Apple updates AirPods 3 to firmware 4C170

Apple is releasing a software update today for the AirPods 3 with firmware 4C170. The previous one was numbered 4C165 and saw the light of day last month. This also affected the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. But today, it’s all about the AirPods 3.

Apple updates AirPods 3 to firmware 4C170

Apple does not communicate the list of changes and other bug fixes. So it’s hard to know what the 4C170 firmware brings to the AirPods 3. It’s possible that these are simple bug fixes. This seems to be the case for now.

You can check which version is installed. Head into Settings > General > About, scroll down and select your AirPods. The installed version of the firmware is located on the line “Firmware version”.

How to force the update to install

How to update your AirPods? Officially, Apple does offer a solution. The download and installation are done automatically in the background. But there is a technique used by Geniuses in the Apple Store to force the download, here it is for AirPods (Pro):

  • Make sure the AirPods are within Bluetooth range of their iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device
  • Listen to music or other audio with AirPods for at least 30 seconds
  • Put the AirPods back in the charging case and close the lid
  • Connect the charging case to a power source via Lightning
  • Wait 30 minutes and above all do not open the case during this period otherwise you will have to start from the beginning

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