If your AirPods are not updating their location, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.
To update the location of your AirPods, you need for them to be out of the case with charge in them and for them to be in range of your iPhone.
How to get AirPods to update location
It should be the case that your AirPods automatically update their location on your iPhone’s “Find My” app. If this does not happen, there are a number of possible reasons as mentioned below:
Out of power
The most obvious reason is that your AirPods are out of power.
If you lost your AirPods when they were already low on power or they have been lost for hours or more, this would be the most likely cause. In this case, find my iPhone should still show their last known location.
They are in the case
If your AirPods are in the case, they will not be able to update their location or ring because they get turned off and disconnected when they are in the case.
They have been reset
If someone stole your AirPods, it is possible for the person to reset them by putting them in the case and holding the power button for 15 seconds.
If they have done this, your AirPods will no longer be connected to your iCloud or find my iPhone.
They are broken
It might also be the case that your AirPods are broken. This would be more likely if you lost them somewhere such as near a road or outside while it is raining.
The AirPods were not connected to find my iPhone
If your AirPods were not connected to find my iPhone to begin with. For AirPods to be connected to find my iPhone you must connect them to a device with an iCloud account.
Also, it could be the case that your AirPods were actually connected to a different iCloud account and it would help to consider what other accounts you use.
The AirPods are actually where your phone says they are
If you do not have your AirPods, it might be the case that your AirPods are actually in the location it says they are but you just have not seen them yet.
Will AirPods update location if stolen?
Your AirPods will only update their location if they are within range of your iPhone, they have charge in them and they are not in the case.
If someone stole your AirPods, they might have reset your AirPods. If they reset your AirPods, your AirPods will no longer be able to update their location on your phone.
Read more: Can you password protect AirPods?
Why is my AirPods location not updating?
Your AirPods might not be updating their location due to being out of power, in the case, they have been reset, they are out of range of your phone, or because they are broken.
Why are my AirPods showing an old location?
When your AirPods are unable to update their location, your iPhone will show the last known location of your AirPods. If the location ins not updating, it would likely be due to one of the reasons mentioned above.
Do AirPods only update location when opened?
AirPods do not update their location while they are in the case. This is because AirPods deactivate when you put them in the case.