How to update your AirPods

How to update your AirPods

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apple often releases firmware updates for its entire line of AirPods, including AirPods Pro, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, and AirPods Max. However, the company doesn’t make it clear how to actually do it Update your AirPods and neither do they Share what each firmware update does. So here’s how to do it, no matter what AirPod model you’re using.

But first, why bother? Of course, Apple does not update the firmware without a reason. Firmware updates can solve error problems, e.g. B. when AirPods Max users experienced unusual battery drain (for all other editions there is the hidden reset option we talked about before) and improve performance, i.e. iIt’s not worth updating them regularly, even if they sseems to be working fine.

How to check the current firmware version of your AirPods

First, Check the firmware version of your AirPods to make sure it hasn’t already been updated. The first step is to connect your AirPods to your iPhone. For this step, it doesn’t matter how you do it, but it does matter when it comes to actually installing the update (more on that later).

Now go to on your iPhone Settings > General > About, then scroll down. When your AirPods are connected, you should see their name. Tap the name, then turn onfirmware version.” From this article 4E71 is the latest firmware version for all AirPods, but go to Google to make sure Apple hasn’t released a newer update since then.

How to update the firmware on your AirPods

To update your AirPods, you still need to connect them to your iPhone, but in a specific way: the trick here is to make sure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone while they stay in the case. Your AirPods won’t update when they’re out of the case, so don’t leave them in your ears and expect iOS to update the firmware. As long as you’ve previously paired your AirPods with your iPhone, they should connect when you lift the lid to open the case (again, AirPods Max should connect while in the case).

Now you need to connect your AirPods to power. In theory, the update should work if you’re using wireless charging (if your AirPods case supports it), but so far I’ve only seen walkthroughs using a Lightning cable for firmware updates. After plugging in power, leave your AirPods for 10-15 minutes. After this time, check the firmware version for your AirPods: it should now be fully updated. If not, try this step again.

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