How to Find Lost Earbuds

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Updated September 15, 2022

If you are new to the world of personal audio devices, you may want to learn how to find earbuds. Some of the best headphones, after all, are earbuds and these earbuds are, well, small and easy to lose. What are the various methods for finding any of the best wireless earbuds you have misplaced? Keep reading to find out.


  • It is all too easy to lose earbuds, as they are tiny and often fall out of the ear during use.
  • If you have Apple or Google-branded earbuds, use one of the company’s proprietary location apps to suss out the current location of your AirPods Pro or Pixel earbuds.
  • For third-party Bluetooth, use a Bluetooth scanner app or affix tracking tags to your important devices. Both can lessen the battery life of your mobile device, such as an Android device, so use caution.

Why Do Earbuds Go Missing?

Modern wireless earbuds are tiny little things and easy to lose, especially if you just learned how to pair earbuds. It is all too easy to misplace these gadgets along with any associated accessories if you have just learned how to charge earbuds. They can fall behind couch cushions or even out of your ear during a workout, which is something that happens after learning how to connect earbuds to a Peloton. They can even get lost underneath furniture if you have just learned how to connect earbuds to a TV.

Insider Tip

Keep your earbuds charged, especially if you plan on using a Bluetooth scanning app to locate your lost devices.

Even worse? Upon finding the earbuds, they could be broken, forcing you to learn how to fix earbuds.

How to Find Lost Earphones

To avoid any interruptions in your daily schedule, make it a priority to find any lost earbuds as soon as you can. Fortunately, there are some dedicated tools to do just that.

Use a Device Locator App

Some earbuds are easily found via common device location apps, though this depends on the make, model, and manufacturer of your earbuds. Any Apple products are discoverable through the company’s proprietary “Find My Device” service, and any Google-branded earbuds are discoverable via the company’s Pixel-related “Last Known Location” service. Just access the service of your choice and find your earbuds. Of course, these dedicated platforms may not be available for your third-party earbuds.

Use a Bluetooth Scanner

There are Bluetooth scanning apps available for smartphones and tablets that are extremely useful for finding lost Bluetooth earbuds. Of course, there are some caveats. You need an approximate location, as the apps only boast a radius of around 30 feet. Additionally, the earbuds need to be powered on.

STAT: Keeping your earbuds turned on, paired with, and connected to your phone will also make finding them easier if you have to rely on a scanner app. (source)

Use a Tagging Device

You can use a tagging device to locate any lost earbuds, but the tags need to be affixed to the earbuds or the charging case before you lose them. In other words, invest in a decent location tag as you buy the earbuds and get them integrated as soon as possible.

Lost Earbuds FAQs

How do you find your lost AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max?

You can use Apple’s “Find My Device” location service to find lost AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and other products. There is a related service for Android phones to find lost headphones.

How do you find Galaxy Buds when not connected?

Download a Bluetooth scanner app to your mobile device and give it a shot to find any lost Samsung Galaxy earbuds. The same goes for smart home devices and other mobile devices.

Will Beats replace your lost headphones?

Beats is owned by mobile device giant Apple, so if you have enrolled your headphones with Apple Care, they will replace your stolen smart device. The same goes for AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and any other Apple products.
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