Why Are My Skullcandy Earbuds So Quiet?


Nothing is quite as frustrating as an overly quiet pair of earbuds. That’s why we’re discussing the primary causes of quiet earbuds, specifically, the Skullcandy brand and how to easily fix the problem. 

The most common solutions for quiet Skullcandy earbuds are resetting your earbuds, Tapping your earbuds slowly to reduce the volume then repeat the process to gradually increase the volume on the other earbud, Remove excess blockage by cleaning and blowing into your earbuds, & Correctly Re-pair your earbuds to each other.

Now that you understand the leading solutions for quiet Skullcandy earbuds, let’s explore this in more detail. Read on for the quick and simple fixes to your volume problems. 

The Blocked Speaker 

The primary reason for quiet Skullcandy earbuds is trapped earwax. This may sound somewhat unpleasant, but you can rest assured, it’s extremely common. Frequent earbud use tends to increase earwax production. How? Our ears are meant to self-clean and push out earwax so whenever you wear your earbuds, you are blocking that process, and thus, more earwax than you would expect ends up in your earbuds. The wax blocks the speaker and because the speaker is so tiny, any build-up can affect the sound significantly. 

The good news is there is a very simple solution. Begin by removing the little rubber protective cover on your earbuds. Below you will find the little speaker and the earwax. With a tissue, wipe the speaker until you can’t see any more earwax. Place the small rubber covering back on top and test out the sound.

Slowly Lower Your Earbuds Volume

Many users have found simply lowering the volume by tapping your earbuds slowly until it reaches the lowest possible volume, then repeating the process with the other earbuds by slowly tapping to increase the volume solved the issue.

Re-Pair Your Earbuds To Each Other

A common reason for one or both of your Skullcandy earbuds to sound quiet is because they aren’t paired to each other correctly. Here’s how to fix the issue:

  1. Place both earbuds in the charging case.
  2. remove your earbuds from your Bluetooth device list (on your phone, tablet, smartwatch..etc.)
  3. Turn off Bluetooth on your device.
  4. Remove only your left earbuds from the case.
  5. Tap the center of the earbuds until a red light appears on your earbud (a red light should typically appear in four taps)
  6. Place the earbud back in the case.
  7. Repeat the exact same steps with the right earbud.
  8. Remove both earbuds from the case & place them in your ear (Note: it’s crucial that you place the earbuds in your ear when removing them from the case in order to pair with each other).
  9. Your earbuds will then beep to indicate that the earbuds are paired together.
  10. A voice prompt will then appear to state, “your device is now pairing” this indicates that your earbuds are searching for your device.
  11. Turn your device’s Bluetooth back on (on your phone, tablet, smartwatch..etc.)
  12. Select your earbuds on your device’s Bluetooth list to pair your device.

Software Settings

Many phones have built-in settings limiting earphone volume. This is simply a protective measure as full-blast music can harm our ears. If you would like to remove the setting, you can do so simply by accessing your device’s software controls. 

For iOS devices, go to your settings then to “Sounds and Haptics”, and finally to “Headphone Safety”. Switch off the “Reduce Loud Sounds” if it is switched on and test out your sound. 

If you have an Android, navigate to your settings then to “Sound” and “Volume”. Adjust the 4 sliding options to your desired sound level.

Other Possible Solutions:

If your Skullcandy earbuds are still quiet after trying both these solutions, you may have another problem on your hands. Try out the following:

Socket Issues for Wired Earbuds

Wired Skullcandy earbuds can be quiet because they aren’t plugged in properly or the jack isn’t clear enough to establish adequate sound. To fix this, use a Q-tip or the like to clean out the headphone jack. Make sure your jack is securely plugged into the socket and test out your sound volume. 

Bluetooth Connectivity Issues for Wireless Earbuds

If your Bluetooth connection hasn’t been established properly, it could affect the volume of your Skullcandy earbuds. In this case, you will need to re-connect. Restart your device as well as your wireless earbuds and re-connect the Bluetooth. Often, this is quickly fixed with a re-boot and re-connect. 

The Issue of Small Ears

Unfortunately, earbuds aren’t always one-size-fits-all. On occasion, people with very small ears may find themselves experiencing volume issues with their Skullcandy earbuds. Earbuds operate by sending the sound into one’s ear canal. If you have ears that are too small for the bud to fit properly or your ear canal is very narrow, the sound may be quieter than it is for others. In this case, you may want to search for earbuds designed to solve this specific problem. 

Old Age

Just as we start to wear out with age, so do our earbuds. Earbuds aren’t made to last forever and if they become quieter over time, it could be because they are simply wearing out. If you use them frequently for extended periods, in tough weather conditions such as snow, rain, or humidity, you may find they grow quieter sooner. In this case, you may need to purchase a new pair to get back to the volume you desire. 

Why Is One Earbud Louder than the Other?

Again, check the earwax buildup on both earbuds. Make sure both are cleaned regularly. If this does not solve the problem, it could be another software issue. Go into your device settings (the navigation to these for your specific device can be found online) and there will be a volume slider for both Skullcandy earbuds. Make sure the right and left are even. 

Final Thoughts

Skullcandy earbuds come in all sorts of styles and designs and can be both wireless and wired. Sometimes, earbuds can be quiet for various reasons. The primary reason simply comes down to earwax. Try cleaning your earbuds to increase their volume capacity. The second common reason is due to software volume restrictions which can be fixed by adjusting the settings on your device. We hope this article helped so you can listen to your music as loud as you need to!

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