Can Stolen Airpods be Used By Someone Else?

Airpods is now becoming a status symbol all thanks to its premium price tags and also a recognize design. Although not everyone will afford to buy Airpods but as sad as it may be, many will like to have one. Well, what if your Airpods are stollen, can someone else be able to use it and also connect it with their iPhone? This is the question I will be answering in this article.

You should now know that Airpods don’t use an iCloud Activation Lock. So it’s not just valuable to theft but also easy to connect it with another iPhone.



How Can Someone Use My Stolen AirPods?

For anyone to use your Airpods, all they need to do is to put both AirPods in a charging case and hold the Setup button for a few seconds. This is the same process you will follow to reset your Airpods.


Now after resetting the Airpods, they will no longer be connected to any of your Apple devices. It might still show up in your settings but can’t stop anyone from using it.

What If My AirPods Were Stolen But I Still Have the Case?

Yes, we understand that to charge any Airpods you need the case to do that and the theft will have no other choice but to return the stolen Airpods. Well, unfortunately, they can use another case to charge the Airpods. Your Airpod works with any charger provided the person has Pro case for AirPods Pro.

What If They Only Stole One of My AirPods?

This is likely not going to be useful to a theft. However, theft can use your Airpod if they steal another Airpod from another person. Yes, it’s possible to link the Airpod with another one. The only good thing is that you can still listen to music with the other remaining one of your Airpod.


Can I track a stolen Airpods?

Yes, it’s possible to find a stolen Airpods making use of the Find My app. This is the best way to locate your stolen Airpods in one peace. All you need to do is to open Find My app on a connected Apple device or access the Find My page after signing in to the iCloud website.

If your Airpods were connected using Find My App, you will see them listed with your other devices. Now you can track your Airpods when they have an active connection to one of your Apple devices.

This happens when one of your AirPods is out of the case and within the Bluetooth range of your device. The Find My App will then place your AirPods on a map and lets you play a sound to help locate them.


This method is mostly if you lost your Airpods or someone stole it from a cloud. However, if your Airpods is off, Find My App will only show you the last location.

Can Reset Airpods be tracked?

Airpods does not have a location tracker built in them. You can only be able to see their location in Find My App when they paired with your iPhone.

And if the theft reset the Airpods, you won’t be able to get the location update except the person walk cloaked by and remained in a range of your device long enough for the AirPods to pair. However, the reset doesn’t change the identity of the Bluetooth module, so it has nothing to do with the location tracker either.

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Can I Lock My Stolen AirPods?

We all know that in most Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can use the Find My app to lock them when they go missing. This will prevent whoever finds your device from setting it up and using it.

With the activation lock, it makes it difficult for anyone to use a stolen Apple device. Sadly none of these features are available in Airpods.

So you cant lock your missing AirPods, or do anything to stop someone connecting them to a different iPhone. With the high price tag and pocket-friendly, this makes Airpods high target for thieves.

How Do I Replace Stolen AirPods?

If your Airpods are stolen the best thing to do is to report it to the police. Then if your home or property insurance covers your AirPods, you can then be able to use the police report in your insurance claim.

If you don’t have insurance, your only option is to replace the Airpods. The good news is that Apple offers a replacement service, so you only need to replace the individual AirPod or charging case missing.

Apple’s AirPod replacement prices

  • AirPod (1st or 2nd Generation): $69 each
  • AirPod Wireless Charging Case: $79
  • AirPod Charging Case: $59

Apple’s AirPod Pro replacement prices:

  • AirPod Pro: $89 each
  • AirPod Pro Charging Case: $99
  • AirPod Pro Silicon Ear Tips: $3.95 for a pair

You can order for the replacement through the Apple Support Website you will also need to get your Airpod serial number, which you can find on the box, printed on the AirPod case, or on the About page in your iPhone settings.

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