AirPods are quite easy to lose. Way too easy to lose. If you’re the forgetful kind, you can quite easily forget the small AirPods case. And a single AirPod is easy to lose in the gym or when changing clothes. Here’s how you can quickly and easily find lost AirPods (either a single AirPod or the case).
How to Find Lost AirPods By Playing a Sound
Thankfully, Apple thought about this. Hopefully, you won’t need to drop $69 to replace an AirPod. And there’s a Find my AirPods feature, just like Find my iPhone. In fact, it’s located inside the Find my iPhone app. And if you’ve enabled the Find my iPhone feature, the Find my AirPods feature is enabled automatically.
Doesn’t matter if you’ve lost a single AirPod or the AirPods case, you can easily find lost AirPods with the Find my iPhone app.
Step 1: Open the Find my iPhone app on your iPhone. If you haven’t’ started using it yet, log in with your iCloud account.
Step 2: Tap on your AirPods from the list and it will show up in the map, with the location (or the last location it was connected to your iPhone).
Step 3: If you see a green dot next to AirPods, this means your AirPods are nearby and are still online. Tap on Play Sound button to gradually increasing the sound on the AirPods. Now all you have to do is follow the sound to locate the AirPod or (AirPods).
Step 4: If they’re far away, just still online, you can tap on the Car button to get directions to the location of the AirPods.
How to Find AirPods Case If They Are Offline
If you’ve left the AirPods case somewhere and they’ve run out of battery, your AirPods will be offline. If you’ve never used Find my iPhone, the AirPods will show up as offline the first time you try to find them after losing them.
But not all is lost. You can still navigate to the last location they were found online.
Step 1: Open the Find my iPhone app and tap on the AirPods from the list.
Step 2: If they’re showing a grey dot, this means they’re offline. But you’ll still be able to see the last location on the map. You can tap on the Car button to navigate to their last known location. When AirPods are offline, you can’t play a sound on them.
Step 3: Once you reach the location of the AirPods, you’ll have to find them the old fashioned way – look for them.
If you don’t have your iPhone handy, you can look for AirPods using iCloud.com as well. Log in with your account and go to the Devices section to find your AirPods.
AirPods Tips and Tricks
There’s a lot you can do with this seemingly simple wireless earphones. We’ve outlined ways to customize not just the behavior but the AirPods device as well in our AirPods tips and tricks article.
Do you love your AirPods? Have you lost and recover them yet? Share with us in the comments below.