Update the firmware on your AirPort base station

Use AirPort Utility to update an AirPort base station, including AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express Base Station.

Apple periodically offers software updates (called firmware updates) that improve AirPort performance, security and functionality. Here's how to make sure that your base station is up to date.

Before you begin

  • Make sure that your base station and Mac or iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) are connected to the internet. Find out what to do if your Mac isn't connecting to the internet or your iPhone or iPad isn't connecting to the internet.  
  • If your base station is performing a Time Machine backup or sharing a hard drive on your network, make sure that none of your devices are currently using that drive. Updating an AirPort base station causes it and its network services to be temporarily unavailable.

Restart your base station

  1. Open AirPort Utility on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, then select your base station. If you have more than one base station, restart your primary base station last.
  2. Enter the base station password if prompted.
  3. On Mac, choose Base Station > Restart from the menu bar. On iOS devices, tap the base station in AirPort Utility, then tap Edit > Advanced > Restart Base Station.

If you can't restart using AirPort Utility, just unplug the base station for a few seconds, then plug it back in.


AirPort Utility shows a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and any base stations connected to it. The primary base station (Home, in this example) is connected to the internet via your modem. 

Check for a firmware update

After restarting your base station, select the base station in AirPort Utility to see details about it. If you have more than one base station, start with the one furthest away from your primary base station.

On Mac, the details pop-up shows an Update button when an update is available. Click the Update button to install the update.

On iPhone or iPad, the details screen will show a numbered badge next to Version when an update is available. Tap Version, then tap Download and Install.

Your base station will automatically restart after an update is installed. Repeat these steps for any other base stations you're using. Update your primary base station last.

Latest updates

Base station Latest firmware How to download and install this firmware

AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac

AirPort Extreme 802.11ac

Version 7.9.1
  • Mac: Use AirPort Utility 6.3.2 or later, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.*
  • iOS devices: Use AirPort Utility 1.3.4 or later for iOS 7.1 or later.

AirPort Time Capsule 802.11n

AirPort Extreme 802.11n

Version 7.8.1
  • Mac: Use AirPort Utility 6.3.2 or later, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.*
  • iOS devices: Use AirPort Utility 1.3.4 or later for iOS 7.1 or later.
  • PC: Use AirPort Utility 5.6.1 for Windows 7.
AirPort Express (802.11n) Version 7.8
  • Mac: Use AirPort Utility 6.3.2 or later, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.*
  • iOS devices: Use AirPort Utility 1.3.4 or later for iOS 7.1 or later.

AirPort Express
(original)

 

Version 6.3

 

* On Mac computers with OS X Mountain Lion or Lion, use AirPort Utility 6.3.1. On computers with Snow Leopard or Leopard, use Airport Utility 5.6.1, which supports 802.11n models and the original AirPort Express.

Published Date: