If you lost your AirPods, here's how to find them using a new iPhone feature

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If you lost your AirPods, here's how to find them using a new iPhone feature

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Apple's latest update of iOS includes a new feature called "Find My AirPods." It's similar to Find My iPhone or Find My iPad in that it allows you to locate a lost gadget. There's one big limitation you should know about, though — it only works so long as the AirPods are within Bluetooth range, which means you won't be able to find them if you've left them far away, like at the office or on an airplane.

  • Make sure you have iOS 10.3 installed. It sounds silly, but this feature isn’t going to work if your iPad or iPhone isn’t on the latest version. You can do this by navigating to Settings > General > About.


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  • Open up Find My iPhone. You’ll find this on your home screen (or in a folder if you’ve hidden it).


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  • Scroll through the list and tap the AirPods option. It should show a time indicating the last time they were detected and how far away they are.


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  • The next screen will show you exactly where your AirPods are located — so long as they’re in range! Tap “Actions” at the bottom.


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  • Tap “Play a Sound.” This will help you find them if they’re hiding, like in a couch cushion.


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  • If you tap the car icon, you can get directions to the last known location of your AirPods.


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  • That’s it! Welcome home, AirPods.

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