What happens when you lose your AirPods Pro? Can they be tracked even after they’ve been reset?
Unfortunately, the answer is No. You cannot track your AirPods Pro once reset. Although Apple introduced the ‘Find My AirPods’ feature, it won’t work when someone steals and resets your AirPods Pro. Not only AirPods Pro but all other AirPods also cannot be tracked after being reset.
However, If your AirPods have gone missing recently, wait to lose hope. There is a possibility of tracing their location and recovering them. This comprehensive guide will offer you all the necessary information on how to track your AirPods.
Can Stolen AirPods Be Tracked?
Yes, it is possible to track Your AirPod if they have been stolen. AirPods are very small and have a different level of security than iPhones or iPads. That’s why they are often stolen. Don’t worry! Here, there are three ways to locate your lost AirPods.
- Find AirPods through the “Find my iPhone” feature.
The “Find My” application is integrated into Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks and is usually used to locate devices when lost. You can also use the app to locate your AirPods. But first, you must ensure the Find My app is set up before you lose your AirPods.
How to set it up: Open Settings > Tap your name at the top > Go to Find My > Tap Find My iPhone > Tap the Find My iPhone toggle.
How to find AirPods through the Find My iPhone app as follows:
Step 1: Open “Find My” app > Tap on Devices > Tap the name of your AirPods.
Step 2: Now iPhone will show you the most recently identified location that connected your iPhone right on the map. You can tell if you’ve accidentally left it at work. You can tap Directions to see how to get there.
If don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook next to you to access the Find My app, check out the second way!
- Find AirPods’s location via the website.
Step 1: To start, you must access the iCloud website by logging in with your Apple ID and password. It’s important to ensure that your account is the same one linked to your AirPods.
Step 2: Tap All Devices > Tap your AirPods name.
Once you’re logged into your iCloud account, the website will initiate a search for your lost AirPods. If the search is successful, you’ll be able to see the precise location of your earbuds displayed on a map. Besides, next to each device, you’ll see a colored dot that shows you its status.
The blue dot: the device you used to find your lost AirPods.
The green dot: your AirPods are online. So you can play sounds or get directions to find them.
The gray dot: your AirPods are either turned off, out of battery power, in the case, or out of range. You can see the last available location.
Noted: You will only see the location of each headset at a time on the map. If your AirPods have become separated from other, put them in the case, refresh the map, and find the other one.
- Play sound on AirPods.
If you have done the previous two methods and determined that AirPods are near you, you can make them play the sound to make it easier to find. This method is very effective if you accidentally drop one of your AirPods.
Step 1: Open “Find My Iphone” app > Tap Devices > Tap your AirPods.
Step 2: Click the play sound. You can play sound on one or both headphones > AirPods will start to sound louder. You can turn on the AirPod on which the audio is playing by tapping Left or Right in the Find My app. If found, click Stop.
How To Stop AirPods Being Tracked?
If you’ve lost your AirPods or are concerned about someone tracking them after you’ve used them with an Apple device, you can take steps to prevent it by following a straightforward process. There are a few ways you can take to prevent your AirPods from being tracked:
- Turn off “Find My” on your AirPods.
On your iPhone: Go to the Find My app on your iPhone > tap on your AirPods > turn off the “Find My” feature.
On your laptop: Go to the iCloud website > Sign in with your Apple ID > Click on “Find iPhone” > Click “All Devices” > Select your AirPods from the list of devices > Click on “Remove from Account.”
Note that if you have “Find My” turned off, you will not be able to use “Lost Mode” to locate your AirPods if they go missing.
- Disconnect your AirPods from your Apple ID.
Go to the Settings on your iPhone, tap on your Apple ID, then scroll down, tap on “Find My“. Finally, turn off Find My iPhone > enter iCloud password then click Off.
- Factory reset the AirPods.
Step 1: Place your AirPods back in the charging case.
Step 2: Hold down the button on the back of case until the light on the front starts flashing white. This should take about 15 seconds.
Step 3: Hold the button on the back of the case until the light on the front starts flashing amber, then flashing white.
After these steps, your AirPods will be reset to their original factory settings. All connection information, custom settings, and data will be deleted, and your AirPods will be ready to be set up again with a new device.
- Turn off Bluetooth on your devices when not in use.
Firstly, open Settings app on your iPhone > Tap on Bluetooth > Turn off the Bluetooth switch. It will prevent your AirPods from connecting to other nearby devices and being tracked.
- Use a case with RFID-blocking material.
Some AirPod cases available include RFID-blocking material, which can prevent your AirPods from being tracked. Radio Frequency Identification is a technology that allows devices to communicate with each other wirelessly. Some malicious individuals may use RFID readers to track the location of your AirPods by intercepting the signals they emit.
An RFID blocking case is designed to prevent this type of tracking by blocking the signals that your AirPods emit. This makes it harder for someone to locate your AirPods and can provide an added layer of security for your personal information and data.
Following these steps can reduce the risk of your AirPods being tracked. However, it’s important to remember that no solution is completely foolproof and that there is always a risk of your AirPods being located by someone with malicious intent.
How Far Can AirPods Pro Be Tracked?
Basically, AirPods Pro can be monitored from 30 to 50 feet away from one of your linked Apple devices. Because when you use the “Find My” feature on your iPhone to track your lost AirPods, the tracking range will be limited by your iPhone’s Bluetooth connection.
Typically, the range of Bluetooth can be affected by obstacles such as walls or other devices that can interfere with the signal. If someone else is trying to track your AirPods using a different device, such as a Bluetooth scanner or another iPhone, the range at which they can track your AirPods could be greater. The range could be up to several hundred feet in open space without obstructions.
The best way to protect your AirPods from being tracked is to keep them secure and take steps to reduce the risk of someone tracking them. This can include disabling the “Find My” feature when not in use, avoiding public Wi-Fi networks, and enabling airplane mode while you are not using your AirPods.
Can I track my AirPods if someone else has them connected?
Yes, you can still track your AirPods even if someone else is connected. It can be done using the Find My app on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac. The Find My app allows you to locate your lost AirPods on a map and play sound to help you find them. Here’s how you can track your AirPods:
- Open the Find My app on your device.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Pick your AirPods from the list of devices.
- The map will show the location of your AirPods. If they are within range of each of your devices, you can play sound to help you find them.
Note that the Find My app will only work when AirPods are turned on and within range of at least one of your devices. If someone else has your AirPods and has turned off Bluetooth on their device, they will not be found by the Find My app.
Can Police Track Stolen Airpods?
Yes, they can. when you report to the police, they can track stolen AirPods if the thief uses them with a paired device and the “Find My” feature is enabled. Furthermore, the serial number of your AirPods can be used to track them if the thief still needs to reset them.
However, law enforcement can only use this information for verification purposes if they can locate your stolen AirPods. It is still recommended to enable the “Find My” feature on your AirPods and other devices to increase the chances of recovery in case of theft or loss. Here’s a guide on how to check your AirPods’ serial number if you need it.
- Check Inside the charging box.
Flip open the cover of your AirPods charging case > Find the Serial number on the left in the AirPods cover as shown below > Check the AirPods serial number.
- Install it on your iPhone.
Regardless of which AirPods you are using, you can find their serial number in the Settings (Settings) of the connected device:
Step 1: On iPhone/iPad, go to Settings > select Bluetooth.
Step 2: Find My Devices > select the AirPods where you need to find the serial number > click on the i icon in the right corner of the device. In the About section, you will find the serial number.
Note: In case you use iOS/iPadOS 14 or higher, you can also check the serial number of each left and right ear of AirPods by clicking on the serial number you just found.
- Check the box or contact Apple Support.
If you can’t find your serial number with one of the options above, you can identify it on the packaging on the back of the box or contact Apple Support for assistance.
With AirPods 2, each side of the AirPods also has its serial number printed on the body. To send your AirPods and to charge the case to a Service Center, refer to the main serial number printed on the box lid. You don’t need the serial number on your AirPods.
In conclusion, tracking lost or stolen AirPods Pro can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. The “Find My” feature is a great first step in locating your lost earbuds, and the unique identifier assigned to each AirPod Pro by Apple can also be a useful tool in your search.
This article has provided you with some useful information about your Airpods as well as answering the question Can my AirPod Pro be tracked even after being reset? Good luck if you accidentally lose your headphones, and above all, take good care of them!
Hi, I’m Nhi Nguyen. I am a technical engineer and have many years of experience as a content writer. I’m hoping that my blog will serve as a resource for anyone else interested in learning more about technology equipment.