Among the most popular accessories right now are Apple’s AirPods. Not only are they portable, but they also have a great sound quality and are durable compared to other wireless earphones. AirPods are typically charged using its MagSafe charging case.
In some rare cases, however, you can lose your AirPods and they’re dead or offline. It’s a difficult situation to be in, especially when having problems finding one AirPod. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find lost AirPods that are dead, as well as how to find AirPods when offline.
Read on to learn more.
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How to Find Dead AirPods
On average, the battery life of a fully-charged, second-generation AirPods is 24 hours of listening time. For third-generation AirPods however, it can go up as much as 30 hours. So, if your AirPods were left somewhere and were turned on for more than 30 hours, it has a great chance of dying eventually.
One app that is essential to tracking your lost device is Apple’s Find My app. It works best when locating your charged AirPods. For instance, if you’re missing one earbud on the charging case, the Find My app can provide a precise and estimated location within the 20-meter range, using GPS and Bluetooth services.
In the case of AirPods that are dead or offline, you can use their last known location on the My Find app. However, do note that the app will give the location where you last used them or their last location where they were connected.
To use the My Find App, follow these steps:
- Open your iPhone and navigate to the Find My app—usually, it is located in the Utilities folder on the App menu.
- Go to the Devices tab and tap on your AirPods device name.
- Below the name, you’ll see its last location with its battery level.
If your AirPods were lost for a significant amount of time, the app will show an Offline message. In this case, no location data will be provided and it’s even more complicated to locate your lost AirPods. Additionally, if they were lost out of the Bluetooth range—which is about 150 ft.—the indicated location won’t always be accurate to where you lost your AirPods.
When is it Best to Use the “Find My” App?
As mentioned earlier, the Find My app works best when you have a charged pair of AirPods and they’re lost outside of their charging case. Dead or offline AirPods are hard to find since the Find My app needs to locate them using Bluetooth. If they were offline after a short time, you can still use its last known location data to find your AirPods.
Otherwise, if it was lost after a long time, you’ll have trouble finding them using the app. But, you can always resort to finding your AirPods manually.
Conversely, if you use the Life360 app and you’d like to learn how to prevent your friends and family from finding you, you can read this article on how to leave a circle on Life360.
Recall your Last Steps
Losing your AirPods can be quite overwhelming and might cause unnecessary panic. What you can do is take a deep breath and recall your last steps during the day when you lost your AirPods. If you lost them around your house or some nearby location, there’s a great chance that you can still find them there.
You can also look over some possible locations where it can be hidden. Check the places where you sit most of the time and see if you just forgot to charge your AirPods. If you’ve searched for every place or item that you can think of, your AirPods may be permanently lost.
Buy a New Pair of AirPods
If you were unable to find them using the methods above, you can always buy yourself a new one. Apple’s AirPods 3 is the third generation of the AirPods family and features various features such as spatial audio, HD FaceTime calls, and a newer design. To learn more about this product, check Apple’s website by clicking here.
If you find your missing airpod, but it is not working correctly, please read our article on how to fix airpods that only work on one side.
Portable devices such as AirPods are a great accessory to have. But similar to other portable items, they can always be lost accidentally. Hence, this guide has hopefully helped you in finding your AirPods when they’re dead or offline.
To avoid losing your AirPods again, even if they’re dead, you can invest in Apple’s device tracking accessories such as AirTags. Know more by going to Apple’s official website.