Your iPhone can now guide you to your lost AirPods Pro

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There’s good news for those who regularly lose their AirPods: Thanks to iOS 15 and a firmware update that debuted October 6, your iPhone will let you find your missing true wireless buds within a foot or so. can guide. The new capability is baked into Apple’s Find My app and works with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, but not with Apple’s regular AirPods.

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In the past, if you wanted to locate your missing AirPods, your iPhone could of course point you to their last known location, and even provide directions on a map. But when it came time to actually locate that wrong earbud, you could just trigger the “play sound” feature and hope they weren’t buried so deeply between the couch cushions that you couldn’t hear them. Now, the Find My app can give you a radar-like interface that actually guides you towards your headphones using a three-level proximity indicator.

To take advantage of this, your iPhone or iPad must be on iOS 15 and your AirPods Pro or Max will need the latest firmware. To check your current firmware, go to Adjustment > BluetoothFind your AirPods in the device list, and tap the little blue “i” next to it. In the next screen, see About this panel and see what it says for Edition. If you see anything other than “4A400”, you will need new firmware. There’s nothing you can do to force a firmware update, but I found that after connecting my AirPods Pro, they performed the update within about 15 minutes.


Once the firmware is updated, you can open the Find My app. In the Devices tab, tap the device you want to find, then tap Get Panel. The app will then attempt to establish a connection to your AirPods. This will work even if the AirPods Pro is in their case with the lid closed or if your AirPods Max is wrapped in their protective cover.

Once that connection is established, the display switches on to prompt you the proximity: far (black screen, small white circle, slow haptic rhythm), near (black screen, big blue circle, fast haptic Cadence), and here (blue screen, big white circle). At any point, you can activate the Play Sound feature to help zero in on missing items.

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As part of improving Find My capabilities, you can also mark your AirPods as lost. Not only will Apple’s Find My Network help you track them down, but should someone find them and try to connect them to one of their Apple devices, they’ll get a notification with instructions to tell them to their rightful owners. how to return You can choose to be notified when they are found.

Another clever feature is the notification when left behind. Prior to iOS 15, this feature only worked with certain devices like Apple’s Airtags, but now it applies to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max as well. Currently, I can see that option for my headphones, but it’s grayed out and can’t be accessed, but it will probably be enabled soon.

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