How to Fix: AirPods Pro Sound Delayed When Answering Calls

Written by Tijana Kargovska Apple Airpods

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AirPods Pro users lately have been experiencing issues with noticeable audio delay.

Bear in mind, any type of headphones, even the old, traditional wired headphones have a minor delay, that can easily go unnoticed.

However, when it comes to wireless headphones, the amount of time it takes for the signal to get transmitted from the phone to the headphones may vary, especially if there’s any type of interference.

Apple’s AirPods are among the best wireless headphones currently available on the market, and if we take into consideration that they’re a bit pricey, it’s only normal to expect top-notch quality when using them.

Additionally, since multiple user reports were placed regarding the same issue, we will give you several different methods on how you can fix the audio delay, and get your AirPods to work properly.

Hence, if you’re one of the AirPod users that are experiencing the same issue, dive into the methods below to get your AirPods Pro up and running again.

Why am I having audio delay issues?

Several different things can cause delay issues with your AirPods, as we mentioned. Luckily, however, for all causes, there’s an easy and quick fix.

Since it’s quite difficult to determine what precisely is causing you to experience issues with your AirPods, we’ll dive into several different methods on how to fix them.

How do I fix the delayed sound issue on my AirPods Pro?

Method 1: Checking for connectivity issues

Since the AirPods are connecting to your smartphone - both iPhone and Android devices, via Bluetooth, if the connection was unstable from the start, issues such as delayed sound may occur.

Therefore, the first thing you should do is disconnect your AirPods, and reconnect them, regardless of how simple it may sound.

For a lot of AirPod users, this simple trick solved the issue.

Method 2: Unpairing the AirPods

Unpairing the AirPods, and pairing them again to your smartphone can solve the issue as well.

Similarly to the first method we mentioned, if a faulty connection was established, your AirPods may stop working properly.

To unpair your AirPods, follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your phone, and click on ‘Bluetooth’. Make sure that the AirPods are still connected to your phone.
  2. Tap on ‘Unpair’.
  3. Reconnect the AirPods again.

Method 3: Checking the battery both on the AirPods and the phone

Checking the battery life on both the AirPods and your phone should be on top of the list on how to fix the issue.

When either of these two is running low on battery, the high-quality AirPods stop functioning as they’re meant to. For a lot of users, the sound quality got lowered due to low battery life.

Try charging both the AirPods (all generation AirPods), and the phone, and double-check later if this resolves the issue.

To double-check the battery percentage of the AirPods on your phone, follow these steps:

  1. Put the AirPods in the case, and bring them next to your iPhone or Android.
  2. A pop-up will show, where you’ll get notified of the battery percentage on each earbud, and the case.

Method 4: Keeping the AirPods within the signal range

All wireless headphones, the AirPods included, get connected to smartphones by Bluetooth connection. However, any Bluetooth device has a signal range, and once you get out of the signal range, the connection will slowly break, and one of the symptoms can be delayed sound.

Hence, when you’re answering calls, try to keep your smartphone close to the earbuds, or at least 10-15 feet away from the device.

Method 5: Signal interference

Majority of Bluetooth devices function with a bandwidth of 2.40-2.48GHz. However, devices such as Wi-Fi routers, smart TVs, keyboards, or mouses work similarly.

Since you probably own several of the above-mentioned gadgets in your home, the delayed audio you’re experiencing may be due to signal interference.

You can test whether this is the case by turning off the Wi-Fi, if you’re not listening to music, per se.

Wrapping up

The methods we mentioned above were one of the most common ones, according to user reports.

However, if none of the solutions that were mentioned has helped you to resolve the issue, you should consider using your warranty and taking your AirPods to an Apple Store, to make sure your AirPods are not faulty.