How do I know if my AirPods are connected to someone else?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

If you suspect that your AirPods are connected to someone else’s device, there are a few indications you can look for to confirm this. One of the most obvious signs is when you try to use your AirPods and notice that they are not playing audio or are connected to a different device than usual. This can be quite frustrating, but there are some steps you can take to verify if your AirPods are indeed connected to someone else.

1. Check the Bluetooth settings: On your iPhone, open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen (or up from the bottom on older iPhone models). Ensure that the AirPods are not connected to your device. If you see that they are connected to a different device, it could be an indication that someone else has paired with them.

2. Look for the “AirPods Mismatch” alert: Apple introduced a feature in iOS 14.5 that alerts you when your AirPods are connected to the wrong device. If your AirPods are mixed up with someone else’s AirPods, both you and the other person will receive an alert saying “AirPods Mismatch.” This alert is designed to help you identify the issue and take appropriate action.

3. Use the Find My app: If you suspect that your AirPods are connected to someone else’s device, you can use the Find My app to locate them. Open the Find My app on your iPhone, tap on the Devices tab, and look for your AirPods in the list. If they are nearby, you can play a sound to help you identify which AirPod is mismatched. This can be particularly useful if you’re in a crowded area or if someone else has accidentally picked up your AirPods.

4. Try resetting your AirPods: If the above steps don’t resolve the issue, you can try resetting your AirPods. To do this, put your AirPods in their case, open the lid, and press and hold the button on the back of the case until the LED light on the front starts flashing amber. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to reconnect your AirPods to your own device. This should disconnect any other devices that were previously connected.

5. Change your AirPods’ name: If you’re still experiencing connectivity issues or suspect that someone else is connected to your AirPods, you can change the name of your AirPods. By giving them a unique name, it will be easier to identify and differentiate them from any other AirPods in the vicinity. To change the name, go to the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, tap the “i” icon next to your AirPods, and then tap on the current name to edit it.

It’s worth noting that while these steps can help you identify if your AirPods are connected to someone else, they may not always be foolproof. Bluetooth connections can sometimes be unpredictable, and there could be other factors at play. However, by following these steps and taking appropriate action, you can increase the chances of resolving any connectivity issues and ensuring that your AirPods are securely connected to your own device.