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Finding Lost or Offline AirPods: Quick and Easy Guide

Finding Lost or Offline AirPods: Quick and Easy Guide

Apple’s AirPods are among the most well-liked accessories at the moment. When compared to other wireless headphones, they’re not only robust but also excellent-sounding and portable. Typically, the MagSafe charging case for AirPods is used for charging. 

Losing your dead or offline AirPods can be a big bummer, as they can be hard to find. You know how frustrating it may be to look for your lost AirPods if you’ve ever misplaced them.   

When AirPods aren’t in their case and are still charged, Apple’s Find My app comes in incredibly handy. If your AirPods are dead, the Find My app can give you useful information about their last known position, but most of the search will be up to your sleuthing prowess. 

Finding your missing AirPods while they’re dead or offline is more difficult and complicated than when they’re online and within hearing distance. 

Let’s see what to do in order to locate your offline AirPods:

What to do?Explanation
If your AirPods are offline or dead how can you locate them?Your best chance of finding your AirPods in this situation will be to use the Find My app to check their most recent location. As you can see, the worst-case situation that has to be taken more seriously is losing AirPods when they’re dead or offline.  
If your AirPods are offline or dead how can you locate them through the find my app?Open the Find My app on your iPhone. You can generally find it under Utilities in the App menu.
Tap on the name of your AirPods device under the Devices tab.
You can view its battery level and last location below the name.
Dead AirPods in Bluetooth Range Use the Find My app to discover the last place your AirPods were when they died and if they were still within Bluetooth range. 
If someone took the dead AirPods before you could obtain them, you’ll have a good chance of finding them with this kind of information. 
An Overview

What Does It Mean if AirPods Are Offline?

I’ve been in situations where I’ve lost one or both of my AirPods, and it’s always frustrating when I can’t locate them. Before we begin, let’s clarify what “Offline” or “No Location Found” means. This message appears when your AirPods aren’t connected to your iPhone, or if they’re out of range of any of your Apple devices.

To locate lost AirPods, you’ll need to use the Find My app on your iPhone. Open the app and select “Devices” at the bottom of the screen. Then choose your AirPods from the list of devices. If your AirPods are within range of any of your Apple devices, you’ll be able to see their location on a map.

If they’re out of range, the app will show you the last known location. From there, you can try to retrace your steps and locate your AirPods.

You have a dead or offline pair of AirPods if they’re out of range of your iDevice or run out of battery. You’ll receive a “No Location Found” notification if the Find My app is unable to locate your AirPods. 

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    Your best chance of finding your AirPods in this situation will be to use the Find My app to check their most recent location. As you can see, the worst-case situation that has to be taken more seriously is losing AirPods when they’re dead or offline.  

    A person happily using his AirPods  to listen to music
    A person happily using his AirPods to listen to music

    Finding Dead AirPods  

    Second-generation AirPods typically have a battery life of 24 hours of listening time when completely charged. But with third-generation AirPods, the battery life can increase to 30 hours. Therefore, there’s a good probability that your AirPods will eventually stop working if they are left anywhere and turned on for more than 30 hours. 

    Apple’s Find My app is one that is crucial for finding your lost smartphone. When you’re using fully charged AirPods, it works best. For instance, the Find My app may use GPS and Bluetooth to provide a precise and estimated location within a 20-meter radius if one of your earbuds is missing from the charging case. 

    You can utilize their last known position on the My Find app to locate AirPods that are offline or dead. Keep in mind, though, that the app will display either your most recent usage location or their most recent connection location.  

    Follow these steps to use the My Find App: 

    1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone. You can generally find it under Utilities in the App menu. 
    1. Tap on the name of your AirPods device under the Devices tab. 
    1. You can view its battery level and last location below the name. 

    The app will display an Offline message if your AirPods are missing for a prolonged period of time. In this scenario, no location information will be given, making it much harder to find your missing AirPods. Additionally, the position may not always be exact to where you lost your AirPods if they were lost beyond Bluetooth’s 150-foot range.   

    Can Dead AirPods in Bluetooth Range Be Found?

    Use the Find My app to discover the last place your AirPods were when they died and if they were still within Bluetooth range. 

    If someone took the dead AirPods before you could obtain them, you’ll have a good chance of finding them with this kind of information. 

    New pair of AirPod Pros
    New pair of AirPod Pros

    Identify Dead AirPods by Tracing Your Steps  

    Retrace your steps is our final piece of advice for finding misplaced AirPods. I am aware that the last thing you want to hear at this painful moment is to attempt to recall the last time you saw your AirPods. However, this may be your best choice! 

    Think back to the last time you were certain your AirPods were with you as you pause for a moment. Move items about or examine where you typically store them when they’re not in use while you attentively and stress-free search the space. 

    I have three sets of AirPods and am fully aware of their potential locations should I lose them. They would either be in my car, my desk, or in the pockets of my athletic shorts. 

    Sometimes, you might just want to unwind by using your laptop or smart TV to stream music or a movie. When you quit looking for your deceased AirPods, you could find them later. 

    How to Find AirPods Case Without AirPods Inside?

    For AirPods Pro 2nd Generation, you can track your case on the Find My App even if your Airpod is not inside.

    Unfortunately, for older generations, you can only track your AirPods case using the Find My App if you have at least one AirPod still inside. But you can invest in an Apple Airtag so you can easily locate your case if you misplace it.

    When Is the “Find My” App Best to Use?   

    As was already established, the Find My app functions best when you have a pair of charged AirPods that have been misplaced outside of their charging case. Since the Find My app needs to use Bluetooth to find them, dead or offline AirPods are challenging to find. 

    You can still locate your AirPods if they are missing after a brief period of time by using their last known location data. If it was lost after a considerable amount of time, it would be difficult to locate them using the app. However, you can always try manually locating your AirPods. 

    Will AirPods Show the Last Location?

    Your Find My App, which comes pre-installed in all Apple devices, can show the last known location of your AirPods if they’re out of range.

    You can just find the app on your phone, iPad, or Macbook and choose your AirPods in the last devices. A map will pop up and show you your AirPods’ last location.

    A person receiving calls on his AirPods
    A person receiving calls on his AirPods

    Recall your Last Steps 

    Losing your AirPods can be quite stressful and may lead to unneeded panic. What you can do is take a deep breath and think back to the last few steps you took the day your AirPods were misplaced. There’s a good chance you can still find them if you lost them around your home or in a neighboring area. 

    You can also search through some potential hiding places. See whether you just forgot to charge your AirPods in the locations where you spend the majority of your time sitting. Your AirPods might be gone forever if you’ve looked in every possible location or object. 

    Can Someone Use Stolen AirPods?

    Once AirPods have been reset, you can no longer track them.

    If your AirPods have been stolen and then reset, it would be infinitely more difficult to track their location using the Find My App. However, you can mark your AirPods as “lost” by going to the Find My App. Apple will then ask for your contact information, and you can create a message for whoever finds your device.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

    Q: Can you make use of the Find My app to locate your offline AirPods? 

    A: No, the Find My app only displays the “last known location” of your AirPods if they have failed. Only when the battery is fully charged can it actively track an AirPod. However, you can use the suggested techniques to locate your AirPods. 

    Q: How Do I Turn AirPods into Lost Mode? 

    A: To activate Lost Mode on your AirPods, open the Find My app on your iPhone and select Devices. Select your AirPods, move up the screen, and click on Activate under Mark As Lost. Hit “Continue” after that, and then enter your phone number. Following the activation of Notify When Found, touch activates. 

    Q: How can I locate my AirPods on my iPhone? 

    A: To locate your AirPods, open the Discover My app on your iPhone and select the Devices tab. To get a map of your AirPods’ most recent location, just click and select them. From here, you can also play sounds, get directions, use the new Find tool, and do much more. 

    A full video on how to find your AirPods if they’re offline/dead

     Conclusion 

    • Portable devices like AirPods are must-have accessories. But they can always be lost unintentionally, just like other portable objects. So this guide can help you locate your AirPods when they’re offline or dead.   
    • If your AirPods have run out of battery, you may want to consider investing in Apple’s tracking device, AirTags. This can help prevent future losses.
    • You might want to get a new pair of AirPods if none of the techniques described above worked to locate your dead and disconnected ones. 

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