How to Find Lost AirPods If They Are Offline or Dead

Have you ever lost your AirPods? They’re tiny, easy to misplace, and they can be complicated to find if they are dead (which is likely). Apple’s Find My app is an excellent tool for locating these tiny earbuds – but how do you know when the battery has died on them? There’s no easy answer. But some signs will help you identify how long it’s been since your last charge.

Using “Find My” Network, It Might work, But…

AirPods and AirPods Pro earbuds, as well as AirPods Max headphones, may be readily tracked through the Find My network if they got lost, stolen, or missing. However, when the earbuds run out of battery, the network cannot establish a connection with the user to allow them to locate them once again. Users will have a more challenging time finding misplaced AirPods if they’re in their case and charging because situations like that happen frequently. When an AirPod is outside of the case but has not yet run out of battery power, it can be tracked and located easily.

How to Find AirPods When They’re Dead

If you’ve misplaced your AirPods and they don’t have a battery, and they’re offline, checking their last position will be your best shot at finding them. Because you won’t be able to utilize “Find My” if they’re offline, but you might be able to obtain directions to the area where they were last connected.

Here’s what you need to do to find their last location:

  • Open “Find my” app on iPhone, iPad or Mac
  • Make sure you’re on the “Devices” tab, as you can also use the app to track people or items.
  • Click on the AirPods device showing on the list.
  • The map will show their last location.

If some time has passed since they’ve been powered, AirPods will show a message saying “Offline”. If this is the case, there won’t be many good approaches to find them. Suppose no location data for the AirPods is available and you are unable to locate them after searching manually. In that case, the only option is usually to purchase a new AirPod or pair.

When can you use the “Find My” app?

The AirPods can only be tracked and found using the “Find my” app when they are outside their cases and have not yet run out of battery power.

A connection to the AirPods using Bluetooth is required to use the “Find my” network; otherwise, you won’t know their last location. If the AirPods are dead, there won’t be a Bluetooth connection and, therefore, no way to track them.

Tracking AirPods individually (left and right earbud) is possible, so in situations when one of them still has some charge, you might find the other one if they’re still close to each other. Likewise, if one or both had some charge a short time ago, the app may present you with their last known location.

AirPods Battery Life: How Long Do They Last?

The battery life of an average fully charged pair is 24 hours (listening time) for Airpods 2nd Gen and Pro models and 30 hours for the 3rd Gen model.

Can you play a sound to locate them?

You can play a sound to locate them when they’re out of their case and powered, but this option won’t be available when they run out of battery.

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About S. Santos

I am a tech columnist and blogger by trade, but I'm also an avid tennis player. In my spare time, I enjoy reviewing gadgets and gizmos from the world of tech. A lot has changed in the field since I started out as a writer back in 2009, so it's always exciting to keep up with all that's new. To me, there's nothing quite like getting my hands on a brand-new gadget or piece of software for the first time -- it's like Christmas morning every day!

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