AirPods - do they fit your ears?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ErikGrim, May 9, 2018.


Does AirPods / EarPods fit your ears?

  1. Both fit my ears

  2. AirPods fit my ears

  3. EarPods fit my ears

    0 vote(s)
  4. Neither fit my ears

  1. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    When the EarPods first came out, much was made of how the “human ear is so unique” and that attempting to make one headphone fit everybody’s ear would be like “trying to make one pair of shoes fit everybody’s feet.” This was brought up again in the Hodinkee interview with Ive where it was casually remarked that "we’ve been able to make one item that fits everyone – consider the AirPod".

    Remarkably, it seems they did just that. Anecdotally I would say they fit at least 90% of ears (with my wife's left ear being an example of an ear they don't fit - and she has to use the silicone wrap for it). And for everyone it doesn't fit it would seem the opposite is true. Has there been any studies of this? I know a poll here won't be very scientific, but please do answer this truthfully so we can get at least a ballpark.
  2. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Recommend adding one more option:
    • It fits only one ear but not the other.
    That is my issue when I tried them.
  3. Banglazed, May 9, 2018
    Last edited: May 9, 2018

    Banglazed macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    They fit perfectly in my ears even during workout but you can buy accessories such as the skins, hooks or covers to ensure a more secure fit.
  4. millerj123 macrumors 65816

    Mar 6, 2008
    EarPods fit my ears, but the cord kept snagging when I was actively doing anything. AirPods fit and the only time they've accidentally come out I was trying to take off a tight shirt.
  5. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    Neither AirPods nor EarPods fit my ears. Merely walking a short distance and they will fall out.

    I use the Bragi Dash Pro. Love them. I can (and have!) jogged and played basketball and they never have fallen out.

    So, someone can create something that fits all ears, just not Apple.
  6. thizisweird macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ
    It'll be interesting to revisit this after the poll gains more input.

    Personally, I love my AirPods and hate the EarPods. Both fit pretty well for my enormous ear canals. I've bought many pairs of earbuds that I had to retrofit a specific pair of silicone tips (that I obtained about 10+ years ago) just to be able to have a proper seal. Seriously, my ear canals are so big almost no off-the-shelf buds in the sub-$150 bracket will fit me without doing some modifications. My AirPods could fit a lot better, but they DO fit. They don't move very much from sweating, and unless I'm trying my damnedest to get the biggest punch with the bass response they're extremely consistent with the sound... so that tells me they definitely fit.

    The EarPods that came with my 8 Plus needed some finessing to get them in a good spot, and just the cord weight/moving around would move them around inside my ear enough to ruin the sound. I've yet to have a time where moving the EarPods gave me any hassle close to this. For people with larger ear canals, I highly recommend them as your first iPhone accessory.
  7. spacemnspiff macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    Earpods fit me (I assume Airpod fit would be the same), but I have to use silicone cover with a tip for them to stay in for an extended period of time, mostly during running.
  8. dor2201 macrumors member

    May 19, 2015
    The airpods do not match my ears.
    And put silicone in it is uncomfortable, because it does not go into the luggage cover.
  9. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    AirPods are a nice product for those that it fits. For others, like me, where it does not fit well at all, there are excellent (better??) alternatives to the AirPods like the Dash Pro. For me, no point in 'hacking' AirPods to try and make them fit.
  10. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Not a very well thought out poll. I haven’t tried Airpods but the EarPods don’t fit me very well.
  11. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    EarPods are pulled out of my ears by the weight of the cable. AirPods don't seem to have that problem, they stay perfectly put.
  12. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Airpods fit so well and are so light that they "disappear" and I don't really notice them.

    Earpods fit too, but the cords drag them down, so they remain noticeable.
  13. PhoneMe1 Suspended


    Mar 23, 2018
    Only the right, but i mainly use them for walking my dogs, so like one ear open to hear cars.
  14. Ralfi macrumors 68020


    Dec 22, 2016
    They fit perfectly. When removing Airpods, It feels like my ears have a suction grip on them.

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