There are many advantages to the wireless design of AirPods – they’re easy to store away, and there are no cables to get tangled up or break. One drawback of the design is that they can also be quite easy to misplace.
How to find AirPods in your house.
If your AirPods are connected to an Apple device via Bluetooth, you can locate them by triggering a sound using the Find My app from your iCloud account. If they’re offline, you can still use these platforms to see where they were last connected to your Apple device.
Losing your headphones is an annoying experience, particularly AirPods because they’re such an integral part of many people’s day-to-day lives.
We use them to make calls or to listen to music and podcasts. If you’re struggling to locate your AirPods but are pretty certain they’re somewhere in your house, this guide will help you to find them as quickly as possible.
How to Find AirPods in House
If AirPods are kept safely in their charging case when they’re not being used, they’re much less likely to be lost at home. However, AirPods can easily be lost, misplaced, or dropped, particularly if they’re out of the case.
If you’ve lost your AirPods in your house and can’t seem to find them, you’ll need to take some specific measures to locate them. Thankfully, Apple has added features specifically to locate a misplaced set of AirPods.
Firstly, if you are using AirPods with a non-Apple device, it’s going to be much more difficult to find them. This is because AirPods are designed to be most compatible with iOS devices, and you’ll need access to Apple’s apps and services to track them down.
For iOS users, there are two different ways that you can attempt to find your AirPods that have been lost in the house. The first method requires you to have already set up the “Find My” service on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or iPod Touch before you misplaced your AirPods.
Unfortunately, if you didn’t activate the “Find My” feature before you lost your AirPods, this method won’t work for you. If you did, then follow these steps.
Start by checking that your device is updated to the latest version of iOS, macOS, or iPadOS. Then, on your Apple device, open the “Find My” app, and find the “Devices” tab. When you tap this tab, you should see your AirPods presented in the devices menu.
If your AirPods are locatable using the “Find My” app, you will see a location underneath them. If they are not connected to the service, you will see “No Location Found”.
You can also use this method on a computer or laptop, by going to iCloud.com and logging into your account. The “Find My” feature is available on the iCloud website, which is useful if you don’t have access to your iPhone or iPad when searching for your AirPods in the house.
Check out this YouTube video for more information on finding lost airpods.
How to Find AirPods That are Offline and Dead
Finding AirPods that are offline or dead is much more difficult than finding a pair that are still connected to your Apple device. Nevertheless, before you lose all hope, there are some methods you can use to attempt to locate your offline AirPods.
The only way to find your AirPods that are offline is by using the “Find My” app, so you’ll need to be using an Apple device. If you’re using any other type of device to try and find your AirPods, you’ll have to rely on your searching skills and retracing your steps, unfortunately.
If you have set up the “Find My” app before you lost your offline AirPods, you can use it to see the last location that they were connected to your device. This may lead you to the place where they were lost, or help you to remember where you were when you were using them previously.
By pinpointing the most recent location of your AirPods, you should be able to find them unless they’ve been moved or picked up by someone else. At the very least, you can rule out the location if they’re not still there.
If you haven’t set up the “Find My” feature on your Apple device, you won’t be able to see the location where your AirPods were last used at. You’ll therefore have to search extensively for them to find them.
Retracing your steps will give you the best possible chance to locate your AirPods, or you could ask someone to help you remember where you were when you were last using them.
How to Find AirPods That Are in the Case
Another common scenario that AirPods users will probably experience at some point is misplacing the charging case with the AirPods inside.
The benefit of keeping your AirPods inside the case when they’re not in use is that they should be easier to find than if they were loose. Also, there’s less chance of them being damaged by someone accidentally stepping or sitting on them.
If your case has been misplaced with the AirPods inside, you can track it using the “Find My” app. If there were no AirPods inside the case, it would not be possible to track the case itself, so count yourself lucky that they are inside!
Many AirPods users have requested that Apple consider making the charging case trackable using the “Find My” app, but as of yet, there have been no updates on whether or not the company plans to add this feature in the future. The cases are quite expensive to replace, so losing them can be a real inconvenience.
The reason that the AirPods case cannot be tracked is that the AirPods have specially designed, custom H1 chips inside them. The charging case, on the other hand, only has regular chips which don’t support the technology used for the tracking feature of the “Find My” app.
Even if you provide your charging case’s serial number to Apple, they won’t be able to track them. However, if at least one of your AirPods is inside the case and you have set up the “Find My” app before you lost them, then you’re in luck – you should be able to track them.
To do so, you’ll need to open the “Find My” app on your Apple device or alternatively use the service on the iCloud website. After you’ve selected your AirPods, you will be presented with a map that shows you where the AirPods are located, and if they are still connected to the device via Bluetooth.
If the AirPods have been disconnected from the device and are inside the charging case, you should be able to see the precise location where they were last paired with your Apple device. You can then use this information to try and locate them.
AirPods Directions Feature
One of the standout features in the “Find My” app is named “Directions”. This feature allows you to get directions from the app directly to your AirPods, providing they are not closed inside the case.
If you’ve ever used the “Maps” app on your iPhone before, then you’ll notice that the directions are provided in the same style when you use this feature. The AirPods icon on the map will display their location, and you will be presented with the time that it will take to get there using different modes of transport.
Another mode that you can use to help you identify your AirPods is the “Lost” feature, which was released with iOS 15.
This innovative feature triggers a huge search amongst iOS devices that have chosen to be a part of the network. When one of these devices locates the AirPods, you will be sent directions in a message.
Another good thing about using “Lost” mode is that if your AirPods were inside the charging case, as soon as the case is opened by someone you will be alerted of their location.
Does Apple replace lost or stolen AirPods?
If you have lost your AirPods or you think they have been stolen, Apple will replace them for a fee.
The warranty that your AirPods come with doesn’t cover losing them or them getting stolen, so you’ll have to pay for a new pair.
How accurate is Find My AirPods?
The “Find My” app is fairly accurate, but won’t provide you with the exact location of the lost device. The accuracy is good enough to lead you to the area that your AirPods have been lost in so that you can attempt to relocate them.
Do AirPods have GPS?
AirPods do not have GPS built-in, but they use the iPhone GPS technology when you use the “Find My” app to locate them.