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Can I Find The Owner Of AirPods I Found? (Return to Owner)

Last Updated Dec 22, 2022
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If you found a pair of AirPods, don’t know who they belong to, and want to do the neighborly thing and try to find their owner, this is the article you were looking for! We are going to find out right now if you can find the owner of the AirPods you found and, if you can, how to do so. 

You can find the owner of AirPods that you found, but only if the owner has set up the AirPods with Lost Mode and marked them as lost on their own device. If they have done so, you can place the AirPods next to your iPhone or iPad and you will automatically see a message with the owner’s information.

Now, keep reading if you want to learn not only what Lost Mode from Apple is but also how to use it as both the finder and the owner of lost AirPods. In just a few minutes, you may be able to return the AirPods you found to the owner and do your good deed for the day! 

How to Find the Owner of Lost Airpods

The first thing to understand about finding the owner of a lost pair of AirPods is that it can only be done if the owner has set up and initiated Lost Mode on the AirPods. If they did not do so, unfortunately, there is no other way to find the owner of a misplaced pair of AirPods.

So as the finder, how can you find out if the owner has implemented lost mode?

In order to do so, you need to have an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad on hand. Then, you need to turn the AirPods on and set them next to the Apple device. 

If the owner has initiated Lost Mode and marked them as lost on their own device, a message will immediately and automatically appear on your iPhone or iPad! 

And it will have the owner’s phone number or email address listed so that you can contact them directly and let them know you have their AirPods

From there, of course, it’s up to you whether you bring them directly to the owner or have them come pick them up at your location. 

How to Set Up Lost Mode on AirPods

Now that you know that you can only find the owner of a lost pair of AirPods through Apple’s Lost Mode, you will certainly want to know how to set it up on yours if you have them! 

But before you go through the trouble of following the instructions listed below to set up lost mode on your AirPods, you should know that not all models have this service. AirPods that offer Lost Mode include AirPods 3rd Generation, AirPods Pro 1st Generation, and the AirPods Max. 

So if your AirPods are one of these models, here’s what you need to do to set up Lost Mode:

  • First, you need to download the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. 
  • Then, turn on your AirPods. 
  • Within the app, the AirPods will appear on the list of available devices. 
  • Finally, select the AirPods to initiate Lost Mode. 

That’s all there is to it! Now, if you misplace your AirPods, you will be able to track them and send a notification in case someone finds them. It’s important to understand in order for the finder to contact you, your contact information within your Apple account must be up-to-date and accurate. 

How to Mark AirPods as Lost

Although you need to set up Lost Mode before you actually lose a pair of AirPods, there are still steps you need to take after they are lost to ensure the finder gets a notification with your personal information. 

Here is how to mark your AirPods as lost once you’ve misplaced them:

  • Open your Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad. 
  • Then, open the Find My app. 
  • Tap the AirPods option. 
  • Click Mark as Lost. 
  • Finally, select Activate. 

From here, you can track the AirPods on the map, and a notification with your personal information will be sent to the finder if they have connected the AirPods to their Apple device. 

Final Thoughts 

So, can you find the owner of AirPods that you found? Absolutely you can! But only if they have initiated Lost Mode and activated it on their Apple device at home. 

As well you will also need an Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad, in order to receive the owner’s personal information. 

But you now have all the information you need to not only find the owner of the lost AirPods but also how to ensure that if you misplace your AirPods, someone else will be able to find you!