How to Find Lost Apple AirPods

Use the Find My tool to quickly locate your wireless earbuds

With their cordless convenience, stylish looks, and great sound, Apple's AirPods have become hugely popular. But their small, light, and wireless design makes them perhaps the easiest-to-lose $150 gadgets ($250 for AirPods Pro) you'll ever buy.

Fortunately, Apple's Find My feature has been locating errant iPhones for years, and this functionality also applies to lost AirPods. Here's how to set up and use Apple's Find My tool to locate your misplaced AirPods and get them back in your ears where they belong.

The information in this article applies to AirPods and AirPods Pro models paired with an iOS device running iOS 10.3 and higher, along with an active iCloud account.

Young woman wearing AirPods
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Set up Find My iPhone

It's important to enable Find My functionality on your iOS device before you lose your AirPods. There's no way to set up this tracking feature after you've lost a device. When you set up Find My with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that you're using with your paired AirPods, this feature is automatically enabled for your AirPods, as well. 

To set up the Find My tool:

  1. Open Settings and select your name.

  2. Choose Find My and then select Find My [device].

  3. Toggle on Find My [device].

  4. Toggle on Enable Offline Finding to be able to see your device even when it's offline.

    enabling Find My iPhone
  5. Your paired AirPods are now enabled in the Find My feature.

When Find My is activated, it automatically includes all devices, including AirPods, under the iCloud account.

Use Find My to Locate Your AirPods

To find your misplaced AirPods, you'll need your iPhone or another iOS device with Find My enabled. Alternatively, use a computer and log in to your iCloud account.

Using an iOS Device

  1. Open the Find My app on your iOS device.

  2. Select the Devices tab.

  3. Choose your AirPods.

  4. You'll either see your AirPods plotted on a map in their current location or last known location. Or, you'll see a No Location Found message (more on this below).

    Find My AirPods

If your AirPods are separated from each other, you'll see only one location at a time on the map. Find the AirPod you do see and put it in its case. Then refresh the map and find the other one.

Using a Computer

To locate your AirPods from a computer:

  1. Go to iCloud.com.

  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.

  3. Open Find iPhone.

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

Play a Sound to Help Locate Your AirPods

If your AirPods are near any of your Apple devices and connected to Bluetooth, play a sound to help locate them.

  1. Open the Find My app.

  2. Select the Devices tab.

  3. Choose your AirPods from the list.

  4. Tap Play Sound. A sound will emanate from your AirPods to help you locate them if they're nearby. Select Stop to end the sound.

    playing sound on lost AirPods
  5. Another option is to tap Directions to get directions to your AirPods' location.

If Your AirPods Can't Be Located

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

If you didn't turn on Find My [device] before your AirPods went missing, you won't be able to use the tool 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.