How to Update Firmware on AirPods

Olivia Garcia

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Updating the firmware on Apple AirPods is easy and can make your AirPods work better. Like updating other types of software, new AirPods updates bring new features and make your AirPods work better. All AirPods, including 1st to 3rd generation, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and AirPods Max, can work better with the latest updates. Your AirPods can update on their own, but you can prepare for an update by making sure your AirPods are in the charging case, connected to your iOS device, and near Wi-Fi. This makes the update happen without you doing anything. You can also check which firmware version your AirPods have and make sure they update when needed.

AirPods Firmware: Automatic Updates Made Easy

AirPods firmware updates bring new features, bug fixes, and improvements to your wireless listening experience. Luckily, these updates happen automatically, making it a hassle-free process for users.

How AirPods Update

Your AirPods will automatically update their firmware when the following conditions are met:

  • Charged: Your AirPods and their charging case are connected to a power source.
  • Connected: Your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad.
  • In Range: Your iPhone or iPad is nearby and connected to Wi-Fi.

Checking Your Firmware Version

To see if your AirPods have the latest firmware, follow these simple steps:

  1. Connect your AirPods to your iOS device.
  2. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the info button (i) next to your AirPods.
  4. Scroll down to “About” and find the firmware version.

Troubleshooting Update Issues

If your AirPods aren’t updating, try these steps:

  • Charge your AirPods and case: Make sure both are fully charged.
  • Move closer to your iOS device: Ensure it’s within Bluetooth range.
  • Restart your iOS device: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve issues.
  • Check for updates on your iOS device: Make sure your iPhone or iPad is running the latest software.

Firmware Versions and Compatibility

AirPods ModelLatest Firmware Version
AirPods Pro (2nd generation)6B34
AirPods Pro (1st generation)6A321
AirPods (3rd generation)6A321
AirPods (2nd generation)6A321
AirPods Max6A321

Remember, AirPods firmware updates are automatic and seamless, ensuring your listening experience is always optimized. If you encounter any issues, try the troubleshooting tips mentioned above or contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Key Takeaways

  • Firmware updates improve AirPods features and performance.
  • An iOS device and Wi-Fi connection prepare AirPods for updates.
  • Updates are automatic, but confirmation of the process is sometimes necessary.

Preparing for the Update

Before updating your AirPods firmware, it’s essential to confirm compatibility and ensure your devices are properly charged and connected. By following the steps outlined below, you can prepare your AirPods and connected Apple device for a smooth update process.

Checking Compatibility and Requirements

Your AirPods will receive firmware updates automatically, but these updates require a compatible Apple device. Ensure that your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is running the latest version of its operating system – iOS, iPadOS, or macOS Ventura respectively. These should be connected to Wi-Fi and paired with your AirPods via Bluetooth. For iPhones and iPads, iOS needs to be current while Mac users should check that they have the most recent macOS.

Ensuring Proper Charging and Connectivity

Ensure that your AirPods are placed inside their charging case with the lid closed during the update process. The charging case should be connected to a power source, using either a Lightning cable for AirPods Pro and earlier models, or a USB-C cable if you have AirPods 3 or later. Alternatively, place the charging case on a compatible wireless charging pad. Keep your AirPods within range of the connected iOS device or Mac, ensuring stable internet connection throughout the update to avoid interruptions.

Executing the Firmware Update

Updating AirPods firmware can introduce enhancements like new features or improvements in sound quality. The process is automatic but at times may need a helping hand.

Updating Automatically via iOS

To update firmware on AirPods using an iOS device, ensure the device has the latest iOS version installed. Then, connect the AirPods to the device, place them in their case, and start charging. The AirPods should update on their own as long as the iOS device is nearby and connected to Wi-Fi.

Confirming the Firmware Version

After attempting an update, confirm the firmware version to ensure your AirPods are up to date. Open the Settings app, tap Bluetooth, and find your AirPods in the list. Tap the ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods, and you’ll see the current firmware version in the About section.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If the AirPods don’t update, reset them by holding the setup button on the case for 15 seconds until the status light flashes white. Then reconnect them to your iOS device. If issues persist, seek assistance from the Apple Store or consult Apple’s support resources online for further troubleshooting steps.