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    How to update your Apple AirPods

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    If you are having a particular problem with your ‌AirPodsP or ‌AirPods‌ 2, in this article we will tell you how to update Apple AirPods with the latest software, please follow the steps below.


    Apple occasionally releases firmware updates for its AirPods and ‌AirPods‌ 2 wireless headphones which may include performance improvements, feature changes, and bug fixes. 

    For example, the day Apple released its second generation of “AirPods”, the company also released a new firmware update for the first generation of “AirPods”, bringing them from version 3.7.2 to version 6.3.2.



    As with the iPhone, Apple sends firmware updates for your AirPods (XNUMXst and XNUMXnd generation) and AirPods Pro. The update process takes place automatically behind the scenes, but you can manually check which firmware version is installed. Here's how to do it.


    How to update Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro

    Before we move on to checking the firmware version of your AirPods, let's take a second to discuss what needs to be done before Apple's earbuds update themselves. First, your AirPods need to be in the charging case. Secondly, the charging case must be connected to the power supply. This can be done with the included Lightning cable or with a Qi charger (where applicable).

    Finally, your AirPods need to be close to your paired iPhone or iPad. As long as your phone or tablet is connected to the internet, it will transfer and install any firmware updates on the headset.

    How to find the firmware version

    To check the firmware version of your AirPods, you must first connect them to your iPhone or iPad. You can do this by simply lifting the lid of the charging case. But since you won't want to keep the top open for the whole process, you'll want to take a bud and put it in your ear.




    • With paired AirPods connected to your phone or tablet, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple's built-in Spotlight search feature to find the app if you can't find it on the home screen.
    • Then, scroll down the list and tap on the “General” option.
    • From the next submenu, select the "Information" button.
    • As long as your AirPods or AirPods Pro are connected to your device, you should see them listed as an option. Select them from the list.
    • You can find all the identifying information of your AirPods in this menu, such as the serial number. Next to the list button is the current firmware version. You will need to check online to see which version is the latest available as Apple does not currently provide that information.

    Related: How to fix common problems with Apple AirPods


    Further Reading:

    • How to connect AirPods to Apple Watch
    • How to connect AirPods to iPhone and iPad
    • How to connect AirPods to Chromebook
    • How to change the settings of AirPods and AirPods Pro
    • AirPods flashing orange? Here's how to fix it
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