Here’s how to locate your AirPods whether they are connected to the internet or not, and whether you have an iPhone or not.
Anyone who has a pair of AirPods has probably stood in the middle of a room or on the street, perplexed, trying to locate their headphones.
Furthermore, because AirPods aren’t exactly inexpensive, losing them hurts your wallet as well!
Read about these resourceful ways to locate your AirPods in any circumstance to avoid having your AirPods included in that statistic. A bonus hint is also included so you never misplace your AirPods again!
How to set up the “Find My” app
Your AirPods should be listed under the Devices tab when you open Find My on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Select them to view their location on a map. You’ll see the last known location of the AirPods if they’ve lost power or are otherwise offline. The same location is accessible online with iCloud as well.
Enable the Notify When Found toggle option (under Notifications) if your AirPods are missing from the map, and you’ll be notified when they reconnect. Although there is no assurance they will reappear, using this option spares you from having to open Find My every ten minutes to see if your misplaced items have appeared on the map.
You will receive a Directions button whether you are using first- or second-generation AirPods. It’s not very specific, but this will direct you to the location where your Bluetooth earbuds were last connected. However, the functionality of the older models of the AirPods ends there.
If you’re attempting to find the third-generation AirPods, the AirPods Pro, or the AirPods Max, you’ll also see a Directions button. As long as you also have an iPhone with UWB, these devices contain an Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip, which allows for more precise position monitoring (so the iPhone 11 and later).
If your iPhone and AirPods are UWB-ready, the Find button in the Find My app will be enabled. It will locate your AirPods more precisely, similar to how you may try to locate an airbag. To find your misplaced gadgets, simply adhere to the directions displayed on the screen (if you need to, you can switch between the left and the right AirPod).
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What if Your Lost Air Pods Aren’t Near Your Phone?
That works great if you lost your AirPods nearby, but what if they were farther away? Once more, Apple employs the same technique as with AirTags in this case: it uses every iPhone in the world to search for the signals that your AirPods are transmitting (anonymously and securely).
In Find My, choose your AirPods. Then, scroll down to the tab with the device details and hit Activate next to Mark As Lost.
If someone finds your AirPods, they’ll see your email address or mobile number if you want to choose Continue. You’ll also receive a message on your own smartphone with their reported position. Your Apple ID is linked to your AirPods in lost mode, preventing unauthorized use.
A few more qualities are also important to mention. Another approach to finding out where your earbuds or headphones have gone is to select Play Sound from the options for your AirPods in Find My. This option also displays on the Find screen when using UWB to locate lost devices.
How to Never Lose Your Air Pods Again
It’s fantastic that you can locate lost AirPods using your phone. However, finding them again is not the best course of action. You can activate the Notify When Left Behind option in Find My to accomplish that.
This accomplishes exactly what you might think it would do—it notifies your iPhone anytime it separates from a pair of AirPods that are connected. Once more, if necessary, you can accomplish this with AirTags.
With all of these technologies working together, losing your AirPods should be rather challenging going forward. By selecting the Remove This Device button at the bottom of the AirPods entry in the Find My app, you can prevent them from being tracked in this way. They won’t show up on the map anymore and you won’t be able to find them.