I’m sure at some point of time in your life you have lost something or maybe misplaced it, I know it feels horrible. It’s sane to think of losing inexpensive items but in case you lose something too costly to be lost. Let’s say you lost your AirPods, what now, can you ever find it again?
Well, yes you can.
Apple’s features are really awesome when it comes to security and one such feature that can help us in finding our lost lost AirPods is – Find My iPhone. In this article, we will guide you to a step-by-step process on how to add AirPods to Find My iPhone, so that you can easily recover your misplaced or lost AirPods if that happens.
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This feature is available for AirPods running on firmware version 3E751 or later, and your iPhone should be updated to iOS 10.3 or newer. In order to add AirPods to Find My iPhone, your device needs to have Find My enabled, we are going to see the steps for that.
But there’s one this that you need to do before enabling Find My iPhone, which is to enable your Location Services because that’s the most important thing that will help you find your device. Here’s how you can turn it on your iPhone.
Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services and Turn on Location Services.
How to turn on Find My iPhone?
Follow these steps to turn on Find My iPhone:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on your Profile at the top, and then select Find My.
- Tap on Find My iPhone and enable Find My iPhone from there, if not already enabled.
- Additionally, there are two other options which you can turn on if you want:
Find My Network – If you enable this option, your iPhone can be found even if it is offline, super useful for some situations.
Send Last Location – Sends Last Location to Apple, when the battery of the device is about to die.
Now your Find My iPhone is enabled it’s now a quick procedure to add AirPods to Find My iPhone.
How to add AirPods to Find My iPhone?
Make sure you have enabled Find My iPhone as we discussed in the previous steps, before adding AirPods to Find My iPhone. What this does is if your AirPods are paired with your iPhone then they will be automatically set up once you enable Find My iPhone.
Here’s how to add AirPods to Find My iPhone:
- Visit Settings > Bluetooth.
- Tap on the “More info” button next to your AirPods in the list of Bluetooth Devices.
- Now, Scroll down to Find My Network.
- Enable Find My Network if not turned on already.
That’s all about how to add AirPods to Find My iPhone, so even if your AirPods are disconnected or powered off they can still be easily navigated anywhere.
If your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, you can see them in Find My App. Navigate to the Find My App on your iPhone and there you will see AirPods in the list of devices connected to your Apple ID.
With this, you can not only find your AirPods on the map but can also play a sound on your AirPods if you misplace them and they are within your Bluetooth range.
What is the Find My iPhone feature?
Find My iPhone feature is a part of Apple’s broader iCloud ecosystem which is designed to help users locate and secure their Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and, as we discussed earlier, AirPods.
The primary purpose of this feature is to provide users with a tool to track the location of their devices in case they are lost or stolen. Here are some of the Find My iPhone features:
- Location Tracking: Find My iPhone uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular data to pinpoint the real-time location of your device on a map. This information is accessible through the Find My app on another Apple device or via the iCloud website.
- Play Sound: This feature allows you to play a loud sound on your device, even if it’s in silent mode. It’s particularly handy when you’re trying to locate a misplaced device within your home or office.
- Lost Mode: If your device is lost, you can enable Lost Mode, which remotely locks your device with a passcode to prevent unauthorized access. This is so helpful in case your iPhone is lost and the thief tries to access your personal data.
- Erase Device: In case your device contains sensitive information, you have the option to remotely erase all the data on it. This is a last resort to protect your personal information if you believe your device is irretrievable.
- Family Sharing: Find My iPhone is integrated with Family Sharing which allows family members to help locate each other’s devices.
- Integration with AirPods: As we discussed, Find My iPhone extends its functionality to AirPods which enables users to locate their wireless earbuds through the same interface.
How accurate is Find My iPhone?
The accuracy of Find My iPhone can vary based on several factors such as the availability of GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular signals, as well as the device’s connection status.
- GPS Accuracy: When a device has a clear line of sight to GPS satellites, the location accuracy can be very high, often within a few meters. However, if a device is indoors or in an area with poor GPS visibility, the accuracy may decrease.
- Wi-Fi and Cellular Data: Find My iPhone also uses Wi-Fi and cellular data to determine the device’s location.
- Real-Time Updates: Find My iPhone provides real-time updates when the device is actively connected to the internet. If the device is not connected or is turned off then the last known location will be displayed.
- Location Services Settings: The accuracy of Find My iPhone is also influenced by the device’s location services settings. If location services are disabled or restricted, the feature may not work as effectively. That’s why you should make sure that your Location Services is enabled if you want this feature to work at its best.
To Sum up, we guided you step-by-step on how to add AirPods to Find My iPhone. If you’ve followed those steps, then your AirPods can be tracked with Find My iPhone if they are lost.