If you drop one of your AirPods in the snow, how do you find it again? With a little luck — and a lot of sound!
My ears have been mangled by years of grappling: Almost no earbud will stay in longer than a few seconds. AirPods, Apple’s new wireless earbuds, however, are different — they stay in just fine 90% of the time. Still, when the winter snow started to pile up here, I began to worry. What would happen if I dropped one of those snowy white AirPods into actual white snow?
And, as I was taking a few photos in the woods on Wednesday, it happened — I dropped one between the slats of a bench and it fell straight into a big pile of fresh snow. And disappeared.
Then: Troubleshooting opportunity!
How to find your AirPods in the snow
When Apple announced AirPods, I internally wished the company would have included Find My iPhone specifically for the little earbuds. After thinking about, however, I realized that a low-rent version could technically already exist: AirPods have speakers. The problem is that AirPods are also designed to pause sound when they leave your ear.
So, if you drop one of your AirPods and can’t see it, here’s what you do:
Pull up Control Center.Swipe to the Now Playing tab.Tap Sources at the bottom.
Crank the Volume.
Listen for your AirPod(s).
I did just that and immediately heard the missing earbud. Then, after a few torturously long seconds of raking my ungloved fingers through the snow, I felt it and fished it out!
I’ve toyed with the idea of adding some bright red tape to the stems of the AirPods to make them more visually apparent in the snow, but I’m not sure how that’d affect their balance in my ears yet. I may test that hack next.
Your AirPods tips?
Even if your AirPods stay in your ears 100% of the time, winter chill and gloves could mean you drop one while putting them in or taking them out. So keep this in mind, and if you have any other suggestions, let me know in the comments!