I have used my 2 year old AirPods simply for listening previously, but I would like to use the enhanced iOS 12 Siri.

Alas, the microphone on both AirPods does record only very muffled audio - the iOS dictation feature does not register anything, and Audio Recorder records extremely quiet audio.

Back when they were new, Siri could pick up my voice without any problem.

Things I have tried

  • Cleaning the microphone holes at the bottom - with a toothpick and with Q-tips and rubbing alcohol

  • Blowing through or sucking on the microphone holes

  • Using different devices - iPhone 7, iPhone Xs, MacBook Pro

  • Resetting the AirPods by pressing 15 seconds on the case-button

  • Using alcohol on the device may have damaged it even further. – IconDaemon Sep 27 '18 at 13:13
  • This was a problem in iOS 11 and it could have resurfaced in iOS 12. Have you contacted Apple? You might also try resetting the device or even restoring from backup, iOS 11 (just to see if the problem goes away and verify it's an iOS issue) – Allan Sep 27 '18 at 13:34
  • @IconDaemon Yes, that could be the case, but it was worth a shot to clean it. The speakers' volume did improve massively after such a procedure, the AirPods are out of warranty, and listening to them works fine. – nd. Sep 27 '18 at 13:53
  • @Allan I did read the question you are referring to - it has to do with AirPods switching the codec to a low quality one. However, in my case, the quality is fine, but the audio is very quiet. If I scream into the microphone, then I am able to record some sound. – nd. Sep 27 '18 at 13:56

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