Find Lost AirPods for Free Without the Finder App

Last Updated on July 28, 2017

If you are one of those people who are paranoid about your lost AirPods or (getting them lost) then this trick might be for you. As you might know, the AirPods work with Bluetooth. Particularly Bluetooth 4.0 low energy. That means, while on, the AirPods can be detected via Bluetooth by any compatible device.

Of course, you can detect the AirPods, but finding where exactly they are isn’t possible. This is where an app called the LightBlue Explorer comes along. You can download it from the iTunes store for your iPhone and iPads.

Using LightBlue Explorer to find your Lost AirPods

LightBlue Explorer is a Bluetooth device signal detection app which you can use to find your AirPods by detecting how strong the signals from them are. Since Bluetooth has a limited range, you can expect the search radius to shrink quite a lot.

Using LighBlue Explorer is pretty simple. Install the app from the iTunes store on your iPhone or iPad and then run it. On the main screen, you will see the list of all the available Bluetooth devices in your vicinity. What’s nice is that the app automatically categorizes the type of Bluetooth device automatically, so your AirPods won’t show up in a long list of random devices.

Tap on the AirPod name and you will be able to see how strong the signals for your AirPods are. The stronger the signal, the closer you are to finding them. Of course, this isn’t the best solution for finding your lost AirPods, but it is cheap.

The other alternative is to get a new pair from Amazon, but that will set you back by $275. I prefer the free method, I’m sure you do too.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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