How to Find Your AirPods with iOS 10.3 on iPhone

With iOS 10.3, Apple decided to soothe the fears of AirPod owners with a simple but smart solution: Find My iPhone. In the same way that you use Find My iPhone to locate your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac computer, you can find your AirPods now too. Whether you lose one on your morning run and need to figure out where you dropped it or you simply can’t locate your AirPods in your messy house, here’s how to find your AirPods with iOS 10.3 on iPhone.

Related: How to Set Up Find My iPhone

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There are a couple of pitfalls in Apple’s new Find My AirPods feature. In order for your AirPods to be located, they must be Bluetooth connected to your iOS device. Find My AirPods only works for finding the AirPods themselves, not the included charging case. If your AirPods are offline or out of range, Find My AirPods will show you the last known location. If you already have Find My iPhone set up, the AirPods should show up automatically.

You can use the Find My iPhone app to locate your AirPods or login to and select Find My iPhone.

How to Find Your AirPods on iPhone or iPad

  • Open the Find My iPhone app.

  • If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and password.

  • You’ll see your list of devices. Click on your AirPods.

  • Each device has a dot that is either Blue, Green, or Gray. Each color tells you something about the device. When you’re viewing the map to locate your AirPods, the colors can also help you see how close you are to your lost AirPods.

    • Blue: Blue dot represents the device you’re using to locate your AirPods. In this case, we’re using our iPhone.

    • Green: Means your AirPods are online. You can play a sound or get directions to find them.

    • Grey: Means your AirPods are are off, out of battery, in their case, or out of range. You can view the last known location only.

To Locate Missing AirPods

  • After you’ve selected your AirPods from the list of devices and are viewing it on a map:

  • If the dot for your AirPods is green, tap Actions and select the icon of a car to get directions to your device.

  • If the dot is grey, it will show you the last known location of your AirPods. You can tap Actions and select the car icon to get directions to the last known location.

To Play a Sound:

  • Once you’ve selected your AirPods and are viewing the map, tap Actions at the bottom.

  • Tap Play Sound.


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