How to Turn Off the Airpods Left Behind Notification on an iPhone

When you connect your AirPods to your iPhone they will not only provide you with great sound from the music that you play from apps like Apple Music or Spotify, but they will also read some notifications to you.

In addition to those notifications that the headphones read, you may also get notifications on your iPhone if you leave your AirPods at home or work.

Our tutorial below will show you how to turn off AirPod notifications if you either want to stop those “left behind” notifications or if you want your phone to stop reading them to you.

How to Stop Your iPhone From Reminding You About Forgotten Airpods

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Touch the device.
  3. Select the Notify When Left Behind option.
  4. Tap the Notify When Left Behind button to turn it off.
  5. Touch Done to save your changes.

Our guide continues below with additional information on turning off the “Airpods left behind” notification on an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

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Keeping track of all of your electronic devices can be difficult, especially if you have multiple devices with you when you leave home.

This is especially true for smaller items like Airpods, which are very compact, even when they are in the charging case.

Plus you may be taking your Airpods in and out of your ears periodically, and it’s easy to put them down on a table or someplace and forget about it.

Since forgotten Airpods and other devices are such a common problem, your iOS 15 iPhone can be configured so that it lets you know when you have left the location where your Airpods currently are. This occurs via a notification that is tied into the “Find My” app associated with your Apple ID.

While this feature is great should you ever need it, I was asking myself “how do I turn off AirPod notifications” because it was happening every time I left my AirPods at home and went somewhere without them.

If you find this notification to be problematic, however, then you can change a setting so that you stop receiving it. Our guide below will show you how to accomplish this.

How to Disable the Notification About Forgotten Airpods on an iPhone (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13, in iOS 15. These same steps will work for other iPhone models that are using the iOS 15 operating system as well.

These steps will show you how to turn off AirPod notificatons.

Step 1: Open the Find My app on your iPhone.

open the Find My app

Tap the Find My app icon on your iPhone Home screen.

If you don’t see the app on the Home screen then it may be in an Extra or Utilities folder. You can also search for it with Spotlight Search.

Step 2: Choose the device for which you wish to turn off the notification.

choose the device

Select your AirPods from the list of devices.

You can swipe up on the list of devices to show all of the devices associated with your Apple ID.

Step 3: Swipe up on the device information panel to expand it, then touch the Notify When Left Behind option in the Notifications section.

tap the Notify when Left Behind button

Open the device settings menu, then select the Notify When Left Behind button.

There’s a small horizontal gray bar that you can drag up to expand the menu.

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Notify When Left Behind to turn it off.

how to stop receiving the airpods left behind notification on an iPhone

Turn off the Notify When Left Behind setting.

When this setting is turned off there won’t be any green shading around the button. I have it turned off in the image above.

Step 5: Select the Done button at the top-right of the screen to save your changes.

Tap Done to confirm that you have finished making changes.

For more about using this app and working with its notifications, including how to turn AirPod notifications off, you can continue to the section below.

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How to Turn Off Airpod Announcements

While this article has focused on how to turn off Airpod notification messages that show up when you leave your home or work without those AirPods, there is another related setting you might want to change.

If you have ever asked yourself “How do I turn off notifications on my AirPods” it’s probably because they seem to interrupt your music, podcast, or audiobook with relative frequency.

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When you have your AirPods in your ears and you get a notification, such as a text message, then your phone might read it to you. These are called announcements. Some people like them, but it’s entirely possible that you want to know how to turn off Airpod notifications if you would rather just check them yourself.

You can change this setting by going to Settings > Notifications > Announce Notifications > then turning off the Headphones option.

Note that there is also an option to change the setting for CarPlay as well if you want to adjust a similar setting for that feature.

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More Information on How to Turn Off the Airpods Left Behind Notification on an iPhone

The steps in this article specifically reference changing this setting for Airpods, but you can also use these steps for other iOS devices like Airpods Pro, an Airtagged object, an iPad, and more.

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If you can’t find the Find My app on your Home screen then you can swipe down on the Home screen to open Spotlight Search, then type “find my” into the search field and choose the Find My app. This is a default app on your iPhone so you should have it unless you previously removed it. If you have removed it then you can go to the App Store and search for it to reinstall.

While you are editing the settings for your device in the Find My app you will see that there is an option to add locations where you don’t want to be notified. This means that you can configure the Find My app to not alert you about leaving something if you are at home or work, for example.

If you want to change other settings for your Airpods then, when you are using them, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap on the small i to the right of them. There you will see a variety of different options that let you control how the earbuds work. Depending on the type of Airpods you have these options could vary.

When you select your Airpods in the Find My app you are going to see that there are a variety of different ways to interact with that device. These include:

  • Play sound
  • Find
  • Notifications
  • Mark as Lost
  • Remove this Device

Each of these different settings can be useful in its own right and can be instrumental in helping you locate a lost Apple device.

If you happen to get an “Airpod detected near you” notification, and you either know that your AirPods aren’t near you, or that the only AirPods near you are your own, then you might be asking yourself “are my AirPods following me?”

This is another Airpod tracking notification, and it is related to the “Find My” app. You can read this Apple support article for more on what it means and what you can do to disable or prevent it from happening in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Turn Off AirPod Notifications

How do I disable the announce messages feature of the AirPods?

When you have your AirPods connected to your iPhone and you don’t change any settings, then you are probably getting some Siri announcements that will do things like read incoming text messages or tell you about the person that is calling you.

You can turn off the announce notifications feature with these steps:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Select Notifications.
3. Choose Announce Notifications.
4. Turn off Announce Notifications.

Once you have completed these steps you won’t hear announced notifications again unless you switch the Announce Notification toggle back on.

Why can’t I hear Siri announcements on my headphones?

While you can tap Notifications and then tap Announce Notifications on the Settings menu to customize this option for your AirPods, compatible Beats headphones, or a couple of other compatible headphones models, it doesn’t work for all headphones.

If you’ve gone through these steps and adjusted the announce notifications settings so that Siri should be announcing messages, but you still aren’t hearing your incoming messages read out loud, then it’s likely not supported for your headphone model.

How do I turn announce notifications back on from iPhone settings?

While having Siri announce your direct messages and information from all the apps that support it may have initially caused you to disable announce notifications, it’s entirely possible that you might elect to re-enable it.

Luckily you can always go back to the Settings > Notifications > Announce Notifications menu at any time and toggle the Announce Notifications setting back to on.

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