How to Find Lost AirPods With Find My AirPods

Use the Find My tool to quickly locate your wireless earbuds

What to Know

  • You'll need an iOS device with Find My iPhone enabled before you lose your AirPods, or the feature won't work.
  • On your iOS device, tap Find My > Devices and tap your AirPods. You'll see their current location on a map.
  • Or, sign in to, click Find iPhone > All Devices and choose your AirPods.

This article explains how to use the Find My function to locate lost AirPods using an iOS device with Find My enabled or via iCloud on a computer. Instructions apply to both AirPods and AirPods Pro, and iOS devices with iOS 10.3 and higher.

How to Use Find My to Find Lost AirPods

Here's how to find your lost AirPods 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, 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.

  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.

We hate to say it, but if all of this doesn't work, you might need to look at purchasing new AirPods. If you're over it with Apple, however, there are plenty of other great wireless earbuds on the market to get you back on track, too. If you've only lost one AirPod, you can buy a replacement from Apple and then connect the replacement AirPod.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I add AirPods to Find My devices? After you pair your AirPods with your iPhone, as long as you're signed in to your iPhone with your Apple ID, your AirPods will appear as a device in Find My.
  • I lost my AirPods case. How do I find it? If you can't find your AirPods case and your AirPods aren't in it, there's no precise way to find it. You can do some sleuthing, however. Go to Find My > Devices and find your AirPods. Look for a green or grey light by the AirPods. Green means the case is near, while grey means it isn't.
  • My AirPods were stolen. If someone connects them to their iPhone, can I find them? Unfortunately, no. Once the AirPods are paired to a new iPhone, you'll only be able to see their last known location via Find My.
  • Can I find my AirPods if they're in their case? You won't be able to see the location of AirPods or AirPods Pro if they're in their case. If you have AirPods Max, however, you'll be able to see them in Find My for up to 18 hours while in their case.
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