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

Apple sometimes releases firmware updates for their headsets, which include bug fixes and sometimes new features. Unfortunately, there is no place on iOS or macOS where you can go to update the firmware manually, but there are a few tips you can use to ensure that your device gets the firmware update as soon as possible.

How to check the current firmware version

To verify the currently installed firmware version, make sure your headset is connected to an iPhone or iPad, then go to Settings > Bluetooth. Look for your device on the list, then tap the "i" next to it to open the configurations for that device. Scroll all the way down and you'll see a "Version" label displaying the current version of your device's firmware.

How to update AirPods and AirPods Pro firmware

Follow these steps to trigger a firmware update on the AirPods or AirPods Pro:

  • Connect the AirPods to your iPhone or iPad and listen to music or any other content for at least 30 seconds.
  • Put the AirPods in the charging case and close the lid.
  • Connect the AirPods charging case to power with a Lightning cable and wait 30 minutes. Keep your iPhone or iPad and the AirPods case nearby.
  • After the 30 minutes, reconnect your AirPods to the iPhone or iPad and check the version in Bluetooth settings.
  • If they haven't updated, repeat the process.

How to update AirPods Max firmware

Follow these steps to trigger a firmware update on the AirPods Max:

  • Connect the AirPods Max to your iPhone or iPad and listen to music or any other content for at least 30 seconds.
  • Pause playback, connect the AirPods Max to power using a Lightning cable and put them down (do not put them in the Smart Case).
  • Leave AirPods Max untouched and next to your iPhone or iPad for at least 30 minutes
  • After the 30 minutes, reconnect your AirPods Max to the iPhone or iPad and check the version in Bluetooth settings.
  • If they haven't updated, repeat the process.