Alternative Method to Update AirPods Firmware
How to update your firmware
To get spatial audio on your AirPods Pro, you need to make sure the firmwareon your pods is updated.The good news is that for most users, this firmware update will happenautomatically without any intervention on your part. AirPods updates don’thappen in quite the same way as they do for the iPhone (where you may need tomanually install it), so the easiest thing to do is to check if your AirPodsPro are running the latest firmware. Here’s how.First, make sure your phone is running the most recent version of iOS 14 (atthe moment, it’s iOS 14.3).Next, check your AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware. Go to Settings > General >About. You’ll probably need to scroll way down to see it, but you should seeAirPods Pro or your AirPods in the list. If your iPhone isn’t up to date, youmay not even see this setting, particularly if you have AirPods Pro. Tap them,and if the firmware version shows 3A283, you have the latest update. That’sit; you’re all set.
Finding your lost AirPods
Considering the size and wireless nature of AirPods, losing them is a fairlycommon complaint. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed using Apple’s Find Mytracking software.To get started, launch the Find My iPhone app on your iOS device or head tothe iCloud website, then sign in with your Apple ID, and select Find MyiPhone. From there, select your AirPods, and you will see a map showing wherethey are or their last location before they were powered off. If you see agreen dot next to the icon for your AirPods, it means they’re turned on, andyou can play a sound to easily locate them.If you are looking for a single AirPod, you can see options for right and leftAirPods to play a sound and locate a single missing pod. This sound (as longas your AirPod has battery life) will play louder and louder for two minutes.Make sure you remove your other AirPod from your ears first if necessary.
One AirPod won’t connect
Another common issue AirPods owners run into is that one Pod won’t connect.Just like when dealing with both AirPods, the first thing you’re going to wantto do is pop both of them back in the charging case, wait for about 10seconds, then remove them and put them into your ears.No luck? Repeat the above step, this time turning Bluetooth on and off on yourphone or tablet before removing the Pods from their charging case.Still nothing? Try resetting the AirPods (instructions at the end of thisarticle).
Audio issues or static
Static and/or subpar audio quality can be caused by a lot of things, so it’smuch tougher to diagnose. Bluetooth connections can be affected byinterference, which can cause everything from static to reduced audio qualityand even disconnects. If this always happens in one place, interference couldbe the problem. If this is happening in your home, you might be able to trackdown the device causing interference and move it or use your AirPods in adifferent area. If you’re in the office, you may be out of luck.Dan Baker/Digital TrendsFortunately, there is one fix that several users have reported works — thoughit isn’t exactly convenient. Wi-Fi can cause interference with the AirPods,especially during calls, so you might want to try turning off Wi-Fi whilemaking calls. Of course, you’ll want to turn it back on when you’re done. Ifyou’re getting stuttering instead of static or noise, you can also try turningoff Automatic Ear Detection as detailed above.
Android volume trouble
If you use your AirPods with an Android device, you might have run into aproblem in which the volume is much lower than with iOS devices. A lot offeatures of the AirPods use the W1 chip — and H1 on the AirPods 2 withWireless Charging Case and AirPods Pro — to interact with your iPhone or iPad,but Android devices don’t get this luxury, and volume control can be affectedby this.The heart of the issue is that when you’re dealing with most Bluetooth audiodevices, there are two volume levels: The volume of your source device (phone,tablet, or computer), and the volume of your audio device. When using theAirPods with an Android source device, the volume of the AirPods isn’tautomatically controlled as it is on iOS. Luckily, there’s an easy fix.For a stock Android device, tap the volume either up or down, and you shouldsee the volume control appear on the screen. Tap the down arrow next to thevolume control, and you’ll see all the available volume sliders appear. One ofthese should be Bluetooth. Now, just turn this one up or down as needed.On Samsung Galaxy phones, it’s a little different (and better). Go to Settings> Connections > Bluetooth. Here, tap the three dots in the top right cornerfor more options, then turn on Media Volume Sync. Now you can use the volumecontrol on the device in the same way you would on an iOS device.
No sound from fully charged AirPods
If your AirPods are clearly charged and connected, the problem often lies withyour iPhone or iPad. Head to Settings on iOS and make sure that all softwareupdates have been applied. If you have any updates waiting, plug your devicein, update, and reboot. This often fixes problems with AirPods refusing towork entirely.
AirPods won’t charge
Depending on which AirPods you bought, they may or may not ship with a casethat supports wireless charging. This niggle is mostly confined to owners offirst-generation models, as Apple began shipping the wireless charging casewith every other release. Owners of the original AirPods can buy one. Ifyou’re unsure whether you have a wireless charging case, the LED light givesyou your answer. If you see a light on the outside, it has wireless charging.If it’s on the inside, it doesn’t.If you’ve had your AirPods for a while, there may be some dust and grimebuildup that’s preventing the Pods from making contact with the charging pinsin the case. Take a soft cloth or a swab and carefully clean the inside andbottom of the case, and thoroughly clean the tails of your AirPods to see ifthat helps the charging process.As for boring old regular charging with the Lightning cable, it’s worth tryingto work out any dirt and debris that may have snuck into the charging port.The crevice is small, so you’ll need something thin and pointy. If thatdoesn’t work, try a different Lightning cable. If all else fails, you may needa replacement.
How to update your AirPods
Before you resort to resetting your AirPods, we recommend checking to see ifthere’s a new firmware update for them. If there is, there’s a good chance thefix you’re looking for is baked in, as Apple tends to use these upgrades as away to distribute performance improvements and feature tweaks.Unfortunately, there’s no simple way to force your AirPods or AirPods Pro toupdate. Having said that, we’ve found that connecting the AirPods to anoutlet, then pairing them to an iPad or iPhone, forces them to startinstalling it after a short period of time (if there’s one available, ofcourse).Want to check to see the specific firmware version your AirPods are running?Follow these steps: 1. Make sure your AirPods are connected to your iOS device. 2. Open Settings. 3. Tap General. 4. Select About. 5. Press AirPods. 6. Locate the number next to Firmware Version.If nothing happens, it’s probably because your AirPods automatically upgradedto the latest software version in the background, in which case you will needto proceed to reset your AirPods or visit your local Apple Store for somehands-on assistance.
How to reset your AirPods
As noted above, completely resetting your AirPods can fix several issues. Thegood news is it won’t even take you a minute to do. Here’s how: 1. Put your AirPods back in the charging case. 2. Hold the button on the back of the case for roughly 15 seconds until the orange LED flashes. 3. Open the case next to your phone and wait for the AirPods to reconnect.iCloud will sync this connection to your other devices now, assuming you’reusing an iPhone. If you’re not using an Apple device, you can turn onBluetooth and manually pair the headphones.
How to Update AirPod Firmware to Latest Version
Even though AirPods are essentially hardware devices, they are powered bysoftware called firmware. This firmware needs to be updated from time to timein order to maintain security, fix bugs and do performance improvements andfeature upgrades. Just as iOS firmware needs to be updated on iPhones andiPads, and watchOS needs to be updated on Apple Watch, you need to regularlycheck for and apply the latest updates for your AirPods or Airpods 2.
How to Update Your AirPods Firmware
In preparation for the process, get your Airpods, the charging case and eitherLightning to USB cable or wireless charging mat. Make sure you only useoriginal accessories to prevent any damage to AirPods. Now follow the simplesteps below:Step 1: Put your AirPods in the case and make sure they’re inserted properly.Step 2: Plug them in for charging using the Lightning to USB cable, or placethem on the Qi-charging mat.Step 3: Turn the WiFi or Cellular Data ON in one of iOS device and bring itwithin range of the AirPods. The update will automatically download andinstall.
Alternative Method to Update AirPods Firmware
If this method doesn’t work, you can try recharging your case for a whilebefore attempting a software update. Another thing you can do is to reset yourAirPods. The process is described below:Step 1: In your iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods and tapthe i button. Select Forget this Device.Step 2: Put the AirPods in the case, close it and open it again.Step 3: Find the setup button on your charging case and press-hold it untilthe status light flashes amber and then white. Bring them close to the iPhoneor iPad to be paired with.Step 4: Your iOS device will give you instructions. Just follow them to resetthe AirPods. You may need to apply any special settings once again. Theearphones will now be updated with the latest available firmware.