Update: Apple on Monday pulled the app, which is no longer available in the App Store.
There’s an app called “Finder for AirPods” in the iOS App Store that will help you find missing AirPods that, as many would say, “gotta be here somewhere.”
The Finder for AirPods app uses your iPhone and missing AirPod’s Bluetooth connection to show you how close or far you are from the missing AirPod(s). It’s a similar concept to tracking devices like Tile or TrackR, which you attach to your belongings (like a set of keys) so you can track them down quickly and easily using Bluetooth and an app.
In the app, you first need to select which AirPod is missing, then place the AirPod you actually have in the charging case. The app then shows you the Bluetooth signal strength between your iPhone and the missing AirPod, which indicates the distance between you (well, your iPhone really) and the AirPod.
The closer you get, the bolder the bar gets, and you get a better idea of where to look for that pesky AirPod. There’s no official number for the AirPods’ wireless range, but the typical range for Bluetooth audio is around 30 feet.
MacRumors tested the Finder for Airpods app with some success, but it’s not entirely perfect. For one, the app didn’t discern which floor the missing AirPod is if you lost it in a multi-story building.
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Another issue is that the missing AirPod needs to be turned on in order to find with the app. That could be problematic, as the AirPods have a mere five-hour battery life when outside the charging case. If you lost it for more than five hours, you’ll have to search for the missing AirPod the good ol’ fashioned way: frantically turning your home upside down and panicked that you might have to spend $69 on a replacement.
Despite these drawbacks, the users who have reviewed the app so far have given it overall positive reviews, giving it an average of 4.5 stars. The app costs $3.99, but you can use it any time you misplace an AirPod, and it could save you that $69 on a replacement.