If you lose your AirPods, Apple has new ways to find them. Here’s what you’ll do

With iOS 15, finding your wireless earbuds and headphones will be a whole lot easier.

AirPods Pro are small and easy to lose. iOS 15 makes them easy to track.

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Sure, Apple’s AirPods Super convenient, but they’re also really small and extremely easy to lose. It turns out, those pesky strings had some advantages. Right now, you can use the Find My app Help you locate lost earbuds, but it only works if you are within Bluetooth range of your AirPods. And they should be out of the charging case. Yes, not ideal.

it’s about to change airpods pro and airpods max when the owner Apple released iOS 15 For iPhone this fall. Apple unveils new operating system WWDC 2021, where the company also announced iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey and watchOS 8.

Once iOS 15 is officially released later this year, you’ll be able to find your lost AirPods no matter where they are — even if they’re out of Bluetooth range (about 30 feet, or 10 meters) . Here’s what we know and what you need to know about how this feature works.

Apple’s AirPods connect to Find My Network

Apple’s Find My Network is what makes it possible to locate a lost or stolen Apple device like the recently released iPhone airtag and third party equipment such as electric bikes.

You can read more about how Find My Network works here, but here’s the abridged version. Each Apple device scans and detects the Bluetooth signal of Find My-compatible devices.

Once it’s located, Find My Network sends you an alert about your item’s location. Every step of the process is encrypted, and only you can see the location of your items.


Use the Find My app to mark your AirPods as lost.

How to turn on Lost Mode for AirPods Pro or AirPods Max

I haven’t been able to test the new feature yet, but using my familiarity with Apple’s WWDC performance and Find My app, I have a pretty good idea of ​​how it will work.

After realizing that you’ve lost your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max (sorry standard AirPods owners, looks like you’re being put off for now), open find my app on your iPhone. tap on equipment Tab, then select your AirPods. A map will show you the last location of your AirPods, including the time.

Using the card at the bottom of the screen, you can mark AirPods as lost. (You may need to swipe up on the card at the bottom of the screen to see all available options.)

When Lost Mode is enabled, Find My Network will start searching for your AirPods. Once they’ve been found, you’ll receive an alert on your iPhone with their current location.


Trigger your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to play sounds, making them easier to find.

You Know Where Your AirPods Are, But Now What?

After you locate your lost AirPods, you have two options. You can use the Find My app and trigger your AirPods to start playing a sound that gets louder as they play. Apple said it doesn’t matter if your AirPods are inside the case or not. You can choose to play sound on the left, right, or both earbuds.

The other option is to use the same proximity view that Apple’s AirTag trackers use. If you have an iPhone 11 or newer, the Proximity view will tell you the direction and distance, down to the exact inches you need to go to retrieve your earbuds.


Your iPhone will help you remember when you leave your AirPods behind.

Separation alerts make it harder to lose your AirPods in the first place

Apple also announced another new Find My feature for AirPods called Separation Alert. As the name suggests, the Find My app will alert you when you leave your AirPods behind, hopefully preventing you from going on a scavenger hunt.

Integrating AirPods with Find My is one of the many new features Apple announced. For starters, getting the iPhone one a whole bunch of new FaceTime features, And this The iPad is getting better at multitasking. See everything else that Apple announced here WWDC in our roundup here.

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