Tracking down lost 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 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 hunt.
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:
- Open the Find My app on your device.
- Now select the Devices tab.
- Select your missing AirPods.
If you’re using a Windows computer, here’s how to track your lost AirPods:
- Open your browser.
- Go to iCloud.com/find.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Click All Devices.
- 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 you find them. They must be connected to another device via Bluetooth in order for this to work. Here’s how to do this:
- First, open up the Find My app on your device.
- Select the Devices tab.
- Select your AirPods from the list.
- 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.
Install iOS 15.7.3 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.3 update right away.
iOS 15.7.3 brings a new batch of security patches to iPhone. They are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can learn more about these changes right here.
As for older updates, iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.
iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7.3 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7.3 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.