AirPods have revolutionized wireless earbuds ever since they came out.
They are the finest product for any music lover and seamlessly integrate with all your Apple products. The sound and the build quality are nothing short of perfection. Plus, the AirPods are immensely portable, which might be a blessing and a curse. If you use your AirPods frequently, you may need to find them more often.
Wireless earbuds are tiny, and it is easy to forget where you set them down after using them. AirPods are sought after by many, and they can get stolen easily. We will discuss how you can find your lost or stolen AirPods and answer a few critical questions about your lost AirPods.
Can I Find My Airpods If Someone Else is Connected to Them?
You can’t find your AirPods if someone connects to them on their device. AirPods do not have Wifi access and only function through a Bluetooth connection. Thus, stolen AirPods will remain operational and untrackable. You can track your AirPods only if they connect to your device and sync to iCloud.
The bleak reality is that if your AirPods get stolen, you might not be able to get them back. If you lose your AirPods, you should immediately try to connect them to your phone. Establishing a Bluetooth connection will connect them to your iCloud account, making tracking possible.
How To Find Lost AirPods?
You can visit the iCloud webpage on a computer to locate AirPods you might have misplaced in your home. This method only works if AirPods are not reset to connect to another device. You can also use the “Find my iPhone” app on the Apple App Store. The app and the webpage are both reliable.
If your AirPods are out of the case, they will keep trying to connect to your device. AirPods’ batteries will eventually drain; therefore, you should try connecting to them before the power runs out. AirPods will have no battery when left for more than three hours out of the case.
Here’s what you can do to find your misplaced Airpods:
- Make sure your device’s Bluetooth connection is enabled.
- Try to move around different areas where you might have lost them.
- Wait two minutes in each location for your iPhone to connect to your AirPods.
- If your AirPods are entirely out of battery, you can retrace your steps and check under furniture.
- Check cupboards, cabinets, drawers, boxes, pockets, or any crevices that AirPods could fall in.
Can I Find My Stolen AirPods Through iCloud?
You can find stolen AirPods through iCloud; however, there are a few requirements, such as:
- AirPods should not be reset or connected to another iPhone.
- They should be within twelve meters or forty feet of your iPhone.
- Your AirPods must have synced with iCloud before losing them.
Stolen AirPods are tough to recover. Before concluding that a thief took your AirPods, asking family members and friends who might have used your AirPods without your knowledge is always a good idea. It can save you a lot of trouble and expensive replacements.
How to Find AirPods Using iCloud
Follow these steps to find your stolen or misplaced AirPods:
1. Open up the iCloud-Find My iPhone webpage on a computer. Login using the same Apple account you used to pair with your AirPods before losing them.
2. A search will commence, and you will get the “All Devices Offline” or “No Devices” message unless you have other Apple products that are currently online.
3. On top of this window, click “All Devices” and select your AirPods.
4. You should now be able to see a green icon above your AirPods if iCloud can locate them; otherwise, it will appear grey. Your AirPods should be connected to your device to appear with a green icon.
5. Click on the green icon and then the “i” icon next to it.
6. Next, click “Play Sound” to trigger a loud ringing noise from your AirPods.
7. Locate your AirPods using the sound; you can choose to play the sound through the individual earpieces.
You should be able to spot your AirPods using this method. However, if you see a grey icon, there is little you can do about it. You can double-check if you still have a connection. You should still be able to see the most recent location your AirPods were in, depending on the last time they connected to your iPhone.
Why Can’t I Find My AirPods on iCloud?
There are several reasons why you can’t locate your AirPods on iCloud, such as:
- AirPods are out of range (forty feet).
- Your AirPods have no battery left.
- You did not install the “Find My iPhone” app, or sync to iCloud before you lost your AirPods.
- The AirPods are inside their case; thus, you can’t connect to them.
You should consider getting a replacement if you can not locate your AirPods on the iCloud-Find My iPhone page. It is advisable to look for your AirPods thoroughly before you decide to dish out some cash for a replacement. You might find them after two or three days and discover you just set them down in an unlikely place.
How much does AirPods Replacement Cost?
Replacing an AirPods case or an individual earpiece is possible; you can buy them separately from any Apple Store. One AirPod earpiece costs around $69, whereas buying both will set you back around $150. An entire AirPods case, charger, and earbuds can easily cost more than $200.
AirPods replacements are still expensive, so you should make sure you never lose yours in the first place. However, single replacements are still relatively more affordable than buying new AirPods. You can use the case interchangeably if you own a 1st and 2nd generation AirPods.
Can you Blacklist or Block Lost AirPods?
Lost or stolen AirPods can not be blocked since they operate using Bluetooth and don’t have Wifi access. AirPods are only trackable if they are still connected to your iPhone. You can activate lost mode on AirPods, displaying a custom message whenever someone connects to them without resetting.
Lost mode helps you get your contact information to the person who finds your lost AirPods, but there is no guarantee that they will return them. Once your AirPods are reset, the lost mode message will stop appearing.
We hope this guide can assist you in finding your precious AirPods or at least help you understand how to track them. It would be best if you synced your AirPods to iCloud or the Find My- app as soon as you acquire your new AirPods. It will allow you to track your AirPods if they ever get lost.
Using the “Remind when left behind” feature on your iPhone, you can receive alerts when your iPhone leaves the connection range, so you never accidentally forget your AirPods. You can also invest in an AirPods carry case to avoid losing your earbuds while on the go and save money on replacement charges.
Yousuf Sameed is a tech journalist, guitarist, and writer from Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and specializes in Mobile OS Development. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science. He is an audiophile at heart and loves modern audio accessories like guitar effect processors, and AirPods. He loves tinkering with technology and the melodious sound of an old Gibson Les paul.