How to update your AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware

Jitendra Soni
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If you want to get the latest firmware on your AirPods and AirPods Pro, read this detailed guide. It tells you exactly how to update your AirPods firmware.

Apple’s products are known for their superlative performance, incredible build quality, and long shelf life.

This lifecycle of Apple accessories like AirPods, AirPods Pro, and others primarily depends on the firmware updates the company keeps pushing out promptly.

These updates help improve the performance by fixing bugs, improving battery life, optimizing connectivity, and adding new features.

This is why updating AirPods firmware is critically important whenever it’s pushed out. Unlike a lot of other gadgets, the process of updating AirPods Pro firmware is pretty straightforward. Follow this quick to learn more about the steps.

How to update Apple AirPods, Pro, AirPods Pro Max

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  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Navigate to Bluetooth settings
  • Connect your AirPods to your iOS device
  • Leave the AirPods near the iPhone or iPad for to let the firmware download and install automatically

Following the above process will help you update the firmware of your AirPods, Pro, and Max. Remember that if these audio accessories are paired and connected to your iPhone, then there is a chance that the firmware on the AirPods is also up to date.

Also, ensure that your Apple audio accessories are fully charged before you attempt a software update. If you’re facing trouble with the AirPods firmware update, you can put the AirPods back in their charging case and connect it to a power source. If the problem persists, you might need to reset the AirPods.

How to update AirPods without an iPhone or iPad

If you’ve paired the AirPods with a non-apple device like an Android phone or a tablet, you will be unable to update the firmware with the above process.

To integrate you deeper into Apple’s walled garden, the company needs you to have an iPhone or an iPad to help update the firmware.

For such users, the company says, “If you don’t have an Apple device nearby, you can set up an appointment at an Apple Store or with an Apple Authorized Service Provider to update your firmware.”

Unfortunately, there is no workaround available and you will have to borrow an iPhone or iPad from a friend. Otherwise, a visit to your nearest Apple Store or a service center is inevitable.

How to find your AirPods’ current firmware version

If you want to check the version of firmware your AirPods are running, you can do so by going into the settings app on the iPhone or iPad paired with the AirPods.

  • Connect your AirPods to the iPhone or iPad
  • Go to Bluetooth on your device
  • Locate the connected AirPods and tap on the About button, displayed next to the “connected” status
  • On the next page, scroll down to the bottom to find the version of software powering the AirPods

How to check the MagSafe Charger’s current software version

  • Attach the iPhone to the MagSafe Charger
  • Go to the Settings app
  • Tap “General”
  • Tap “About”
  • Scroll down under “Carrier Lock” and locate “Apple MagSafe Charger,” tap on this
  • View the listed firmware version

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