How to find stolen or lost Airpods

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How to find your AirPods, this way you can easily find lost or stolen earphones. Losing things is bad, but sadly it happens. Of course, it's even worse if you lose something valuable, like your Airpods or your iPhone. Sometimes when we lose something, we immediately think it has been stolen from us.


This article will show you how to find stolen or lost Airpods, if they are in close proximity, for example near your iPhone or connected to another device. Also, we will give you many helpful tips to prevent your Airpods from being stolen.



HOW TO KEEP YOUR AIRPODS SAFE

Preventing theft of your Airpods should be your top priority, because recovering stolen goods is “almost” impossible. You should keep your Airpods safe - after all, like most Apple products, they aren't cheap and are the first thing thieves target.

First, consider wearing hoodies when you have Airpods. This will make it much more difficult for a potential thief to steal them. Of course, they should take off your hood first, which gives you more time to react.


Airpods are always paired with other Apple devices, such as a new generation iPhone. Since your iPhone is even more expensive than Airpods, you should protect it even more fiercely.

Be sure to zip the pockets if you carry your iPhone in a denim jacket. Although it is still safer to carry valuables in a bag. Some modern backpacks, for example, are specifically designed to be theft-proof. Try to buy this type of backpack if you are worried that your things may be stolen.


If you carry the backpack on your back, be sure to put your valuables in some kind of hidden compartment. Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, Airpods and iPhones are no longer safe even in backpacks.



CHECK IF YOUR AIRPODS HAVE BEEN STOLEN

Before you panic and call the authorities, you should double check if your Airpods have been stolen. Maybe you left them on the sofa, it's the first place you should check. If they are not there, you can use an app developed by Apple specifically for situations like these.

The name of the app is Find My iPhone and hopefully you have already installed it on your iOS device connected to your Airpods. Alternatively, you can use the iCloud.com website to find your lost Apple products.

You will need to log in with your Apple credentials. This app and this site will show you the last exact location of your Airpods connected to your Apple device. Here's how to use the app:


  1. Launch the Find My iPhone app on iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.
  2. Use your Apple ID and passcode to log in.
  3. Select your AIrpods.
  4. The blue dot will show you your location (from the device in use at the moment). A green dot will show that the Airpods are online. If you're lucky enough and see a green dot, use the Play a Sound feature.
  5. This will make a loud noise which should help you find your Airpods out of place. You can also turn off the left or right earbud in case you only lose one, as this sound is very loud.
  6. If you see a gray dot instead, it means your Airpods are off, the battery is low or out of Bluetooth range.

USING ICLOUD

Follow these steps to find your Airpods on iCloud:



  1. Visit the icloud.com website.
  2. Use your Apple ID and passcode to log in.
  3. Click Find iPhone.
  4. Select All Devices, then select Airpods.

You should know that there is no other reliable way to find your Airpods (at least from Apple). If your Airpods are offline, you'll need to use intuition or try stepping back into your memory to find them. But if they were indeed stolen, there isn't much you can do.


If someone has stolen both your iPhone and Airpods, you could track them using the Find My iPhone feature if they are connected to the internet. Don't chase the thief alone, however, let the authorities do this.

CONCLUSION

If you can't locate your Airpods using the Find My iPhone site or app, you can always contact Apple Support and let them know what happened. Maybe they'll agree to replace your Airpods, but we can't guarantee they'll do it for free.


Hopefully, you just lost your Airpods and managed to find them. If you'd like to add something or share your story, use the comments section below.

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