Apple today updated the firmware on AirPods. The company did not publish the official changelog at post time so we don’t know what this new firmware update provides in terms of new features aside from bug fixes and performance improvements, but we’ll make sure to update the article as soon as we find out more. The new software bumps the AirPods firmware from the initial version 3.3.1 to version 3.5.1.

To deploy the new firmware, put your AirPods inside their case and close it, connect the case to a charger or a USB port on your computer, then wait for a couple of minutes. Your iPhone must be paired with your AirPods and connected to Wi-Fi in order for the firmware to download and install.


Screenshot via Reddit.

To see your current AirPods firmware version, open the charging case so the connected graphics appears on your iPhone, then tap Settings → General → About → AirPods.

More on finding out your AirPods firmware version can be found in Seb’s tutorial.

Thanks, Carlos!

  • TK421

    How do you keep it connected when you close the lid?

    • malhal

      I was wondering that too, was thinking maybe the case updates the AirPods. Anyway the steps above aren’t working for me.

      • TK421

        Same. I’ll be calling Apple shortly and see.

    • appletimemac

      It works. Just plug them in, put them next to the iPhone, and close the lid. It’ll work, I updated mine this morning within 5 minutes.

      • TK421

        I’ll give it a try. Thx.

      • TK421

        I put the ear piece into the case, while connected, closed lid. and no update even after 30 minutes. Are you on 10.2?

      • Ethan Humphrey

        Did you charge them while attempting to update them?

  • racerhomie2

    Wow ,now even Headphones have updates

    • Satyam Panchal

      I know it’s funny . now I am wating for rumors to say AirPod get jailbreaked

      • Wilber Alexander Flores

        Better to stay on 3.3.1 untill told otherwise to be able to
        Jailbreak

  • k j

    I had my case / with AirPods connected to power (with the case open, to keep them connected) for 30 minutes..
    NO updates. I will try wearing my headphones, while charging the case, and see if that works.

    • k j

      On second thoughts, just took the headphones out of the case, checked my firmware and it was updated.

  • iDoktor

    Finally, i don’t have no more connection issues during I play something

  • Josh

    i don’t see an “AirPods” section under General>About…

    • Your AirPods have to be connected

    • nova12

      Same here. My airpods are connected and I don’t see the airpods section. Maybe it’s only for above iOS 10.1.1?

      • nova12

        nm, I had to try a few times and it finally showed up.

  • TK421

    Had to get into unjailbroken state for it to work.

  • Did the firmware update; but I’m still just as worried that a pod will fall out of my ear into a sewer grate; or under a mac truck in traffic as I’m dashing through the city.

  • How will be Android/Mac users able to update if no iPhone is available?

    • Vander Tramp

      Should work with Mac maybe. See go to Apple Store and do it from there.