Headphones, AirPods Left & Right Audio Balance Settings on iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch/Mac

Last Updated on Dec 19, 2020

Check out this Left & Right Audio Balance Settings on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, These settings change the sound level on left or Right Headphone, Bluetooth Airpods or Earbuds. Also, fix the issues one earphone louder than other while you pair external speaker or Sound System, or listen on your iPhone/iPad Speaker. got covered as Apple has removed Accessibility from the General Settings. Adjusting the left/right audio balance is helpful to enjoy music as per our choice. We get the privilege to choose on which speaker the song should play. Besides, when one side of AirPods or earphones stops working, at that time you can drag the slider towards the working side. Isn’t that awesome? I was amazed after knowing that Apple gives such flexibility to its users.

Another advantage is, we are habituated to watch movies during the nighttime on the iPhone, and sadly the speaker of the iPhone got covered. That’s where the problem arises, and ultimately, we cannot watch movies comfortably. To resolve this issue, you should prefer to set stereo balanced audio in iOS 13 on iPhone. After changing the stereo settings, the iPhone will detect its position, and according to that, one of the speakers will sound. Eventually, iPhone X/ iPhone XR/iPhone XS/iPhone XS Max, iPhone 12(Pro Max, Mini) or later devices have two speakers, one at the bottom next to the charging port and another is on the top of the screen. You will get surprised and very useful this setting while you watch the video in landscape mode, Turn on the Front speaker only while you watch for clear sound quality instead of the bottom speaker.

After Update iOS 13, iOS 14 or later, You may not able to find the settings for Speaker Balance left and Right on your iOS device. Also mono audio moved under the Audio/Visual.

The step that Adjusts Audio Volume Balance Between Left and Right Channels for iPhone and iPadOS

New iPadOS 13 and later, Also has the same settings for change Left/Right Audio Balance for Output Sound.

Step #1: Open the “Settings” app on your iDevice.
Step #2: Swipe up and tap “Accessibility”.

Accessibility settings on iPhone and iPad

Accessibility settings on iPhone and iPad

  • Note: iOS 13 or later, Accessibility has been moved out of General settings.

Step #3: Go to the bottom and select “Audio/Visual”.

Audio Volume Balance on iPhone after update in iOS 13

Audio Volume Balance on iPhone after update in iOS 13

Step #4: Under Balance, you can Balance Stereo Settings to the left or right or center as per your convenience.

Through this, you can adjust the audio volume balance between the left and right channels. It appears that modifying the stereo settings on the iPhone, it also affects the Apple Watch. It will only happen if any Bluetooth earphone is connected to your Apple Watch. Fortunately, the same feature is also available in Apple Watch. Read on, how to adjust audio balance in watchOS 6,

From Apple Watch change Audio Balance,

Step #1: Go to the “Settings” app on your watchOS 6.
Step #2: Tap “Accessibility”.
Step #3: Under Mono Audio, you can drag the slider to set left and right stereo channels on watchOS 6.

From iPhone Change Audio Balance for Apple Watch,

Step #1: Launch the “Watch app” on the iPhone, Which is paired with Apple Watch.
Step #2: In My Watch tab, open “Accessibility”.
Step #3: Swipe up and set the “Mono Audio sound”.

Apple Watch Audio Balance Settings in WatchOS after Update

Apple Watch Audio Balance Settings in WatchOS after Update

This effect with the paired bluetooth headphone from apple watch.

What does mono audio mean on the iPad? How to Enable on iOS and iPadOS

Mono audio is an Accessibility feature for the deaf on one ear or hard of hearing. Using these settings we can listen more clear when headset on. The stereo sound gets different sounds on both ears.

On iPadOS, Go to the Settings app > Accessibility in iOS 13 or later. [iOS 12 users can find this option under General].

Audio Visual on iPadOS

Audio Visual on iPadOS

Now on the Right side, Scroll to Audio/Visual > First option is Mono Audio Toggle. and Second is Left\Right audio balance on iPadOS.

Audio Balance on iPadOS

Audio Balance on iPadOS


Headphone or AirPods Audio Balance on Mac: Any MacOS

Just like Other Apple devices, Mac users also can manage the Left & Right Speaker audio level from the Mac System Preferences. here are the settings that affect the Audio output while you are listening to music through USB headphones, Bluetooth headphones, Speaker Channels, or any Other Audio Output accessories.

  1. Go to the Apple Logo from the top Mac Menu. and Click on the “System Preferences” option.

    Click on System Preferences on your Mac top menu bar

    System Preferences on Mac

  2. Now, Kee your Headphone connected with Mac, then Click on Sounds Option.

    Sound option in system preferences on mac

    Sound option in system preferences on the mac

  3. Here’s the “output” audio section tab, Select and it and Manage Audio Balance Between left or Right Headphone or AirPods 1/2/Pro or Max [Keep it center on the audio level slider to get equal volume on both left/Right speaker]. if the Both left or right headphone speaker is working then you will get the desired result from these settings. otherwise, your headphones affected by hardware problems.

    AirPods Audio Balance

    AirPods Audio Balance

  4. That’s it.

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