AirPods 1st and 2nd Gen, as well as the new AirPods Pro, are tiny, and it is possible to misplace them. Here I have mentioned three methods to Find lost AirPods. One is using Find My app on iPhone and iPad, second is via iCloud on Mac or PC, and the last method is using a third-party app.
Things to keep in mind
- When you enable or set up Find My service for the iPhone or iPad you use your AirPods with, then it is automatically enabled for your AirPods too.
- Before your AirPods went missing, if you did not turn on Find My, there is not much you can do now.
- You can find your misplaced AirPods as long as they have power, are out of their charging case, and somewhere close by.
- If you have left your AirPods inside charging case (or even outside) in an Uber, AirPort, bus, etc. then you are out of luck. The most you can know is the time and location where they were last connected.
- If you find one AirPod and continue to look for the other, put the found one in its charging case, close the lid and look for the misplaced one.
As the things are now clear to you, let us take a look at all three methods and locate your lost AirPods or AirPods Pro.
- Find Lost AirPods Using iPhone or iPad
- Find Lost AirPods Without iPhone
- Use Third-Party Apps to Locate Your Lost AirPods
- Is there Any Way to Find Lost AirPods That are Offline?
Find Lost AirPods Using iPhone or iPad
- Open Find My app on your iPhone. Sign in using your Apple ID, if needed. You will see your AirPods on the map.
- Under Devices tap on your AirPods name and then tap on Play Sound.
AirPods will play a tone that gradually gets louder. It is not too loud, but if you are in a quiet office, home, or if AirPods are in very close proximity, you can hear it.
The sound will play for two minutes. Once you find your AirPods tap on ‘Stop.’
If you are not able to find it in two minutes, you may play the sound again.
Find Lost AirPods Without iPhone
- Go to iCloud.com on your macOS or Windows computer.
Note: You can also use Find My app on Mac.
- Sign in using your Apple ID and click on Find iPhone.
- Click on All Devices from top-middle and select your AirPods. You will see the approximate location on Map.
- Finally, click on Play Sound from top right.
Note: If you see a gray dot before your AirPods name, it signifies that the device is offline. (more about it at end)
Use Third-Party Apps to Locate Your Lost AirPods
- Download Wunderfind: Find Lost Device app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the app and give it the necessary permission to use Bluetooth.
- The app will quickly start scanning for Bluetooth devices nearby. Tap on your AirPods name. You will see a percentage. Move around your house. The closer you get to your AirPods, the percentage increases. Once you are near, you can look for the lost AirPods around or use the first Find My method to play a sound.
Is there Any Way to Find Lost AirPods That are Offline?
If you are looking to find lost AirPods that are offline, then I am sorry to say, it will be tough.
AirPods are offline when they run out of battery, are placed in the charging case, or are out of range from all of your Apple devices.
Find My app, iCloud, or a third-party app can not locate offline AirPods. The maximum info you may get about lost offline AirPods is the time and its location (and directions) when it was last connected.
Finally, here is some good news. Apple says that, “If your AirPods do come back online, you’ll get a notification on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you use them with.”
Which method worked for you? Do let us know in the comment below. In the meantime take a look at:
- Best AirPods Alternatives
- Best Alternatives to AirPods Pro
- 10 Best Wireless Chargers for AirPods
- How to Fix AirPods Charging Case Battery Drain Issue