You can track the location of nearly every Apple product except for the AirPods. If you lose them, there’s nothing you can do. You can’t sign into iCloud and check the GPS to determine where they are. And worse yet, if a Good Samaritan comes across your AirPods, there is nothing he or she can do to find you and return them. You’re simply out $159 + tax.
However, there are two things you can do right now to try to help someone else locate you should you lose your AirPods:
- Write your name and phone number on the back of your AirPods case in some way that is permanent.
- Rename your AirPods in Bluetooth settings. The default name is AirPods. If someone finds your AirPods, even if they had the best of intentions, they can’t determine the owner by looking at the Bluetooth name. Rename your AirPods to “Your Name | Your Phone #” and maybe your email address as well.
These two things still assume the person who finds your missing AirPods is a Good Samaritan, but at least you have a better chance of your lost headphones getting returned to you.
Thanks to Jason Staples for this excellent advice.