How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

From time to time, Apple may issue firmware updates for all models of AirPods, including AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. These over-the-air (OTA) updates typically feature bug fixes, connectivity improvements, and stability enhancements. While Apple provides no official guidance for how to manually trigger AirPods firmware updates, users can perform a few simple steps to initiate the update process. This tutorial shows how to update the firmware on AirPods via a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Content

  • Check AirPods Firmware Version on iPhone and iPad
  • Update AirPods Firmware Using an iPhone or iPad
  • Check AirPods Firmware Version on the Mac
  • Update AirPods Firmware Using the Mac
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Check AirPods Firmware Version on iPhone and iPad

To check which AirPods firmware version you are running, follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the Bluetooth settings menu directly below the Wi-Fi toggle.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Tap on the blue letter “i” inside the circle to the right of the AirPods you would like to update from “MY DEVICES” list.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Locate “Version” under the “About” header.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. To the right of “Version,” find the alphanumeric firmware version that your AirPods are running. The current AirPods firmware is version 4E71.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

Update AirPods Firmware Using an iPhone or iPad

  1. Automatically connect your AirPods to your iPhone or iPad by placing them in (or on) your ears and waking your iPhone or iPad. A drop-down notification will confirm that your AirPods have successfully paired to your device.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Launch the Music app.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Listen to any song for at least 30 seconds before pausing playback.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Place your AirPods inside their case and ensure that both buds are resting securely in their case. If you are updating AirPods Max, ensure that the magnetic latch on its fabric case is closed.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Connect your AirPods to power using via a Lightning cable or by placing them on a Qi-enabled wireless charger, such as MagSafe.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Ensure that your iPhone or iPad is charging and connected to the Internet. The Wi-Fi and green battery icons should be visible in the upper-right corner of your status bar on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Place your iPhone or iPad near the AirPods.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Disconnect your iPhone and AirPods from power after 30 minutes, and your AirPods will be up to date. To confirm this, follow the instructions above on how to check the AirPods firmware Version on iPhone and iPad.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

Check AirPods Firmware Version on the Mac

  1. Automatically connect your AirPods to your Mac by placing them in (or on) your ears and waking your Mac. A notification banner will slide in from the upper-right corner of your Mac’s screen, confirming that you have successfully paired your AirPods, and an AirPods icon will appear in the Menu Bar.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Select the Apple icon in the menu bar in the upper-left corner of your Mac’s display.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Select “About this Mac” from the drop-down menu.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Select “System Report” from the pop-up window.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Select “Hardware” from the menu to the far left.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Select Bluetooth from the new drop-down menu.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Find your AirPods in the Bluetooth accessory list to the right of the sidebar.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Find the text that reads “Firmware Version” below your AirPods.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. The alphanumeric firmware version that your AirPods are running will be to the right of “Firmware Version.” The current AirPods firmware is version 4E71.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

Update AirPods Firmware Using the Mac

  1. Plug your AirPods into your Mac using a lighting-to-USB or lightning-to-USB-C cable.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

  1. Wait at least half an hour before disconnecting your AirPods to update the firmware.

How to Update AirPods Firmware via a Mac or iPhone

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I troubleshoot failed attempts to update AirPods or AirPods Pro?

Ensure that both your right and left AirPods are free of debris and moisture, particularly on or surrounding the silver metallic contacts located on the bottom of each earbud. Learn how to clean your AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Which AirPods models are compatible with wireless charging?

AirPods (3rd Generation) and AirPods Pro include charging cases that feature wireless charging compatibility. If you are using AirPods (1st or 2nd Generation) you can purchase a separate wireless charging case from Apple.

How long do AirPods take to update?

Once connected to power, all models of AirPods can take at least 30 minutes to update, regardless of which device they are paired to. If your AirPods do not update on the first try, repeat the update process detailed above using your Mac or an iOS device.

How do I fix my AirPods Max if they will not update?

Since AirPods Max do not feature a power-off button, they will enter into an ultra-low power state if they have sat idle for longer than five minutes. Sometimes AirPods Max can get stuck in this efficiency mode, which prevents them from charging and therefore updating. To troubleshoot this problem, visit how to restart and reset your AirPods Max for a detailed overview.

Image credit: Apple. All screenshots taken by Brahm Shank.

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