Apple's wireless earbuds are tiny and have zero strings or cables attached. And while that's cool, it means they're constantly at risk of being lost. Shortly after thelaunched, Apple added them to the Find My iPhone app, which is exactly where you need to go if you find yourself lost for a AirPod or two.
Find My iPhone is interacting with your AirPods when the charging case is open, or the AirPods are outside the case
Find a lost pod
After the panic of losing AirPod subsides, open the Find My iPhone app on iPhone or iPad. Your AirPods wants to show up under the list of devices linked to your iCloud account. IPhone app wants to be a colored dot. Here's what each color means:
Tap the AirPods to see their last known or current location. At the bottom of the screen is a button labeled Actions .
Select Play Sound and then wait while the app processes your request. A few seconds later, both AirPods wants to start playing a sound that gets progressively louder. Again, your AirPods wants to be in the case with the lid open or outside the case to play any sound. If you lost your case, with both AirPods inside it, you'll be ready to go.
AirPod, you should find one but need to continue looking for the other. Tap Stop Playing once you've found both AirPods.
Should you loose one AirPod while using the other, do yourself a favor and remove the AirPod from your ear. Both AirPods wants to beep, even if they're in your ear. The sound is quite loud and can hurt. Alternatively, visit iCloud.com/find from your computer to find any lost AirPods.
If you can not find an AirPod, do not throw away your case and last remaining earbud. You can purchase a single AirPod from Apple for $ 69. It's not cheap, by any means, but it's more affordable than having to pay full price. Apple lays out the details of the replacement cost and process on this support page.
Originally published Jan. 26, 2017.
Update, Jan. 8, 2019: Updated with new information.
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