Planning on getting some AirTags to keep a track of your things? Check out our entire guide on How do AirTags work? How to Setup AirTags for all the details.
How many times have you misplaced your keys and struggled to find them? And how many times has this made you stressed cause you were on your way out and couldn’t find your keys? And this same problem could be backpacks, purses and more.
Apple has come up with a solution to this, and it is its take on similar smart tags already available in the market like Tile. AirTags are one of the newest additions to Apple’s product lineup and while it seems insignificant thanks to its size and price, it is one of the most useful products for people who have a lot on their head.
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I am someone who loses stuff all the time and Apple’s AirTags feel like they were specifically designed for me. So as soon as they went on sale I got a few AirTags for myself and I have been testing them. So for anyone who needs a guide on how to use AirTags, this is the right place. Read on to know how AirTags work and how to use them.
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AirTags are extremely different from other types of GPS trackers. AirTags come with a proprietary U1 chip that connects to Apple’s Bluetooth and NFC network to pinpoint the location of the AirTag. All the user has to do is sync their tag to their phone and then stick to the object they want to track.
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How do AirTags work? How to Setup AirTags
What are AirTags?
AirTags are tiny devices developed by Apple that can be attached to keys, bags, and other objects. These AirTags have Bluetooth and NFC connection and this helps your track the tags and in turn, the objects they are attached to. So if you have misplaced your keys, then you can find the keys using your iPhone or iPad if your keys are attached to an AirTag.
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How Do AirTags Work
AirTags do not have a GPS chip built-in. While smartphones including iPhones rely on GPS to determine location, AirTags don’t.
AirTags instead feature Apple’s proprietary U1 chip with ultra-wideband technology to create a network using 1.65 billion Apple devices present all over the world to find the exact location of an AirTag. Check out our entire guide on How do AirTags work? How to Setup AirTags for all the details.
How to Set Up AirTags
Setting up an AirTag is fairly simple. You will need an iOS device like an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. And these iOS devices need to be iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 or later.
Make sure you have two-factor authentication, Bluetooth, and Location Services turned on. You will also need a good internet connection and Find My turned on on your iOS device. If you want to take advantage of the Precision Finding feature then turn it on inside Location Services.
Now to set up the AirTag follow these steps:
- Make sure you have your iPhone or iPad ready for setup
- If you have a new AirTad then, remove the wrap around it and pull out the tab to activate its battery. When the battery gets activated, the AirTag will play a sound.
- Now hole the AirTag near your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and then tap Connect. If you have multiple AirTags and see “More than one AirTag detected” then remove all the other AirTags from the vicinity of your setup device. You can connect each AirTag one by one.
- After tapping on Connect, you can select a name for your AirTag from the premade list or you can set a custom name and an emoji for the AirTag. Now tap on continue.
- Now register your AirTag with your Apple ID and then tap Continue.
- Tap on Done.
You can attach your AirTag to any item you want and you will also see it in the Find My app. You can also use the Find My on your setup device to add AirTags. For this, open the Find My app, tap on the Items tab and then tap on the Add Item option to add your AirTags.
How to Change the Name of your AirTag?
To change the name of your AirTag on your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps,
- Open the Find My app, and then tap on the Items tab.
- Tap the AirTag that you want to change the name of.
- Scroll down and tap Rename Item.
- You can select a name from the list or set a custom name.
- Once you have chosen the name or set a custom one, you can tap one done.
How Do I Find My AirTag?
AirTags are all about finding lost stuff, so how do you do this? To find a misplaced or lost AirTag, open the Find My app on your Apple device, you will see the AirTag’s location on the map here.
You can also play a sound from the AirTag using the Find My app which will help you find the AirTag much more easily. If you have iPhone 11 or 12 then you can use Precision Finding, this feature will guide you via on-screen directions to the AirTag.
If for some reason, you can’t find the AirTag then you can use the Lost Mods option in the Find My app. What this does is that it’ll display a custom message to any user that finds the AirTag. You can set a custom message from your Find My app.
You can provide contact details in the message so that hopefully, the person if he/she is a good one will get in touch with you. This feature will work on any nearby device that has NFC enabled, this includes Android users too.
Supported Phones for AirTags
Only compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch’s can identify the location of an AirTag or an AirTag equipped item. To track an AirTag, the device you are using should be running iOS 14.5 or later on your iPhone and iPadOS 14.5 or later on your iPad. This means that iPhone 6s, iPhone SE (1st generation), and up can track AirTags when updated to iOS 14.5. You can update your old iPhones or iPads by going to Setting > General > Software Update.
To use the Precision Finding feature, which guides you to the AirTag using onscreen instructions, you need an iPhone 11 or 12. This is because these models can use cameras, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope, all at the same time that will offer a more “directionally aware finding experience,” according to Apple.
How to Remove Paired AirTags
Apple AirTags get registered to the Apple ID of the user during the setup process, this means that only the same user can remove an AirTag from the device. To remove the AirTag from a paired device, open the Find My app, tap on the Items tab and select your AirTag from the list. Now tap on Remove Item to unpair it and now the same AirTag can be used by someone else.
So if your AirTag is stolen or lost, then the other person who stole it or found it can,t link their device to it, making the AirTag personal only to you.
Battery Life and How to Replace the Battery of an AirTag
AirTags are tiny devices, and they come included with a CR2032 battery. Apple claims that this will allow the AirTags to last for up to a year.
So what to do once an AirTag runs out of battery? You can easily replace it with another CR2032 battery. To replace the battery, press, and twist on the back panel of the AirTag, this will pop it off and you can replace the battery with a new one.
If your AirTag is low on battery then you’ll get a notification on the paired device that the battery needs to be replaced. AirTags can’t be charged, you can only replace the battery in them.
How do AirTags work? How to Setup AirTags – Final Thoughts
AirTags may not be the most innovative Apple product ever, but they are one of the most well thought out products from Apple. AirTags are simple, tiny trackers that can be attached to items so that you can find these items when you lose them.
The above article is a guide on how to use these excellent little trackers. Get them if you are someone constantly misplacing things and have a hard time finding them back. These tiny trackers will make your life a lot easier and reduce the stress related to losing keys and purses.
Is AirTags Compatible With Android Devices?
As with most Apple products, Apple has locked the AirTags into their ecosystem. Android devices can’t register an AirTag with their device, so you will need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to use an AirTag for your belongings. Android users with NFC can connect to lost AirTags and help the real owner and their belongings though.
How Far can AirTags be tracked?
While Apple hasn’t provided any specific details of the maximum range of AirTags, we can assume that AirTags can be tracked from as far as 100 meters because that’s the maximum Bluetooth range. You can experiment with this though and sure interference with objects around you will affect the range.
Is AirTags Water Resistant?
Apple AirTags features an IP67 rating. This means that AirTags can be submerged in water for up to 1 meter in depth and 30 minutes. So yes, AirTags are water-resistant and they will easily survive rains and spills. Check out our entire guide on How do AirTags work? How to Setup AirTags for all the details.
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In addition to keeping up with the latest Apple news, he also reviews Apple products and creates user-friendly guides. When not subjecting Apple Devices to crazy stress tests, he’s usually playing games on Apple Arcade