This allows you to update your AirPods (and manually update your firmware)

update your AirPods

Installing an AirPods update will be performed in no moment: in this tip, we will clarify why you want to install fresh AirPods firmware and how to start updating.

Sometimes AirPods receives a software update from Apple to remove any mistakes. But how do you (manually) install such an AirPods update? We’re showing how it works in this article.

AirPods: install the update

Apple can fix all types of tiny issues or add fresh features with an AirPods software update. In the latest years, Apple has published several updates. You don’t need to realize this, because in the background it occurs unnoticed. If something goes wrong, you can manually check if the right AirPods system has been installed and you can manually update the firmware.

We first clarify how to verify the installation of the recent firmware. Then we illustrate how the firmware can be updated manually.

AirPods: check-update

It is helpful to first verify if the recent firmware version is on your AirPods before you make an attempt. You need the connected iPhone for this because the AirPods do not have their own screen or internet connection.

update your AirPods

  • Make sure that the AirPods are linked to your iPhone by placing them in your ears, for instance.
  • Open the Connected iPhone Settings app.
  • Go to General > AirPods > Info.
  • Check the AirPods version number.

These are the AirPods software versions, with the latest at the top:

AirPods 2 (2019)

  • 1A673: 1A671 from May 2019
  • from March 2019 to May 2019 1A661:
  • the first firmware version of AirPods 2.

Is your AirPods version number the same as this list’s top version number? Then you know that you don’t need to update.

AirPods: manually update the firmware

There is no update button to begin installing the firmware update, but by doing the following, you can initiate the update method:

update your AirPods

  • In the charging case, place the AirPods.
  • Connect to the mains the charging case.
  • Open the case for charging.
  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • Tap and connect to the AirPods.
  • Close the situation for charging again.
  • To see if the right firmware is installed, go to Settings > General > Info > AirPods.

If the update is still unsuccessful, you must close and reopen the case. Keep repeating this to ensure the method of updating begins. Isn’t it working yet? Check whether the AirPods are still linked via Settings > Bluetooth. The steps are reconnected and repeated.

If it’s still not working, you can attempt a number of stuff:

  • Check if you have an internet connection on your iPhone (this may be lacking if you’re overseas and you’ve turned off roaming).
  • Make sure you remain close to the iPhone and the AirPods.
  • Wait for a few minutes and do something else in the meantime.

You can see if the update was installed via Settings> General > Info > AirPods after a few minutes. Always use the recent firmware from AirPods, because it fixes bugs that enhance battery life or connection, for instance. We have more suggestions on the AirPods, such as using Find my AirPods and resetting the AirPods to factory environments. Or check how to view the serial number of AirPods.

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