How to Find Lost AirPods with Find My AirPods

Use the Find My tool to quickly locate your wireless earbuds

What to Know

  • Apple's Find My feature has been locating lost iPhones for years. This feature also works for lost AirPods.
  • The Find My functionality must be set up on iPhone or another iOS device before you lose your AirPods or it won't work.
  • You'll need an iPhone or another iOS device with Find My enabled. You can also use iCloud on your computer.

Your AirPods are probably the smallest and easiest-to-lose gadgets you own. But if you do lose them, you can use Apple's Find My feature to get them back.

This article explains how to use Find My to uncover lost AirPods on both mobile and desktop, how to play a sound to help locate them, and what to do if you can't find those pesky earbuds.

This article applies to AirPods (both generations) and AirPods Pro and iOS devices running iOS 10.3 and higher.

How to Use Find My to Find Lost AirPods

To find your lost AirPods, here's how to find them using your iPhone or another iOS or iPadOS device with Find My enabled.

The Find My feature must be enabled on your iOS device before you lose your AirPods. There's no way to turn it on after you've lost a device. When you set up Find My on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that you use with your paired AirPods, the feature is automatically enabled for your AirPods, too. 

  1. Open the pre-installed Find My app on your iOS device.

  2. Tap Devices.

  3. Scroll through your list of devices and tap your AirPods.

  4. You'll see your AirPods plotted on a map in their current location or last known location. Tap Directions to get driving directions in Apple Maps to their location.

    If the lost AirPods can't be found, you'll see No Location Found (more on this below).

    Find My AirPods

    If your AirPods aren't in the same place, the map will only show one of them at a time. Find the AirPod shown on the map and put back in the case. Then, refresh the map and the map will show the other AirPod to help you find it.

How to Use a Computer to Find Lost AirPods

Don't have an iOS device handy? Locate your lost AirPods from a computer using iCloud by following these steps:

  1. Go to iCloud.com.

  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.

  3. Click Find iPhone.

  4. Click All Devices, and then choose your AirPods.

  5. The current, or last known, location of your AirPods is plotted on a map.

How to Make Lost AirPods Play a Sound

If your lost AirPods are near any of your Apple devices and connected to Bluetooth, you can play a sound to help find them. Here's how:

  1. In either the Find My app (on iOS and iPadOS devices) or in the Find iPhone section of iCloud choose your AirPods as described in the last two sections.

    Open the Find My app.

    • On iOS, tap Play Sound.
    • On iCloud, click Play Sound.
  2. A sound will play from your AirPods to help you locate them if they're nearby. You can choose to play the sound to either the Left or Right AirPod.

    playing sound on lost AirPods
  3. Tap Stop to end the sound.

What To Do If You Can't Find Lost AirPods

There are a few reasons why you'll get a No Location Found message when you're trying to find your lost AirPods.

If you didn't turn on Find My before your AirPods went missing, you won't be able to locate them. If your AirPods aren't charged, they won't be found until they're recharged. If they're out of range of your iOS device, they won't appear.

If you see the No Location Found message, you can't play a sound to find your AirPods, but you might be able to get directions to the location where they were last connected.