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How Can You Track Lost or Stolen AirPods?

AirPods are one of the many great products from Apple. But due to their small size, it’s possible at some point you may misplace them, or they may even be stolen. Because there are different ways you can lose them, it’s important to know if you can track them in these situations. If they get lost, is there any chance of your getting them back? Or should you just go out and get new ones?

You can visit the iCloud website or use your iPhone to track stolen or lost AirPods using the “Find My” feature. If they are within your device’s proximity, you can possibly find them. But if they were taken from your location, you can’t track the AirPods and will only see their last location.

AirPods allow you to listen to music from different devices, and there’s no doubt about the quality of sound they provide. Even though there is no guarantee you will get your AirPods back if you lose them, it’s always best to be prepared for this ahead of time. If you do this, you should be able to track them while they are still within your Apple device’s range.

Can Lost AirPods be Tracked? 

airpods with the case are on the desk

It’s possible to track lost AirPods if they’re still connected to any of your Apple devices. If one or both of your AirPods are missing but are within the range of your device’s Bluetooth, you’ll be able to find them.

Using the “Find My” App, you should be able to see your AirPods appear on the map. Moreover, you can use this app to play a sound so you locate them if they’re nearby.

“Find My Devices” will only display the last available location if the AirPods are not on. This means it cannot give any other tracking alternative.

How Far Away Can AirPods Be Tracked?

AirPods can be tracked until they are up to 40 feet away, and the moment they’re out of that range, they’re gone. Plus, the person who stole them can easily sync them to their own iPhone, making them harder to track with your device.

How to Track Stolen AirPods

You can track stolen AirPods by going to the “Find My” page when you sign in to iCloud, or by using the “Find My” app on your iPhone. In the case that they are still connected to your device, you should be able to see them where your other connected devices are displayed.

Tracking AirPods Using a Computer

  1. Go to the iCloud website
  2. Sign in using your Apple ID
  3. Tap on “All Devices” followed by your AirPods, and you should be able to see their location. If not active, you will only see the last spot they were used.

Tracking AirPods With An iPhone 

  1. Start by opening the “Find My” App.
  2. Select the “Devices” tab.
  3. Select your AirPods, and you’ll see either “location not found” or their current location.

Can Thieves Use Stolen AirPods?

Even though AirPods are well-designed overall, like most devices thieves can easily use ones they’ve stolen. This is because there are currently no anti-theft features to protect them. But, how easy they are to use depends on what part the thieves have run away with. 

If they get your AirPods without their case, they can use any other case to reset them. AirPods can be resynced to any case, not only the one you bought them with.

In the case that they get away with only a single AirPod, they’ll still be able to use it, even if it does seem a bit ridiculous. They can find a match or even just snatch another from somebody else.

If a thief takes both pods as well as the charging case, they’ll easily be able to disconnect them from your Apple device. They can go ahead and disconnect the AirPods from your device, and connect to theirs before leaving the location. This will make it near-impossible for you to track them. 

To use the AirPods, they just need to press the setup button on the case for a few seconds to reset them. After that, they’ll pair and connect their wireless device. Your iPhone or any other gadget will not be able to spot or find them using a tracking application.

Can Apple Track Stolen AirPods For You?

Apple cannot track stolen AirPods. Even if you can provide the AirPods serial number, sadly this is not enough for them to be located. The only way to track them is using your iPhone if you have it with you, with the AirPods still in range.

What to Do if You Lose Your AirPods 

Apple will replace your AirPods at a fee in that case you lose yours. By replacing them, you will get new ones with guaranteed reliability and performance.

To get this replacement, you must have proof of purchase plus a valid warranty. But you need to be aware that Apple doesn’t cover the replacement 100%, so you will need to pay some amount.

For instance, they don’t cover defects caused by illegal modification or accidents. Actually, Apple only covers damages resulting from faults due to manufacturing. The warranty is valid for one whole year, starting from the day you buy your AirPods.

How Much Is a Single Replacement AirPod? 

Wireless headphones Apple AirPods Pro in opened charging case with active noise

You can get a single replacement for $69. However, if you want a set of two new AirPods, they’ll cost you more than $150, including a charger. If you need a case, charger, and AirPods all together, you will pay upwards of $200. This is very expensive compared to opting for a single replacement. 

So, even if both your AirPods get lost or stolen, you will be able to replace them for a much more affordable price than paying for a whole new set.

However, you may be able to get a free replacement through a Pro Service Program, which only takes into account products created before October 2020. This program covers sound problems, such as static or crackling, or when the noise cancellation function doesn’t work properly.

How Much is Replacing an Airpods Charging Case? 

The amount you spend on replacing your AirPods charging case can depend on several factors. This includes battery issues, whether physical damages are covered or not, and whether they are lost. You can check the prices in the table below.

AirPodsLost Case($)Physical Damage Covered($)Physical Damage Not Covered ($)
Charging Case592959
MagSafe Charging Case792969
Wireless Charging Case792969