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Is your AirPods case missing? Here’s how to find it without breaking a sweat.
The portable AirPods case protects your earbuds and ensures they’re always charged and ready for use.
However, its small size makes it easy to misplace, causing users frustration over the cost and hassle of replacement.
This article comes to the rescue with practical steps specifically designed to help you track down your lost AirPods case. Let’s dive in!
Using ‘Play Sound’ & ‘Find Nearby’ Features
The Find My app’s Play Sound and Find Nearby features can locate your AirPods case under certain conditions.
Most AirPods require an open case with at least one AirPod inside to access these features, as their case lacks Bluetooth or a speaker. However, AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) users can trigger a sound from the case itself, even without the AirPods.
Here’s how to find your AirPods case using these features:
- Launch the Find My app and tap Devices.
- Select your AirPods. For AirPods Pro 2, you’ll see these options: Case, Left Bud, or Right Bud. Choose Case.
- Click Play Sound to make your AirPods emit a tune that will help you locate the case. You can stop the sound after it’s found.
- Select the Find Nearby option if you can hear the sound but still can’t find your AirPods case.Your proximity to your AirPods case will appear onscreen, so follow the instructions to locate it. The AirPods Pro 2 display an arrow and distance reading, while other models only indicate if you’re getting closer or farther.
If only one of your AirPods is in the open case, you can mute the other while locating the missing earbud and case. Turn off Play Sound on one side of your AirPods and select Left or Right while the tune plays.
Using the Directions
If your AirPods case is out of Bluetooth range, you can use the Directions feature. However, this feature’s functionality depends on whether your case is open or closed.
Here’s how to locate your missing AirPods case:
- Open the Find My app and click Devices.
- Select your AirPods. A map will show the location of your AirPods where you last opened the case.
- Click on the Directions icon to find the quickest route to this location.
Using ‘Lost Mode’
Apple’s Lost Mode lets you send a custom message with your contact details to anyone who connects to your lost AirPods while alerting you of their location. This feature is handy if you’ve lost your case in a crowded place since AirPods can’t be blocked. But, it only activates if at least one AirPod is inside.
Here’s how to turn on Lost Mode on your iPhone:
- Open up Find My app, and tap Devices.
- Select your AirPods that are in the missing AirPods case.
- Under ‘Mark As Lost,’ tap Activate > Continue.
- (Optional) Add a phone number and email for the AirPods case’s finder to contact you.
- Tap Activate.
How to Find an AirPod Case Without AirPods in It
If you’re using the AirPods Pro 2, you can use the Find My app’s Play Sound, Find Nearby, and Directions features to track your missing AirPods case even without the AirPods inside. Otherwise, you’ll need to search for your AirPods case manually.
How to Replace Your Lost or Stolen AirPods Case
If your AirPods case is beyond finding, you can get an official replacement case from Apple.
All AirPods models include a one-year Apple Limited Warranty covering manufacturing defects. However, it doesn’t cover lost AirPods or accessories, requiring you to buy replacements. Depending on the model, replacement costs range from US$59 to $99.
Once you’ve received your replacement case, follow these steps to set them up with your old AirPods and iOS device:
- Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
- Tap the Information icon (i) beside your AirPods’ name and select Forget This Device.
- Place your AirPods inside the case, close the lid, and charge it for 20 minutes.
- Open the lid and ensure that the indicator light is blinking in an amber color.
- Close the lid. Then, hold the setup button at the back of the charging case until the status light flashes white.
- Try connecting your AirPods to your iOS device to see if it works.
- How can I avoid losing my AirPods case?
- Is it okay to get third-party AirPods cases?
- How to find missing AirPods?
How can I avoid losing my AirPods case?
Is it okay to get third-party AirPods cases?
Third-party replacements are okay as a last resort. However, these third-party cases may not work well with genuine Apple AirPods, potentially causing charging issues due to voltage differences. The Apple H1 chip might also recognize non-Apple-certified accessories, leading to unstable connections or pairing errors.
How to find missing AirPods?
As discussed in this article, you can track your missing AirPods with Find My’s Play Sound, Directions, and Lost Mode features. For more detailed guidance, see our separate guide on finding missing AirPods.