Finding lost AirPods in any scenario

Finding lost AirPods in any scenario

A Comprehensive Guide on Finding Your Lost AirPods with the Help of the Find My App


I have always been extremely hesitant to buy AirPods, as I am well aware of my tendency to lose things. However, my curiosity finally got the better of me and I decided to take the plunge. And as predicted, I have lost my AirPods more times than I can count. Thankfully, through some stroke of luck or the assistance of the Find My app, I have managed to find them each time. So, for all my fellow forgetful souls out there, I have gathered all the ways you can find your AirPods when luck seems to be running low.

All of the following methods can be performed on the Find My app, which is available on an iPhone. However, if you don’t have your iPhone handy, you can also log into Find My on a computer to achieve the same results.

Scenario 1: AirPods in their Case, Charged, within Bluetooth Range

You would think that having your AirPods safely tucked away in their charging case within Bluetooth range would be the optimal scenario for using the Find My app. Surprisingly, this is not the case. Losing your AirPods or AirPods Pro while they are in their case actually interferes with Find My’s most useful feature: the “Play Sound” function.

Since the pods are in the case, you can’t utilize their speakers to play a sound and follow the audio cues. However, there is a silver lining. You can still view their last online location on a map. This indicates the last place you had them out of the case, which is hopefully the location where you lost them. This method also works for dead AirPods; it will display their last online location when they were last alive.

Scenario 2: Lost AirPods, Charged, within Bluetooth Range

Ah, the optimal way to lose your AirPods! If you have dropped your AirPods while they are out of the case and they are still charged, you can take full advantage of the “Play Sound” function. This allows your AirPods to emit a distinct distress signal.

This method is particularly useful if you have lost them somewhere in your own house. However, it can also come in handy in public places like grocery stores or libraries. Just be prepared for a few glares from others as your AirPods make their presence known.

Scenario 3: One Lost AirPod or Both AirPods in Different Locations

Losing just one AirPod is a common occurrence. Sometimes you take one out to hear something in the real world, think you put it in your pocket, and it ends up falling out. In this situation, you can simply follow the same steps as mentioned above.

But what if you have lost one AirPod in one location and later misplaced the other in an entirely different spot? Well, fortunately, I haven’t found myself in that predicament yet. However, if you have, I have a solution for you. You can still use the Find My app to track down both AirPods individually.

Scenario 4: Lost AirPods Case

If you have lost just the AirPods case, unfortunately, the Find My app cannot assist you in locating it. The app is designed to find the AirPods themselves, not the case. In this case, you will have to rely on your own efforts. Retrace your steps, hope that a kind stranger has found it and is waiting in the exact spot you dropped it, and perhaps consider offering a small token of gratitude such as a cookie, coffee, or gift card.

If you need to replace just one of the AirPods or the case, don’t despair. You can find the AirPods serial number and then contact Apple support for assistance in getting a replacement and help with setting it up. The replacement prices will range from $59 to $99, depending on the specific model you need to replace. This is a more cost-effective option than purchasing an entirely new set.

In conclusion, losing your AirPods doesn’t have to be a source of panic and frustration. With the help of the Find My app, you can increase your chances of locating them quickly. Whether they are in their case, lost individually, or simply misplaced, the Find My app provides various methods to track them down. So, embrace the convenience and peace of mind that Apple’s technology offers, and never fear the loss of your beloved AirPods again.

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