If you’re like me, and own an iPhone of the newer generation with Apple AirPods. You’ll probably lost them on some occasion with no idea where you could have left them.
After all, those AirPods are not huge over-ear headphones that you can spot from a mile away.
On top of that, AirPods come with a price-tag of around $160 in the US. So this is not something you want to replace constantly…
Well, I’m one of those people who really likes to forget their AirPods at the place where you had lunch, in the Gym’s dressing room, at the beach or where ever I could possible forget them.
So far I have always found them again, but not because I’m an extraordinarily lucky person. At WallWizz we like to say:
“I’ve got an app for that” 😀
Find My Headphones & Earbuds
Find My Headphones & Earbuds by Bickster LLC is the app I am currently using to protect my AirPod investment.
While this app is not what I consider “the best”, it does get the job done. That’s what’s most important to me.
It doesn’t have a great design, it also isn’t extremely user-friendly but in the end I found my lost AirPods already quite a few times.
The app is not plug & play and magically finds your lost headphones under any & all circumstances.
So there are some things to keep in mind, to set yourself up for success with this app.
Let’s go through the whole process.
BlueTooth Finder – Not GPS
The first thing to learn about this app is that, it doesn’t work via GPS like Apple’s “Find My iPhone”.
This app is to be used ideally, right after you realize you’ve lost your headphones and are still close to where you know you had them last.
If you have no idea where you could have lost them, use Find my iPhone first to see where the approximate location of your AirPods is.
Find my iPhone is great, but the closer you get to the location on the map, the less accurate it is. It display a huge a circle of where your device could potentially be located…
Now, this is where Find My Headphones & Earbuds comes in.
Since the app hooks into the Bluetooth Signal of nearby headphones & devices, it can be more accurate in locating them.
It does so by measuring the strength of the BlueTooth signal.
FindMyHeadPhones & FindMyDeviceApp
Once you’ve downloaded Find My Headphones & Earbuds, you’ll see that actually two apps were installed.
You’ll get this app as a freebie when purchasing FindMyHeadPhones.
It’s made specifically to find devices with Bluetooth 4.0+. This includes devices like for example your Apple iWatch.
This is the app made for Headphones specifically.
But in my tests, both apps actually find my AirPods, just that “Find My Device” tends to show more devices, as it also works for BlueTooth 4.0+.
So usually I check first on this app, and if it doesn’t show anything I’ll try with Find My Device.
How To Go About Finding Your AirPods
Now this is the tricky part. It’s not an exact science of course, so don’t expect your AirPods to just show up on a map with an exact location.
Sadly, technology isn’t there yet.
Instead, you have to play a little game of Hot & Cold 🙂
Once you are at the location that is shown in “Find My iPhone”, or alternatively where you know you lost them somewhere, you open the application.
Now give it some time to scan for nearby device signals, and once it found your HeadPhones tap on the label shown in this list:
If no signal was found, you’re too far away. Keep on walking and try again, until you find the signal.
Once you’ve located it, and selected the label of your device / headphones the game of Hot & Cold begins.
The App will show you in real-time when you get closer, or are moving away from the signal.
It does so by giving you feedback of “Cold”, “Warmer” or “Hot” for when you’re right next to your device.
Now, this whole process is obviously far from perfect. But I haven’t found a more reliable way to be honest.
The app itself, while working as advertised, is sometimes slow in updating the feedback messages.
The app isn’t user-friendly at all.
For example when you open the app, it doesn’t stay on the scanner list. It immediately jumps to the FAQ / Help section of the app, you always have to tap on “Go Back” again to actually end up on the scanner list which is where you need to be to locate your device.
Then we also have the price, of currently USD $4.99. This is quite a hefty price tag to be honest. For this price, I would expect a really nice user-interface and more fluent updates of feedback messages.
Maybe with an additional compass that shows you in which direction the signal is strongest.
BlueTooth needs to be enabled on your headphones / earbuds, they need to be turned on. Otherwise the app is useless.
This isn’t a drawback of the app itself though, this is just how the technology works.
Overall the app does what it promises to do, and that is also the reason why I keep on using it, until I find something better.
My AirPods are pretty expensive, and it did help me find them again a couple of times already. So just looking at the facts here, one could say it is definitely worth the $4.99.
But, not everyone has AirPods, most BlueTooth headphones go for something like $20.00 or so, and at this point I think the price cannot be justified, at all.
For this price, like I’ve mentioned already, I would expect the app to be much better.
If you own a pair of expensive BlueTooth headphones or earbuds, I think go for it. It will help you find your headphones, but it won’t be smooth process.
For everyone else, just buy another set of $20 headphones 😉