Apple finally revealed its Apple AirTag Item tracker up to date Spring Loaded Event. With these nifty little gadgets, you should now be able to keep track of your favorite non-Apple items – from your keys to your bike – through the Find My network.
We’re here to answer any questions about the Apple Airtags, from what devices they work, to which ones they are waterproof or not.
We already had some practical time with the Apple AirTagsHowever, as we use them more frequently, we will update this page and our responses with the most current information we can.
An Apple AirTag costs 29 USD / 29 GBP / 45 AU $. You can also purchase a pack of four for $ 99 / £ 99 / AU $ 149. They will go on sale on April 30, 2021.
In order to attach AirTags to bicycles, keys and other objects, you optionally need a tag. Officials start at $ 29 / £ 29 / AU $ 45, but expect cheaper third-party alternatives to become available after the release of Apple AirTags.
AirTags are battery operated, so it depends on the charge and the brand of battery used. However, Apple believes that every day on a single battery will last at least a year.
If you can find a way to securely attach an AirTag to something, you can track it. Recommended items include wallets or keys (anything you can put the AirTag in or attach with a tag). However, we expect that in the future, alternative fasteners will be released by Apple or a third party that can easily add to the range of trackable items.
A surprising number of iPhones will work with Apple AirTags at launch, though not all options are as good as others. For the best experience, you’ll need a device with a U1 Ultra Wideband chip that can be used to more accurately determine the distance and direction of the signals coming from the AirTag. Those are:
However, any iPhone with iOS 14 should be upgradeable to iOS 14.5 and have AirTag compatibility. So you should be covered as long as you use any of the following methods (your experience may not be as good, however):
Any Apple device running iOS 14.5 (or iPadOS 14.5) can associate an AirTag with your Find My app. That said, even if you don’t have an iPhone, you might be in luck. If you have any of the following Apple devices, you should be able to use an AirTag:
What if I have an Android phone?
Then you are unfortunately out of luck! Currently, only the iOS devices listed above support Apple AirTags. So if you are using Android you have to try an alternative like Tile.
You can still help people find their lost items. If your Android phone is NFC enabled, you can scan an AirTag to find out its unique serial number and (if the owner allows) the owner’s contact information.
Who can track my AirTag?
According to Apple, only you can keep track of where your AirTag is through the Find My app. Although the AirTag sends out a signal, Apple promises that it is encrypted throughout. This means that no one else knows where the signal is coming from, where it’s going, and you don’t know which Apple device owner detected the AirTag either.
Can multiple people follow the same AirTag?
No, unfortunately you cannot share them in one household. Once the AirTag is paired with an Apple ID, it can only be decoupled by the owner. However, this means that AirTags cannot simply be stolen and re-paired by another user.
Can someone track me with their AirTag?
Apple has put in place several security measures to ensure that AirTags can’t track people, whether they’re using iPhones or not.
If you have an iPhone with iOS 14.5 or later, your device will notify you if it detects that an unknown AirTag is moving with you. The notification notifies you when AirTags that are not paired with your Apple ID or are out of range of the owner’s device are close to you after a set time. You can use the Find My app to make the AirTag emit a tone to make it easier to find and discard.
If you are an Android user, don’t worry. As soon as an AirTag has been disconnected from its paired device for a sufficient period of time, currently around three days, it automatically emits a tone. This time could be extended or shortened by Apple in the future.
Once found, you can report the AirTag’s serial number to Apple by tapping the tag with an NFC-enabled device. This number should be unique and Apple can find out which Apple ID is associated with the tag. Apple recommends that you also contact your local law enforcement agency if you believe you are being followed.
Can an AirTag be switched off?
Since the Apple AirTags are battery operated, they can be switched off simply by removing the battery.
What is the range of an Apple AirTag?
We don’t know for sure yet, but we do know that the signal from an AirTag is based on Bluetooth. The latest version, Bluetooth 5.0 built into the iPhone 12, has a range of 800 feet (240 meters), so we would expect something similar for the AirTag’s detection range. If they use Bluetooth 4.2 or earlier instead, we expect the signal to be closer to 50 meters or less.
We’ll definitely update this page as we learn more from our tests.
Apple AirTags have a waterproof protection rating of IP67. This means the trackers can stay submerged in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. So if they are dropped in the bathtub or in a puddle, they should survive.
What if I don’t know I’ve lost something?
If an Apple AirTag is kept away from its owner’s device for a sufficient amount of time (three days at the time of writing), it will emit a tone. When someone hears this, finds the AirTag, and scans it with an NFC-enabled device, they’ll be given the option to put the AirTag into Lost Mode and notify you that your tracker has been found.
Apple has described AirTags’ data usage on its website as “efficient”. We don’t currently know what this would mean in quantifiable terms, but we can’t imagine AirTags consuming significant amounts of your data.
As we learn more about AirTags, we’ll be sure to let you know when they devour your monthly data.
Yes, but you will also need to log out of the Find My network and lose all benefits for your own Apple devices. To do this, go to the settings of your device. Select your name there, then “Find my”, then “Find my iPhone” and switch “Find my network” to “Off”.