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How to update firmware on AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max

Apple regularly releases firmware updates to improve battery life, address software glitches, and introduce new device features. However, unlike Macs and iPhones, firmware updates for your AirPods typically don’t trigger notifications. Instead, these updates are automatically installed on your AirPods when kept for charging or brought within the Bluetooth range of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

However, there are instances when AirPods may not remain up to date. Fortunately, you can check the AirPods firmware version and manually update it using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here’s all you need to know.

Latest AirPods firmware updates

Apple’s release notes for the latest firmware updates were published on its official support page on April 3, 2024.

Based on that, I can confirm that the following are the latest firmware versions available for your AirPods model:

  • AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C): 6B34
  • AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case (Lightning): 6B34
  • AirPods Pro (1st generation): 6A321
  • AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation): 6A321
  • AirPods Max: 6A325
  • AirPods (1st generation): 6.8.8

Now, let us see how to check your AirPods existing firmware and, if needed, how to ensure it updates.

How to check AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware version

You can check the AirPods firmware version from your connected iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Below are the steps to do so

On iPhone or iPad

To check your AirPods firmware on your iPhone or iPad, be sure to update your iOS or iPadOS to the latest version. Then do the following:

  1. Go to Settings → Bluetooth.
  2. Select the info (i) button next to the AirPods.
  3. You can see the version of your AirPods under the About section.

    Check AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware on iPhone or iPad

If the version displayed here is the latest, you do not have to do anything. Enjoy!

If outdated, your iPhone will automatically download and install the firmware on your AirPods.

On Mac

First, make sure your Mac runs the latest macOS, then do the following.

  1. Go to Apple Menu → Press and hold the Option key to view System Information.
  2. Now, select System Information → Pick Bluetooth in the left pane.
  3. Now, look under your AirPods to find its firmware version.

Alternatively, if you’re using a Mac running macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Head to the Apple Menu → System Settings → Bluetooth.
  2. Then click the Info (i) button next to your AirPods.

    See AirPods firmware version on Mac

How to force update AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max

As mentioned previously, Apple automatically delivers firmware updates to your AirPods. If it doesn’t seem to work, you can manually force a firmware update on AirPods. Here’s how:

  1. Put the AirPods inside their charging case and connect them to power via a Lightning cable or Wireless charger.
    In the case of AirPods Max, you just need to plug the charging cable into the headphones.
  2. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. It would also help to put the iPhone in charging. Also, ensure Low Power Mode is off.
  3. Now, keep the iPhone and the AirPods case close and wait for a few minutes.

This process should complete the firmware update in the background. After about 20 minutes, you can go back and check to see if your firmware version has been updated.

Wrapping up…

This is how to update your AirPods and enjoy all the latest features Apple has for your wireless audio device. If you have additional questions, please reach me via the comments section below.

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  • Ankur

    I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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