What is worse than losing your favorite, expensive headphones? If you are reading this article, chances are that you have unfortunately landed yourself up in the same situation. You’ve either lost your headphones or someone has stolen them, and now you are wondering if you can get them back, and how? You have no idea where your headphones are and who has taken them. We know it can be daunting and terrifying. Per an article by CBS News, lost AirPods are so common they are turning up in New York City subway tracks. Nevertheless, your headphones could be anywhere. But can you track stolen headphones?
Well yes, you can and we will tell you how. It’s important that you keep calm. Continue reading to find out how you can track your stolen headphones.
Can You Track Stolen Beats Headphones?
Beats headphones don’t have GPS. This means that finding them isn’t as simple looking for other Bluetooth devices you may own. In fact, it makes things a little more difficult. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your Beats headphones at all.
Therefore, it doesn’t matter which model of Beats headphones you own – the method to find all Beats headphones remains the same. Just follow our quick guide on “can you track stolen headphones” and you will find your Beats headphones in no time.
Method 1: Use Bluetooth Scan Apps to track stolen headphones
Beats headphones are known to have impressive Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to pair your headphones to more than one device at a time. So cool, isn’t it? Well, there’s more to it. The Bluetooth connectivity also allows you to listen to your favorite tracks without any interruption whatsoever, even if you aren’t anywhere near your device. The Powerbeats, for example, offer Bluetooth connection between a range of 2 to 30 feet. You are probably wondering why we are telling you all of this and if it’s of any help. The Bluetooth connectivity feature that Beats offers proves to be quite helpful when you have lost your headphones.
To pair your Beats headphones with your device, press and hold the power button for at least five seconds. Next, let the LED light will glow, signifying that your headphones are ready for pairing. Open the Bluetooth settings on your device to establish connection between your device and the headphones.
To track your stolen headphones, the only thing that you need to do is download and install a Bluetooth scanning app. You’ll find a variety of Bluetooth scanning apps, both for iOS and Android, such as Bluetooth Finder, Find My Headset, Find My Headphones, to name a few. Keep in mind, however, to check if the app you are installing has the ability to search for any devices that may be paired with your headphones. Another thing you should look at is whether your Beats headphones are compatible with the Bluetooth app.
Keep in mind that for the above method to work, your Beats headphones must be turned on, and have sufficient battery life. On top of that, the headphones must be out of their casing and paired with your device.
Next, follow these steps:
- Once you have downloaded and installed a Bluetooth scanner app suitable for your phone’s operating system, look for a list of names for any active Bluetooth devices in your surrounding area.
- Now, scroll through the list to check if you can find your stolen or misplaced headphones. Ensure that you are moving around, to be able to detect and catch a Bluetooth signal.
- As soon as the name of your Beats headphones pops up in the list, look for the strength of its signal. This may be depicted via colours; phrases, such as hot, warm, cold; or signal bars, depending on the Bluetooth scanner app you have installed on your phone. If the strength of your signal is between the range of -10 dBm to -1 dBm, it means that you are close to your headphones. On the other hand though, if you notice that the signal strength suddenly lowers to something around -200 dBm to -10 dBm, it indicates that you have moved further away from where your Beats headphones are.
- Continue following the signal and moving toward it, and ensure the signal is getting stronger.
- Soon enough, you will be able to find your favorite, beloved Beats headphones!
Method 2: Let the powerful audio output come to the rescue
You already recognize the power of your Beats headphones’ audio output. Therefore, if Method 1 doesn’t work for you, try Method 2. It’s simple and useful, provided your headphones don’t run out of battery. All you have to do is play a song from your playlist (preferably the loudest and noisiest one you have) and blast the song at full volume. Once that’s done, put your hearing to use and try to find where the music is coming from. Sooner or later, your Beats headphones will come out of hiding.
Keep in mind to try out these two methods irrespective of your headphones’ brand. We tested these methods with Bose, Sennheiser, Skullcandy, Audio-Technica and many other top headphones brands, and at least one of them worked every time.
Can You Track Stolen Bose Headphones?
Here are two ways to find your stolen Bose headphones:
Use the Bose Connect App
In the case of Bose headphones, you can use the Bose Connect App to find the headphones. At first, the Bose Connect app will prompt you to slide the Bluetooth button to establish a connection between your device and Bose headphones. However, the app won’t let you connect to your headphones unless you have them.
Look for the Serial Number
It’s important to note that the serial number on the ear cup of every Bose headphone is unique. This is one way by which you can find out for sure if a particular person is wearing your headphones. If you are planning on confronting the thief, make sure that you present the receipt of purchase and any documentation that you may have from Bose. The Bose Connect app should have information regarding the serial number as well.
Unfortunately, Bose has not provided their users with a sure-shot way to track their Bose headphones yet. Even we are waiting for the same and hope Bose comes out with a method to find stolen headphones soon.
Still No Luck? Try These Options!
If you are unable to find stolen headphones using the different methods mentioned above, don’t lose hope. Sometimes the best way to do things is to do them yourself, i.e., manually! Let people in your neighborhood or workplace know that you have lost your most comfortable headphones. Describe how they look. Many public places have “lost and found” areas. If all else fails, come back after a few days and look around to find your lost headphones. Trust us, the chances of you finding your beloved headphones in the lost and found area are quite high.
Nevertheless, if you believe you have simply misplaced your headphones and that they haven’t been stolen, ask people around you if they have seen your headphones. Perhaps you left them at a nearby cafeteria or library. Retrace your steps and ask around. We are sure you will be able to find your headphones soon. Just don’t give up!
If you have any questions, doubts, or queries, feel free to drop a comment in our comment section below, and our experts will get back to you with an answer in no time.