Update the firmware on your AirPort base station

Use AirPort Utility to update your 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.
  • 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

Open AirPort Utility on your Mac or iOS device, then follow these steps to restart your base station. If you have more than one base station, restart your primary base station last.


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 or router. 
 

  1. Select your base station in AirPort Utility, then enter the base station password, if prompted.
  2. On Mac, choose Base Station > Restart from the menu bar. 
  3. 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.

Check for a firmware update

  1. 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 farthest from your primary base station.
  2. On Mac, the details pop-up shows an Update button when an update is available. Click the Update button to install the update.
  3. On iOS devices, the details screen shows a numbered badge next to Version when an update is available. Tap Version, then tap Download and Install.
  4. Your base station automatically restarts after the update is installed. Repeat these steps for any other base stations you're using. Update your primary base station last.

Latest updates

Base station Firmware How to install this firmware

AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac

AirPort Extreme 802.11ac

Version 7.7.9*
  • 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 for iOS 7.1 or later.

AirPort Time Capsule 802.11n

AirPort Extreme 802.11n

AirPort Express 802.11n

Version 7.6.9*
  • 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 for iOS 7.1 or later.
  • PC: Use AirPort Utility 5.6.1 for Windows 7.

AirPort Express
(original)

 

Version 6.3*

 

* Information only. To download and install firmware, use AirPort Utility.
** 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.

Learn more

  • Learn how to check for Wi-Fi issues from your Mac or iOS device.
  • Some base station features are available only while administering your Wi-Fi network from the latest operating system for your Mac or iOS device.
  • If one of your network devices isn't compatible with the updated firmware, you might be able to reinstall older firmware. On Mac, click the base station in AirPort Utility, then Option-click the firmware version number. On iOS devices, tap the base station in AirPort Utility, then go to Version > Older Versions.
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