Anyone rocking the recently-released AirPods Pro, or AirPods 2 from earlier this year, will want the just-released firmware update for these in-ear headphones. The AirPods update process is indirect, but we can steer you through it.
Apple launched AirPods Pro earlier this fall, and later updated them with firmware version 2B588. Today, version 2C54 is ready to install. The situation is similar with AirPods 2: they have moved from 2A364 also to 2C54.
Unfortunately, we don’t know what’s changed because Apple doesn’t make release notes available for this type of update.
There’s no firmware update for the original AirPods out today.
How to update AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro
AirPods updates happen on the down low. You can’t tell them to update. And Apple’s wireless earbuds don’t make it easy for you to know if a new firmware version has been installed.
The best you can do to request an update is put your AirPods or AirPods Pro in their case, with the case getting power. And the iPhone that they are paired with needs to be close by. Then wait.
Realistically, this is a problem only for people who get antsy about controlling firmware updates, and who want to latest as soon as they can get it. For everyone else, just keep using these hearables. The update will happen without you having to do a thing.
Find out if new AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro firmware is installed
You can find out if/when this new AirPods firmware has been installed only by digging around in the Settings app. To do this, you need an active connection to these headphones, so open the lid of the charging case. Or put the earbuds on. Whichever you prefer.
For the newest model, go to Settings > General > About, and tap on AirPods Pro. If Firmware Version says 2B588, you still need to wait for the update. If it says 2C54, you’re golden.
Follow the same process for AirPods 2: go to Settings > General > About, and tap on AirPods. The Firmware Version you’re looking for is also 2C54.
This is the same process you’d go through to check the firmware on your original AirPods.
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of an article first published November 14, 2019.