Apple AirTag is Apple’s pure iOS answer to Tile. Put an AirTag in a bag or attach it to a set of keys. Presto allows you to track your valuables using bluetooth Find my app and (on newer iPhones) Ultra Wideband.
As an Apple device, AirTags are pretty easy to set up. However, if you’re having trouble getting them to work or if you want to buy one and want to know how time-consuming the process is, here’s how to set up and use AirTags on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
For iPhones, every model from the iPhone 6S can download the software. However, iOS 15 will only be available on iPhone 7 and above, which means the 6S may not receive future patches for the software. You can also run the correct software on the iPod Touch (7th generation).
One of the best features for AirTags, Precision Finding, only works if your iPhone has Ultra Wideband. That means you need that iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or one of its sister phones of different sizes, which contain the U1 chip from Apple. One could argue that only people who own these newer phones should use AirTags, otherwise they won’t get the full suite of features.
For iPad owners, most iPads, iPad minis, and iPad pros in the past five years should be able to download them. We also believe that most iPadOS 14 tablets will get too iPadOS 15.
When you unpack your AirTags, place your iPhone or iPad nearby and pull the battery tag out of the tracker. You should hear a beep and an animated window should appear with the AirTag on your device.
(If you haven’t updated it to 14.5, the animation prompts you to download the software update instead.)
Tap Connect in the window. You’ll be asked to name the tracker – they suggest naming it after the device you’re plugging it into, e.g. B. bike or key – and then after Share your iPhone location.
Beat Continue through these prompts until you register the AirTag’s location with your Apple ID.
Now open the Find my app. If you’re not sure where it is, just use the app library or swipe down on your screen to use the search bar.
Tap the items Tab and select + New article. Add AirTag will be the default option, tap on it and move your AirTag next to your device again to add it.
You can now use it to find one of your most important elements. Overall, the process only takes a few minutes.
How exactly does it work with or without the Apple U1 chip that activates Ultra Wideband after you’ve activated your AirTag and attached it to something?
If your device is missing somewhere in your house, Open the Find My app, choose items On the tab, select the missing AirTag and click Play sound. Your phone sends a signal to the AirTag via Bluetooth to make enough noise for you to find it.
Our AirTag reviewer said that Play Sound “registered 64dB on our sound meter,” loud enough to be heard even when buried under pillows. It takes a few seconds for the AirTag sound to be active and then sounds for about seven seconds. Hence, you may have to trigger it a few times before you can find it.
Any 14.5 compatible device can use this function. With an iPhone 11 or 12, you can use Precision Finding to get clear visual instructions when you have trouble hearing the beep.
Go back to the Find my app articles Menu, select the appropriate AirTag and press Find nearby. On your iPhone, you’ll see a screen distance in feet or meters and an arrow pointing straight at the device in real time.
Depending on where the AirTag is, you may not be able to determine its exact location. Our reviewer had some trouble finding it in her home until she came within 6 meters due to its cavity walls. and you might have even more trouble finding them in one multi-storey building like an office or hotel.
Finally, when you know you’ve lost your AirTag somewhere far off, scroll down this section Find my app Menu to find them Lost mode Possibility. You can tell Apple that the AirTag is missing and assign your phone number to the AirTag. That way, someone who finds it can tap their iPhone or Android phone and get your contact information. Hopefully they’ll call you with it and arrange a pickup.
How to replace the battery
Apple says its AirTags will last a year or more before running out of juice, based on “four play sound events and one precision finding event per day.” Provided you don’t lose your belongings that often, one can hope that it will take longer. But you have to replace it at some point.
To replace your AirTag battery, hold the AirTag with the colored side down, place two fingers on the metal side, and turn it to the right to remove the metal cover. This will expose the battery and allow you to replace it.
You can buy a pack of C3023 batteries Amazon for less than $ 10 and keep your AirTag going for years with just a few quick swaps. Hopefully battery life shouldn’t be a huge issue when using AirTags.