How To Find AirPods Case [Lost or Stolen]

Lost your AirPods case? Let’s see how to find it.

How To Find AirPods Case

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Misplacing your AirPods case is stressful because it’s expensive to replace. Sometimes it’s sold out in most stores because the AirPods are among the highest-selling Apple devices.

If you don’t have your case with you, the AirPods can’t be charged once the battery runs out. There is no way to pair your AirPods to a new device or reset them without the AirPods in the case.

Sadly, the AirPods case is the most well-known accessory to go missing, and it’s frequently reported as lost by Apple users.

Apple profited massively from this problem and earned nearly $700 million, replacing lost cases in 2019 because they don’t offer an extended warranty.

Fortunately, you don’t need to lose hope and purchase a replacement AirPods case if you can’t find it.

You should first take advantage of the tips in this guide to learn how to find AirPods case. Follow the steps below without skipping any, and you may get lucky.

Can You Track A Lost AirPods Case?

Finding your lost AirPod case is possible, but there’s a catch. You need at least one AirPod inside to get the last known location using Apple’s Find My App.

If you didn’t leave an AirPod inside the case, your best bet is to try using AirTags or any tracking devices you consider reliable.

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We know it’s a letdown that only lost or stolen AirPods are trackable, but we think this will change in the future.

The reason the AirPods have this feature is that they have Custom H1 chips installed, and the wireless charging case only comes with generic chips from manufacturers in China.

While the Apple AirPod case doesn’t have the latest tech at the moment that connects with Apple’s Find My App, the next generation will include them after the worldwide chip shortage ends.

Another feature the AirPod case lacks is Bluetooth connectivity, which hurts you as a customer. Without this connectivity, third-party trackers cannot scan your position if your device is within Bluetooth range.

It won’t make a difference if you go to the Apple store with your Apple ID and AirPods serial number because the company still cannot help you find your AirPods case. At this point, you will have to throw in the towel and replace your missing AirPods case to avoid losing more time.

How To Find AirPods Case With One AirPod Inside

If you lose your AirPods case, the best scenario possible would be for you to lose it with both AirPods inside. The second best scenario would be with one in the case.

In the section below, we include some methods you can try to find your Apple AirPod case, but you should never forget that third-party apps are an alternative if you can’t use the initial strategy we propose.

Utilizing the “Directions” Feature

Apple’s Find My app (it looks like a car icon) is an application that comes with a feature called ‘Directions.’ It sends a ping to your AirPods case with your iPhone app.

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When they send it, you will see a green light. You can then view a map that will guide you to where your AirPods are with a flashing status light, but it still can’t help you find the case if it’s empty.

If you lost only the case and both AirPods are in your possession, you can skip this and move on because you will need to buy a replacement case with a new serial number.

But if you have at least one missing AirPod inside your case, you can take the next step.

Before doing this, we’d like to bring to your attention that the way this feature functions will hinge on whether you left your missing case flipped open or closed. It probably doesn’t make sense, but there is a reason why it’s important to remember.

  • If the case was left open: Your lost AirPod will show a green dot when the location is found, and you can see where it is. It will then be ready for pick up and fully functional.
  • If the case was closed: You will be out of luck because the AirPods switch to charge mode(Which gives out a gray light), and their signal is disabled on the iCloud account map (some people have multiple IDs, so choose the correct one), and then they will be no longer online. The only information you can get when it’s in charge mode is the last location of your AirPods when the case was still open and nothing else. Lastly, in charge mode, ‘Play Sound,’ and ‘Nearby’ are two more features disabled in the Find My app software, so you won’t be able to find your lost AirPods.

Let’s go through the steps required to take advantage of the ‘Directions’ Feature:

  1. Open the Find My mobile tile app on our iOS device to find the setup button.
  2. Press the devices tab and choose the AirPods.
  1. You can now view a map displaying the current location of your Apple AirPods or the last location they were at before leaving active mode. You should see only one location and not both.
  1. Even if your AirPods case was left with the top open, it’s still possible to utilize ‘Play Sound‘ to create an audible signal to assist you in finding them.
  1. Whether the AirPods case cover is open or closed, press the directions tab, and a map with directions will pop up, leading you to the exact location of your missing device.

How To Find AirPods Case Utilizing ‘Lost Mode’

The last feature you’ll find helpful is Lost Mode, which came out with iOS 15. The ‘Directions’ feature is limited and only uses your devices but Lost Mode functions on the entire network of iOS products.

What does the process look like?

If you can’t find your AirPods and activate Lost Mode, the iOS network is scanned with all iOS phones and other electronic devices connected to the Apple system. Once they find your AirPods on their iOS network, you should see a message sent to your phone giving you the exact street address.

For closed AirPod cases, you will not see them on the network, but they will eventually be opened by the person who finds them. When they do, ‘Lost Mode’ will contact you via message to let you know the location of your AirPods and how to pick them up.

  1. Press the Find My App mobile application icon and go to the ‘Devices’ page.
  2. Choose your AirPods you know are still located inside the charging case.
  3. Tap Activate area under ‘Mark As Lost.’
  1. Press on Continue to get the process moving.
  2. Include a phone number or an email so people can find you if they find your wireless earbuds. (Available as a choice but not Mandatory)
  3. The last section will ask you to press Activate again, and your Lost Mode will be set up. They will play a sound for anyone that finds them.

Summing Up: How To Find AirPods Case

If you’ve lost your AirPods case, there are many ways to find it depending on if there are earphones in it or if the case is open or closed.

If the AirPods are in the case, it makes finding the case a lot easier. If the case was left open, the AirPod will show a green dot when the location is found.

If the case is closed, you can use the ‘Direction’ feature in the Find My app to get the last known location of the case.

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