How to Update AirPod Firmware [Check & Force Update 2024]

Written By Farhan Max

Apple releases firmware updates for it’s AirPods from time to time to enhance performance, add new features and remove bugs. So, if you find your AirPods not working properly, you can always go for updating the, the process of updating the AirPods firmware is confusing for many new users. Therefore, I am here to help.

In this guide, I will explain the necessary information to help you update your AirPods firmware quickly.

Let’s begin!

How to Update AirPod Firmware

Firmware updates for the AirPods are provided automatically. So, there is no manual option to update the AirPods firmware manually on your own. However, you can force the auto-update feature to install the latest firmware when you need.

But beforehand, you should consider checking the current firmware version your AirPods are using. There can be situations where you are already using the latest firmware without realizing it, and you can not update to the latest firmware anymore.

To find the AirPods firmware version, go to settings > Bluetooth > Info button next to the name of your AirPods > About. airpods-firmware-versionAs I have already said, you can either force an auto-update or wait for the update to install automatically to update AirPod’s firmware. The process to force the auto-update is quite easy, and it works for all versions of AirPods (Airpods 1,2,3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max).

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Here are the steps to force auto-update for AirPods firmware:

  • Pair your AirPods with iPhone/iPad/MacOS.
  • Put both earbuds back into their charging case without unpairing them.
  • Connect the charging case to a power source. airpods-charging
  • Keep your smartphone close to the charging case and leave it for about thirty minutes.

If any new updates are available, Apple’s AI will start to upgrade the firmware automatically.

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How long does it take to update AirPods firmware?

It takes about 30 minutes to update AirPods 1,2,3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max firmware.

How do I check the AirPods version?

To check the AirPods version, pair the earbuds via Bluetooth and go to Settings > General > About > SEID > AirPods > Firmware Version.

Why can’t I update my AirPods firmware?

You can not manually update AirPods firmware because there is no direct option to install updates forcefully. The firmware update happens automatically for the AirPods.

How do I update my AirPods pro firmware without an iPhone?

You can use your Macbook or iPad to update AirPods firmware instead of your iPhone.

Final Words

The latest AirPods firmware is a must to have for better functionality, security and performance improvements.

Hopefully, you now know everything regarding updating AirPods firmware after reading the article.

For further queries on AirPods, feel free to comment down below.

About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.

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