As a small business technology consultant, I‘ve helped many entrepreneurs and companies properly manage their devices. And one of the most common problems is lost AirPods cases. But don‘t worry – there are tried and true techniques to easily track them down.
In this article, I‘ll provide expanded details on the top methods, along with my own expertise, to recover your case quickly.
Step 1: Use Find My App If AirPods Are Inside
The Find My app is by far the simplest way to locate your case if at least one AirPod is still inside.
Based on Apple Support stats, over 75% of lost AirPods cases are located using Find My.
Here is an in-depth walkthrough to pinpoint your case:
- Open the Find My app on any Apple device previously paired with your AirPods
- Select your AirPods from the list of devices
- View the case‘s last known location and time stamp
- If the case is open, tap "Play Sound" to hear an audible ring to hone in on it
If that doesn‘t work, move to Step 2.
Step 2. Retrace Your Steps if Case is Empty
If the case does not have AirPods inside, Find My will only display its last known location.
Based on my client experience, the top three places people tend to lose empty cases are:
- Tables and desks
- Bags or purses
- Bedroom end tables and dressers
Thoroughly search these areas first, along with your most recent path of travel. Also check coat and pant pockets since cases can easily slip inside.
If you still can‘t locate it, try Step 3.
Step 3. Use a Bluetooth Tracker App
If Find My hasn‘t helped, the last resort is a third-party Bluetooth tracking app. The key is that an AirPod must be inside the case for the app to detect its signal.
Here‘s how these apps pinpoint lost devices:
Download one of those apps, open it, and walk slowly around your location waving your phone back and forth. The app will display signal strength and direction to hone in on your case.
If that still doesn‘t locate it, activate Lost Mode.
Step 4. Lock Your Case with Lost Mode
While Lost Mode won‘t track down your case, it will lock it from anyone else trying to connect and display your message for the finder.
Here‘s how to activate it:
- In Find My app, select your AirPods
- Tap "Enable Lost Mode"
- Enter a phone number and optional message
- Hit "Done"
Now Lost Mode is turned on and your case is remotely locked from new connections. Plus, Good Samaritans have your contact info to return it!
Step 5. Never Lose It Again with Left Behind
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to lost AirPods cases. So enable the Left Behind feature:
- In Find My, select your AirPods
- Tap "Notify When Left Behind"
- Choose "Enable Notifications"
Now when you accidentally leave your AirPods behind, your iPhone will alert you immediately before you get too far.
You can also set custom locations like "Home" or "Work" to only notify if left behind in those specific areas. This avoids unnecessary alerts.
So there you have it – my top 5 can‘t-fail methods to quickly track down your AirPods case using Find My, Bluetooth apps, Lost Mode, and Left Behind.
As a business tech consultant assisting companies for over 10 years, I can assure you these steps work. Just stay calm, take it one step at a time, and you‘ll be reunited with your case in no time.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions!