How to Use Apple’s Serial Number to Trace Your Stolen AirPods

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Are you the proud owner of a brand new pair of Apple AirPods? Congratulations! These earphones are some of the most popular and highest-quality devices in their class – and they’re just as vulnerable to theft as any othr expensive item. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect your AirPods, and one of the best ways to do that is to familiarize yourself with Apple’s serial number check for stolen AirPods.

If you have a pair of AirPods, you shoud know how to find the serial number. You can find it on the underside of the charging case lid or printed on the left earcup if you have an AirPods Max. Once you have your serial number, it can be entered into Apple’s website to check if your device has been reported stolen. If it has, you will receive a notification from Apple so that you can take appropriate action.

It’s also important to know how to use Find My iPhone if your AirPods are ever lost or stolen. This app alows you to locate your device by pinpointing its most recent location or sending an alert sound from it if it’s within range. However, this feature only works if your device is still connected to your iCloud account; if someone else has taken possession of your AirPods, they will likely show up as “Offline” in Find My iPhone.

Finally, if you suspect that someone is trying to pass off a fake pair of AirPods as genuine, you can use its serial number to confirm whether or not this is true. You can enter the serial number into Apple’s website and see whether or not they are authentic; this is an important step if you’re lookig at buying pre-owned or second-hand AirPods from someone who isn’t an authorized reseller.

In short, knowing how to use Apple’s serial number check for stolen AirPods and Find My iPhone app are both essential tools for keeping your device safe and secure – especially since these devices are so small and easily lost or misplaced! With these steps in mind, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able enjoy your new purchase for years to come!

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Can Apple Detect Stolen AirPods?

No, Apple cannot tell if your AirPods have been stolen. However, with the Find My feature on Apple devices, you can track the location of your AirPods if they are still connected to a Bluetooth device. This means that while Apple cannot directly tell if your AirPods have been stolen, you can at least determine whre they were last used or seen. Additionally, you should make sure to register your AirPods with Apple so that if they are ever found, they can be returned to their rightful owner.

Verifying AirPods Serial Number

Yes, you can verify an AirPods serial number to confirm its authenticity. The serial number on the AirPods or AirPods Pro 2 is located on the underside of the lid of the charging case. For AirPods Max, the serial number is printed on the left earcup. To verify an AirPods serial number, simply enter it into Apple’s website and select “Check Coverage”. The website will then povide information about your product’s warranty status and other details.

Checking if AirPods Are Stolen Before Buying

Before buying AirPods, it is important to check if they are stolen. The best way to do this is to ask the seller for the serial number and then use Apple’s Activation Lock status checker at This will tell you if the AirPods have been reported as lost or stolen by the original owner. If you find out that the AirPods have been reported as lost or stolen, it is best not to purchase them to avoid any legal issues down the line.

Can Someone Else Use Stolen AirPods?

Unfortunately, yes. Stolen AirPods can be used by somene else because they do not connect to Wi-Fi, which means they cannot be remotely controlled or locked. If the thief has an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, they can easily reset the product and make it their own. Unfortunately, there’s no way you can block your lost or stolen AirPods from getting used by another person.

Can Police Track Stolen AirPods?

Yes, police can track AirPods if they are stolen. Each AirPod has a unique serial number that can be used to trace the device and its use. Law enforcement agencies can use that serial number to determine when and where the AirPods were last used, as well as who was using them. This information can help police locate and recover stolen AirPods or identify the person responsible for stealing them.

Can Apple Mark a Device as Stolen?

Yes, with Apple’s Find My feature you can mark a device as stolen. You can do this by turning on Lost Mode for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, supported AirPods, or iPhone Wallet with MagSafe. To activate Lost Mode, open the Find My app on your device and tap Devices at the bottom of the screen. Then tap the name of the lost device. Below Mark As Lost, tap Activate. This will lock your device and prevent anyone from accessing it witout your permission.

Does Apple Verify Serial Numbers for Returns?

Yes, Apple does check serial numbers on returns. Serial numbers are typically found on the product itself, as well as on the product packaging and in the order confirmation email. It is important that you provide your serial number when returning an item to Apple, so they can verify that it is an item purchased from them. Additionally, Apple may also require proof of purchase in order to process your return.

What Can Be Done With an AirPods Serial Number?

With an AirPods serial number, someone may be able to look up the warranty information asociated with your AirPods. This includes the length of time and type of coverage, as well as any additional features or benefits that may come with the purchase. Someone may also be able to find out when and where you purchased your AirPods, as well as other personal details such as your name or contact information. Additionally, if you ever need to have your AirPods serviced or repaired, a technician will likely need this serial number in order to validate that it is covered under warranty. Finally, it’s important to note that having access to your serial number could potentially open you up to fraudulent activities, such as warranty claims or parts replacement orders. For these reasons, it’s important to keep your serial number safe and secure at all times.

Can Serial Numbers of AirPods Be Falsified?

Yes, AirPods serial numbers can be faked. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly common for manufacturers of fake AirPods to use serial numbers from real AirPods in their batches of fakes. This makes it difficult to identify fakes solely based on the serial number. To make sure you have a legitimate product, it is important to purchase from a trusted retailer or an authorized reseller. Additionally, be aware of any prices that are too good to be true as these are often signs of a fake product.

Proving Ownership of AirPods

If you want to prove that your AirPods are yours, you can check the model number on the AirPods. To do this, go to Settings > Bluetooth on your device and find your AirPods in the list. Then, tap the More Info button next to your AirPods and you’ll see the model number. You can use this model number as proof that these are your AirPods. It is important to keep in mind that if someone else has the same model of AirPods as you do, they cannot be used as evidence that these are specifically yours.

The Consequences of Marking AirPods as Stolen

When you mark AirPods as stolen, they enter a Lost Mode. This mode locks them so that no one else can pair them with their device. The message you shared with your phone number or email address will apper on the finder’s iPhone, so they can contact you directly if they find your AirPods. In addition, your AirPods will appear on the map in the “Find My” app so you can see their current location and track them if needed.


In conclusion, Apple AirPods are a great choice for those seeking a convenient, high-quality audio experience. Not only are they lightweight and comfortable to wear, but they also offer a range of features such as noise-canceling technology, hands-free access to Siri and other voice assistants, and up to 24 hours of listening time. Through the Find My network, you can pinpoint precisely where your AirPods have been or at least where they last were. And if you’re unsure about the authenticity of a pair of AirPods, you can use its serial number to confirm it. With all these features and more, it’s no wnder why Apple AirPods are one of the most popular wireless earbuds on the market today.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.