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If you recently lost your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, or AirPods Max, this guide will show you how to find them.

Tracking down a lost pair of AirPods can be tricky. Apple’s Find My application will be crucial in your search because it can show you their location on a map or play a sound to help you locate them assuming certain conditions are met.

They’ll need to be connected to an iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device via Bluetooth in order to see their exact location. That being said, if they’re out of range of your iPhone or iPad, the app will still provide you with their last location which can be useful as you begin your search.

If you lose your AirPods case, note that Find My won’t be able to find it. It’s only useful if you misplace your AirPods buds, or in the case of the AirPods Max, your headset.

How to Find Lost AirPods

If you set up Apple’s Find My app on the device (iPhone, iPad, etc) you use with your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, or AirPods Max, you can use the application to track down your missing headphones.

Unfortunately, if you didn’t set up Find My before you lost your AirPods, you won’t be able to use the application to help in your search.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Find My app, it shows you the location of devices that are using your Apple ID including AirPods. Again, it will only show the current location of your AirPods if they’re connected to a device. If they aren’t connected, the map will show you their last known location.

Here’s how to find lost AirPods on the map in Find My if you’re using an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac:

  1. Open the Find My app on your device.
  2. Now select the Devices tab.
  3. Select your missing AirPods.

If you’re using a Windows computer, here’s how to track your lost AirPods:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Go to iCloud.com/find.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Click All Devices.
  5. Click your AirPods.

If your AirPods are connected to another device you’ll now see their current location. If they aren’t, you’ll see their last known location.

If you haven’t used them in a while, you won’t get a location. You also won’t see a location for your AirPods or AirPods Pro if they’re inside the case. However, you can see AirPods Max in Find My for up to 18 hours inside their Smart Case.

How to Find One Lost AirPod

If you’re missing one bud from your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Pro 2, note that you can only see one location on the map at a time.

In order to find the missing bud, you need to put the bud in your possession inside the AirPods case. Once you’ve done this, refresh the map in the Find My app so you can track down the other one.

How to Find Lost AirPods Nearby

If you know your AirPods are nearby, but still can’t find them, you can play a loud sound from the Find My app or your iCloud account to help find them. They must be connected to another device via Bluetooth in order for this to work. Here’s how to do this:

  1. First, open up the Find My app on your device.
  2. Select the Devices tab.
  3. Select your AirPods from the list.
  4. Tap Play Sound.

Once you tap that, your AirPods will emit a sound that will grow louder of the course of a few minutes or until you find them and stop the sound yourself.

It’s important to note that your AirPods won’t make a sound if they’re inside their case. Again, you can’t track a lost AirPods case using these methods.

How to Replace Lost AirPods

If you’re unable to find your missing AirPods and/or the charging case, you can contact Apple about getting a replacement. You’ll need the serial number, and some cash, in order to get one.

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If security is important to you, and you missed prior versions of iOS 16, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.7.5 update on your iPhone right away.

iOS 16.7.5 has nine security patches on board and they're important if you want to keep you device and its data safe from harm. 

If you missed older versions of iOS 16, you'll get the fixes and features from updates you missed when you upgrade to iOS 16.7.5.

iOS 16.7.3 delivered several security patches including one that patches up an issue with the Find My app. 

iOS 16.7.2 brought several security patches to iPhone models still running iOS 16. Learn more about them here.

iOS 16.7.1 carried two important security enhancements including one that addressed a kernel vulnerability. You can learn more about the pair over on Apple's website.

iOS 16.7 had three security patches on board and you can learn more about them right here.

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The iOS 16.6 update delivered 16 security patches. For more information about the changes, check out Apple's rundown

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The company's iOS Security Response 16.5.1 (c) update also included a security update and you can learn more about it right here.

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 iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here

In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.

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The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide

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If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.

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If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.

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In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others." 

The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.

Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks. 

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