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How to tell if someone switched your AirPods?

If someone recently used your AirPods and you think that the person may have switched them with other AirPods, this post will show you ways you can tell if it happened.

Ways to tell if someone has switched your AirPods are if you have to reconnect them to all of your devices and they no longer have the same name on your Bluetooth list, they look different or if the battery life is a lot shorter.

However, it could be the case that they are your AirPods but they were reset in the case.

In this case, you will also need to pair your AirPods again and they won’t have the name on your Bluetooth list if you changed their name before.

How to tell if someone switched your AirPods?

For someone to successfully switch your AirPods, they must do the following:

  1. Put your AirPods in a case. It can be your own case or a different case.
  2. Open the lid of the case and hold the button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white. This resets the AirPods and unpairs them from all devices
  3. Pair the AirPods with their own device.
  4. Give you a different case with different AirPods inside

Ways you can tell if someone switched your AirPods are as follows:

You have to reconnect to them

If the person has switched your AirPods, when you get the AirPods back, it will be necessary for you to pair your AirPods with your own devices again.

If you do not need to pair your AirPods with devices that you have previously paired them with, it would mean that the AirPods cannot have been switched unless the person also had access to that device.

They look or sound different

Another clue would be if your AirPods look or sound different. Also, if you notice that the battery is draining much more quickly, it would also be a sign that the AirPods are different AirPods.

They have a different name on your Bluetooth list

If you gave your AirPods a name on your Bluetooth list, a new set of AirPods will no longer have that name when you pair them with your device.

Also, it will be necessary for you to pair your AirPods to the device and your own AirPods should be able to automatically connect to your device unless they were reset.

Not much else

Other than needing to pair the AirPods to all your devices, there is not much else you can do to tell if someone switched your AirPods.

In future, it would be best to avoid allowing other people to use your AirPods and to keep them in the case with you when you are not using them.

Read more: How to turn off touch on AirPods

What happens if someone steals your AirPods?

If someone steals AirPods and the case or they have access to another case, the AirPods can be reset.

When AirPods are reset, they lose their connection with all paired devices and can no longer be tracked through the “Find My” app.

Then, the AirPods will be like an unused set of AirPods and can be paired with any device and paired with a new iCloud account.

Read more: Why did my AirPods suddenly stop working?

Can someone connect to your AirPods?

It is not possible for someone else’s device to connect to your AirPods unless your AirPods are in pairing mode or they have been previously paired with that device.