How to get the first AirPods Pro firmware update

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The AirPods Pro firmware update out today is both easy and hard to install.
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If you’re rocking a new pair of AirPods Pro, you’ll 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 month with firmware version 2B584. Today, version 2B588 is ready to install. Unfortunately, we don’t know what’s changed — Apple doesn’t make release notes available for this type of update.

Sorry, there’s no new firmware for the original AirPods.

How to update AirPods Pro

AirPods updates happen on the down low. You can’t tell them to update. And Apple’s wireless earbuds they 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 Pro in their case, with the case getting power. And the iPhone that they are paired with needs to be close by. Then wait.

Find out if new AirPods Pro firmware is installed

You can find out if this new AirPods Pro firmware has been installed only by digging around in the Settings app. To do this, you need an active connection to the AirPods, so open the lid of the charging case. Or put the earbuds on. Whichever you prefer.

Then go to Settings > General > About, and tap on AirPods Pro. If Firmware Version says 2B584, you still need to wait for the update. If it says 2B588, you’re golden.

This is the same process you’d go through to check the firmware on your original AirPods (or on AirPods 2).