AirPods Pro-noise-canceling not Working After Firmware Update

If you noticed that the active noise cancellation on your Airpod Pro is not working or not longer working well or not working on one ear just know that you are not alone. Yes, many folks experience this and it mostly happened whenever Apple roll out a firmware update.

This can affect the sound, the battery, and also the built-in active noise cancellation. Ordinary, Apple uses the firmware update to fix bugs or improve features.  Unfortunately just as it happens with our device, the update doesn’t always end well.

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AirPods Pro firmware updates

Airpod Pro firmware update is different from the iPhone update. The update is invisible so to say and you don’t need to do anything. And the sad thing is that your Airpod Pro won’t even notify you that an update has been downloaded or complete. So you are kept in the dark.

To date, Apple has released four versions of AirPods Pro firmware, and it each comes with its pros and cons. Below is the list of the Airpod Firmware update but we can’t mention the date they roll out. Check them out.

1. 2B584

This firmware comes out of the box with the Airpod Pro. Many users suffer from a red exclamation mark.  However, it’s regarded as the only firmware with the best noise cancellation.

2. 2B588

This is an Airpod Pro update and it comes with some goodies on the inside. At least it fixes some with Apple’s earbuds. Sadly, some users noticed the active noise cancelation wasn’t working well after the update.

3. 2C54

This particular firmware update was one of the worst as Apple quickly reacted after the update. Users experience many problems and some of them are that the active noise cancelation not working anymore.

4. 2D15

This is the recent firmware update and it was released to fix the active noise cancelation issues from 2C54. So we can call this 2020 latest Airpod Pro firmware update.

It brings back the active noise cancellation making it perfect and as good as the 2B588 firmware which is the original.

Active noise cancelation Not Working Properly: Why

Well, since the latest Airpod Firmware update makes the active noise cancellation working again.  We can’t blame Apple for that. Still, many users are also complaining that the active noise cancellation is not working perfectly like it’s was originally made.

Apple has not made any official comments concerning this. So there is only a little I can say about this.

Some of the problem users encounter on the Airpod Pro is unable to block the sound of air conditioning units, gym music, or vacuum cleaners before the update.

Nevertheless, some people don’t fancy active noise cancellation anymore. This is because it makes some feel unsettled and even gives them headaches. Sometimes this feature has even lead to dangerous accidents with people walking in front of the traffic because they were unable to hear any sound.

Other companies that produce noise cancelation headphones allow user’s to choose the level of noise cancellation they want. In the case of Apple, they only offer you a simple option to either On or Off it.

So we can likely say that Apple may have intentionally reduced the active noise cancelation for AirPods Pro.

How to check AirPods version

I know you are already curious and want to know which Airpod Pro Firmware version you are using. Well, you can easily check which version you are using on your Settings.

Step 1: Put your AirPods Pro to the charging case and open the lid.
Step 2: On your connected iPhone, go to Settings > General > About
Step 3: Now scroll down and tap on [Your AirPods Pro] beneath the EID number. If you can’t see it, make sure you are connected.
Step 4: You should now see the Firmware Version listed.

How to update your Airpod Pro

Just as mentioned above, your Airpod Pro firmware automatically and invisibly.  So there is nothing you can do here. You can not force your Airpod Pro to update. This is to say, you should leave your Airpod Pro in the case and plug it to charge. Your Airpod Pro might update after a few minutes or you can leave it there overnight.

How to Downgrade Your Airpod Firmware

To be honest, it’s impossible to downgrade your Airpod Pro firmware.  I know, you might want to revert the firmware to the follow come version but unfortunately, you can’t do that.

Active noise cancelation Not working on Your Airpod Pro

The latest firmware update should fix the noise cancellation not working. Just make sure that your Airpod Pro is running on the latest Firmware update. However, you can still use the below troubleshooting to fix it.

Update your iPhone software

Since your Airpod Pro needs to be connected to your iPhone before it can work. Make sure that your device is running on the latest update.

To update it, on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch go to Settings > General > Software Update. Meanwhile, on Mac, go to System Preferences > Software Update.

Clean Your Airpod

Active noise cancellation can not work if your Airpod contains some dirt on the inside. So you need to look carefully and clean any dirt or dust particles inside it.

Turn on active noise cancelation in Control Center

You can easily off the active noise cancellation on your Airpod. To be sure, you need to turn it on or check if it’s on. You can do this by pinching and holding the stem on either AirPod. If that does not work, go to the Control Center on your connected iPhone, then tap and hold on the Volume slider.

Contact Apple Support

If your Airpod Pro noise cancellation is still not working, it’s time to contact Apple for help.
It’s possible that the fault is from the Airpod and Apple can help to fix that.

Final word, your Airpod is now working, enjoy the music world and always be mindful of your safety while on busy traffic.

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