How to use AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max: Tips and general instructions

Find Lost AirPods With a Tracking Map

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone

There’s no denying the convenience of wireless headphones, though the small size of the AirPods and AirPods Pro makes them easy to lose. And misplacing a $549 pair of AirPods Max doesn’t bear thinking about.

Don’t panic, though, because Apple has a solution. Here’s how to find lost AirPods using iOS or Mac:

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

1. Launch the Find My iPhone app.

2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

3. Tap your AirPods in the listing.

On your MacBook:

1. Go to your iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID.

2. Open Find iPhone.

3. Click All Devices.

4. Select your AirPods.

From here, you should see a map showing an approximate location of your missing buds. If the AirPods are on, you'll see a green dot on the map if they're powered on and a gray dot if they're out of battery, powered off or out of range of the tracker.

If the dot is green, that means you can use the app to make the buds play a sound. If both buds are lost, you can choose to mute either the left or the right so you can track them down one at a time. If the dot is gray, the app won't be able to find your buds, and you might have to consider forking out for a new set.

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.