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Can You Track Lost Or Stolen AirPods? (Quick Answer!)

Jamey Muller
Updated: July 6, 2022
5 min read

AirPods are handy little accessories, but they are easily misplaced or stolen due to their small size. In case of loss, it will be convenient to know the different ways you can track them.

How can you get back your lost AirPods? Read on to find out.

Here’s if You Can Track Lost or Stolen AirPods:

You can use the “Find My” feature on your AirPods via your iPhone app or iCloud website in case of loss or theft. If they are still within your device’s reach, the probability of finding them is high. However, finding their location is no longer feasible if the AirPods are already out of range. 

How Can You Track Lost or Stolen AirPods?

If you have lost your AirPods, the only way to locate them is via the “Find My” app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The device should be the one you are signed into with the same Apple ID.

You should note that if your “Find My” is not enabled, you will not be able to use it to locate your missing AirPods.

When using the “Find My” app, you can locate your AirPods by tracking them on the map or playing a sound.

To use the map, you should open your “Find My” app and select the device tab. When you click on your AirPods, you will either see a location or “No location found” if your Apple earbuds cannot be traced.

You may also use your computer to find your missing AirPods. First, you need to go to iCloud.com and click “All Devices,” then the device you wish to locate.

If your AirPods can be found, they will appear on the map so you can see exactly where they are. You will see “Offline” under the earbuds' name if they cannot be located.

The last know location of your AirPods will be displaced for up to 24 hours. To get an email when it is located again, you should click on the “Notify me when found” menu.

If your iPhone or iPad is not connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, you can still locate your missing AirPods by turning on the “Find My” network on your device’s Settings.

You only need to click on your name, then “Find My.” You should select AirPods, turn it on, then turn on “Find my network.”

If your AirPods are separated, you will only see one location at a time. You should locate the first one shown on the map, put it in the case, then refresh the map to track down the other one.

You may also locate your misplaced AirPods by playing a sound. This works if you are sure the earbuds are near your Apple devices.

To enable this, you can utilize either your “Find My” app or go to iCloud.com. Once you select AirPods from the list of devices, you will be able to tap “Play Sound.”

You will hear a sound that gradually gets louder, making it easy to locate your AirPods.

If you have an iPhone 12 or a later version, you may put up separation alerts to prevent forgetting your AirPods at unknown locations.

You should go to the “Find My” app, then choose AirPods. Under notifications, click on “Notify when left behind” to turn it on.

You may also enable “Lost Mode” on your AirPods. This will allow the person who found your earbuds to send you a message, either on your phone number or email address.

You need to go to your “Find My” app, then select the Devices tab. After clicking on AirPods, scroll down to “Mark as Lost,” then “Activate.”

You only need to follow the onscreen steps if you want your contact information displayed on your misplaced AirPods.

How Far Can You Track AirPods?

AirPods can be traced up to 40 feet (10 meters) – the standard Bluetooth distance. 

As long as they are still connected to your Apple device, they will be represented as a green dot on the tracking map. 

If your AirPods are no longer online and cannot be located, the green dot will be replaced with a gray dot icon.

For AirPods that are out of battery or still in their charging case when lost,  the “Find My” app will only show their last known location on a map.

“No location” or “Offline” may also appear.

If your AirPods eventually come back online, you will be notified through the Apple device you use them with.


Can Stolen AirPods Be Tracked if Reset?

Unfortunately, you can no longer track AirPods that have been fully reset. 

If your earbuds have just been paired with a different device tied to iCloud, you will still be able to see the location. Once they have undergone a full reset, finding them will be impossible. 

If your AirPods have been stolen while in their charging case, they could easily be paired to another Apple phone. 

The thief only needs to move out of range to prevent the AirPods from automatically pairing with your device once they are removed from the case.

You need to track your AirPods as soon as you realize that you have misplaced them. You should not wait until they go offline and are no longer synced to your iCloud account.

Can You Report Stolen AirPods?

No. There is no use reporting stolen AirPods. AppleCare+ for headphones functions as an extended warranty and not as insurance.

While you will be given support if something is faulty with your AirPods, you will not be offered a free replacement if they get stolen or lost.

If you can no longer find one or both AirPods or your charging case, you will need to purchase a brand new one to replace it. Lost fees for AirPods cost around $59 each, while AirPods Pro are pricier at $89.

If you replace a charging case, that will cost you $59. For a wireless charging case or a MagSafe charging case, you have to pay $79.

You should note that lost fees are also subject to tax, plus the shipping fee. 

In total, the fees for replacing AirPods are not exactly cheap. Before submitting a request, you should first try your luck with your “Find My” app and save yourself money.

Can You Track AirPods With the Serial Number?

No. You cannot track your lost AirPods using the serial numbers. You are better off trying to locate your Apple earbuds using the “Find My” app.

Knowing the serial number of your AirPods is beneficial, especially if you need it for warranty purposes. When it comes to locating missing earbuds, it will not be of much help.

As long as your AirPods are still within range and have not been fully reset, you should be able to locate them via the “Find My” app.


Apple Support: Find Your Lost AirPods
Digital Trends: How To Replace Lost Or Broken AirPods

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Jamey Muller
I'm the head-writer @ Knowledge Eager (or, in plain English, I'm the guy writing the majority of the content here). Addicted to the stock market, football, sushi and tacos.
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Jamey Muller
I'm the head-writer @ Knowledge Eager (or, in plain English, I'm the guy writing the majority of the content here). Addicted to the stock market, football, sushi and tacos.