How To Find Lost AirPods (2 Proven Methods To Try)

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  • Trying to locate your lost or stolen AirPods?
  • Wondering if you can track down a single AirPod? 
  • Curious how far can AirPods be tracked?
  • All your burning questions — answered!

Apple AirPod’s compact design allows users incredible mobility during use, but sometimes their small size can count against them.

It is quite easy to misplace or lose either a single or both AirPods, and this situation can be particularly stressful to many consumers.

Thankfully there are both recovery and preventative measures you can try to keep your AirPods safe and sound.

We’ve put together a brief guide on how to locate your AirPods in practically any situation.

We’ll also provide some basic tips on how to protect your AirPods from getting lost or stolen. 

How To Find Lost AirPods In Any Situation

Losing your AirPods can be quite distressing, but fortunately, there are a few solutions you can try to locate them.

Apple has designed their Airpods to be trackable via Bluetooth or GPS though the latter only applies to 3rd Generation AirPods or later.

Both these tracking modes only work for specific situations, which we will outline further in this article.

When using Bluetooth (through the ‘’Find My’’ function’s ‘’Play Sound’’ feature on your iPhone), AirPods emit a ringing noise to signal their specific location.

You will also be able to locate your AirPods if somebody else is connected to them. This handy feature is especially beneficial if you have become a victim of theft and had your AirPods stolen. 

Using ‘Find My’ To Locate Apple AirPods

The “Find My” feature is the single most useful method for tracking down and locating lost Airpods.

“Find My” uses Bluetooth or GPS to keep track of your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or Airpod Max’s location regardless of their battery life.

You can use the “Find My” service from your iPhone or PC and keep track of many devices simultaneously.

Follow the steps below to learn how to activate and utilize the Find My function to locate your lost or stolen AirPods:

How to Use Find My on Your iPhone

  1. Open up the Settings menu on your iPhone home screen. You should see your AirPods in this menu as a list of Available Devices<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>. Tap on your device name. 
  2. A small pop-up menu should appear. Select the ‘’Find My’’ option to launch the function. You will need to provide an Apple ID if you don’t already have one. 
  3. The Find My service should now be enabled on your iPhone. Once the service is live, you will need to activate the following settings:
    1. Enable Find My AirPods
    2. Enable offline finding
    3. Show the last location of my AirPods. 

How to Use Find My On Your iPhone to Locate Lost AirPods

  1. Open up the Settings menu on your iPhone home screen.  
  2. Tap on your Apple ID name at the top of the settings menu and select the ‘’Find My’’ option
  3. Click on the ‘’Find My iPhone’’ option in the next menu. This feature will track all devices linked to your iPhone, including your AirPods. 
  4. Select the ‘’Devices’’ option at the bottom of the next list. Select the AirPods option in this list. A map should appear showing you the location of your AirPods.

How to Use Find My on Your PC/Laptop

  1. Visit the iCloud website on your PC/Laptop internet browser at www.icloud.com. Sign into your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password. You might get a verification code sent to your iPhone to log in properly. 
  2. Head to the iCloud menu and select Find iPhone. You will probably need to sign in again using your Apple ID and password.  
  3. Once signed in, you should see a map on your browser screen. Click on the ‘’All Devices’’ tab on this screen, and a menu should appear showing you your trackable devices. 
  4. Your AirPods should appear as an option on this screen. You can now select them to find the location of your lost AirPods. 

How to Use Bluetooth to Locate AirPods

If you have lost or misplaced your AirPods, they can be tracked down with Bluetooth through your iPhone.

The downside of losing your AirPods in their charging case is that you will not be able to use “Find My” to locate them as they will not emit their locator signal.

Your AirPods will also have to be within the Bluetooth range of your iPhone to be effectively tracked.

You can follow the steps below to locate your AirPods via Bluetooth:  

  1. Open up the Find My application from your iPhone. Look for your AirPods under the list of Available Devices on tap on them.
  2. A map should appear that shows you the last known location of your AirPods. If they are in their charging case, then this location is probably where the AirPods have been lost or are stored. 
  3. Select the Play Sound option to activate this. A constant tone will play from both of your AirPods, and this sound will increase in volume as you get closer to them.  

How to Use Find My to Locate A Single AirPod

The “Find My” function will show you the last known location of your AirPods if they are not in their charging case.

If you have lost a single AirPod and still have the charging case, place the one you still have in this case and close the lid.

You can then use the Find My function from your iPhone/PC or other devices to locate the lost AirPod via Bluetooth or GPS.

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Tips for Preventing AirPods from Getting Lost

Accidents happen all the time, and in a fast-paced world, it can be quite easy to lose or misplace an AirPod.

We’ve compiled a shortlist of some tips and habits that you can adopt to try and ensure the safekeeping of your AirPods. 

  • Practice Safe Storage– Designate one to three primary places where you only store your AirPods or their charging case. This practice will help minimize the risk of you leaving your AirPods in random places and lowers the likelihood of you losing them 
  • Airpod Straps/Hooks – You can purchase a variety of Airpod straps or hooks that hang from the ear or around the neck during use. These AirPod accessories will help keep your Airpods from falling off unnecessarily and will help lower the risk of loss.  
  • Enabling Lost Mode – Owners of 3rd Generation Airpods, Airpod Pros, or Airpod Max can use the Lost Mode function as an extra option under the Find My service. Lost mode lets users attach a personal message with their contact details to their AirPods. If someone finds the AirPods and links them to their iPhone, this message will appear, and they can contact you to arrange to have your Airpods returned. 
  • Separation Alerts – This option only applies to owners of iPhone 12 or later. You can set up separation alerts that notify you every time you get out of a certain range from your AirPods. Activate this setting in the ‘’Find My’’ menu. 

Final Thoughts

Apple has created a handful of helpful solutions to aid users in finding their lost or stolen AirPods.

The “Find My” service is the primary form of tracking and locating your AirPods, and users should make sure that the service is activated and their AirPods are properly connected. 

Users must adopt mindful habits when caring for their AirPods during and between use. Apple also provides a small range of useful accessories they can use with their AirPods to help prevent loss. 

FAQs

How Do You Find Your AirPods If They Are Offline?

You can use the “Find My” Service to locate the last known location of your AirPods if they have been set up with your iPhone or other devices.

As they are offline, you will not be able to use the Play Sound feature to locate your Airpods. 

How Far Can AirPods Be Tracked?

Bluetooth range only allows AirPods to be tracked within 40 feet of your iPhone or other devices.

However, AirPods also use GPS to allow for global tracking of AirPods. 

Do AirPods Have GPS In Them?

Yes. Apple uses GPS and Bluetooth to keep track of your AirPods through the “Find My” service on your iPhone or other connected devices. 

Before you go, check out our post on How To Charge AirPods Without A Case!