How To Find Airpods When Lost? 7 Easy Methods

Picture this: You’re on your way to an important meeting, reaching into your bag for your trusty AirPods to calm your nerves with your favourite tunes, and then…your heart sinks. They’re gone. Lost. But wait! I’m here to tell you that all hope is not lost.

In my forays into the digital jungles, I’ve discovered tried-and-tested techniques to find your elusive earbuds. Let’s embark on this rescue mission together.

1. Retrace Your Steps with Find My App

Losing track of your AirPods can be unnerving, but remember, technology is your ally here. Your first action should be to open the “Find My” app on your iPhone.

  • Step 1: Tap the “Devices” tab at the bottom of the screen.
  • Step 2: Scroll through the list of devices until you find the AirPods.
  • Step 3: Tap on it, and you’ll see a map showing the last known location of your AirPods. Now you know where to start looking.
 Retrace Your Steps with Find My App

2. Play a Sound

If you’re close to the last known location but still can’t find them, it’s time to “sound the alarm.”

  • Step 1: In the “Find My” app, having selected your AirPods, you’ll see an option that says “Play Sound.”
  • Step 2: Tap on it and listen closely. The AirPods will start to emit a gradually louder sound, which should help you locate them.

Remember, this only works when your AirPods are within Bluetooth range, which is typically around 10 meters or 33 feet.

Play a Sound

3. Check the Charge Status

One important thing to know is that the Find My app will show the location of only one AirPod if they’re not together. The one you see is the one that has a charge. If the other is out of battery, it will appear on the map only after you’ve placed it in the charging case. Check Apple’s support page for more info.

Check the Charge Status

4. No iPhone? No Problem!

Lost your AirPods, but your iPhone is not within reach? You can still use the Find My feature through iCloud.

  • Step 1: Go to on a computer or another device’s web browser.
  • Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Step 3: Click on the “Find iPhone” icon.
  • Step 4: Click on “All Devices” and select your AirPods. Now, you can view their location just as you would on the Find My app.
No iPhone? No Problem!

5. Ask Siri

For the tech-savvy and the lovers of hands-free solutions, Siri comes to the rescue.

  • Step 1: Wake Siri by saying, “Hey Siri.”
  • Step 2: Then ask, “Where are my AirPods?”
  • Step 3: Siri will give you the last known location of your AirPods.
Ask Siri

6. Third-Party Apps

If all else fails, you might want to try some third-party apps like “Finder for AirPods” available on the App Store. While it’s not a free service, it could be worth it to locate those expensive AirPods. The app works similarly to the Find My app, helping you locate your lost AirPods through Bluetooth.

7. Contact Apple Support

If your AirPods are nowhere to be found, the final resort is to contact Apple Support. While they can’t find your AirPods for you, they can guide you through the replacement process. Visit Apple’s support page and click on “Contact Apple Support.”

You’re bound to either locate your lost AirPods or at least have a clearer path towards replacement. While these tools and steps are useful, the best way to keep your AirPods safe is to always place them back in their case when not in use.

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Benjamin Johnson

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