AirPods Pro: How to fix Apple’s Ear Tip Fit Test
Apple AirPods Pro headphones are in vogue for their noise cancellation and transparency capabilities. However, these features are greatly enhanced when using the right size tips. To help you with size, AirPods Pro includes small, medium, and large silicone tips.
The iPhone manufacturer also offers an ear adjustment test to help you get the best sound quality and noise cancellation possible. The test, which is available on your iPhone once it’s paired with your AirPods Pro, our favorite wireless headset, isn’t perfect. It often fails. Fortunately, there are some troubleshooting tips that you can use to get a positive result once again.
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As noted above, the AirPods Pro Ear Tip Adjustment Test is designed to ensure that you have the best possible seal for each headset. To get a successful test of each headset, you must first make sure that you have the right size ear tips in place. A good rule of thumb is that if the tip of your ear feels too big in your ear or is uncomfortable, try a smaller ear tip, and so on.
Try the different tips
Don’t be surprised if the size of your ears is different. In other words, you may need to use a different sized tip for each ear. For example, then hours trying to get the right fit for my AirPods Pro, I found that I needed a bigger tip for my left ear.
Move the tips around your ears
If resizing the tips doesn’t give you a positive ear adjustment test, start moving the tips inside your ears and then do another test. The more vertical the shoots inside the ears, the better. You can ask for new ear tips on Apple’s website if yours isn’t working or you need new ones.
Push them further
If you are convinced that the size of the ear tips is correct, but you still get a bad test result, try pushing the ear tips more during a test. If you get good test results while doing this, the tips are probably too small, so you should switch to larger tips and try again.
Time to clean up
If you still can’t get a positive test result, it’s time to start cleaning each headset. To do this, you must follow Apple’s guidelines.
- Do not use AirPods or AirPods Pro underwater.
- Use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth that is lightly dampened with cool water.
- Allow them to dry before placing them in the loading bin.
- Do not try to use them until they are completely dry.
- Make sure there is no liquid in the openings.
- Wipe the microphone and speaker mesh with a dry cloth.
- Do not use sharp objects or abrasive materials to clean your AirPods or AirPods Pro.
Of the following suggestions, I found more success cleaning the speaker mesh. But unfortunately, ear wax builds up in the headphones and can affect the seal.
Restart and repeat
Still having problems? You can troubleshoot and reset your AirPods and see if that helps.
In case of doubt
As a last resort, you can contact Apple Support and ask for a new pair with a one-year limited warranty. Be sure to follow the suggestions above before contacting Apple. Your support representative will want to know what troubleshooting tips you tried before offering a refund and replacement.
Updated May 2022: Minor updates made.
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