How Do I Find My Lost AirPods Case?

by Alex.   Last Updated On June 27th, 2022.
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Apple devices have truly revolutionized the world, and AirPods have changed how people listen to music without the need for wires. Some even say that these earbuds are better than headphones.

The AirPods case provides a way to carry your AirPods almost anywhere you want to listen to music easily.

But with this feature, an AirPods case is also very prone to getting lost. Losing your AirPods case and the AirPods themselves can be a terrifying realization, especially with their hefty price tag.

You can quickly locate your lost AirPods case by tapping on the Find my AirPods feature installed on all your Apple devices and following it’s general direction or by blasting music through the airpods to locate them much faster.

In this article, we will tackle the different scenarios and ways how to find a lost AirPods case.

Let’s get right into it.

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How can I find my AirPods using my iPhone?

Ever since the inception of AirPods, people have wondered how to keep track of these small cases. Losing an AirPods case is so common that there are tons of ways you can locate them with or without the AirPods in them.

Here are the ways you can locate your AirPods case.

How to Find Your AirPods Case With Your AirPods in Them?

Before panicking about losing or misplacing your AirPods and AirPods case, you can follow this simple step by step guide to locate them.

The first thing you should do is to launch the find my iPhone app on your iPad, iPhone, or mac. You will then see the list of all the paired devices; select your AirPods. After this, the app will show you the current location of your AirPods and other information such as the time and date they were last seen.

Follow the direction shown on the app, tap on the play a sound, and max its volume to make it audible to you. When you finally locate your AirPods, tap on stop.

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How to find AirPods case only?

Locating your lost AirPods case without the AirPods inside them can be pretty tricky as the find my iPhone app works by locating the H1 chip found on your AirPods and not the case itself. But still, here are some steps you can follow to discover your lost AirPods case.

Tap on the find my iPhone app, and once you open this, you will be met with the list of all the paired devices. If a green light appears next to your AirPods, it is nearby. However, if it is marked with a grey light beside it, then it means that it is out of range.

The find my iPhone app won’t be able to play a sound or show you the last known location of your AirPods case, which means it could be lost forever. However, you can purchase a new charging case for your AirPods at your nearest Apple store for just $69.

How to find AirPods that are offline?

If your AirPods are still inside your AirPods case but are offline, you can still locate them simply by opening the find my iPhone app and selecting the AirPods paired with your iPhone or with your Apple id.

You can then see the last known location or the time they were last seen. Tap devices tab in iCloud or on your mac and if the name of your AirPods case appears with a grey dot beside it, it means that your AirPods are not currently in use, and you can rule out the possibility of theft.

How to find stolen AirPods?

Locating stolen AirPods can be very hard, mainly because the thief could easily reset the AirPods case and link it with their iPhone. However, in the event of a theft, you can track your stolen AirPods by going to the find my page on your iCloud or opening up your find my app on your iPhone device.

If they are still nearby and connected to your phone, then you can see its last known location that you can follow to track it down. However, if it shows “no location found,” you won’t be able to access its last location or even play a sound.

Can someone use my stolen AirPods?

If you suspect your AirPods have been stolen, then the person who has your AirPods can easily reset the AirPods case and pair it to their own devices. Once listed on the thief’s Apple id, you won’t be able to see its current location nor play a sound from them.

How to find a dead lost AirPods case?

If your Apple AirPods case is entirely out of battery because of being lost for a long time, you can still locate them by tapping on the find my app, which will show you your AirPods case’s last known location.

However, since your AirPods are out of battery, you won’t be able to play sound, so be sure to check every corner near the last known location’s area.

What if my AirPods are missing in different places?

If either or both of your AirPods are not on their charging case and are lost in different places, you can still locate them using the find my app, but only if they are 30 feet away.

Unfortunately, you can see only one location at a time. So to do this effectively, use the map, or tap play sound feature to locate one airpod. Once one airpod is found, put it in the charging case, and refresh your find my app to locate the other missing AirPod.

How can I find an AirPod case using an older Find My iPhone App?

If you are still using the older version of the find my iPhone app, you can still locate your lost AirPods case. Simply scroll through the list of paired devices tab and tap on your AirPod’s name.

Once you tap on it, a map showing the case’s last location will be shown. A green dot beside the AirPods name indicates that the case is nearby and still has a charge. However, a grey dot indicates that it is offline or is outside Bluetooth range.

To locate your AirPods, tap on actions and the car icon to give you the general direction where your AirPods charging case was last seen. Once you are nearby, tap play sound to locate them quickly.

However, if your AirPods case shows a grey dot, you can still follow the general location by tapping on the car icon, but you won’t be able to play a sound while looking for it.

How to find lost AirPods if it does not appear on my find my iPhone?

If your AirPods are not appearing in your find my app, it implies that your AirPods are out of range for Bluetooth connectivity. It will provide you with the last location where your device and AirPods were last connected. However, it will not give you the exact spot where your AirPods are.

How to find a lost AirPods charging case without wifi or cellular signal?

The great thing about using the find my app is that you don’t need a wifi signal to see the location of your AirPods. Simply open the Settings app and launch the find my app, tap on your airpod device, and turn the find my network on to see the location of your AirPods case.

How do I find my lost AirPods without my iPhone?

Locating your lost AirPods without your iPhone is still doable simply by accessing the iCloud website and logging in with an iCloud account or Apple id. Once in, tap on find iPhone, tap devices tab, and click on your AirPods name.

This will then open up a map with the AirPod’s last location, and you can follow the map to your AirPods and play a sound to make the locating process much more manageable.

How to Avoid Losing Your AirPods Case?

Preventing the instances of losing your AirPods case is better than looking for it every time. Here are some ways to avoid losing your AirPods and AirPods case.

Purchase an AirPods case cover

An AirPods case cover, most of the time, has anti-lose rings that you can easily attach to your bag or pants to keep them neatly fastened to yourself without thinking about them that much.

Purchase a lanyard

A lanyard is also a great choice if you don’t prefer a case cover so that you can wear your AirPods case just like an ID.

Attach a tile or third party trackers

A tile tracker is a fantastic tool to utilize if you frequently lose small items. A tile tracker is a Bluetooth-enabled device that you can attach to your AirPods case or any device so that whenever you have a missing device, you can simply open up the tile app to see where it was last seen and it’s estimated distance between you and your device.

Set a separation alert device

A separation alert device simply means that you set a specific distance that you would allow your phone and AirPods to be away from. Once they become separated by a distance that is more than what you’ve set, the device will start to beep to alert you.

Add your AirPods to your find my app.

After purchasing your brand new AirPods, or AirPods pro, be sure to add them to your find my app to locate them if you accidentally misplace them. Here are some steps you can follow:

Remove the cover from the case, go to your phone’s settings app, turn on Bluetooth. If you are using a Mac computer, click on the Apple logo, tap on system preferences, and turn on Bluetooth.

After this, hold the setup button, which can be located at the back of your AirPods case, until its light starts to blink; from your iPhone or laptop, tap on the name of your AirPods.

If you have done the pairing process successfully, you can try to open the find my app by opening up your phone’s settings, going to iCloud, locating and tapping on the find my app, and turning the find my iPhone, and send last location bar on.

How to find lost AirPods that are nearby?

If you are sure that you’ve lost your AirPods case in your home, or simply forgot about its whereabouts, then you can easily find it using the find my app that you can locate by merely following the directions or playing a sound.

How to find lost AirPods that are far away?

If you lost your AirPods far away from your home, the find my app will not accurately show you its current location. However, it will still show you the last known location where your phone and your AirPods were last connected.

To find your AirPods, tap on the little car icon to give you a map direction leading you to the last known location.

Limitations are Reality

Although the find my app is a great feature to locate your lost AirPods, they still have its limitations. Because AirPods (like other earbuds) have only limited batteries, the AirPods are useless until it gets too late. After the battery is discharged, your AirPods won’t create chirping sounds or update their location.

Adding to this, Find My AirPods requires using an AirPod to synchronize with an Apple iMac via an iCloud account before it gets lost, so if you haven’t set this up beforehand, then the find my app is useless.

My AirPods are completely lost. Tell me the solution?

If your AirPods are nowhere to be found, do not rush into buying completely new AirPods, as Apple offers replacements for both a lost AirPods case or a lost AirPods for just $69.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to find a lost AirPods case using my serial number?

Although serial numbers are helpful when it comes to requesting a replacement AirPods case, there is no way to locate your AirPods case using its serial number.

How can I disable lost mode on my AirPods?

If you have found your lost AirPods, you can turn off its lost mode by opening up the find my app, tapping on the Devices tab, and choosing the name of your AirPods case. After this, turn off the mark as lost, then tap stop.

How can I find an AirPod using sound?

You can locate your lost AirPods through sound by opening up your find my iPhone app and choosing your AirPods name from the list of paired devices tab. If a green light appears beside your AirPods case name, it means that it is currently connected to the internet, which also means that you can start to play a sound from the AirPods by tapping on the play button.

Why do my AirPods not appear on the find my app?

Sometimes your AirPods might not appear on the find my app due to some glitches; in this instance, you can do a simple restart of your device. The same can also happen for your other Apple devices, such as your mac and iPads.

How far can AirPods be tracked?

Airpods can be tracked up to 40 feet away; once they are out of that 40 feet range, they will appear grey on your find my iPhone app, which means they are gone or is very hard to track down.

Can AirPods be tracked even after resetting them?

No, a reset AirPods case is impossible to track down. You can only track down a stolen AirPods case if the thief still has not reset them and paired it with their Apple id.


Losing your AirPods (or even other earbuds) can be a terrifying event; though these small cases make bringing your AirPods to the gym or anywhere easy to carry around, they are also very prone to be lost and stolen. And although the find my app on your Apple devices is a great feature to look for your lost AirPods, they do have their limitations.

It’s no surprise that Apple will keep improving and adding additional safety features to their products, but until that time arrives, it would be best if you did not lose your AirPods in the first place by following the step by step guide stated above.

We hope this informative article has helped you find your lost AirPods.