How NOT to Lose AirPods: 8 Tips and Tricks Every User Should Know

Cat hugging AirPods Pro protectively
Cat hugging AirPods Pro protectively

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Tired of losing AirPods? Follow these tips to learn how not to lose AirPods ever again.

AirPods are one of the most popular audio accessories, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re small, lightweight, and highly portable, making them the perfect choice for music lovers on the go. However, their tiny size and true wireless design also make them notoriously easy to lose.

Since you will not be able to blacklist your stolen AirPods, the thief can easily get away with them and there is not much you can do.

Aside from the inconvenience of having your AirPods disappear, losing them might make you sigh in frustration at the cost of AirPods and the additional fees you’ll have to pay for replacements.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! This article will give you all the tips and tricks you’ll need to keep your AirPods safe and sound, no matter where you are. Keep reading to learn more!

Use Tapes to Prevent Them From Falling Out

One of the easiest ways to lose your AirPods is to have them fall out of your ears unnoticed while wearing them. In fact, losing AirPods (and their charging cases) is so common that people spend about $700 million replacing them each year, with replacements making up between 5% to 7% of all AirPod sales.

But there’s an easy fix for this: just use some waterproof first-aid tape!

This famous DIY hack has helped many AirPods users since it was first posted on the MacRumors forum in 2017.

You only need two things for this hack:

Here’s how to do it:

  1. With the hole punch, cut two circular pieces of tape for each AirPod.
  2. Place the tape on the part of the AirPod that goes in your ear.
    Punched out circles from silicon tape.
    Punched out circles from silicon tape.

    It might take some experimentation to find the best places for the tape based on your ear shape. You may also need more than two pieces per AirPod.
  3. Once you know exactly where you want the tape, hold each piece down on the AirPod for 30-60 seconds to let the adhesive warm up and bond with the plastic.

    AirPods with waterproof tape dots attached for grip
    AirPods with waterproof tape dots attached for grip
Check out our post that has other tips on how not to lose AirPods by keeping them from falling out—including cost-free hacks.

Register Your AirPods on Find My App

Apple has a handy app called Find My that can help you track down a lost Apple device – including your AirPods.

Apple's Find My app
Apple’s Find My app

This app uses the GPS tracking capabilities of your iPhone to help you find your lost Apple AirPods via pointing them out on a map, playing a sound on them so you can find them if they’re close, or even alert you if someone else picked them up.

Plus, even if the AirPods’ battery gets drained while they’re lost, the Find My app can also give you directions to the last known location of your AirPods so you’ll at least know where to start looking for them.

However, before you can use features, you’ll have to ensure the AirPods are registered on your Find My app and iCloud account.

To set up your AirPods with Find My, simply connect them with an iOS device that’s linked to your iCloud account.

Unfortunately, the Find My app isn’t available for Android devices. So, if you’re using your AirPods with an Android, you will need to connect them to any of these Apple devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch) to benefit from the Find My app if they ever go missing.

Utilize ‘Notify When Left Behind’ Feature on Find My

One of the best ways to prevent losing your AirPods is to always know where they are and when they’re lost as soon as it happens. The Notify When Left Behind feature on Apple’s Find My app can help you with that.

This feature will send you a notification on your iPhone whenever your paired AirPods are separated from your iPhone or are no longer detected nearby. So, if you accidentally leave them behind somewhere, you’ll immediately get a notification letting you know.

This feature only works for Airpods Pro, AirPods Max, and 3rd generation AirPods, as well as Apple devices with iOS 15 or later.

To enable this feature, follow these steps:

  1. In the Find My app, select your AirPods on the Devices tab.

    Find My app's Devices tab
    Find My app’s Devices tab
  2. Tap Notifications and select Notify When Left Behind.

    Going to 'Notify When Left Behind' feature
    Going to ‘Notify When Left Behind’ feature
  3. Toggle on Notify When Left Behind.

    Enabling 'Notify When Left Behind' on Find My
    Enabling ‘Notify When Left Behind’ on Find My
  4. Under Notify Me, Except At, select New Location and add any locations you don’t want the app to notify you for, such as your home where you may plan to leave your AirPods intentionally.
    Setting location limitations
    Setting location limitations

    While the ‘Notify When Left Behind’ feature is useful in finding lost AirPods, it may also allows your phone to receive unwarranted ‘AirPods Detected’ Notifications. To stop this, you might have to turn the feature off again.

Rename Your AirPods With Your Contact Details

Sometimes, no matter what we do to prevent losing our AirPods, they still manage to go missing. But there’s still hope if this happens to you – especially if you’ve renamed your AirPods with your name and phone number or email address, as some Reddit users report doing.

When you rename your AirPods with your contact information, it’s much easier for someone to return them to you if they find them.

Here’s how to rename your AirPods with your contact information on your iOS device:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Bluetooth.

    Going to iOS Bluetooth settings
    Going to iOS Bluetooth settings
  2. Click the i icon next to your AirPods to see more options.

    Selecting 'i' icon for AirPods Pro
    Selecting ‘i’ icon for AirPods Pro
  3. Click on Name and input your contact information.

    Renaming AirPods
    Renaming AirPods
If you’re not using an iPhone, check out our article on how to rename AirPods using different devices.

Unfortunately, whether this trick will work will depend entirely on the person who finds your AirPods. Some people may choose not to contact you, or they might reset the AirPods before seeing your contact information.

If you missed setting this up before losing your AirPods, you can use your Find My app’s Lost Mode. This setting allows you to set up an alert whenever someone picks up and uses your AirPods. It will also show your contact details on the finder’s screen to help them return your AirPods to you.

For AirPods Case: Use a Bluetooth Tracker

Unfortunately, the Find My app won’t work for AirPods cases because the cases themselves don’t have any GPS, Bluetooth, or wideband tracking capabilities.

However, there is a way to keep track of your AirPods case if it ever goes missing – and that’s by using a Bluetooth tracker like a Tile or AirTag. These two tracking devices work similarly but have one key difference—a Tile uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone, while an AirTag uses Apple’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology.

Bluetooth operates at a frequency of 2.4GHz, which is prone to noise interference and can be reflected or absorbed easily, resulting in less accurate data and lower responsiveness. UWB, on the other hand, uses a frequency of 3.1-10.6 GHz, which is a shorter wavelength that allows for better accuracy.

Thanks to its use of UWB, an AirTag will be more accurate when tracking down your AirPods case, but a Tile will still work well enough to give you an idea of where your case is if someone has stolen your AirPods.

AirPods Pro case cover with AirTag slot
AirPods Pro case cover with AirTag slot

To benefit from a Tile or AirTag, you will need to purchase an AirPods case cover with slots for an AirTag tracker. On the other hand, if you wish to track your AirPods case with Tile, you will need to glue or tape the tracker onto your case.

A case cover with a tracker can be easily removed by someone who wants to steal your AirPods. For ultimate security, it’s best to permanently attach a tracker to your AirPods case by gluing them.

Use a Colorful Case Cover

Elago neon AirPods case cover
Elago neon AirPods case cover

While we’re talking about case covers, it’s worth mentioning that using a colorful case cover can help you keep track of your AirPods.

Colors can be incredibly helpful when spotting something that’s been misplaced or left behind. A brightly-colored case cover that catches the eye will make it much easier to find your AirPods if they ever get lost.

Yellow is the most attention-grabbing color to the human eye, so a bright neon yellow case cover is probably your best bet.

And if you’re worried about the aesthetic of a brightly-colored case, don’t be—there are plenty of options out there that are both stylish and functional.

Want to learn some nifty tips on how you can get the most out of your AirPods? Here’s a detailed guide on AirPod tips and tricks that you can use to utilize the device’s features better.

Use Third-Party Accessories

When it comes to keeping your AirPods from getting lost, there are also several different accessories that you can use to keep them attached to your person.

For example, ear hooks can keep your AirPods securely in place while you’re wearing them. They work by wrapping around the back of your ear and hooking onto your AirPods. Your AirPods won’t budge when using these accessories—even if you’re sweating or moving around a lot.

You can also use connectors or anti-lost straps to attach your Apple AirPods to each other. Connectors are great if you’re worried about losing just one AirPod. They also come in handy if you want to keep your AirPods together without using the case.

Storage Tricks to Avoid Losing AirPods

Do you find yourself misplacing your AirPods often? You might benefit from learning or refamiliarizing yourself with some good habits when storing your AirPods.

Here are a few things to note:

Have a designated place for your AirPods at home and on the go

This is one of the simplest tricks you can use. Make sure you have a spot in your home where you always put your AirPods when you’re not using them. It could be a charging station on your nightstand or a table by the door.

And when you’re out and about, have a designated place to put your AirPods, too. This could be a pocket in your purse or backpack or a specific compartment in your gym bag.

With this trick, you’ll always know where your AirPods are—or if they’re not in their designated spot, you’ll immediately see that they’re missing.

Always store AirPods inside the charging case

Another good storage trick is to store your AirPods in their case when not in use. This goes hand-in-hand with having a designated storage spot for your AirPods.

If you’re used to just throwing your AirPods in your purse or backpack without the case, it’s time to break that habit. It’s easier to lose them this way. Plus, it’s not safe for the AirPods themselves, as they might get exposed to faster wear and tear.

Storing your AirPods in their case will help protect them from damage and keep them clean.

If you’re worried about losing your AirPods case, you can attach it to your purse or backpack with a keychain or carabiner. Alternatively, you can buy silicone protective covers (for AirPods Pro) if you’re looking for more wholesome ways of safeguarding your AirPods better.

Regularly check for your AirPods

Finally, make a habit of checking for your AirPods whenever you’re about to leave.

It’s easy to lose your AirPods because you forget them in a room or area when you leave. You can avoid this by getting in the habit of checking for your AirPods before you leave a particular space.

This might seem like a lot of work, but you probably already have the habit of checking for your keys, phone, and wallet. Adding your AirPods to that list takes a bit of extra effort, but it’s worth it to avoid losing them.


AirPods are an accessory loved by many, but given their small size and lack of wires, it can be a nightmare if you lose them.

But now that you’ve read our extensive guide, you know everything there is to know about how never to lose your AirPods again. And if they ever go missing or get stolen, you’ll know exactly how to find them.

What’s your favorite tip from all the ones we shared here? Did we miss anything? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

💬 Conversation: 2 comments

  1. Total design FLAW. They fall out, hard to hold the pod or the case due to slick shiny finish. I am done with Apple ipods. Sennheiser for me.

  2. As intelligent as the maker of Apple is—I do believe they can create a better tracking system for these tiny yet extremely expensive items. We have had 2 pairs stolen from the High School locker room and haven’t been able to recover them. The find my app is pretty much useless!! It just shows the last known location!! Come on Apple—Do better!! We know the reason why you haven’t invented a built in tracking device for these tiny things—because you want the consumer to have to purchase additional sets.

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