How can I fix AirPods call quality / low volume?

AirPods that sound great for music listening sometimes have issues on iPhone calls. Some users experience call quality issues. Why can't callers hear me on AirPods, I sound far away? How do I increase microphone call volume on AirPods?

AirPods microphone

By default, AirPods are set to automatically switch between left and right microphones when on a phone call. When AirPods are connected to the iPhone, but callers can't hear your voice try this fix.

For AirPods owners having problems with call quality follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings -> Bluetooth
  2. Tap on your AirPods
  3. Choose Microphone
  4. Tap Always Left AirPod or Always Right AirPod