How to prevent the use of lost or stolen AirPods

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AirPods are amazing technology, which is why they aren't exactly cheap. As wireless headphones, they integrate seamlessly with all Apple products. But what if your AirPods are lost, or worse, stolen?

Well, if the thief owns an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, they can easily reset the product and make it their own. Unfortunately, there's no way to block your lost or stolen AirPods because they're not connected to Wi-Fi. If you're lucky enough, you might be able to locate them. Read on for more details.

What to do if your AirPods are lost or stolen?

Since all AirPods use Bluetooth technology to connect to your iPhone or other devices, they rely heavily on that device. Individually, they are difficult to locate because they do not use their own Wi-Fi connection.

Do not despair. Apple knows how bad it is when you lose your AirPods, so they came up with a solution. You can either use the iCloud website to locate your AirPods on a computer or launch “Find My iPhone”, which is free in the App Store.

Now, these options don't work if your AirPods are stolen, unless the person hasn't reset them to their iCloud account and it still works under yours. If you think your AirPods have been stolen, you better act fast! You may get lucky and still have the AirPods connected to your iCloud account. Otherwise, you can't do anything except just lose them.

Hopefully, the Apple device you paired with your AirPods has an iCloud account. You will need the "Find My iPhone" account and app to locate your lost AirPods. Apple has added the Find my AirPods feature to the Find my iPhone app, and it automatically tracks your AirPods.

In theory, this may seem complicated, so let's get to the application of this application.

How to locate your AirPods

Hope is not lost; there's still time to find your AirPods. First, let's look at the iCloud method. Follow all of these steps if you're using the iCloud website (if you're using the Find my iPhone app, start at step 3):

  1. Visit the website on your computer and log into your account linked to your AirPods.
  2. Click on the Find an iPhone (start the Find my iPhone application).
  3. The Find my iphone function will initiate the search process. Click on the All devices tab and choose Airpods.
  4. If the search is successful, you will see your AirPods located on the map. They will appear as a green dot if they are online, i.e. connected to your iPad or iPhone. The gray dot means they cannot be found. We will come back to this later.
  5. Assuming your AirPods are found (green dot), click the dot. Then click on the je button on the window that appears.
  6. Use this pop-up window to click Play sound. This will trigger a loud noise from your AirPods.
  7. You can stop playing the sound or mute the left or right Airpod. This is useful if you only lost one Airpod. You don't want that sound exploding in your ear, trust us.

Look around your house or where you last remember using the AirPods. This loud noise should help you locate them. If you've dropped your AirPods in different places and can only find one, put the AirPod you found back in the case and follow the same steps to locate the other.

If the Find My iPhone app can't locate your AirPods

If your AirPods appeared as a gray dot on the Find my iPhone app, you have a problem. This will only show you their last location i.e. the location where they were last connected to your iPhone or other device.

There are many reasons why this can happen. The Find My iPhone app should be installed preemptively before you lose your AirPods. This is the best precautionary measure against losing your AirPods, so it's best to set them up as soon as you make your purchase.

Your lost AirPods may be out of juice; if the battery is empty, they cannot be found. Also, they might be out of reach. The range where you can find them is within a close radius of your Apple device they are connected to (Bluetooth range).

Finally, your AirPods can rest in the AirPods case. You cannot connect them to your device while they are in the case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prevent the use of my stolen AirPods?

Unfortunately, no, although they are incredibly expensive and Apple generally offers excellent device protection features. The only thing you can do is track and locate them. If your attempts to locate them fail, the only way to get them back is for the thief to change their mind.

Does AppleCare cover stolen AirPods?

No. AppleCare is more of an extended warranty than insurance. This means you'll get support if there's a problem with your AirPods (they stop charging, there's no sound, etc.), but you won't get a replacement if they're lost or lost. stolen.

If I lose one, do I have to buy a new one?

No. Luckily, if you lose a component (the charging case or a pod), you can visit your nearest Apple Store to have the missing part replaced for less cost than buying a whole new set. If you're using AirPods Gen 1 or 2, the charging cases are actually interchangeable, so if that's the part that's missing, you can find another case through a friend or member of your family. family. If you need to replace an Airpod, it's $69 or a Gen 1 or 2 pod and $89 for the pro. You can visit Apple's website for more information on replacing lost components.

Object faithful

We really hope this helped you find your AirPods. Unfortunately, AirPods are much harder to find than your iPhone, because iPhones are always online (when powered on) and can therefore be tracked more easily. Finding your AirPods depends on how close you are to your iOS device.

If your AirPods are stolen, you probably won't be able to find them. This is the harsh reality. If you lose a single Airpod or lose the case, you can get a replacement from Apple. You will need the serial number of your AirPods to relay it to Apple Support.

These replacements will cost you additional fees. If you have any ideas or comments, post them in the section below.

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