If you’re having AirPods issues or if you want access to the latest features, you’ll want to update your AirPods. This guide will show you how to keep AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, or AirPods Max up-to-date with Apple’s latest software.
AirPods software updates typically include performance improvements and bug fixes though occasionally they’ll bring new features as well. That’s why it’s important to keep your AirPods updated with the latest firmware.
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If you just bought a pair of AirPods and/or you’re unsure if you’re running the latest AirPods software, read on.
How to Update AirPods or AirPods Pro
Before you update your AirPods it might be a good idea to dig into feedback from users running the latest software. You can search sites like Apple’s forums and YouTube for information about features, bugs, and performance issues.
If a lot of the feedback is negative, you might want to hold off and wait for Apple to release a new update. The releases are fairly sporadic, but you can expect a few updates throughout the year.
If you want to proceed with the upgrade process, here’s what you need to do.
- Put your AirPods or AirPods Pro inside their case
- Make sure the case is connected to a power source. You can use the Lightning to USB cable or you can use wireless charging if you’ve got a pair of AirPods Pro and a compatible charger
- Grab your iPhone or iPad and make sure it has an internet connection
- Make sure your AirPods are paired with your iPhone or iPad and then bring the device close to the charging case
Now you just need to wait a bit. If a new update is available, it should automatically download and install. If you’re having issues with the installation, you can try resetting your AirPods.
How to Update AirPods Max
If you own a pair of AirPods Max, new firmware will download if your headphones are connected to Bluetooth via another device like an iPhone.
If you’re unsure if your AirPods are running Apple’s latest firmware, you can manually check. Here’s how to check your AirPods software version.
- Grab your iPhone or iPad.
- Open up the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap About.
- Find your AirPods on the list and tap.
On this screen you can see information about your AirPods including their current firmware version.
You can also check the current firmware using these steps:
- Open the Settings app on your Apple device.
- Go to Bluetooth.
- Find your AirPods on your list of devices.
- Tap the “i”.
- Check the Firmware Version.
Latest AirPod Updates
Here are the latest updates for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro 2, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max:
- AirPods Pro 2 with MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C): 6B34
- AirPods Pro 2 with MagSafe Charging Case (Lightning): 6B34
- AirPods Pro: 6A321
- AirPods 3: 6A321
- AirPods 2: 6A321
- AirPods Max: 6A324
- AirPods: 6.8.8
You can learn more about the contents of Apple’s AirPods updates over on its support website.
Install iOS 17.3.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and you missed older versions of iOS 17, think about installing Apple's iOS 17.3.1 update right away.
iOS 17.3.1 doesn't have any security updates of its own, but if you missed iOS 17.3 or older, you'll get security patches when you upgrade.
The iOS 17.3 update brought 15 new security patches to iPhone. These will help keep your device and its data protected from harm.
The software also added Stolen Device Protection to iPhone. It increases the security of your iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID to gain access to passwords, make purchases in Safari, and more.
This is useful if someone gets access to your iPhone and its passcode.
iOS 17.2 delivered 10 new security patches to iPhone. If you wish to find out more, you can head on over to Apple's security site for the details.
iOS 17.1.2 had two security patches on board. Both were related to WebKit. If you want to learn more, you can do so right here.
iOS 17.1 brought 18 security fixes to iPhone. It addressed issues within Weather, Status Bar, WebKit, and more.
iOS 17.0.3 brought two patches for two security issues Apple identified within the software. If you want to read about the patches, head here.
iOS 17.0.1 delivered three important patches to iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
As for iOS 17 itself, it brought 40+ new security patches with it. A staggering number to say the least. If you want to learn more about them, head over to Apple.
In addition to those patches, iOS 17 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including improvements to Communication Safety beyond Messages.
It now includes content sent by AirDrop, Contact Posters in the Phone app, FaceTime, and the systemwide photo picker. You now have an option to blur out sensitive photos and videos before you choose to view them.
There's also an expanded Lockdown Mode which will help protect you against cyber attacks.
Apple's also improved sharing permissions and you now have more control over what you share with the apps on your device.
The company also notes that starting in iOS 17, Voice Memos encrypts the titles of recordings stored in iCloud, in addition to the recordings themselves.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 17.3.1 update as well.
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