If you already have a pair of Airpods, you know how valuable these wireless earbuds are. Their compact design and excellent noise canceling quality are also worth talking about. But due to their small size, they can easily be lost. If you have also lost your AirPods and don’t know what to do, you are in the right place.
Apple has made tracking of AirPods relatively easy. You can utilize their “Find My Airpods” app to track your AirPods. However, if your lost or stolen AirPods have been reset, tracking them is impossible. Apple’s “Find My Airpods” app is helpful only if someone has stolen your AirPods but hasn’t reset them yet. Once reset, there is no way you can track them back.
Read further to learn about tracking lost or stolen AirPods:
Can You Track Lost or Stolen Airpods That Are Reset?
The simple answer is “No.” If someone has reset your AirPods, you can’t track and locate them. If we look at other Apple products, such as iPhones and iPods, they can be easily tracked if stolen. Apple’s security features like “Find My iPhone” and the ability to lock the devices have made Apple products more secure and difficult for thieves to steal.
However, the case is different for AirPods. One can steal AirPods and reset them without fear of the owner tracking them back. It’s because they don’t come with the same level of security as iPhones or iPads have.
Therefore, it is extremely important to track your AirPods as soon as you know that they are lost.
The key thing to consider is time. Once you realize that your AirPods are lost, track them while they are still online and synced with your iCloud account.
If you take a long time to track them, it is possible that the person who stole them factory reset them and took them away from your radar.
How to Track Your Airpods Using an iCloud Account?
Apple has set up a method of tracking the lost AirPods. You can use the “Find my iPhone” app or the iCloud website.
Before we proceed with the procedure, make sure that your AirPods are connected to your iCloud account. If your AirPods were paired with your iPad or iPhone, they would be automatically linked with the account that is signed in on the iPad or iPhone.
- Once you confirm that your AirPods are connected to your iCloud, go to the iCloud website and log in to your account with your Apple ID and password.
- Then use the “Find my iPhone” feature on the iCloud website.
- Select “Airpods” from the “All Devices” menu. After that, iCloud will start searching for your AirPods.
- If successful, you will get the exact location of your AirPods on the map display.
- If your AirPods are not reset and still connected with your Apple device and online, you will be notified via a green dot. In another case your AirPods are not online and unable to locate, you will see a grey dot icon.
- If you see a green icon, click on it. That will show a pop-up window. On the pop-up window, click on the feature labeled Play Sound. This will cause your missing AirPods to play a sound. So, if your AirPods have been misplaced and not far away, you will soon get them back. And if your AirPods are stolen, you now know their location and can take further action by reporting them as stolen.
However, remember that this method is useful only when AirPods are misplaced or stolen within the Bluetooth range rather than taken far away. If you lost your AirPods outside and have no idea where they are, then they are gone forever. If someone has stolen them or finds them lost on the way, he can instantly use them. And if he also has a charging case, he can immediately reset your AirPods and pair them with his own device. This will cause your AirPods to disappear permanently from your radar.
Can Stolen Airpods Be Connected To Someone Else’s iPhone?
Unfortunately, yes. If someone has stolen your AirPods, they can connect them easily to their own iPhone or iPad.
Since the process of connecting AirPods to the iPhone or iPad is simple, it hardly takes a few minutes to do the task. Mainly, if that person has also accessed the charging case, the process will be pretty straightforward.
Usually, once the person gets the charging case, all he needs to do is to place them inside the case and press the setup button for a few seconds. Once done, AirPods will be reset, and they will not pair up with your iPhone or iPad. Now, they can be connected to any other Apple device.
Consequently, we can say that there is no way you can stop someone from connecting your AirPods to someone else’s iPhone.
How Far Can You Track Airpods?
Airpods can be tracked if there is an active connection between your Apple device (iPhone, iPad) and AirPods. Or we can say that AirPods can be tracked with the Find My AirPods app as long as AirPods are active and within Bluetooth range of the device signed with the same Apple ID as AirPods.
Generally, the Bluetooth range is 30 feet or 10 meters, and if your AirPods are out of this range, you cannot track them.
Can You Track Airpods by Their Serial Number?
Apple has no such security system to track lost AirPods by serial number. Therefore, this is not even an option to utilize if you are searching for your lost AirPods.
How To Reset Your Airpods?
Often, when you lend your AirPods to a friend or find lost AirPods, they may be connected to their iCloud account.
If such is the case, the person whose iCloud is connected to your AirPods can easily track your AirPods. Also, that person can cause a beeping noise on your AirPods, which can be quite disturbing. To avoid such privacy issues and funny pranks, you must reset your AirPods to factory settings.
Follow these steps to factory reset your AirPods:
- Put your AirPods back into their case
- Press the button located at the back of the AirPods case. Hold down until the white light at the front of the case flashes. This flash will indicate that your AirPods have been reset.
- Once reset, ensure that you have synced your AirPods again to your Apple device.
Bottomline – Is Airpods Tracking Technology Helpful?
Since AirPods’ size is very small, it is very common for them to be misplaced or stolen by someone. Although Apple’s tracking technology helps users track their AirPods, it does not make your AirPods theft-proof.
The tracking technology will only be helpful only when your AirPods are misplaced inside your home or office and are not lost outside. You better track your AirPods the moment you realize that they are lost or misplaced. If you take too much time, the person who stole them may factory reset them or take them away. Therefore, we suggest you avoid such circumstances and don’t lose your premium AirPods forever.