AirTags offer the most effective way to track personal belongings than competing Bluetooth trackers on the market. This is all thanks to Apple’s vast Find My network and its “it works” philosophy.
If you just got a new AirTag, learn how it works and the steps you need to take to set it up and manage it using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
How Apple AirTags work
The AirTag is a small disk-shaped tracking device with a removable metal cover with an engraved Apple logo on one side and a glossy white exterior on the other. It’s instantly recognizable and stands out among alternative Bluetooth trackers from Samsung, Chipolo, Tile, and others.
You can place your AirTag inside a personal item such as a backpack, handbag, or purse, or purchase a secure AirTag holder from Apple and attach it to an object such as a key ring or umbrella. You can even snap it on your pet’s collar.
Inside the AirTag’s Mentos-inspired design are Bluetooth circuitry with ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, a speaker, and a lithium 3V coin cell battery. The battery lasts up to a year or more, is replaceable, and your iPhone notifies you when it’s about to die. The AirTag is also water resistant, but not waterproof.
Once you set up your AirTag, it communicates with your iPhone or any other Apple device you own over a direct Bluetooth connection. If you can’t find it, you can use Find My on any device to chime in. If you have a compatible iPhone, you can also pinpoint your exact location using Find My’s Precision Finding feature.
At a distance, AirTag uses Apple’s Find My network to track you. The Find My network, made up of millions of Apple devices, locates AirTags, decodes them, and sends them to iCloud and then to iPhones.
For example, if you’re away from your AirTag, the tracker will continue to anonymously relay your location through another nearby Apple device.
Considering the sheer amount of Apple devices, AirTag is almost always near another iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Everything is end-to-end encrypted, so only you can see your AirTag’s location.
What you need to set up AirTags
Setting up an AirTag requires an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running at least iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5.Then go to setting > Universal > software update Update system software if necessary.
Additionally, the following must be enabled:
- Find me: go to setting > Apple ID > look for me > look for me iphone and activate look for me iphone, find my networkWhen send last location.
- Two-factor authentication: go to setting > password and security and set Two-factor authentication To upon.
- bluetooth: go to setting > bluetooth and activate bluetooth.
- Wifi and cellular: go to setting > Wifi/cellular Connect to a Wi-Fi network or enable cellular data.
- location services: go to setting > Privacy and security > location services > look for meactivate while using the app When exact position.
You can’t set up an AirTag using your Mac or Apple Watch, but you can track it using the Find My app on macOS and the Find Items app on watchOS.
How to set up AirTags
If you’ve set up AirPods before, you’ll find AirTag connectivity very similar. First, remove the Bluetooth tracker from its packaging and remove the plastic film around it. Next, you’ll notice an additional plastic tab under the AirTag’s stainless steel cap. Power up when pulled out.
Then hold the AirTag close to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.About animation air tag A pop-up will automatically appear on your screen, connection.
Choose a default item name (for example, Backpack) or tap custom name Add custom names and emojis. You can change the name later if you like.
then tap Continueread and tap the anti-stalking notice from Apple. consent Register your AirTag with your Apple ID.
How to find your AirTag using Find My
You can find your AirTag using the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. If you have an Apple Watch, use the Find Items app.
Find My item Open the tab and tap AirTag. The current or last known location is then displayed on the map.
If your AirTag is nearby but you can’t find it, make a sound make it make a sound. If you have an iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or later with an Ultra Wideband chipset, seek Follow the arrows on the screen to go to your AirTag.
If you’ve set up Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can also say: Hey Siriwhere is mine [item name]Your AirTag should ring if it’s nearby.
NoteNote: AirTags cannot be tracked in the web-based version of Find My on iCloud.com. This will prevent you from using AirTags on non-Apple devices.
How to enable automatic missed-pickup notifications
By default, Find My will warn you if you leave an item with an AirTag attached. For example, if you forget your backpack when getting off the bus, you will be notified in a timely manner, saving you a lot of headaches.
If you don’t receive a misplaced notification, open the Find my app and select AirTag. item Tap the tab to Notify me when left behind. On the next screen, Notify me when left behind Switch is enabled.
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How to mark AirTags as lost
Suppose Find My indicates that the AirTag is not near any Apple device, or that there is a problem relaying its location through the Find My network. In that case, you can request the app to notify you when the tracker is back on your radar. To do this, open the Find My app and tap itemClick and select AirTag. Tap. Notify me when found.
If the time has passed, you should put your AirTag in Lost Mode. Tap the AirTag again in Find My, then tap . valid under lost modeThen enter your phone number and custom message and tap activation.
Lost Mode allows anyone who finds your AirTag and its tagged item to scan the tracker with your iPhone or Android’s built-in NFC reader, view your contact details, and contact you. AirTags are tied to your Apple ID and cannot be paired with other Apple devices.
How to replace the AirTag battery
Find My will notify you to replace your AirTag’s battery when it starts to run low. Apple’s Bluetooth trackers use a standard CR2032 lithium 3V battery, so you should be able to purchase one from an online retailer like Amazon or your local electronics store.
Unlike other Apple devices, the AirTag’s battery is completely user replaceable. He pushes the metal side of the AirTag with his two viewfinders, turns it counterclockwise, and it pops off. Then replace the battery inside (make sure the positive side is facing up), put the cover back on and turn it clockwise.
How to unpair an AirTag
AirTags are not permanently associated with one Apple ID. If you sell your tracker or use it with a different Apple ID, you can unpair it with Find My.
To do this, open the Find My app and tap your AirTag. item tab. Tap. delete itemWhen delete confirm one more time.
To pair an AirTag with the same or a different Apple ID, tap the AirTag close to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. connection.
What about unwanted AirTags spying?
Despite its usefulness, AirTags unsurprisingly bring espionage and stalking issues into the equation. As such, Apple has taken several tracking measures to prevent bad actors from exploiting your device.
For example, Find My automatically alerts people with iPhones when an unknown AirTag is nearby. Android users can also protect themselves with Apple’s Tracker Detect app. For more information, see our AirTags anti-stalking guide.