Fix “Notify When Left Behind” not showing for AirPods on iPhone

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The Apple ecosystem works flawlessly so much that you can even set your iPhone or iPad to get notifications upon leaving your accessories like AirPods behind. This feature is called the “Notify When Left Behind” and comes in really helpful in avoiding situations like forgetting your AirPods at home or accidentally losing them.

But what if this feature stops showing all of a sudden on your iPhone? Quite horrible to think about! right? Well, this is happening with iPhone users in real and here I am going to discuss the same. In this guide, I’ll be telling you how you can solve this issue.

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What iPhones support “Notify When Left Behind”?

Sadly there is a very short list of iPhone models that support the “Notify When Left Behind” feature. The includes the following iPhones:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini 
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini 
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

Now you might be thinking why there are no other iPhones like the iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XR, etc. Well, this is because Apple has silently withdrawn its support for the feature from these iPhones.

So, if you were able to get the “AirPods Left Behind” notification previously on your iPhone 11, then you’ll not be able to get the same anymore.

What AirPods support “Notify When Left Behind”?

Just like iPhones, there are also some models of Apple AirPods that don’t support the separation alert aka the “Notify When Left Behind” feature. The supported AirPods are as follows:

  • AirPods 3rd gen
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods Pro 2nd gen
  • AirPods Max

How to Fix if the “Notify When Left Behind” option is not `showing on your iPhone

The reason behind the non-availability of the feature can be due to a number of reasons. This can either be due to an incompatible iPhone or AirPods model, outdated AirPods firmware, etc. Based on these possibilities, here are a couple of ways to get the issue resolved

Fix 1: Use a compatible iPhone and AirPods

If you were previously able to get the “left behind” alert for your AirPods on your iPhone but now the option is no more there to enable, then might probably be because of Apple’s support pulled off of that iPhone mode. Hence you will now have to have one of the compatible iPhones listed above.

Also if you are not using a compatible AirPods model that doesn’t have the support for separation alerts then there will be no “Notify When Left Behind” option on your iPhone for that AirPods. Hence get an AirPods model that is compatible too.

Fix 2: Enable “Find My network” for your AirPods

If the Find my Network is disabled for your AirPods, then there is no chance that you’d be able to get them working in your Find My app. Resulting in the no more left behind notifications for the AirPods and no “Notify When Left Behind” option. Hence enable the Find My network for the AirPods and here’s how it’s done.

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

Step 2: On the Bluetooth settings screen, you’ll see the list of connected paired Bluetooth devices. Look for your AirPods there and tap on the “i” button next to it.

Bluetooth AirPods i button

Step 3: On the next screen, scroll down and look for the Find My network option and switch on its toggle. If it is already on, then first turn it off and then back on.

Find my network AirPods

Once done, let the Find My app recognize your AirPods and then check if you are now able to see the “Notify When Left Bhind” option.

Fix 3: Re-pair your Airpods

if your iPhone or the AirPods have gone through a recent software update, then it is possible that there is some internal conflict going on between the two. In such a case, removing and pairing back the AirPods can help. Here’s how it’s done.

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 4: Update your iPhone

An outdated iOS version on your iPhone can also lead to this problem. Hence always consider keeping your iPhone up to date. Here’s how to check for software updates on iPhone.

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

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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! The Notify When left Behind feature ensures you to notify whenever you leave behind your set Apple product. It can be a real lifesaver as it can prevent accidental loosing of the AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, etc. However, in some cases, this feature doesn’t show at all on the iPhone. Especially for AirPods. The reason could be an outdated or incompatible iPhone or AirPods or both. Also, some iOS glitches can also give birth to this issue, hence a simple reset of the AirPods can do the trick.

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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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