How to update AirPods firmware on your iPhone

Updating the firmware of your AirPods on your iPhone is a straightforward process, although it doesn’t involve a direct manual update button. Instead, the firmware updates automatically when certain conditions are met. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure your AirPods are updated:

Steps to Update AirPods Firmware

  1. Connect Your AirPods to Your iPhone:
    • Make sure your AirPods are paired and connected to your iPhone. Put the AirPods in your ears or open the lid of the charging case to establish the connection.
  2. Check Your Battery Levels:
    • Ensure that your iPhone and AirPods have sufficient battery life. It’s recommended to have at least 50% battery on both devices.
  3. Keep Your AirPods in Their Case:
    • Place your AirPods in their charging case and keep the lid open.
  4. Connect to Power:
    • Plug the charging case into a power source using the Lightning cable. This step is crucial as firmware updates require the AirPods to be charging.
  5. Ensure a Stable Internet Connection:
    • Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. Firmware updates are downloaded via your iPhone’s internet connection.
  6. Wait for the Update:
    • Firmware updates usually occur automatically when your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, are charging, and are near your iPhone with an active internet connection. There is no manual update button, so patience is required. The update process can take a few minutes to complete.
  7. Check the Firmware Version:
    • After some time (usually a few hours to be sure), you can check if your AirPods have updated to the latest firmware version. Here’s how:
      1. Ensure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone.
      2. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
      3. Go to “General” and then tap on “About”.
      4. Scroll down and select your AirPods. Here, you will see the firmware version listed. Compare this with the latest version available (you can find the latest version information on Apple’s support page or other reliable tech news sites).

Tips to Ensure Successful Update

  • Stay Close: Keep your AirPods and iPhone close to each other and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Check for Updates Regularly: Occasionally, check your AirPods’ firmware version to see if an update has occurred.
  • Re-pair If Necessary: If your AirPods don’t seem to be updating, you might try unpairing and then re-pairing them with your iPhone.


If your AirPods do not update: – Restart Devices: Restart both your iPhone and your AirPods. – Reset AirPods: You can also try resetting your AirPods. To do this, press and hold the button on the back of the AirPods case until the LED indicator flashes amber and then white. – Contact Support: If issues persist, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

By following these steps, you can ensure your AirPods are always running the latest firmware, providing you with the best performance and features.