon on the menu. This should be done on the device with which your AirPods are paired with. Tap on the AirPods name from the list of devices, for additional options. 

Finally, click on the noise cancellation option to activate the feature. 

In case you want to use noise cancellation with one airpod, you need to enable the feature on your iPhone or iPad settings menu.

Here is how to go about it 

  • Go ahead and open the settings app of your iPhone or iPad and click on accessibility. 
  • Next, choose AirPods in the ‘physical and motor area.
  • Toggle switch ‘noise cancellation with one airport. 

Update the Device Paired with Your AirPods 

To ensure that the problem is not from your iOS or ipadOS, update your OS to its latest version. This will help get rid of any bugs and glitches in your device that may likely be the cause of the wind noise.

To update your iPad or iPhone, simply go into your phone’s settings. Next click on ‘general’.Then click on software update. If there is an update available click on the ‘download and install option. 

To update your mac, simply open the ‘apple menu’.Next, tap on ‘system preferences, and then click on ‘software update 

Finally, tap on ‘update now if there is any update available and proceed with the process. 

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 Do an Ear Fit Tip Test

One of the most important conditions to help you get better noise cancellation with your AirPods is to pass the ear fit test. Passing this test will give you a better fit and also improve active noise cancellation as well.

Normally there are three ear tip sizes that you can connect to your AirPods.  If your AirPods are loosely fit in the course of wearing the tip, you will still hear wind noises even though the noise cancellation feature is enabled. 

Here are a few tips to help you pass the ear tip test with your AirPods easily:

  1. Go on and place the AirPods on your ear
  2. Enter your iPhone or iPad’s ‘settings’ and click on the ‘Bluetooth’ option. 
  3. Next click on the ‘i’ icon close to your AirPods name.
  4. Now, click on the ‘ear tip test’ option,  click on ‘continue’ and tap on the ‘play’ button.
  5. Once that is done you will be given suggestions to try out different sizes of ear tips or adjustment settings. 
  6. Finally, repeat steps four and five till you get excellent test results 

Once you’re done with the ear fit tip test, try connecting your AirPods to your device and use it with the active noise cancellation to see if it works. 

Put Your Earbuds in the Case 

Most AirPods users have suggested that putting their AirPods back into their case and allowing it to stay in there a little bit before trying out the noise cancellation feature helped to get rid of the wind noise. However, based on the numerous people that suggested it think it’s worth adding it to the list. 

Re-Enable Noise Cancellation 

If your AirPods do not block out wind noises, then you need to switch to a different noise control mode and switch it back to noise cancellation mode. You can easily switch the noise control modes directly from your AirPods. 

For AirPods pro, you need to put both AirPods in your ears. Then press and hold onto the ‘force sensor’ on either the right or left airport. This will help activate transparency mode. To switch back to the noise cancellation mode simply press and hold ‘the force sensor’.

Reset Your Device 

If your device is malfunctioning it can affect the settings of that device. In this case, you can pair the AirPods with your device of choice again. This will help restore the settings and make gs work normally. 

Here are a few steps to help you reset your device.

  • Put your AirPods back into their case, close the lid, and for about thirty seconds before you open it  
  • Then enter into your iPhone or iPad settings and tap on the ‘Bluetooth’option 
  • Next, click on the ‘i’ icon close to AirPods name and click on ‘forget this device
  • Now, press and hold on to the ‘setup on your AirPods case till you see the status flashlight
  • After that, place your AirPods case close to your iPhone or iPad and click on the ‘connect’ option from the drop-down menu on the screen. 
  • Finally, follow the instructions on your screen to complete the pairing process. Try it out to see if the noise cancellation feature is still not working on your AirPods. 

Clean Up Your AirPods 

Regular cleaning of your AirPods makes them louder, fixes performance problems, and prevents any damage in the long run. To fix the wind noise issue, you don’t necessarily have to clean up the entire AirPods. 

You just have to concentrate on the mesh which is found on top of your AirPods. Below the mesh is an external microphone that blocks out external such as wind noise in the noise cancellation mode. However, if foreign materials such as debris get stuck on the mesh it prevents the microphone from filtering ambient noise. This might be the reason why your AirPods noise cancellation isn’t working. 

Inspect the mesh surface and use a cotton swab to wipe away any dust, debris, or earwax. After that use a soft-bustled to rub out any stubborn grime or earwax that may remain stuck on the mesh.

 Be careful not to use any sharp objects, liquid solutions, or abrasive materials to clean up the microphone mesh.

Get AirPods Service Repair

As reported by apple, a small percentage of the AirPods produced before October 2020 faults and you may have noise issues when using them. However, this faulty unit creates crackling noise during phone calls and wind noise in outdoor environments. Failure of active noise cancellation and loss of bass are other major effects of the defect.

You can contact apple support for a service program. You can also visit any authorized apple store or service provider for a quick fix.


You can enjoy your music and favorite podcast even on the windiest of days if you are using an airport pro.  Their noise cancellation feature blocks out wind noise and allows you to enjoy your music in more places while engaging in different activities. 

The article above talks about some of the best techniques to fix noise cancellation issues so that your AirPods can effectively stop wind the noise. Read the article carefully and stick to the procedures to achieve better results. 


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