Apple's AirPods are one of the company's most popular accessories and they're pretty awesome. Like all modern wireless headphones, they have firmware that sometimes needs updating for optimal performance. To update the firmware on your AirPods.
If you do not have a screen, you can easily forget that wireless headsets often need firmware updates to make sure they work as well as possible. Sometimes the updates even fix reported bugs. If your AirPods are not behaving properly, it's always a good idea to check for software updates.
When AirPods Update Automatically
Luckily, AirPods usually update their firmware ̵
- Your AirPods are in their charging case.
- The charging case is connected to a Qi charger when using a wireless charging case.
- The AirPods are within range of a device they belong to before they were connected. This device must also have an Internet connection.
This is all it takes to make sure your AirPods automatically take care of firmware updates. This is probably done without you noticing, such as when you charge your AirPods.
However, you may want to start an update manually. First let's check which software version the AirPods are currently running.
To check what firmware is running on the AirPods
Open the lid of the AirPods in the charging case and open the lid next to your iPhone. Close the displayed battery gauge on the screen and open the Settings app.
In the Settings app, tap the General button.
Then tap "About" to continue.
. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and you will see that your AIrPods are listed. Touch the corresponding entry.
This screen displays the latest version of the firmware installed on your AirPods.
How to Force an AirPods Firmware Update
If you find that a new version of the AirPods firmware is available but not yet installed, you can try the To force updating your AirPods.
Insert the AirPods into the Charger Charge the Case and place it near your iPhone. Then open the cover and close the battery gauge on the screen.
You may not need to plug in your AirPod case to charge (or charge wirelessly if you have a new case that charges wirelessly) if you have adequate battery power. However, charging will ensure your AirPods update and will not delay the update to save battery life.
Nothing appears on the screen, indicating that an update is in progress. However, leave your AirPods for a few minutes and follow the instructions above to check the current firmware version. It should have changed to the new version.