How to Fix Apple Headphones that Only Work on One Side

There are so many users out there who report problems with their Apple earphones on their Apple devices. Moreover, they have a common complaint that just one earphone works and the other side doesn’t provide the sound. If you are someone facing the same, here is how to fix Apple headphones that only work on one side.


The reason for the problem:

Before you come to a conclusion, be sure to test your headphones on other devices as well.

  1. Plug the headphones to your iPad, PC or any other device that has a 3.5mm port and check if they are working properly.
  2. Then, try to blend the headphones cable on both the ends, which are the connector end and the headphones end.
  3. If both these ends are ends are working properly when you are bending, it is likely that the earphones are functioning well and the solution to it is explained above.
  4. In case you experience occasional interruptions or feel that there is no sound output when you bend the cable, the problem would probably lie in the hardware of your headphones. In this case, you would need to get a new pair of headphones.


Fixing plug contactors problem

You must know that there is a small switch present in the 3.5mm earphone port which disconnects your device’s built-in speaker when you insert the earphones. When it fails to work properly, you would experience problems with your earphones. In case your headphones work fine when you connect them to other devices, try doing the following:

  1. Clean the earphones or the lightning port of your device.
  2. Insert and then remove the plug as many times as you can
  3. Connect your headphones again and check if it works.


Fixing software problem

To fix any kind of software, follow the following steps:

  1. Go to the settings of your device.
  2. Go to General and select Accessibility.
  3. Then go to the Phone Noise Cancellation option.
  4. You would see a slider under this section. You can adjust the audio volume balance between left and right channels. Be sure to set it in the middle.


Force restart your device

In case you are experiencing the same issues as before, try force restarting your device. Then plug in your headphones to see if this way helped you in fixing the issue. If it did not, try to reset your device.

Carrying out this procedure would not delete any of your personal information like messages, contacts, media. However, you would lose the remembered WiFi passwords on your device. And if this method too doesn’t work for you, try to restore the device to the factory settings.

Remember that when you set up your device as a newer one, it would delete all the data from the memory of your device. You can make a backup before you set up a new device.

If nothing from the above works, it would likely be the case that the headphone or the lightning port on the device has gone bad. You can connect with an Apple store nearby and ask them for the solutions. They would be able to assist you with the problem.

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