The Best Spotify Equalizer Settings For Airpods

There is no one-size-fits-all Spotify equalization setting for Airpods. The ideal settings will depend on the genre you are listening to and your preferences, but the following tips should help!

1. Optimal Spotify Equalizer Settings for AirPods

The ideal equalization settings will depend on your own preferences and the genre of music you’re listening to. Here are some recommendations:

  • Pop and Electronic Music: Boost mid-high frequencies (2-4 kHz) for enhanced vocals and slightly reduce low frequencies (100-200 Hz) for clearer bass tones.
  • Rock and Metal: Increase mid frequencies (1-3 kHz) for guitars and vocals, and a slight cut at low frequencies (100-250 Hz) to avoid overwhelming bass effects.
  • Classical and Jazz: Gently boost high frequencies (4-6 kHz) for a brighter sound while keeping bass frequencies (100-200 Hz) balanced for a rich listening experience.
  • Hip-Hop and R&B: Boost low frequencies (60-250 Hz) for a powerful bass impact, and enhance mid frequencies (1-3 kHz) for vocal clarity.

Besides genre-specific equalizer settings, Spotify offers a lot of preset options to choose from. Here are some of them:

  • Bass Booster: This setting increases the low-end frequencies, providing a strong bass for music lovers who crave powerful beats.
  • Loudness: This option improves the total loudness and dynamic range of the music, making it sound better when played at increased volume levels.
  • Spoken Word: This preset is designed for podcast and audiobook enthusiasts, emphasizing vocal clarity by boosting mid frequencies and reducing low and high frequencies.

If you’re not satisfied with the built-in presets, you can create a custom EQ setting that suits your taste. A popular starting point is the “V-shaped” EQ curve, which emphasizes low and high frequencies:

  • Raise the sliders on the far left (60 Hz and 150 Hz) to boost the lows.
  • Slightly decrease the sliders in the middle (400 Hz, 1 kHz, and 2.4 kHz) to create a dip for the midrange.
  • Raise the sliders on the far right (5.6 kHz and 15 kHz) to boost the highs.

You might want to check out this article we wrote about the best equalization settings for music to understand which changes to make, if any.

2. Accessing and Adjusting Spotify Equalizer for AirPods

Accessing the Spotify equalizer for AirPods on both iOS and Android devices is pretty straightforward:

For iOS devices:

  • Open the Spotify app and go to the Home page.
  • Tap the gear icon in the top right corner to access the settings menu.
  • Scroll to the “Playback” option and tap it.
  • Find the “Equalizer” option and tap to enable and access it.

For Android devices:

  • Open the Spotify app and tap on the gear icon.
  • Tap the gear icon in the top right corner to access the settings menu.
  • Tap the “Equalizer” option under the “Audio Quality” section and enable it.

For Desktop (Mac and Windows)

  • Open the Spotify app and tap the profile icon in the upper right corner.
  • Find settings and tap it, and scroll down to find “Playback”.
  • Scroll down to “Equalizer” and make sure it is enabled. 

There are some third-party apps that offer additional EQ customization options compared to Spotify’s built-in equalizer. Here are some of them:

  • Boom 3D (iOS, macOS, Windows, Android): An advanced equalizer app that offers a 3D surround sound experience, customizable EQ settings, and a wide range of presets for different genres. It also features a built-in audio player that supports Spotify integration.
  • eqMac (macOS): eqMac is a free equalizer app that works with any audio source, including Spotify. It features a 10-band equalizer, presets, and advanced audio routing options.
  • Wavelet (Android): Wavelet is an app that offers customizable EQ settings, presets, and advanced features like bass boost, virtualizer, and reverb. It works with Spotify and other music apps.

3. Troubleshooting AirPods and Spotify Issues

When using AirPods with Spotify, users may encounter a few common issues, such as gesture control problems, Siri compatibility, app freezing, and low sound quality. Here are possible solutions for each concern:

  • Gesture Control Issues: Make sure that your AirPods are properly set up with your device and that the appropriate gestures are enabled. If gestures aren’t working, try resetting the Bluetooth connection and re-pairing your AirPods.
  • Siri Compatibility: AirPods can control Spotify playback via Siri. Ensure you have the latest iOS version installed and Siri is enabled for Spotify in the “Siri & Search” settings menu. If Siri isn’t responding, try restarting your device and double-checking the settings.
  • Spotify App Freezing: If the Spotify app is malfunctioning, make sure your app is up to date. Restart the app and, if needed, restart your device. Consider uninstalling and reinstalling the Spotify app as a last resort.
  • Low Sound Quality: Adjust the EQ settings to suit your preferences, and set the app’s music quality setting is set to “High” or “Very High.”


Finding the optimal Spotify equalizer settings for AirPods depends on personal preferences and music genres. Although there is no one-size-fits-all setting, there are various genre-specific settings, built-in presets, and custom EQ options. 

Accessing equalization is pretty straightforward on all devices and you can also use third-party apps for extra customization. If you run into any common problems with AirPods and Spotify, just follow the suggested fixes to solve them.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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