How to Use the Find My AirPods Feature

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has a "Find my iPhone" feature for lost iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more, and as of iOS 10.3, there's also a "Find my AirPods" feature that can be useful if you happen to misplace your AirPods.

    Find My AirPods has its limitations because it's not able to work when the AirPods aren't connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth, but the feature can help you locate AirPods lost nearby and it gives clues as to where your AirPods might be found if they're lost out of the range of the iPhone.

    It's worth noting that Find My AirPods only works for the AirPods themselves -- it can't locate a lost AirPods Case, nor does it work when the AirPods are disconnected from the iPhone and stored in the case.

    How to Access Find My AirPods

    Find My AirPods is located within the "Find My iPhone" app on iOS devices and If the AirPods are out of the case and connected to the iPhone, they'll show up on the Find My iPhone map just like an iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or Mac.

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    Article Link: How to Use the Find My AirPods Feature
  2. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    This is very useful. I once fell asleep with them on and almost lost one, and used this to locate it.
  3. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    It didn't find any online on Apple's website. Program is broken.
  4. clarco5 macrumors newbie


    May 8, 2014
    Does it work with Beats W1 headphones as well?
  5. IGI2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2015
    Too bad that maps in Poland didn't get updated as well.
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If it saves somebody from paying $69.00 for a replacement Airpod, then this feature pays for itself overtime.
  7. ramallite macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2004
    Just checked with my BeatsX. No, it does not. Pity, I see no reason why it shouldn't.
  8. IGI2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2015
    It's a good question, however, Apple wants to sell W1 chip to third parties and if they allowed it for every W1-chip enabled headphones they could "overtake" Apple's app for finding iThings.

    Of course, Beats are Apple Beats so they could add Beats at least.
  9. hexcalibur macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Luckily there's a third-party utility for that very purpose --

    Good luck!
  10. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Note to self: never tap the play sound if the AirPod is in the ear.
  11. fspilot1971 macrumors newbie


    Mar 12, 2016
    I live in Silicon Valley. The Apple map got me lost in San Jose last month. :(
  12. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    The limitations makes this feature nearly useless. The buds are always in the case when not in my ears.
  13. djlythium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2014
    Omg, ouch!
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don't believe this feature is rendered useless. I can tell you many times where I have taken the Airpods out of my ears and set them down to do something else briefly or I haven't always immediately put them back inside the case. I think every situation will vary. But being that they are so small, I think this is a great feature to save somebody the replacement cost or the inconvenience of losing one.
  15. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Lol. I didn't have them in My ears, but was curious about the sound. So while they were playing the alert I put one close to my ear and it was blistering.

    I imagine that if they're in the ear that the app won't let you trigger the alert. I hope so anyway.
  16. djlythium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2014
    Okay, just tested this by placing my fingers over the prox sensors on one pod, and FmiPhone gave a warning before playing the sound (see attached screenshot).

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  17. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    They also start the alarm quiet and ramp up the volume. You have a bit of time to remove them before they reach peek volumes.
  18. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    That's true too - good point.
  19. zohaali146 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2016
  20. Robertocwb macrumors newbie


    Apr 1, 2017
    My airpods not showing on find my phone. Updated to 10.3.
    Any hint?
  21. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Find My AirPods is completely useless for the most common scenario: you can’t find where you put your AirPods.

    Most people can learn to be careful and always put their AirPods in the case when not in their ears. But setting down the case somewhere in the house, good luck if you can’t remember where you last put them.

    This is such an easily fixable problem. Have the AirPods case ping the iPhone once an hour or half hour. If it detects that it’s been asked to play a sound, it’ll take you an hour at worst to find where you put your AirPods. Without this, you’re on your own and have to find them manually, and they’ll play the damn sound after you already found them.
  22. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    ipedro, Good point, but they implemented the feature after many reviewers complained about the buds falling out of your ear and getting lost. It is a good solution to that problem.
    The problem that you describe is common among all earbuds, wireless or not. Unfortunately many users would struggle with a location feature with that much lag. It may also require a hardware change. But I agree. I’d like to see Tile like functionality in a 2.0 version.
    I’ve considered sticking a tile to the back of the case, but that extra thickness would make it less pocketable.

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