4 Ways to Find Lost AirPods in Any Situation

You can use the Find My tool on iOS, iPadOS devices, and Mac or try playing a sound to locate missing AirPods

What to Know

  • On your iOS device, tap Find My > Devices > tap your AirPods. Their current location will appear on a map.
  • Sign in to iCloud.com, select Find iPhone > All Devices and choose your AirPods. Or launch Find My on a Mac.

This article explains four different ways to find lost AirPods. Instructions apply to both AirPods and AirPods Pro and iOS devices with iOS 10.3 and higher.

How to Find Lost AirPods on iOS and iPadOS Devices

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 and tap Devices.

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

  3. 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).

    iPhone Find My app with Devices, AirPods, and Directions highlighted

    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 Find Lost AirPods Using iCloud

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

  1. Go to iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID.

    iCloud.com in a browser with Apple ID sign-in highlighted
  2. Tap Find iPhone.

    iCloud.com in a browser with Find iPhone highlighted
  3. Choose All Devices. (You may be required to sign in again.)

    iCloud Find My with All Devices highlighted
  4. Choose your AirPods.

    iCloud Find My with AirPods highlighted
  5. The current, or last known, location of your AirPods is plotted on a map.

    AirPods highlighted on a map in iCloud Find My

    You can also use the Find My application installed on your Mac to find your AirPods. Launch the app, tap your AirPods, and view their location on a map.

How to Find Your AirPods on a Mac

You can also use the Find My application installed on your Mac to find your AirPods.

  1. Launch Find My on Your Mac through Spotlight Search, Launchpad, or your applications folder.

    Find My app highlighted in Spotlight Search on a Mac
  2. Tap Devices.

    Devices highlighted in Find My app on a Mac
  3. Tap your AirPods. You'll see their location on a map.

    Find My app on Mac with AirPods highlighted and on 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 on a Mac) or in the Find iPhone section of iCloud, choose your AirPods.

  2. On iOS, tap Devices > [your AirPods] > Play Sound.

    Play Sound highlighted in iOS Find My app
  3. On iCloud, select All Devices > [your AirPods] > Play Sound.

    Play Sound highlighted on Find My on iCloud.com
  4. In the Find My app on a Mac, tap your AirPods on the map and then tap Play Sound.

    Find My app on Mac with Play Sound selected
  5. 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. Tap Stop to end the sound.

What to Do if You Can't Locate 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.

  • How do I find my AirPods case?

    If your AirPods aren't in your case, there's no precise way to find the case. 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.

  • Can I find my AirPods if they're in their case?

    If you have AirPods Max, you'll be able to see them in Find My for up to 18 hours while in their case.

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