Apple’s one-size-fits-all AirPods design may work for most people, but if you have particularly large ears you may be struggling to keep your wireless earbuds secure. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone – and one Apple fan found a clever way to fix the problem.
Over on the MacRumors forums, AirPods owner NewZealandMatt walked us through his creative process. After finding that the earbud kept falling out of his left ear, he tried a few of the currently recommended solutions. Adding a foam cover over the AirPod kept it in place but wasn’t very comfortable, and putting on a slippery silicone cover just made things worse.
The best solution, he found, was to add a small amount of extra grip in a few key places. Matt pulled this off with waterproof tape, which is designed to prevent or protect blisters while exercising (Chemist Warehouse sells a whole roll of it for around $10). Then he used a hole punch to create a few small circles of tape and carefully placed them near the top opening on the AirPods for extra grip.
Not only does this keep the AirPods from falling out, but the tape is also totally hidden by your ears. You’ll still have to deal with the fact that Apple’s wireless earbuds make you look like a bit of a geek, but hopefully you’ve come to terms with that already.