Here’s how to use Apple’s Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to find your lost AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max with step-by-step directions.
Losing AirPods can be daunting, but Apple provides an easy option to find lost AirPods and other accessories using its Find My app. The app comes pre-installed on all iPhone, iPad and Mac devices and can be used to locate lost devices such as iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch, MacBook or AirTags. The service was previously known as Find My iPhone or Find My Mac depending on the device, and the service has been consolidated into a single Find My app starting with the release of iOS 13 in 2019.
Apple’s Find My app uses the map view to show the location of every Apple device associated with your Apple ID. It can direct users to connected devices through the use of GPS (or Assisted GPS) location. Even if the device is not connected, the app shows the last location instead of the live location.
Since AirPods don’t feature a standalone internet connection or inbuilt GPS, Find My locates them using the connected Apple device. The app helps locate your lost AirPods and also provides an option to go to the last available location. If the location is not enough, the app even displays GPS coordinates, which can help find lost AirPods in rough terrain. If AirPods are connected to a device, the Find My app allows users to identify them by giving them the option to play a very loud beep that gradually gets louder over the next two minutes. If one of them gets misplaced, Find My can play audio on an individual AirPod.
Apple’s Find My App accurately locates lost AirPods
Tracking is a lot easier on newer AirPods models, including AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, thanks to the built-in Apple U1 chip. The in-app ‘Find Nearby’ option relies on the U1 chip to provide guided navigation to the exact location of AirPods with the help of Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. Notably, UWB-based tracking is only available on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series, which have a dedicated UWB chip inside. Moreover, Apple still limits the AR viewfinder to find lost AirTags even when AirPods share the same technology.
Although these features can be easy to use, finding AirPods is more of a challenge when they are not connected to any devices. In this scenario, the app allows users to mark AirPods as lost and get a notification if someone else finds them. Interestingly, the Find My app in iOS 15 also allows users to be notified when AirPods are left behind. The app sends a notification when the connected device moves out of Bluetooth and UWB range. The alert can be set up in the Find My app by activating the “Notify When Left Behind” option for each Apple device. Once set up, users are notified while AirPods are left unattended each time. Apple also allows them to add exceptions to help users avoid unnecessary notifications for places like home.
Apple’s extensive Find My network combined with advanced connectivity technologies like UWB make the process of finding lost AirPods less frustrating. In addition, the ability to mark AirPods as lost and allow other users to return them makes Apple products even more desirable. Finally, these features are pre-built into all Apple devices. Users can also track information using non-Apple devices through the web interface, which makes this set of features even more impressive for end users.
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Source(s): Apple (1)[2)
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