How do I find my Apple AirPods when they're lost?
Set up Find my iPhone
To use Find my iPhone, I need an iPhone or iPad with iOS 10.3 or higher. Find my iPhone must be configured on the iPad or iPhone I connected my AirPods to. If that hasn't happened yet, I can easily set it up as follows.
- I go to Settings → my name → iCloud. Do I use iOS 10.2 or lower? I go to Settings → iCloud.
- I scroll down and tap Find my iPhone.
- I turn on Find my iPhone and Send last location.
Show AirPods on a map
Find my iPhone shows the locations of all Apple devices I used to log in with my Apple ID, including my AirPods. What if my lost AirPods aren't connected or not charged? I can see the last location my AirPods were at online. How do I track my AirPods?
- I open the app Find my iPhone on my iPhone or iPad.
- I log in with my Apple ID and password.
- I tap AirPods.
What do the dots mean?
I'll now get an overview of all my Apple devices. On the left, I see colored dots.
- The blue dot indicates the device I use to look for my AirPods.
- The green dot indicates that my AirPods are online. This means that I can play a sound to find them again.
- The gray dot means that my AirPods are switched off, have no power, are in the case, or are out of reach. In this case, I only see the last known location.
If my AirPods got separated, I'll only see 1 location on the map. I look for the AirPod I see on the map and I put it in the case. I'll then refresh the map to find the other one.
If my AirPods are close to my Apple devices and are connected to Bluetooth, I play a sound via * Search my iPhone * to detect them. My AirPods now play a sound that is getting louder for 2 minutes. How does this work exactly?
- I go to Tasks and Play sound.
- Did my AirPods get separated? I choose Sound off left or Sound off right to find them one at a time.
- Found the AirPods? Tap Stop playing.