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Why are my AirPods no longer on find my iPhone?

As an owner of AirPods, I recently experienced frustration when I realized that my AirPods were no longer appearing on the “Find my iPhone” app. I decided to do some research and investigate possible solutions to this issue. After exploring various options, I was able to successfully resolve the issue and improve my knowledge of troubleshooting AirPods. In this blog post, I will be sharing the steps I took to resolve my AirPods’ disappearance from “Find my iPhone” and other solutions I discovered during my research.

Key Takeaways
AirPods will not appear on Find My iPhone after 24 hours.
AirPods may not be detected if they are out of power or reset.
Restart iPhone with AirPods in the Charging Case to resolve.
Check Apple System Status for system-wide app outage.
Use to locate AirPods if not showing in the app.
Reset and re-pair AirPods to fix temporary glitches.

Why are my AirPods no longer on find my iPhone?

The two most common reason why AirPods are no longer on find my iPhone is that they have not been in range of your iPhone for over 24 hours. When AirPods are not in range of your iPhone for over 24 hours they stop appearing on find my iPhone.

If your AirPods are out of power, your iPhone will not be able to detect them.

If your AirPods have been reset, your iPhone will not be able to detect them.

If your AirPods are in the case, they get turned off so your iPhone also will not be able to detect them. However, if you have a new generation AirPods case, the case itself should still appear on find my iPhone since the new cases are compatible with find my iPhone.

If you see the “No Location Found” message, this means you will not be able to play a sound that can help you locate your AirPods.

Here are a few steps you can try if you have possession of your AirPods but can’t see them in the Find My app.

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There are times when you may not be able to see your AirPods in the Find My app because of a temporary glitch. 

You can usually resolve this situation by restarting your iDevice while putting your AirPods in their Charging Case with the lid closed. 

This should allow the device to find your AirPods.

Check the Find My app’s status with Apple.

There are rare occasions when the problem could be on Apple’s end. To check the status of the Find My app, visit Apple’s System Status webpage.

If the service shows a red or yellow symbol, it could indicate a systemwide outage. In that case, you will have to wait for Apple to fix it. 

Use iCloud instead to find your AirPods

If you visit, you can sign in using your Apple ID. Then click on “Find iPhone.” If you’re on a mobile device, you should see the AirPods listed. On a computer, click on “All Devices,” and the AirPods should show up on the list.

Unpair and Re-pair AirPods

  • To unpair and re-pair your AirPods, follow these steps: 
  • Place both AirPods in the charging case.
  • Open your iDevice settings and tap on Bluetooth.
  • Tap the blue “i” button next to the AirPods.
  • Tap “Forget This Device,” then tap “Forget Device.”
  • Now, pair your Airpods with your iDevice again.

If that does not work, try doing a full reset of the AirPods and then pair them again.

To reset AirPods:

  • Put them in the case
  • Open the lid
  • Hold the power button for 15 seconds until the light flashes orange then white

Update Firmware for AirPods

Just like other iDevices like the iPhone and iPad, AirPods also have updates that can fix bugs and provide new features. It’s possible that updating the firmware may resolve your issue. You only have to have your AirPods connected to an iDevice, and they should update automatically. 

How to find your AirPods if it’s not showing up on find my iPhone?

If your AirPods don’t show up on Find My iPhone, your best bet is getting directions to the place they last connected to your iDevice. Once you arrive, you’ll just need to conduct a manual search for your missing AirPods.


Why won’t my lost AirPods show up on find my iPhone?

Aside from not being charged, other reasons your AirPods are not showing up on Find My iPhone can be because they were either destroyed or paired with another device.

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How do I make my AirPods show up on find my iPhone?

To add your AirPods to Find My iPhone, you don’t have to do anything. They are automatically registered to the app once they are paired to your iDevice. 

How to use find my iPhone to find my AirPods

  • To turn on the Find My app:
  • First, open the Settings app.
  • Next, tap on your name.
  • Then, you’ll need to tap “Find My.” 
  • If you would like family and friends to know your location, you can turn on Share My Location.
  • Now, tap on “Find My (name of device).”
  • Then turn on “Find My (name of device).” 
  • Once you see your device, even if it is not online, turn on “Find My network.” 
  • To have the location of your iDevice sent to Apple whenever the battery is running low, turn on “Send Last Location.”

If you would like to use a map to find your lost device, make sure you turn on the Location Services option. Here are the steps to do this:

  • Go to settings
  • Tap on privacy
  • Tap on Location Services
  • Then turn on Location Services

To ensure you can find your AirPods in Find My, even if they are disconnected or powered off, you want to ensure Find My Network is turned on. Here’s how you can check.

  • Go to settings
  • Tap on Bluetooth
  • Tap the blue info button located next to the AirPods on your list.
  • Go down to Find My Network
  • Make sure the Find My network option is set to on.

How to turn on Lost Mode for Airpods

  • On your iDevice, open the Find My app
  • Tap on the Devices tab and select AirPods
  • Scroll Down and select “Mark as Lost,” then select activate.
  • If you want your contact information displayed for the missing AirPods, follow the onscreen steps. 
  • Now, select Activate.

How to register AirPods to your Apple ID

Unlike traditional product registration that requires you to visit a special website to sign up,  Apple products are automatically registered. Once you pair your new AirPods to your iDevice, they will automatically attach to your Apple ID.

How do I find my AirPods if they are not on find my iPhone?

Unfortunately, if find my iPhone no longer sees the device and can not give you the last location they connected to your iDevice, this could mean they are being used by someone else.

Apple has yet to place safeguards on AirPods, allowing users to “lock them,” so anyone can pair your AirPods to their device if they come into possession of them.

  • Pros:
    • Find My iPhone is an easy way to locate your AirPods if they become lost or stolen.
    • You can easily update the firmware of your AirPods to ensure they are always up-to-date.
    • If you have a new generation AirPods case, the case itself will appear on Find My iPhone.
    • Cons:

      • If your AirPods are out of range, they won’t appear on Find My iPhone.
      • If your AirPods have been reset, they won’t appear on Find My iPhone.
      • If your AirPods are in the case, they won’t appear on Find My iPhone.