In an effort to make owning and maintaining your AirPods effortless, Apple doesn’t force you to manually update your AirPods. In fact, there’s no way to manually update them.
Conversely, when updates are available, they are installed automatically.
You can, however, check the firmware version of your AirPods, in other words, what their current update version is, whenever you want.
When the AirPods update automatically
You can’t force your AirPods to install an update, but it’s useful to know when they’ll update automatically.
Your AirPods will update when:
- The AirPods are in their charging case.
- The AirPod case is charging, connected to a charging cable or wireless charging pad (if they can charge wirelessly).
- The AirPod case is close to your iPhone.
The latest firmware version for 2nd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro is version 3A283, which has replaced versions 2D15 and 2D27.
How to check the current firmware version of your AirPods
1. Place the AirPods in the charging case.
2. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app.
3. Tap “General”, then tap “About”.
4. Open the lid of the AirPods case. On your iPhone, the AirPods battery menu will open – close it. You should see an entry for “AirPods” (under “EID”) appear: tap it.
5. On the AirPods screen, you will see details about your device, including the current firmware version.