How to Update AirPods Firmware on iOS 17

Airpods Firmware

Many AirPods users encounter strange bugs and issues with their devices and are unsure how to resolve them. The best way to optimize any Apple AirPods is by updating the AirPods firmware to the latest version.

However, most AirPods users are unaware of how to update the firmware on their AirPods or how to verify the current version. This article provides simple steps to update to the newest firmware and address any software-related issues. This method works for all Apple earbuds including AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and any future products.

What is AirPods Firmware?

AirPods firmware is built-in software that adds new features, fixes bugs and improves your device’s audio quality by updating to the latest version. It’s similar to installing a new software update on your iPhone, like iOS.

How to Check the Latest AirPods Firmware

The latest firmware for AirPods varies based on the model. To check the firmware version, follow these steps:

  • Go to your phone’s device settings and tap on Bluetooth.
  • Tap on the “i” icon next to your AirPods name.
  • Check the latest firmware version.
Check AirPods Firmware

Now, compare the latest firmware from the table below with your version. If your version is older than the latest version listed below, you must manually update your AirPods firmware.

AirPods ModelModel Number
AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe (USB-C)6B34
AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe (Lightning)6B34
AirPods Pro (1st generation)6A321
AirPods (3rd generation)6A321
AirPods (2nd generation)6A321
AirPods Max6A300
AirPods (1st generation)6.8.8

How to Update AirPods Firmware

There isn’t a direct method to upgrade your AirPods firmware, but it automatically updates when you install the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS. However, if you can’t pair your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad, you might need to follow these manual methods:

  • Update your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS or iPadOS version.
  • Connect your AirPods to your iPhone/iPad/Mac.
  • Place your AirPods in their charging case and keep the lid open.
  • Connect the charging case to a power source.
  • Keep your iPhone and AirPods are physically close.
All AirPods

The update happens in the background without displaying any update button or process. So, you need to wait and later check the latest version under Bluetooth settings, as shown earlier.


Definitely, you should update your AirPods whenever new firmware is available. Occasionally, Apple provides updates to enhance audio experience and device performance. While Apple doesn’t release AirPods firmware frequently, it does provide updates with major iOS changes.

Keep in mind that you can’t upgrade your firmware using an Android or Windows device. To download the latest firmware, you need an iPhone/iPad or Mac with the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS. No third-party software can update the newest firmware on AirPods.