iOS 10.3 comes with a brand new Find My AirPods feature to help you find your lost earphone(s). Here's how to use it.
Never Lose Your AirPods Again (Hopefully) with the New Find My AirPods Feature in iOS 10.3
Probably the biggest highlight of the new iOS 10.3 update is Find My AirPods. As the name suggests, the new feature allows a user to instantly locate their AirPods in case they have misplaced them. But of course, this does not mean that you'll be able to find your earphones halfway across the globe. Why? Because the AirPods don't have built-in WiFi, cellular connectivity or even GPS for location tracking. Then why does Find My AirPods even exist? Well, basically the feature works as long as you are within range of your AirPods and connected to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. If you fulfill that criteria then you can ping your earphones, and they'll play an audible sound, allowing you to instantly find them. So, let's jump into how you can use this new feature.
There are two ways how you can use this feature, either through the 'Find iPhone' app on your iPhone or iPad or iCloud.com. The website route is easier if you have a computer sitting right in front of you. And the iPhone method is golden if you are out and about. So let's start with the website first.
1. Open iCloud.com in your Web browser.
2. Now click on Find iPhone from the dashboard of apps.
3. Once here, simply select the All Devices option at the top and select your AirPods. Now you can ping them, and hopefully retrieve them.
Using the Find iPhone app is a straightforward affair too.
1. Launch the Find iPhone on your iPhone or iPad from the home screen.
2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
3. Now under your devices section, you should see your AirPods listed. Simply select them.
4. If your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, then they should appear on the map, along with the option to play a sound. Take action which you think is necessary for the time being.
This feature is extremely handy given how easy it is to lose the AirPods. But don't expect it to retrieve your earphones in an extremely crowded restaurant or a train station.
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