Updates to the software that runs on Apple’s AirPods (Gen 1, 2, and 3) and AirPods Pro (Pro) are periodically released automatically.
Despite the automated nature of the procedure, this upgrade is not always reliable. It’s annoying because it means you may have to wait to enjoy improvements made by others, or you may be forced to continue dealing with issues that have been around for a long time.
Even more frustrating is the fact that there is scant detail on how this update procedure actually works in the AirPods online user guide.
Is It Time for an AirPods Update?
Changes must be made to the AirPods design. But updating them isn’t as simple as it is with iOS and the iPhone, and Apple doesn’t release new AirPods software updates nearly as regularly.
Some devices and gadgets run special software called “firmware” that is responsible for enabling those devices’ features and functions. The firmware on your AirPods is the equivalent of the operating system on your computer.
Firmware updates for Apple’s wireless earbuds, the AirPods, are similar to iOS updates in that they bring new features, bug fixes, and improved functioning to the device.
An explanation of the AirPods update process
Verifying the current software version of your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max is a simple process. Simply ensure that your linked iPhone is running iOS 15 to get started (or your iPad is running iPadOS 15 or later).
Most likely, your AirPods, AirPods, or AirPods Max have already been updated. If you want to double-check, though, do the following:
It’s Imperative that They Be Associated with Your iOs Device.
- Locate the “About” section in the “Settings” app’s “General” menu.
- Go down and tap your AirPods’ brand name.
- Verify the AirPods’ software version to ensure optimal performance. Those who have 4E71 are currently in the know.
- If the firmware on your AirPods or AirPods Pro is outdated, you can try updating it manually.
- Be sure they’re connected to your iOS device and in their charging case.
- Then, power them up via Lightning cable or wireless charging pad, and pop open the AirPods Pro case.
- If your AirPods Max isn’t up to date, you should update them while they’re charging on your iOS device.
If you want to manually upgrade your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, you’ll have to do what we outlined above and then wait. A delay of a few minutes should allow them to update on their own.
Checking the AirPods’ Firmware
Follow these steps to determine the firmware version of your earbuds:
- Launch the iPhone or iPad’s Settings menu.
- Just hit the Bluetooth button.
- Select the AirPods you wish to manage by tapping the I icon that appears next to them in the list.
- If your AirPods aren’t displayed, check their proximity and open the charging case.
- The numbers next to Version should be checked.