Can AirPods Be Tracked? (YES, Here’s Here’s How)

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  • Learn how to track your AirPods
  • Find out how to set up the ‘Find My’ app
  • Also, check out our post on how to find lost AirPods

Anyone who’s tried Apple’s AirPods can’t stop raving about them. They’re convenient, versatile, and easy to use.

However, they’re also pretty small, which makes them easy to lose and misplace. Yet, there’s still hope for Apple fans.

The developers and masterminds at Apple have finally decided to extend the range of their gadgets’ electronic tether with the iOS 15 released in September 2021.

This leads us to today’s question: can AirPods be tracked? Keep reading to find out.

Can AirPods Be Tracked?

Yes, AirPods can be tracked. However, the feature has gone through several upgrades. Take a look.

Before iOS 15

Before iOS 15, users used to toggle on Apple’s ‘Find My’ app whenever they wanted to locate a lost earbud. However, it only worked if your phone was within Bluetooth range of your AirPods.

In other words, you had to be within 30 feet of the missing AirPods to locate them.

Then, if that weren’t frustrating enough, they also had to be outside their charging case to pick up on the phone’s signal.

After iOS 15

As mentioned above, iOS 15 brought many perks, including the new and improved ‘Find My’ network support.

This feature allows you to locate your missing earbuds no matter how near or far they may be. They can even be outside the Bluetooth range, and they’ll still be able to pick up on the signal sent out by your phone.

Once this feature is activated, you should have no issue tracking down your lost AirPods.

About the ‘Find My’ App

As soon as you open the Find My app, you’ll notice it has four tabs: People, Devices, Items, and Me. We’ll only focus on the ‘Devices’ tab for the sake of this article.

Every Apple device you’ve signed into your iCloud account is listed under this tab. Besides the list, there’s also a map showing the location of each device.

Either tap on the device in the list or the map to open up a drop-down menu with detailed information about each device. You can tell when and where the device was last used, as well as its current battery level.

Remember, the new and improved feature allows you to find your AirPods, whether offline or inside their charging case. They just have to be powered on for this feature to work.

We have to mention, though, that if the earbuds are out of range, you may get a ‘no location found’ or simply ‘offline.’ In this case, the only way to find them is to get directions to where they were last connected and go from there.

If they are online, tap on a button on your phone to get the earbuds, or the charging case, to play a sound. Then, follow the sound as it gradually gets louder the closer you get.


How Does the ‘Find My’ App Work?

The app works by using the missing device’s Bluetooth signal. Then, using nearby iPhones, Macs, and iPads, the feature hones in on the exact location of the earbuds.

Next, you’ll receive an alert notifying you where the AirPods are located. These alerts are 100% encrypted and anonymous. It’s also worth mentioning that none of the nearby devices can interact with your AirPods and vice versa.

It’s all done via end-to-end encryption. Luckily, this prevents everyone from seeing where your missing device is. Even Apple itself won’t know where your AirPods are!

What Are Separation Alerts?

Another great feature of Apple’s Find My support network is the ‘Separation Alerts.’ When you activate it, you get an alert whenever you leave behind one of your AirPods or both.

It’s Apple’s way of helping reduce the risk of your earbuds getting lost or misplaced. It also saves you the hassle of going on a scavenger hunt each time it happens.

How to Activate Lost Mode?

Lost Mode is another feature found on the Find My app. It sends you a message or email if someone finds your earbuds.

Here’s how to turn this feature on:

  1. First, open the ‘Find My’ app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. In the Devices tab, select your AirPods.
  3. Next, scroll down to the ‘Mark as Lost’ option and activate it.
  4. Then, follow the steps on the screen if you’d like to share your contact information in case anyone finds your missing earbuds.
  5. Finally, select ‘Activate.’


So, can AirPods be tracked? Definitely!

Just make sure to set up your ‘Find My’ app and sign in to all your devices before the unthinkable happens. This way, you’ll be able to quickly locate your earbuds, even if they’re offline or out of range!

Before you go, check out our guide on How To Find Your Lost Or Stolen AirPod Case (The Easy Way)!