How to use AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max: Tips and general instructions

Update Your AirPods

Mercifully, the AirPods range is a lot quieter about updating themselves than many of Apple’s other problems. In fact, you won’t even know when an update is installing.

I’ve owned AirPods for years without needing to check the firmware. Still, if you want to make absolutely sure you’re up to date, you can easily find out what version of AirPods firmware your earphones are running by opening the iPhone your pods are paired to, then tapping Settings > General > About > AirPods with the charging case open next to your phone. 

But if you learn about a firmware update and realize that your AirPods aren’t up to the latest version, just follow these steps to make sure you get them up to speed:

1. Plug your charging case in.

2. Make sure your AirPods are in the case.

3. Place the iPhone your AirPods are connected to near the charging case.

That’s it.

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.