As with the iPhone, Apple pushes out firmware updates to your AirPods (first- and second-gen) and AirPods Pro. The update process takes place behind the scenes automatically, but you can manually check which firmware version you’re running. Here’s how.
How to Update Your Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro
Before we jump into checking your AirPods’ firmware version, let’s take a second to discuss what’s required before your Apple earbuds will update themselves. First, your AirPods need to be in the charging case. Second, the charging case needs to be attached to power. This can be done with the included Lightning cable or on a Qi charger (where applicable).
Lastly, your AirPods need to be near your paired iPhone or iPad. As long as your phone or tablet is connected to the internet, it will transfer and install any firmware upgrades to your headphones.
How to Find Your Firmware Version
To check your AirPods’ firmware version, you’re first going to need to connect them to your iPhone or iPad. You can do this by simply flipping the charging case’s lid up. But as you won’t want to hold the top open for this entire process, we recommend taking a bud out and putting it in your ear.
With your paired 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 locate it on your homescreen.
Next, scroll down the list and tap on the “General” option.
From the next submenu, select the “About” button.
As long as your AirPods or AirPods Pro are connected to your device, you should see them listed as an option. Select it from the list.
You can find all of your AirPods’ identifying information in this menu, such as its serial number. Near the button of the list is your current firmware version. You will need to check online to see what the latest version available is as Apple doesn’t currently supply that information.