Find My iPhone App Gets New AirPods Tracking Feature

Apple has just introduced a new AirPods tracking feature in the updated Find My iPhone app in iOS 10.3, that uses the AirPods’ wireless technology to track their whereabouts, since they do not have a built-in GPS. According to The Wall Street Journal, the new feature is available to developers starting today, and will be made available to the public soon as well.


The new “Find My AirPods” feature relies on the GPS in your iPhone, similar to most dedicated lost-item Bluetooth trackers (via CNET). The feature could come in handy in a number of common scenarios. For instance, if you forgot your AirPods at home, the new feature would let you confirm they were safe at home. The app plots on a map the last place the AirPods were in Bluetooth range of any iOS device that’s signed into your iCloud account.

The most likely situation requires just the human ear—take it from someone who has repeatedly discovered an AirPod at the bottom of a purse pocket. Apple has added an alarm to help find earbuds in proximity. Tap “Play Sound” in the iOS app and the AirPod will start chirping. In the app, you can specify which AirPod you’d like to sound. Only problem? If the AirPod’s battery runs out, it’ll remain silent.

Similarly, if you lose your AirPods while you’re out for a run, the updated Find My iPhone app’s map may show the location where the AirPods were last connected. You’ll of course need your phone with you for this to work, as the Apple Watch’s GPS won’t help.

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  • Gary Bowen

    Last time I lost my AirPods, and I spent a few minutes looking for them, I realised they were in my ears all along. A silent cloud of stupidity fell upon me for a brief moment, lol. This is great though, hopefully I won’t have to embarrass myself like that again.

  • christian ham

    We need an update to skip songs with 3 taps.
    That’s all it needs and the AirPods will be perfect.

  • MrXax

    Is there no way to skip with them currently?

  • Gary Bowen

    You can double-tap the AirPods, and request Siri to skip the track. Or use your phone/watch to manually do it. But there is no other skip function, the same way you would skip a song with the wired Ear Pods.

  • MrXax

    That’s… absolutely crazy.