Fix: Precision Finding Not Working for AirPods Pro 2

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The new 2nd generation of Apple AirPods Pro comes with some extra added security features like the Precision Finding. Thanks to the U1 chip inside the case, the AirPods Pro 2 can be tracked by the iPhone with extreme precision just like one track an Apple AirTag.

But sometimes, it can happen when the Precision Finding just does not work at all. And this can shift you more towards the risk of losing the AirPods. But worry not. In this fixing guide, I’ll be talking about the same issue and will try to explain why Precision Finding is not working for your AirPods Pro 2 and how to fix it.

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How to Fix if Precision Finding is not Working for AirPods Pro 2

Just like the AirTag, the Precision finding for the AirPods Pro 2 also relies on the U1 chip. And since Apple has not revealed the exact range of the AirPods (just like AirTag) in which it can be found, we are considering the maximum Bluetooth range i.e. 100 meters as the maximum one. Hence keep in mind this range before you try to find your AirPods via Precision Finding. let’s now jump to the fixes and troubleshootings.

Fix 1: Maybe Ultra-Wideband technology is not available in your country

The Precision Finding of a product solely relies on the U1 chip. This chip uses the Ultra-Wide Band technology to communicate with your iPhone and make it locate the item with heavy precision. The Ultra-wideband is a radio communication technology that uses very low energy for a short range and high bandwidth connection.

But sadly, this Ultra-Wide Band tech is not available universally. There are some regions or countries where Ultra-Wideband communication is not available for security reasons. Here are those countries where Ultra-Wideband communication is restricted:

  • Nepal
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Ukraine
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Paraguay
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Indonesia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Pakistan

Fix 2: Make sure you have a supported iPhone

The support to communicate with the U1 chip of the AirPods is not provided in every iPhone. There is a selective list of iPhone that offers this functionality. The supported iPhones are listed below:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

Currently, only the above-mentioned iPhones offer the facility to use the Precision Finding feature as their hardware is capable enough to create a connection with the U1 chip. Hence if you are trying to locate your AirPods via Precision Finding on iPhone other than the ones mentioned above, then it will not gonna happen.

Fix 3: Enable Networking & Wireless Services on iPhone

The iPhone is needed to have the Network & Wireless services enabled in order to use the U1 chip on your AirPods for Precision Finding. Here’s how to enable it.

Step 1: Open your iPhone and go to the Settings app from the home screen or app library.

Step 2: In Settings, look for the Privacy & Security option and open it.

settings privacy and security

Step 3: Now, go to the Location Services option.

location services privacy settings
location services privacy settings

Step 4: On the Location Services screen, scroll down to the very bottom and tap on the System Services option.

system services

Step 5: Lastly, look for the Network & Wireless option and switch its toggle to on.

enable network and wireless

Once done, try using the Find My app to locate your AirPods and see if Precision Finding is now working.

Fix 4: Turn off and on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Precision Finding needs to have a proper wireless connection between the iPhone and the U1 chip-equipped device. But sometimes, issues can occur with the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. Turning them off and then back on may sound not so effective but can do the job in most connectivity-related issues.

Step 1: Open your Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on the Wi-Fi option and toggle its switch to off on the next screen.

wifi toggle iphone

Step 3: Similarly, now go to Bluetooth and toggle its switch to off too.

bluetooth toggle iphone

Step 4: Once done, restart your iPhone and turn the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi back on by following the same steps.

If the improper connectivity from the iPhone’s side was the causing the issue, it should get fixed by doing so.

Fix 5: Re-enable the Location Services

For proper tracking of your Apple products, your GPS and Location Services are strictly needed. But if they are not working properly then it can easily hinder the Precision Finding. Hence consider consider disabling and then re-enabling the Location Services on your iPhone. Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Privacy & Security.

settings privacy and security

Step 2: On the Privacy & Security settings page, tap on the Location Services option.

location services privacy settings
location services privacy settings

Step 3: Finally, toggle its switch to off.

enable location services iphone
enable location services iphone

Step 4: Now, restart your iPhone and then enable the Location services by following the same steps.

Fix 6: Enable Precise Location for Find My app

The Precise Location feature is needed to be enabled for your Find My app on your iPhone in order to use the Precise Finding for your AirPods. Hence make sure that it’s enabled. here’s how you can check.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the Privacy & Security option.

settings privacy and security

Step 2: On the Privacy & Security settings page, tap on Location Services.

location services privacy settings
location services privacy settings

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on Find My from the list of apps listed there.

find my app in location services

Step 4: Here, look for the Precise Location toggle to be switched to on. If it is disabled, turn it on.

enable precise location find my

Once it’s done, open your Find My app and try locating your AirPods to see if Precise Finding is working or not.

Fix 7: Reset your AirPods

If your AirPods are not behaving in the manner they are supposed to, a reset and re-pairing of them to your iPhone can help. Doing so will make sure to add your AirPods as a new one to your iPhone, eliminating the possibility of minor background hiccups. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Put the AirPods in the case and close it. Doing so will disconnect the AirPods from your iPhone.

Step 2: Now, on your iPhone, fire up the Settings app and go to Bluetooth.

Step 3: Here, look for your AirPods and tap on the “i” button next to it.

Bluetooth AirPods i button

Step 4: On the next screen, tap on Forget This Device option and confirm the same by tapping on the Forget Device option on the popup that appears.

Forget this device AirPods

Step 5: Now, come to your AirPods and press the setup button located at the back of the case for 15 seconds. The case’s light will flash white and then orange, indicating that your AirPods are now reset.

Step 6: Once done, bring your AirPods close to your iPhone and tap on the connect option on the AirPods popup that appears.

And that’s it. You have successfully re-paired your AirPods with your iPhone. Once one, head over to the Find My app and see if the issue is fixed.

Fix 8: Re-add your AirPods to Find My

Removing and then re-adding your AirPods to your Find My app is also a good practice to resolve the tracking issues of your Apple products. In this case, the issue is with the Airpods Pro 2 and here is how to re-add them to your Find My app.

Step 1: Open the Find My app on your iPhone from the home screen or the app library.

Step 2: Go to the Devices tab from the bottom and then tap on your AirPods Pro.

find my devices list

Step 3: Now, scroll down and tap on the Remove This Device option.

remove this device find my

Step 4: Once the AirPods are removed from the Find My app, open the lid of your AirPods case and bring them near your iPhone.

Step 5: You will see an AirPods popup on the iPhone’s screen. Tap on the Connect option on the popup.

connect airpods popup

Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions on your iPhone and connect your AirPods.

Doing so will automatically re-add the AirPods to the Find My app. Once done, check if the Precision Finding for your AirPods Pro 2 is now working or not.

Fix 9: Update your iPhone

Outdated iOS version can also make the precise location to not work at all. Hence keep in mind to regularly check for updates on your iPhone. Here’s how you can check it.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General and then Software Update.

iphone settings
iphone settings

Step 2: If there is an update available, go ahead and download, and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

Update software on your iPhone

Bottom Line

And there you go! These were the ways that you can try on your iPhone and AirPods if you are not able to find your AirPods Pro 2 via Precision Finding. But before heading towards anything, first, ensure that both the iPhone and the country that you are currently in are supported for Ultra-Wideband communication.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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