Sometimes, all that app updates do is annoy us because they happen almost daily. However, in some other cases, we may impatiently wait for the awesome, newly released feature to finally reach our devices.
Although updates typically happen automatically, you should be able to check for updates on your own and install them if available.
What’s the case with Echo devices? Can you manually update the firmware on your Echo Buds, or do you need to be patient? Keep reading this article to find out.
How to Update Your Echo Buds
Echo buds usually update automatically during the night when they’re not active for a long time, so the update is less likely to get interrupted.
However, you can try and practically force the update if you’re too curious about the new features. The process is super easy and doesn’t take much time. Here’s what to do.
- Put Echo buds in their case. Close it, and don’t open it for around 20 minutes.
- Make sure the buds are connected to Wi-Fi.
- Also, make sure your smartphone is not too close to the case because the buds need to become inactive to download updates.
- If any updates are available, they will install via Bluetooth while the buds are charging.
If you want to check what version of the software you now have, you can do the following:
- Launch Alexa on your phone.
- Tap Devices and then choose Echo & Alexa.
- Find Echo buds and tap.
- Tap on About so you can see what software version your Echo Buds use. To make sure it’s the newest edition, check the information on the Amazon website.
Other Echo Devices and Firmware Updates
If you have an Echo Dot as well, or another Echo device, their updates will also automatically install during the night time when they’re not in use. But there is also a way to avoid waiting or accidentally interrupting the update.
- Give Alexa a command to make sure your Echo device is on and connected to the internet.
- If it is, press the mute button on the device. The light will become red when the device goes mute.
- You will probably wait for a couple of minutes – sometimes up to 30. You’ll get a notification that Alexa needs to update. When the installation finishes, the device will restart.
- When your Echo device is on again, it won’t be on mute anymore, and you’ll be able to use the latest features.
That might work with your Echo buds as well, but you’ll need to mute the microphone within the Alexa app. Here’s how:
- Tap the Alexa icon to open the app and then choose Devices.
- Tap on Echo & Alexa.
- Find Echo Buds and tap to open.
- Find the Privacy section and set the Microphone to ON or Mute.
As the microphone is now on mute, you can’t give Alexa any commands, and the device will become inactive to allow the update.
However, the red light on your Echo buds doesn’t mean the same as on other Echo devices. When you see red on your buds or their case, it means you need to charge them immediately. Also, a flashing red light could indicate that there’s something wrong with your device.
On the other hand, green is your safe color. It either indicates that your Echo buds have between 40 and 100% battery, and the same goes for the case. When you see yellow, it means you should think about charging your Echo buds soon.
Flashing orange means that the device is going through a factory reset, and the pulsating blue indicates that the buds are in pairing mode. If the buds are flashing green, it means they’re charging.
Enjoy the New Features
Do you wait for your Echo buds to update automatically, or try to update the firmware as soon as possible? Either way, switching to the new software version will improve your device’s performance. They’ll also give you access to some cool new features that will maximize your Echo experience.
Do you use Echo buds? How do you update them? Let us know in the comments section below.