I updated to the latest iOS today and I heard there is a new version for Airpods also. So I paired them with the device then put them in their case.

What's interesting is that you can't check their firmware on the iPhone since they just disappear from the general->about menu on the iPhone.

Actually they are no where on the phone, but you can still hear music and pair them.

Not only I don't know how to update them, I also can't check their version now.

  • Have you tried to restart your phone?
    – Harcker
    May 25 '17 at 20:03

Credit to 9to5Mac

To check & update the AirPod firmware, do the following:

  1. Have your AirPods nearby and open the case. The normal status/connectivity window will pop up, but you can swipe that away and look at the ‘About’ screen and scroll all the way the way down.
  2. On the iPhone/iPad, go to Settings -> About. enter image description here
  3. Open the AirPods case and have them near your phone.
  4. Tap the new AirPods section in the About menu. enter image description here
  5. From there, you’ll be able to see detailed information about your AirPods, including the model number, serial number, and hardware version. Your info should be similar to this:
    • Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    • Model Number: A1523
    • Firmaware Version: 3.5.1
    • Hardware Version: 1.0.0
  6. If the Firmware Version is not 3.5.1 then you'll need to update them. Just keep them in their case, plug them in, and next to your iPhone. The update should happen automatically. It might take a few hours so it's best to leave them overnight so the update can take place.

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