Apple updates AirTag firmware, bumping it up to version 2.0.24

The software powering Apple’s AirTag has been refreshed. Learn what’s new in AirTag firmware v.2.0.24 and how to install it on your personal item tracker.

Apple's AirTag personal tracker laid facedown on a Magic Trackpad with the rainbow light pattern reflecting off of its shiny rear surface
The new software update is available for your AirTag | Image: Nikita Ognev / Unsplash
  • What’s happening? Apple has released updated AirTag firmware with version number 2.0.24 and build number 2A24e.
  • Why care? These updates may bring new features, but we don’t know if that’s the case because Apple didn’t provide release notes for the latest firmware.
  • What to do? Leave your AirTag in the Bluetooth range of your iPhone.

What’s new in AirTag firmware version 2.0.24

The new AirTag software with version number 2.0.24 and build number 2A24e has been released, replacing the previous firmware (version number 1.0.301, build number 1A301) though you’ll need to wait for it to occur on its own.

Sometimes these updates are known to bring new features.

For instance, the previous firmware tweaked the unwanted tracking sound to more easily locate an unknown AirTag. It was unclear at the time of writing whether the new v2.0.24 update includes any such tweaks and feature improvements or not.

A support document on the Apple website outlining what’s new in firmware updates for AirTag wasn’t refreshed either. The new firmware is being released in stages so expect the roll-out to finish in the coming weeks. Watch this space because we’ll update the article when the update’s changelog becomes available.

How to update AirTag firmware

You can’t manually update the AirTag software. Apple says AirTag updates are “delivered periodically,” meaning they’re pushed to customers in stages to minimize the impact of any critical bugs. Read: How to reset AirTag to factory settings

You also can’t speed up this process so keep your AirTag in the iPhone’s Bluetooth range so that the new firmware installs as soon as it’s downloaded.

How to check the AirTag firmware version

You can, however, check the currently installed version if you’d like to confirm whether the software that’s powering your AirTag is  up-to-date or not.

To do so, open the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac and select the Items tab, then select your AirTag in the list to get to an information panel.

The firmware number will be hidden, but you can reveal it by touching the tracker’s name right above the AirTag’s battery icon. Apple has removed this icon recently, but don’t worry—touching the actual name of your AirTag reveals the serial and firmware numbers. Read: How to know what the different AirTag sounds mean