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How to Locate Lost AirPods and Set Up Find My app

Turner Ngo

| 4 days ago


If you ever lose your AirPods, take comfort in knowing that Apple has got you covered.

Everyone loses things sometimes, it’s okay. With the Find My app, you’ll be able to locate lost devices including your lost AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods case, and other Apple products.

We recommend setting up your Find My app right away in case your AirPods are stolen or lost—it’s better to set it up just in case! In this article, you will learn how to set up Find My and find your AirPods, locate one AirPod, and troubleshoot your AirPod if only one device works.

Let's start by learning how to find lost AirPods with the Find My app!

How to Find AirPods

To Add AirPods to Find My App:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to your Apple ID.
  2. If it isn’t, go to Settings and tap “Sign in to your iPhone”. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  3. Set up your AirPods with your iPhone; it’s super easy!
  4. Once they’re set up, your AirPods will be automatically linked with your Apple ID and the Find My app. To check, go to the Find My App and tap “Devices” to see your AirPods.

How to Find One AirPodNow that you've set up Find My and learned how to find your AirPod case and the AirPods, keep reading to learn how to find one AirPod.

It may seem tough to relocate one AirPod because they’re so small, but Apple’s Find My app can also locate singular earpieces that make it easier to locate lost Apple devices.

Regardless of where you are on the plane or at school, we have ways to find your AirPods fast.
Missing an AirPod? Don't panic and follow these steps to locate it!

To Find One AirPod:

If Your AirPods Are Nearby

  1. If your AirPods are nearby and still connected, you can use the “Play Sound” feature.
  2. After selecting AirPods from the list of devices, tap “Play Sound”. This will play a sound from your AirPods that gets louder for about two minutes.
  3. Once you find your AirPods, press stop to stop the sound.

On iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)

  1. Go to the Find My app.
  2. Select “Devices” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. To see the last online location of your AirPods, select “AirPods” from the list of devices.
  4. The map will show you the last location of your AirPods. Follow it to find your AirPods!

On Computer

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Apple ID.
  3. Click “Find iPhone”.
  4. Click on “All Devices” at the top of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear with all your linked devices. Select “AirPods” from the list of devices.
  5. The map will show you the last location of your AirPods. Follow it to find your AirPods!

What If Only One AirPods Work?

Finally, you've found your AirPods but only one work? While you can choose to use only one AirPod, having both working is ideal.

Unfortunately, a common bug that a lot of people get is that one AirPod suddenly stops connecting. To fix this problem, the simplest solution is to reset your AirPods. This fixes the issue 90% of the time. Once you pair your AirPods back to your device, both should work fine.

Another solution you can try is to reset your iPhone’s network settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset and tap “Reset Networking Settings." Once they’ve been reset, reconnect your AirPods. 


Still not working?

If your AirPods don’t connect automatically to the Find My app, be sure to check the following:

  • Check Your Connection: See if your device is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. Your device needs to be connected to the internet for it to work.
  • Check Your Apple ID: If you’re tracking your AirPods on a computer, make sure you’ve signed in to the same Apple ID as the one your AirPods are linked to. Your AirPods are only linked with one account.
  • Check YourFind My App: Make sure your Find My App is ready when you are. Go to Settings > [your name] > Find My App. At the top, you’ll see “Find My iPhone”. Make sure it says “On” beside it. If not, tap “Find My iPhone and switch it to “On”.

Unfortunately, this issue may sometimes indicate a bigger problem. If these AirPods tips and tricks and troubleshooting solutions don’t work, contact Apple Support or go to your local Apple Store.

Products Covered

Release Date
March 2019


• H1 Headphone Chip
• Compatible with Qi-certified chargers or Lightning Connector
• Up to 5 Hours of Listening with Single Charge
• Bluetooth 5.0


Designed by Apple, for Apple, the AirPods are combined technology and style. They have a sleek design to complement their wireless capabilities and use features like the H1 chip and motion sensors to provide a premium experience for Apple fans. Have control over your audio and Apple devices like never before with the AirPods.

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