As with the iPhone, Apple sends firmware updates for your AirPods (first and second generation) and AirPods Pro.
The update process takes place automatically behind the scenes, but you can manually check which version of the firmware you are running. Here’s how to do it.
How to update Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro
Before moving on to checking the firmware version of your AirPods, let’s take a second to discuss what needs to be done before Apple earbuds update themselves.
First of all, your AirPods must be in the charging case. Second, the charging case must be connected to the power supply. This can be done with the included Lightning cable or with a Qi charger (where applicable).
Finally, your AirPods must be close to your associated iPhone or iPad. As long as the phone or tablet is connected to the Internet, it will transfer and install any firmware updates on the headphones.
How To Find The Apple AirPods Firmware Version
To check the firmware version of your AirPods, you must first connect them to your iPhone or iPad. You can do this simply by lifting the lid of the charging case.
But since you don’t want to keep the top open for the whole process, we recommend that you take a bud and put it in your ear.
1. With the associated AirPods connected to your phone or tablet, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s built-in Spotlight search feature to find the app if you can’t find it on the home screen.
2. Then, scroll down the list and tap on the “General” option.
3. From the next submenu, select the “Information” button.
4. As long as your AirPods or AirPods Pro are connected to your device, you should see them listed as an option. Select them from the list.
5. You can find all the identification information of your AirPods on this menu, such as the serial number. Next to the list button is the current firmware version.
6. You will need to check online to see which version is available since Apple currently does not provide this information.