How to install AirPods beta firmware

Download AirPods Beta Firmware build 6A5299b to receive new updates on your AirPods.

This release includes new features like Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume, and Conversation Awareness, and improvements to Automatic Switching and call controls.

Supported devices

  • AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation)
  • AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation)
  • AirPods Max

Adaptive Audio is only available on AirPods Pro (2nd generation).


Latest beta firmware versions

The latest beta firmware update for AirPods (all versions) is 6A5299b, and the previous stable version was 5E135.

To ind your AirPods firmware version, go to Settings > Bluetooth, then tap the Info button β“˜ next to the name of your AirPods. Scroll down to the About section to find the firmware version.

Enrollment instructions

To save you time, please check if your device can enable Developer Mode by going to the Settings > Privacy & Security app, scrolling down to the bottom, and turning on Developer Mode. If you don't see this option, please follow the steps below.

If you have already enabled Developer Mode, please proceed to step 5.

  1. Pair your AirPods with your iPhone and verify they're connected.
  2. Connect your iPhone to Mac with Xcode beta open (you don’t need to create a new project or do anything else). When prompted, click 'Allow device to connect' on Mac and 'Trust Computer' on iPhone.
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy & Security. Under 'Security', enable Developer Mode and follow prompts to restart iPhone / enter password to enable Developer Mode.
  4. Disconnect iPhone from the Mac, then reconnect it. You may also need to close and reopen Settings.
  5. Developer Settings will now appear at the bottom of the Settings menu. Open Developer > Pre - Release Beta Firmware, then select the toggle for the AirPods device to be enrolled.
  6. Read and follow the onscreen instructions for enrolling into the beta program. Please be patient as it may take up to 24 hours to receive these updates.

Turning off beta software updates:

If you no longer wish to receive beta software updates for your AirPods, repeat the instructions in step 2 turn them off. Although your AirPods will no longer receive any new beta software updates, they'll remain on the installed beta software until the next release of non-beta software is available.

Provide Feedback

Once the beta is installed, it will come with a built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be launched from the second page of your Home screen. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, send your feedback to Apple with Feedback Assistant.