How To Find AirPods

how to find airpods

Wondering how to find lost or misplaced AirPods? AirPods are a wireless earbud that can be used with any device that has an audio jack. They come in two sizes (small and large) and have built-in sensors so they know when they’re in your ears, which lets you take calls and listen to music without taking them out of the earpiece. The AirPods also have a touchpad on the outside of each bud so you can scroll through something on your iPhone or iPad without having to take it out of your pocket or purse.

Put them in one ear and begin charging, then you’ll know that the missing one is somewhere within earshot.

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If you put one AirPod in each ear and begin charging, it will take about an hour for the other one to disappear. If you haven’t lost your other AirPod yet (which means it’s somewhere within earshot), then it’s time for some sleuthing!

  • Look around the house: It could be anywhere from under a bed or sofa cushion to behind a chair or table leg.
  • Listen carefully for its battery indicator light. If there isn’t any sound coming from your missing AirPod, chances are good that it’s nearby—but make sure before giving up!

Open up the lid of the charging case.

If you still don’t hear any chimes after ten seconds, your device may be in Bluetooth range but out of range of your iPhone’s microphone. To remedy this, open up the lid of the charging case and make sure that both AirPods are within Bluetooth range (up to 30ft). If they are not, try again with another pair or move them closer to each other until they’re within 30 feet of one another.

If you do hear some chime sounds coming from one or both pairs of AirPods, congratulations! You’ve successfully paired them with your iPhone.

Tap the bottom right of the screen (“Find”) and select AirPods.

If you have an iPhone, tap the bottom right of the screen (“Find”) and select AirPods.

If you don’t hear any chimes, your device may be in Bluetooth range but out of range of your iPhone’s microphone.

  • Move closer to your iPhone. The more distance between the two devices, the harder it is for them to communicate with each other and hear each other properly.
  • Try changing the volume on both devices. If one is louder or quieter than the other, that could cause this issue as well.* Change where you are in relation to your AirPods: For example, if someone else has their hand over one ear when they talk into their phone (or if they’re wearing headphones), they’ll be able to hear what they want without having trouble hearing others around them (or vice versa).

In this case, you can try changing your iPhone’s volume or moving to a quieter place and trying again.

If you’re still having trouble, there are a few things you can try. In this case, you can try changing your iPhone’s volume or moving to a quieter place and trying again.

  • Try changing the volume settings on your iPhone (Settings > Sound). You may need to adjust the setting for “Ring” as well; if so, do so by tapping that option under “Notifications.” After doing so, put on AirPods again and test them out in different environments until they work properly again.
  • Move around some more! You’ve been sitting at home with your head stuck inside an iPad all day long? Then maybe it’s not going to work for everyone. But for many people who have had issues seeing their surroundings clearly enough when wearing theirs constantly throughout the day before today (including myself), there are several other options available here: try putting them in another pair of headphones instead; if those don’t help either—well then maybe just leave them off altogether until tomorrow morning…

Still don’t hear any chimes? Move to a location where you do have an AirPod (or both) and try again.

If your AirPods are charging, they will beep when they are fully charged. This can take up to an hour or two, depending on how much juice was in them at the outset.

When the battery has been fully charged for about an hour, reboot your iPhone by disconnecting it from its charger and reconnecting it after about 15 minutes of charging time has elapsed (you should see red lights). If this doesn’t work for some reason—for example, if there’s something wrong with either device—try holding down on one of these buttons: Power Off/Restart/Reset until you see Apple Logo appear at bottom left corner of display screen; then select Touch ID & Passcode > Emergency Call

For example, if you see that AirPod 1 is not connected to your iPhone but is still in the AirPods case, find the AirPods case, open it up and make sure it’s within range of your iPhone, then repeat steps 2-4 until it works.

If that doesn’t work:

  • Press and hold on any button on top of an earbud (except for volume) while holding down another button on top of an earbud. You’ll hear a tone indicating that something has changed with your settings.*

If a connection is lost, try resetting your AirPods by pressing and holding the setup button until you see orange flashing lights on them.

Hold down the setup button until the lights turn white. Release the setup button and press it again to complete the reset process.

Try different solutions if they didn’t work at first!

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If you can’t find the AirPods, try different solutions. For example, if your case is too small or loose, try another case that’s not too tight. You could also consider getting an adapter so that you can use other headphones with them.

If none of these work, then it’s time to make a trip down to Apple Support to see if they can help!


It’s time to stop waiting around for AirPods. If you want them, go out and get them. Put on your best pair of sunglasses, buy yourself a new dress or suit and make sure to brush up on your manners before meeting with the person who is going to walk out of that store with your new favorite pair of headphones.

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