iOS 10.3: Using “Find My AirPods”

Apple AirPods with iPhone

OK, I admit it. My AirPods are pretty much my favorite thing ever! Well, after my iPhone…and my Watch…

Well, anyway. I like ’em a lot, is what I’m saying, so I’m pretty jazzed about iOS 10.3’s inclusion of the new “Find My AirPods” feature. Not that I’d ever lose mine, oh no. They’d have to be out of my ears occasionally for that to ever happen.

So here’s how you’ll use this fine new ability. First, either open the Find My iPhone app if you’ve already got it installed, or download it from the App Store if you haven’t.

Install the Find my iPhone app to track down your misplaced AirPods

When the app opens, tap on your AirPods from the list of devices…

Find my iPhone shows a list of all your Apple devices, including AirPods

…and you should see them appear on a new map screen.

Use the Find my iPhone app to show the location of your AirPods

See that “Actions” button at the bottom? If you tap that, you can play a sound on your AirPods to find them if you’ve lost one or both.

Tap Play Sound in Find my iPhone after selecting your AirPods makes them play a tone that gets progressively louder

While the sound is playing, you could mute either AirPod if you’ve just lost the left one or the right one. The tone that plays will progressively get louder, so unlike the “Find My iPhone” sound, for example, it won’t just leap straight to “dogs two towns over are howling now” levels of loud.

You can mute either AirPod if you're using the Find my iPhone app to locate just one

Snarkiness aside, there are a couple of other things to note here. It doesn’t look like the AirPods can be located unless they’re connected to a paired device, so sadly that means that you can’t find them if you lost them inside their cool case. Bummer. Also, you could use to locate them now, too, if you want to see them on a map or play a sound from your computer instead of your iOS device. includes a Find my iPhone page you can use to locate your AirPods

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to my neighbors for this tip. That was a lot of high-pitched sound-playing during my testing, and I’m so sorry. But hey! I always listen to music through my AirPods instead of through a speaker, so that’s something for you to be grateful for, right?

4 thoughts on “iOS 10.3: Using “Find My AirPods”

  • It works even better! If your AirPods are on order and you do a find-my-AirPods it will initiate a shipment! I just received an email that they will arrive on the 5th of April. 2 weeks sooner than estimated!

    I am anxious for their arrival. I tried a pair in the Apple Store and I liked them very much.

  • D’awwwwwww. 🙁 I’m sorry.

    They’ll be worth the wait for you, I think. I’m not one to just recommend Apple products BECAUSE they’re from Apple, you know? But the AirPods are swell.

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