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If you're like most people, you probably lost your Airpods at some point in time. And if you're like me, you probably panicked and wondered if AppleCare would cover the cost of a replacement pair. Well, wonder no more. In this blog post, we will answer all of your questions about Airpod replacements and AppleCare coverage. Keep reading to learn more.

Does Applecare cover lost Airpods?

Although AppleCare for Headphones protects against damage and replacements like if your right Airpods pro stops working, it does not cover lost or stolen Airpods.  If you lose your Airpods or the charging case, you will have to purchase a replacement Airpod or case offered by Apple.

So, while AppleCare won't cover lost or stolen Airpods, it's still worth considering if you're worried about accidentally damaging them.

How does AppleCare for Airpods work?

Normally, when you purchase your Airpods from an Apple-authorized outlet, you get Applecare for hardware repairs for up to a year and complimentary technical support for up to 90 days.

Then, there is Applecare+, an extended warranty coverage offered by Apple for its Airpods for up to 2 years of hardware repairs.

If you decide to obtain Applecare+, it will extend the Applecare warranty to up to 2 years from the date of purchase. In addition, it allows 2 incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months. Also, you will get 24hrs priority access to Apple experts via phone and chat.

The above warranties are subject to a $29 service charge and applicable taxes.

Every purchased Airpods from apple comes with Applecare, while Applecare+ can be purchased along with your new Airpods or within 60 days after your purchase of your Airpods. You can obtain Applecare+ for your Airpod by using any of the following:

  • By calling the number 800-275-2273 (US).
  • Walk into an Apple store near you to purchase one.
  • Click here to purchase it online.
  • Go to your paired iPad or iPhone Settings > Bluetooth > tap on the ⓘ button for your connected Airpod > Tap on Applecare+ coverage.

Please note that you may be required to show proof of purchase/ownership anytime you take your Airpods to an Apple-authorized store for repairs

Airpods pro buttons (Everything you need to know)
Airpods Pro do not have physical conventional buttons on them but they do have touch-sensitive force sensors on their stem. These force sensors have a rectangular shape and they serve as buttons for the Airpods Pro.

How can I tell whether or not Applecare covers my Airpods?

It is easy to check if your Airpods are covered by the Applecare or Applecare+ warranty. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click on this link - checkcoverage.apple.com/uk
  2. Input the serial number of the Airpods.
  3. Follow the instructions shown on the screen.

You may also go to mysupport.apple.com to see if your device is covered. Simply sign in with your Apple ID and select your device to begin.

What is the cost of replacing lost Airpods and charging cases?

Sometimes, you may lose one Airpod or both. You may also lose the charging case of your Airpod. Apple allows you to replace any lost Airpod or case for an out-of-warranty fee.

Airpods (up to 3rd generation) can be replaced for $69 each, normal charging cases for $59, and the MagSafe/wireless charging cases for $79.

For Airpods Pro, they can be replaced for $89 each, while its wireless and MagSafe charging cases can be replaced for $99.

The prices listed above are subject to tax and shipping fees if you want them sent to you. Also, these are charges specified by Apple. Other service providers may charge you more.

Yea, it's a bit pricey. That's why you need to be careful not to lose your Airpods or their charging case.

Throwing your Airpods in this manner will get them lost or damaged 

Can I get my Airpods replaced if they were stolen?

Unfortunately, no. Apple does not offer replacements for stolen Airpods. You can try to find them. If you are unsuccessful, you will have to replace them for an out-of-warranty fee, as explained in paragraph 4.

Can you track stolen Airpods?

Yes, you can track your lost or stolen Airpods by using the "Find My" app to track them down. Although, this is only possible if the Airpods are still connected to your iPhone, Mac, or iPad and within its Bluetooth range.

How to track your Airpods (1st and 2nd generation)

  • Ensure your Apple Airpods have been connected to the "Find my" app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Open the "Find my" app on the connected Apple device.
  • In the devices tab, select your Airpods.
  • Tap on the "Directions" tab to open Maps and show the last known location of your Airpods if they are out of Bluetooth range
  • If they are within Bluetooth range, you can also use the Directions tab to find their location, whether they are in the charging case or not.
  • Move your phone around to receive signals that will make it connect to your Airpods.
  • Start moving, and the "Find my" app will let you know whether you are getting closer or further away from your Airpods.
  • If the Airpods are out of their case and separated, you can tap "L" or "R" in the upper left corner to search for their location individually.
  • You can also tap the play sound icon in the bottom right corner for the Airpods to play a chime so that you can follow to sound to find them.
  • Tap the "X" icon to go back once you found them.
Airpods last known location can be tracked on Apple Maps

How to track your Airpods (3rd generation, Airpods Pro and  Airpods Max)

  • Ensure the "Find my" app on your iPhone or iPad has been previously connected with your Apple Airpods.
  • Open the "Find my" app on the connected Apple device.
  • In the devices tab, select your Airpods.
  • Tap on the "Directions" tab to get help navigating to the last known location of your Airpods when they are out of Bluetooth range
  • If they are within Bluetooth range, the directions tab will become a "Find" tab. Tap on it to find their location, whether they are in the charging case or not.
  • To connect to the Airpods, move your phone around to receive signals.
  • When you start moving, the "Find my" app will show you whether you're getting closer or further away from your Airpods.
  • If the Airpods are out of their case and separated, you can tap "L" or "R" in the upper left corner to search for their location individually.
  • You can also tap the play sound icon in the bottom right corner for the Airpods to play a chime so that you can follow to sound to find them.
  • Tap the "X" icon to go back once you found them.

You can also turn on lost mode to get help recovering your Airpods if they cannot still be found. To turn on lost mode:

  • Swipe up on the "Find my" app handle to reveal further tabs below.
  • Under "Mark as Lost," tap on Activate.
  • Activating this lost mode will bring up a menu where you can set up notifications to receive alerts when the Airpods are found, link your Apple ID to the Airpods so that no one else can pair to it, and leave a phone number or email so that the finder of the Airpods can contact you when it is found.
  • After setting up the above tabs, tap on continue at the bottom of the screen.
  • Follow the onscreen steps to complete activation.

You can get more details on tracking your stolen Airpods here.

Can Apple track stolen Airpods by serial number?

No, Apple does not track stolen or missing Airpods by serial number. If you have the "Find my" app set up on your iPhone or iPad and the Airpods are connected to it, and within Bluetooth range, you can use the app to find their location, as explained in paragraph six.

You can also turn on the lost mode in the "Find my" app to get help recovering your Airpods if they cannot still be found.

Can you get an AirPod replacement for free?

No, Apple will not replace your damaged or stolen/missing Airpods for free.

For damaged Airpods, if you have not exhausted the 2 accidental damage protection covered by Applecare+, you can simply return your damaged Airpods or charging case to Apple, and it will be replaced for a small service fee. then it will count as one incident of accidental damage.

If you do not have Applecare+ or your Airpods get stolen/missing, you will pay the out-of-warranty fee for your Airpods or charging case.

The necessary fees are stipulated in Paragraph 4 of this article.

How long does it take to get a replacement AirPod?

Apple stipulates that you will get your replacement Airpod or charging case within a week after it is received and has been cleared of all necessary paperwork.

You can click here to check the status of your Airpod service request.

Can you wear Airpods pro without tips? (Answered)
Yes, you can but the Airpods Pro is designed to be used with the silicone tips. The tips create a seal in your ear, which improves sound quality and helps to block out ambient noise.

Frequently Asked Questions about Applecare cover

Q. What does AppleCare+ for headphones cover?

A. AppleCare+ for headphones extends your coverage to two years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee plus applicable tax.

Q. How does AppleCare+ for Airpods work?

A. If you have an issue with your Airpods, you can contact Apple Support or take them to an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider. You may be asked to provide proof of ownership in order to prove that the Airpods were not stolen.

Q. How do I get my lost or stolen Airpods replaced?

A. You can purchase a new set of Airpods from the Apple Store or any Authorized Service Provider. If you have AppleCare+, you can also contact Apple Support for help with getting your lost or stolen Airpods replaced.

Q. What if I accidentally damage my Airpods?

A. If you have AppleCare+, accidental damage is covered up to two incidents, each subject to a service fee. If you don't have AppleCare+, you will have to pay the full out-of-warranty replacement fee for your Airpods.

Q. How do I sign up for AppleCare+ for my Airpods?

A. You can purchase AppleCare+ for your Airpods when you buy them from the Apple Store or any Authorized Service Provider. You can also obtain it within 2 months of purchasing your Airpods. The various means of obtaining Applecare is shown in Paragraph 2 of this article.

Wrap up

In conclusion, Applecare does not cover lost Airpods. you will have to get your lost or stolen Airpods replaced. You can purchase a new set of Airpods from the Apple Store or any Authorized Service Provider.

If you have AppleCare+, accidental damage is covered up to two incidents, each subject to a service fee. If you don't have AppleCare+, you will have to pay the full out-of-warranty replacement fee for your Airpods. Thanks for reading.

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