How to Update Your AirPods

Friday March 29, 2019 2:38 AM PDT by Tim Hardwick

Apple occasionally releases firmware updates for its AirPods and ‌AirPods‌ 2 wireless headphones that can include performance improvements, feature tweaks and bug fixes. For example, the day Apple released its second-generation ‌AirPods‌, the company also issued a new firmware update for the first-generation ‌AirPods‌, upping them from version 3.7.2 to version 6.3.2.


If you're having a particular issue with your ‌AirPods‌ or ‌AirPods‌ 2, or if you just want to make sure they're up to date with the latest software, then follow the steps below.

  1. Insert your ‌AirPods‌ in their case if they aren't already.
  2. Connect the ‌AirPods‌ charging case to a power source using the included Lightning to USB cable, or alternatively if you have a Wireless Charging Case, place it on a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat.
  3. Move the iPhone or iPad that the ‌AirPods‌ have been paired with near to the charging case, and make sure the iOS device has an internet connection.

And that's all there is to it. After a short while, any available software updates should be automatically downloaded and installed. If you're having trouble updating your ‌AirPods‌, make sure the charging case is fully charged. You can also try resetting the ‌AirPods‌.

Check Your ‌AirPods‌' Firmware Version

To check the version of the firmware that you have installed to make sure it's up to date, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap About.

  4. Tap ‌AirPods‌.
  5. Check the numbers shown beside Firmware Version.

Firmware updates for the ‌AirPods‌ don't come out very often, and the latest version is 6.3.2.

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