In recent years, the AirPods and AirPods Pro have become one of the top wireless earphones on the market thanks to their sleek design and seamless integration with other Apple devices. However, if you’re an AirPod user, one of the most painful things is losing a single AirPod from the set. You may be wondering if you should buy one AirPod or shell out for a new pair. In fact, buying one AirPod can be a risky thing as there are a lot of scams on the internet. Falling for these guys, you end up losing your money. Don’t fear, we are willing to help you out.
In this article, we will show you the steps on how to replace a lost AirPod and provide you with some useful tips to find your missing earbud.
How To Replace A Lost AirPod
Don’t worry, you are not alone facing this problem. In fact, losing a single AirPod is not something new, as there has been a significant number of affected users out there since the Apple AirPods first hit the public. Fortunately, Apple is fully aware of that and now provides a service specifically for those who want to replace a single AirPod. Of course, it does not come free, but this is at least the most reliable method of getting a new AirPod, rather than go for some guy at Amazon or eBay.
Here is how much Apple charge for replacing a single AirPods/AirPods Pro bud:
- AirPods – US$69 each
- AirPods Pro – US$89 each
Do note that a missing AirPod is not covered by AppleCare+. To purchase the replacement for your lost AirPod, you can call an Apple Store or visit the support page. From there, you can decide which bud side you want and place the order.
Alternatively, you can get a replacement for your lost AirPod from retailers at eBay. They are cheaper ( a single AirPod can cost $47 on eBay) than using the Apple service. However, beware of scams as they are all around the internet, so make sure you do some initial research before purchasing from these sites. Plus, opt for a trusted service that guarantees a warranty or offers a refund. In fact, this could be an option if you have exhausted all the possibilities.
It’s worth noting that both of the AirPods work on their own. They will continue to function normally if one goes missing. So if it’s fine to rock with only one bud, you probably don’t need to get a replacement as they are expensive.
How To Find A Lost AirPod
You can try finding your lost AirPod via the Find My iPhone app before whipping out your credit card for a replacement. This app was built to track the missing iPhones, but Apple added Find my AirPods as a new feature in iOS 10.3. Here is what you need to do:
- Open the Find My iPhone app on any iOS device running iOS 10.3 or later. Alternatively, you can visit iCloud.com and login with your iCloud account
- Select your AirPods from the list
- Your AirPods live location will be displayed in-app if your AirPods are close to one of your Apple devices as long as they still have power.
- You can tap Actions and then Play Sound in the AirPods section of the Find my iPhone app. Doing so will force your earbuds to start chirping, thereby making them easier to locate.
The app also gives you the option to mute either earbud, which makes it easier to find a single AirPod that goes missing. If both of your AirPods buds and the case are dead, you won’t be able to get a live location. However, Find My Airpods will pinpoint the last location that it could detect a Bluetooth signal from your earbuds.
Lost AirPods Case
What if you lost your AirPods charging case instead of the buds? It is required for charging and pairing your AirPods, so losing the case simply makes your AirPods useless once they run out of charge.
Unfortunately, Find My AirPods won’t locate your case if your AirPods aren’t inside. Your best shot, in this case, is to revisit the location that you think you’ve lost your case and look for it. If you are unable to find the charging case, you have to get a replacement.
Apple’s AirPods replacement service also works on AirPods case. If you’ve damaged or lost your AirPod Charging case, it can be replaced for the following prices:
- AirPod Charging Case –$59
- AirPod Wireless Charging Case – $79
- AirPod Pro Wireless Charging Case – $99
And now you have it. This is our guide on how to replace a lost AirPod as well as some tips to find your missing earbud. We hope that our guide will be helpful to you.
If you notice that your AirPods are having issues, you may want to check out our guide here to fix the most common AirPods/AirPods Pro problems.