Tracking down a lost pair of AirPods can be tricky. Apple’s Find My app will be crucial in your search because it can show you their location on a map or play a sound to help you find them, assuming certain conditions are met.
They must be connected via Bluetooth to an iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device to see their exact location. That said, if they’re out of range of your iPhone or iPad, the app will still give you their last location, which can come in handy when you start your hunt.
If you lose your AirPods case, keep in mind that Find My can’t find it. It’s only useful if you’ve lost your AirPods earbuds, or in the case of the AirPods Max, your headset.
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, 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 with your search.
If you’re not familiar with the Find My app, you’ll see the location of devices using your Apple ID, including AirPods. Again, it only shows the current location of your AirPods if they are connected to a device. If they are not connected, the map will show you their last known location.
To find lost AirPods on the map in Find My if you are 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 are 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 on your AirPods.
If your AirPods are connected to another device, you will now see their current location. If not, you will see their last known location.
If you haven’t used them for a while, you won’t get a location. You also won’t see a location for your AirPods or AirPods Pro when they’re in the case. However, you can see AirPods Max up to 18 hours in Find My in their Smart Case.
Finding a Lost AirPod
If you’re missing one button on your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, or AirPods Pro, keep in mind that you can only see one location on the map at a time.
To find the missing button, you need to put the button you have inside the AirPods case. Once you’ve done this, refresh the map in the Find My app so you can find the others.
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. For this to work, they must be connected to another device via Bluetooth. Here’s how to do it:
- First, open 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 produce a sound that gets louder over the course of a few minutes or until you find them and the sound itself stops.
It’s important to note that your AirPods don’t make any noise when they’re in their case. Again, these methods will not allow you to track a lost AirPods case.
Replace lost AirPods
If you can’t find your missing AirPods and/or the charging case, you can: contact Apple about getting a replacement. You need the serial number and some money to get one.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.