At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple announced a capability to locate lost AirPods. The feature was earlier expected to roll out with iOS 15 update, however, it was delayed and rolled out to AirPods Max, AirPods Pro and AirPods via a firmware update.
The feature allows users to locate their lost AirPods easily using the Find My service just like AirTag.
How does it work
Apple uses the Bluetooth of wireless headphones to send continuous beacon messages to a nearby Apple device to detect the current location of the AirPods lost by a user. In simple words, the feature works in a similar way AirTag works. Apple is using other Apple devices to detect the location of the lost AirPods or AirTag for that matter.
Steps to find lost AirPods
Open Find My app on your iPhone or any other Apple device
Tap on Devices section from the bottom of the app screen
Here tap on AirPods to see the last location
In Devices section, you’ll see the list of all devices that are linked with your Apple ID
You will see a map showing the last location of your AirPods. However, as already mentioned, the new Find My feature is only supported on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. So, in this case, you’ll see their last location. However, in case of regular AirPods, it will only tell you the last connected location.