Comprehensive AirTag F.A.Q.

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General Information and Introduction

The AirTag was inspired by the need to create a small, user-friendly device that could help people keep track of their personal items using Apple's Find My network. The goal was to leverage the vast network of Apple devices around the world to help users locate their lost items.

The AirTag was announced by Apple on April 20, 2021, and it became available for purchase on April 30, 2021.

The AirTag is a small, coin-shaped device designed by Apple to help users track and locate their personal items like keys, wallets, and bags. It works by connecting to the user's iPhone, allowing the user to keep track of the AirTag's location through the Find My app. If an AirTag is lost, the Find My network — hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices around the world — can help track it down. All of this is done anonymously and encrypted to protect privacy.

  • Precision Finding: Uses sound, haptics, and visuals to locate lost items.
  • Find My Network: Notify when an out-of-range AirTag is located by the network.
  • Privacy and Security: AirTag doesn't store location data or history.
  • User-Friendly: Small, lightweight, with a speaker, and resistant to water and dust.

AirTag can be used in any country where Apple products are available. However, the effectiveness of the Find My network may vary depending on the density of Apple devices in the area.


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Design and Appearance

Apple's AirTag is a disc-shaped tracker with a white, engravable front and a stainless steel back. It measures 31.9mm (1.26 inches) in diameter, 8.0mm (0.31 inches) high, and weighs 11g (0.39 oz).

The AirTag is compact and lightweight, designed for easy attachment to belongings. Its disc shape with smooth edges is unobtrusive. While not traditionally "ergonomic," its design is user-friendly. Accessories enhance its adaptability, though its steel back can be slippery.

With most accessories, the AirTag's white, engravable side faces outward, while the stainless steel side with the Apple logo is obscured or inward, protecting it from scratches.

You can personalize your AirTag with free engraving from Apple, choose from various official and third-party accessories, and use protective cases for a unique look. However, avoid modifications that might hinder its functionality.

Apple's AirTag comes in a standard design with a white, engravable front and a stainless steel back. No official alternate designs or limited editions were offered.

Apple hasn't confirmed design changes for future AirTags. Yet, given their history of updating products like the iPhone and iPad, design evolutions are possible.


Range and Accuracy

AirTags rely on Apple's Find My Network and don't have a fixed range. They connect to nearby Apple devices via Bluetooth. So, an AirTag can be located far away if an Apple device is nearby. However, in remote areas with few passersby, detection might be delayed.

AirTag Precision Finding Range Test:

  • Open space: Max 82 ft (25 m), stable at 65.6 ft (20 m), direction at 33 ft (10 m).
  • Inside, no partitions: 65.6 ft (20 m).
  • Behind glass & wood: 50 ft (15 m).
  • Through three wood layers: 20 ft (6 m).
  • Concrete wall: 10 ft (3 m).
  • Thick wall: 3.3 ft (1 m).

You can track your AirTag globally using Apple's Find My network. Its location is updated when near any device in the network. However, tracking efficiency depends on the density of Apple devices in the area.

AirTag uses BLE and UWB for precise indoor tracking. With the U1 chip, it provides direction and distance. It has a range of 65.6 ft (20 m) in open indoor spaces and about 50 ft (15 m) behind glass or wood. Its speaker aids in location by sound.

AirTag's tracking effectiveness varies based on environment. In urban areas with many Apple devices, the Find My network is more effective due to increased device density. In rural areas, fewer Apple devices might result in tracking delays. Physical obstacles, like tall buildings or natural barriers, can also influence signal strength. Overall, a denser Apple device network optimizes performance.

In crowded areas, AirTag benefits from a denser Find My network, leading to quicker location updates. However, it might face signal interference from multiple electronic devices and physical barriers, which could impact tracking precision. Despite challenges, AirTag is designed to effectively track items even in densely populated settings.

AirTag uses BLE and UWB for accurate tracking despite obstacles. It emits sound alerts for close-range location and leverages the dense Find My network for broader tracking. The device adjusts its signal strength based on environmental interference and is designed to navigate physical barriers effectively within the Apple ecosystem.

AirTags use BLE and UWB, relying on nearby Apple devices for location reporting, making them highly accurate in Apple-dense areas but less so in sparse regions. GPS trackers directly connect to satellites, providing consistent accuracy globally with a clear sky view, but may have a shorter battery life due to continuous satellite communication. In essence, AirTags excel in urban settings, while GPS trackers offer broader, consistent coverage.

AirTag's accuracy is high in Apple-dense areas due to the Find My network. Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology offers precise location details down to centimeters in optimal conditions. However, physical obstructions can affect its Bluetooth signals, and in areas with few Apple devices, location updates might be less accurate or delayed.

AirTag uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect with nearby Apple devices and Ultra Wideband (UWB) for precise "Precision Finding." It leverages the Find My Network, a vast array of Apple devices, for broader tracking. Regular connectivity updates and sound alerts further aid in enhancing location accuracy within the Apple ecosystem


Durability and Maintenance

AirTag's construction includes a white plastic front, a polished stainless steel back with the Apple logo, and internal components such as a speaker, Bluetooth, and UWB chip. These materials provide a durable and functional design.

AirTag can withstand typical falls and impacts during daily use due to its durable construction, including a stainless steel back. However, using protective cases or accessories is advisable for added protection in more challenging conditions.

Apple's IP67 rating for the AirTag indicates that it is protected against solid particles like dust to some extent, but the rating is not specifically focused on dust resistance.

AirTag has received positive reviews for functionality and integration but is not scratch-resistant. Users should expect scratches on both metal and plastic sides with normal handling.

The Apple AirTag is durable and designed to handle various conditions, being splash, water, and dust-resistant (IP67). It can endure stress like being in the freezer or hot car. It can also survive standard wash cycles and spin dry. However, extreme temperatures might affect battery life, and excessive pressure can cause the device to open. Overall, the AirTag is well-designed for daily use without needing additional protectors. Operating ambient temperature: −4° to 140° F (−20° to 60° C)

Frequent use of the AirTag is unlikely to significantly affect its lifespan. With proper care, the device should maintain functionality and last for an extended period. Factors like battery usage, extreme conditions, physical wear, and software updates can influence its performance over time. Regular battery replacement and careful handling can help preserve the AirTag's longevity.

  • Avoid extreme temperatures and water exposure.
  • Don't subject it to excessive force or pressure.
  • Replace the battery as needed.
  • Power off the device.
  • Use a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Avoid liquids and cleaning agents.
  • Ensure it is dry before use.
Clean it as needed, depending on usage and environmental conditions.



iOS 14.5 or later is required for using AirTag.

AirTag Precision Finding is compatible with:
  • iPhone 15 / 15 Plus / 15 Pro / 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 / 14 Plus / 14 Pro / 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 / 13 Mini / 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 / 12 Mini / 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 / 11 Mini / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max

Yes, AirTag can be used with an iPad. iPads can track and locate AirTags using the "Find My" app, although they do not have access to the Precision Finding feature, which is available on some iPhones.

AirTag can be used with a MacBook. MacBooks can track and locate AirTags using the "Find My" app, although they do not have access to the Precision Finding feature available on some iPhones.

Yes! The watchOS 8 upgrade allows you to locate people, devices, and AirTags. But they do not have access to the Precision Finding feature available on some iPhones.

AirTag is not directly compatible with most non-Apple devices. Users can access the Find My app through a browser but cannot set up a new AirTag with non-Apple device. To set up a new AirTag, you need an iOS device with iOS 14.5 or later installed.

AirTag performs well with older iPhone models that support iOS 14.5 or later. Basic tracking and functionality are available, but some advanced features like Precision Finding may require newer iPhone models with U1 chips.

Android users can access the Find My app through a browser but cannot set up a new AirTag with an Android device. AirTag requires an iOS device like iPhone or iPad for setup using the latest version of the "Find My" app. To set up a new AirTag, you need an iOS device with iOS 14.5 or later installed.

Each Apple ID may be attached up to 16 AirTags, and you can keep track of all 16 objects at once using the Find My app on your iOS device. Follow these steps on an iPhone or iPad to add more AirTags:

  • Activate the new AirTag by removing the plastic tab.
  • Bring the AirTag close to your device, and a setup prompt will appear.
  • Tap "Connect" or "Add" to set up the AirTag.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to name and assign it.

AirTag is primarily designed for use within Apple's ecosystem and is not directly compatible with non-Apple Bluetooth devices.


Yes, you can attach up to 16 AirTags to a single Apple ID for tracking and management using the Find My app.

Use Apple AirTags in various places to track belongings: keys, wallet, backpacks, bags, luggage, remote controls, pets, bicycles, and valuables. Respect privacy and use responsibly.

Yes, you can put an AirTag in your wallet; it's designed to fit easily. The AirTag is 1.26 inches in diameter and 0.31 inches thick, similar to 10 standard credit cards. Attach it in various ways: slot, keyring loop, specific pocket, or try the Card for AirTag. Note that the Card for AirTag needs a deep pocket to avoid stretching your wallet. Geometric Goods makes wallets with a secret AirTag slot, providing a discreet and secure way to store the tracking device in your wallet. Find them here.

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Yes, you can add a keyring or similar accessory to your AirTag. The AirTag is designed with a built-in keyring hole that allows you to easily attach it to various items like keys, bags, backpacks, or pet collars. Additionally, many third-party manufacturers offer a wide range of accessories specifically designed for AirTag, such as keyring loops (, clips, cases, and holders. These accessories provide additional options for attaching the AirTag to different belongings, offering increased versatility and convenience in tracking and locating your items.

Yes, AirTag will work inside luggage, including checked luggage. As AirTags don't contain a significant amount of lithium, there's no need to mention them to airline attendants when checking in your bag.

AirTag can track a car, but with limitations. It relies on the Find My network, which may have limited coverage. Bluetooth tracking has a range constraint, and the battery life is about one year. For more reliable car tracking, consider dedicated GPS trackers designed for vehicles.

Yes, you can use AirTag to track your pets by attaching it to their collar or harness through the Find My app. However, AirTag is designed for items, not dedicated pet tracking, so consider specialized pet trackers for more advanced features and reliability. Check out this link for more information on using AirTag for pets.

Apple AirTags are versatile for tracking almost anything worldwide. However, they may not be ideal for tracking items in motion due to their reliance on nearby Bluetooth signals. Additionally, in remote areas with limited device proximity, their tracking reliability might be reduced. Nonetheless, AirTags are valuable tools for tracking belongings in well-connected environments.

An AirTag is not an ideal tracking device for a drone, especially in remote or open areas. Its short-range Bluetooth connectivity may limit its effectiveness in locating a drone that goes far from any nearby Apple devices. For drones or other items that require more robust tracking capabilities, an LTE tracker like T-Mobile's SyncUp Tracker, with real-time tracking and LTE compatibility, would be a more suitable option. Such trackers can provide more reliable and accurate tracking, even in challenging environments like deep woods.

Purchase and Packaging


You can buy AirTags from various retailers, both online and in stores. Check out Apple's official store page for AirTags and other accessories.

The four-pack option offers better value, reducing the cost per AirTag to approximately $24.75, saving around $5 per unit compared to buying individually. It's a more economical choice for multiple tracking needs.

Yes, AirTags can be bought from non-Apple stores and various authorized resellers. Just ensure you choose a reputable seller for authentic products and warranty coverage.

The AirTag box includes the AirTag and documentation, but no keyring or accessories are included.

Yes, Apple has a standard return policy for the AirTag, offering a 14-day return window from the date of receipt. Only items directly purchased from Apple can be returned to them, while items bought from other retailers must be returned according to their policies. Some items, like opened software and Apple Gift Cards, are not eligible for return. Customers can return items by shipping them back to Apple or visiting an Apple Store, and refunds are issued based on the original payment method.

Yes, you can purchase an AirTag as a gift and have it shipped to a different address. During the checkout process on Apple's website, you can specify a separate shipping address from the billing address, allowing you to send the AirTag directly to the recipient. This way, you can easily send an AirTag to someone as a gift without having to handle the shipping yourself.

Setup and Configuration

  1. Ensure iOS 14.5 or later.
  2. Open Find My app.
  3. Tap "Add" and select "AirTag."
  4. Bring AirTag close to iPhone.
  5. Assign a name to AirTag.
  6. Link to Apple ID.
  7. Setup complete. Use Find My app to track belongings.

Setting up an AirTag requires an iOS device (iOS 14.5 or later). There was no official support for setup without an iOS device.

  1. Open Find My app on iPhone.
  2. Locate AirTag and select it.
  3. Tap "Remove Item" and confirm to reset.

Yes, you can rename your AirTag after the initial setup.

  1. Open the "Find My" app.
  2. Locate the AirTag, press and hold its name.
  3. Enter the new name, and tap "Done."
  1. Old iPhone:
    • In 'Find My', select AirTag and tap "Remove Item".
  2. Setup iPhone:
    • Update to the latest iOS.
    • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
  3. Reset AirTag:
    • Detach AirTag.
    • Open the back, remove and reinsert the battery five times until it resets.
  4. Pairing:
    • Bring AirTag near the new iPhone.
    • Follow prompts to name and register AirTag.
  5. Verification:
    • Open 'Find My' on the new iPhone.
    • Check under 'Items' for AirTag.

You can use the same Apple ID for multiple AirTags. All will appear in the Find My app, each can be named for easy identification, and their locations can be shared with trusted contacts.

In the 'Find My' app on your iPhone, tap the 'Items' tab and locate your AirTag. If connected, its location will be displayed. Test its connection by selecting the AirTag and tapping "Play Sound".

  1. Open Find My app.
  2. Select Items > your AirTag.
  3. Tap Remove Item and confirm.

The AirTag will then be unpaired from your Apple ID.

Functionality and Features

Accessing AirTag

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Tap the Items tab to view AirTags and trackable items.

AirTag Features

  1. Locate: See the AirTag's location on a map by tapping on it.
  2. Play Sound: Tap "Play Sound" if the item is nearby to hear the AirTag beep.
  3. Lost Mode: Activate if an item is lost. You'll get notifications when it's found, and finders can access contact info you've shared.
  4. Precision Finding: Available on iPhone 11 and newer for detailed directions to the AirTag.

Remember to enable Bluetooth and Location Services for best results.

AirTags' location updates depend on nearby Apple devices in the Find My network. In populated areas, updates are frequent; in isolated areas, they may stop.

Key Influences:

  • Apple device density.
  • AirTag movement.
  • Activation of Lost Mode.

Updates focus on surrounding devices, movement, and modes, with an emphasis on privacy and efficiency.

Yes, AirTags can make noise or play a sound.

  • When it loses connection with your phone.
  • To alert you of a lost item.
  • If "lost mode" is accidentally triggered.
  • To indicate available updates.
  • If it's on alert, like after triggering lost mode.
  • When setting up the AirTag.
  • When tracking its location through the Find My app.
  • After replacing the battery.

Yes, you can mute AirTag sound alerts via the Find My App on your iPhone by turning off the "Item Safety Alerts" switch. However, the AirTag's speakers can't be fully disabled, so it might still produce sounds in some situations. Physically removing the speaker, though not recommended, is a step some users take to silence it.

Yes, with Apple's iOS 17, AirTags can be shared with friends or family. It is possible to share an Apple AirTag with up to five individuals using the Find My app. This feature is especially useful for tracking shared items like keys, bags, or pet collars. Learn the Step-by-Step Guide to Share AirTags

You can use Siri to interact with AirTags in limited ways. By saying "Hey Siri, where are my keys?", Siri can locate an AirTag named "keys" using the Find My app. Additionally, if the AirTag is nearby, you can ask Siri to play a sound on it to help locate it.

Yes, in the Find My app, you can enable separation alerts for an AirTag. This sends a notification when your device parts from the AirTag. You can also set Trusted Locations where you won't get alerts if the item is left.

  1. Open Find My, tap "Items" and choose your AirTag.
  2. Under "Notifications," activate "Notify When Left Behind."
  3. For "Trusted Locations," either select a suggested spot or add a new one.
  4. Ensure the Find My app notifications are on for these alerts to work.

AirTags beep for:

  • Locating: Users can trigger a beep via the Find My app to help locate a misplaced item with an AirTag.
  • Privacy: To prevent unwanted tracking, an AirTag will beep if separated from its owner and traveling with someone else. For more on this alert and recommended actions, see What Does AirTag Found Moving With You Mean and What Should You Do?.
Apple's AirTag does not have a specific "do not disturb" mode. However, the Find My app, which is used to manage AirTags, integrates with the "Focus" (previously called "Do Not Disturb") mode on iOS devices. This means that if you have "Focus" or "Do Not Disturb" activated on your iPhone, you may not receive immediate notifications related to your AirTag, such as separation alerts.

No, the primary intention behind the AirTag's design is to prevent unwanted tracking or stalking, not as an anti-theft device. If an AirTag is separated from its owner, it will start to beep in less than a day to alert people nearby. If someone with an iOS device is near the separated AirTag, they will receive a push alert notifying them of an unknown AirTag's presence. However, Android users will not receive any such notifications. This feature, while promoting privacy, might inadvertently alert a potential thief about the AirTag.

The FindMy app displays the current position of an AirTag linked to your account, but doesn't track its history to prevent misuse. However, Daniel Palma developed a method for location history tracking. If you're skilled in programming, you can follow his guidelines to create your own AirTag tracking dashboard. Learn more here: Apple AirTag Location History Data Pipeline - Dog Tracking Dashboard. Comply with privacy laws and track only your items.

Water Resistance

AirTags are water-resistant, not waterproof. They have the IP67 ingress protection rating, which means they can withstand being submerged in water up to one meter for up to thirty minutes. However, it's important to note that they should not be submerged in liquid or exposed to a constant stream of water. Apple does not provide coverage for liquid damage, so it's best to avoid extreme water exposure with AirTags.

Yes, you can use AirTags in the rain or snow. They are water-resistant with an IP67 rating, capable of withstanding being submerged in water up to one meter for up to thirty minutes. This allows them to function normally in typical rain or snow conditions. However, they are water-resistant, not waterproof, so avoid prolonged submersion or exposure to a constant water stream.

AirTags are water-resistant (IP67 rated) and can survive a trip through the washing machine. They can withstand being submerged in water up to one meter for up to thirty minutes. Some users have tested this, and the devices remained functional afterward. However, it's not advisable to intentionally subject them to prolonged water exposure or harsh conditions, as it may affect their performance over time. Handle AirTags with care and avoid unnecessary risks.

AirTags can remain underwater for up to 30 minutes, as they have an IP67 water resistance rating. They are protected against splashes, rain, and brief submersion up to one meter (approximately 3.3 feet) deep. However, it's advisable to avoid prolonged exposure or submersion beyond the specified limit to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Yes, AirTags can get wet to some extent, as they are water-resistant with an IP67 rating. This means they can withstand splashes, rain, and brief submersion in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

If your AirTag gets wet, it's essential to dry it out thoroughly to prevent any potential damage. Here's how you can dry out your AirTag.

AirTags have an IP67 water resistance rating, making them resistant to splashes, rain, and brief submersion in fresh water up to one meter for 30 minutes. However, they are not specifically rated for salt water or chlorinated water. Prolonged exposure to these liquids may lead to corrosion or slight swelling in the aluminum and plastic materials used in AirTags.

You can use AirTags during water sports like swimming or surfing since they have an IP67 water resistance rating, which protects them from splashes and brief submersion in fresh water up to one meter for 30 minutes. However, avoid prolonged submersion in salt water or chlorinated water, as it may cause damage over time. Thoroughly dry the AirTag after any water exposure to prevent potential issues.

AirTag's water resistance doesn't directly impact its tracking ability. It can withstand brief exposure to water, but prolonged exposure, especially in extreme conditions, may compromise its functionality. To maintain optimal performance, avoid unnecessary water risks and dry out the AirTag if it gets wet.


If your AirTags aren't working, try these steps:

  1. Turn Bluetooth off and on.
  2. Restart your device.
  3. Clean the AirTags.
  4. Check Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.
  5. Ensure Find My is turned on.
  6. Reset the AirTags.
  7. Update your device to the latest iOS version.
  8. Contact Apple Support if the issue persists.

To reset your AirTag to factory settings:

  1. Remove the AirTag from Find My app.
  2. Press and twist the back cover counterclockwise to open.
  3. Remove the battery and wait for 10 seconds.
  4. Reinsert the battery.
  5. Hold the AirTag close to your device and follow the on-screen instructions to reset.

To update your Apple AirTag:

  1. Ensure software compatibility with the latest iOS or iPadOS version.
  2. Check AirTag battery level for sufficient charge.
  3. Bring the AirTag close to your device.
  4. Wait for an automatic update prompt or check for updates manually in the Find My app.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.
  6. Consider restarting your device after the update.

To resolve Bluetooth issues with your AirTag:

  • Check Bluetooth is on and active.
  • Keep AirTag close to your device.
  • Turn Bluetooth off and on.
  • Restart your device.
  • Update to the latest iOS or iPadOS version.
  • Remove and re-pair the AirTag.
  • Check AirTag battery level.

The possible reasons for AirTag not showing up in Find My app:

  1. iOS Version Compatibility: Older iOS versions may not support AirTags.
  2. Bluetooth Connection: Ensure Bluetooth is on and working on your device.
  3. Proximity: Keep AirTag within range of your iPhone or iPad.
  4. AirTag Setup: Properly set up and pair the AirTag.
  5. Battery Level: Low battery can affect detection in Find My.
  6. Location Services and Find My: Enable them in device settings.
  7. Refresh Find My App: Swipe down to trigger a search.
  8. Interference: Check for objects or devices blocking Bluetooth signal.
  9. Reset AirTag: Try resetting by removing the battery and setting up again.
  10. Software Bugs: iOS issues may prevent AirTag from appearing.
  1. Recognize that some iPhones get "phantom AirTag alerts" with implausible paths.
  2. As a fix, Apple suggests:
    • Go to iPhone Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
    • Toggle the switch off and on with Wi-Fi enabled.
  3. Be aware that in crowded areas, nearby AirTags might trigger alerts.
  4. Apple plans to enhance the Find My network, including "improved tracking alert logic".
  5. If issues persist, contact Apple Support and watch for software updates. Always prioritize personal safety.
  1. iCloud Reset: Sign out and back into iCloud on your iPhone.
  2. AirPods Issue: Remove AirPods from Find My and Bluetooth, then try adding AirTag. This is due to a firmware update issue.
  3. Device Count: In Find My, temporarily delete a device, add the AirTag, then re-add the device.

Ensure your Apple devices are updated for potential fixes.

  1. Open the Find My app, select the lost AirTag, and use "Play Sound" or "Precision Finding".
  2. Check the last known location on the map.
  3. Enable "Lost Mode" for contact info when found or "Notify When Found" for location updates via the Find My network.
  1. Open Find My app and select the 'Items' tab.
  2. Choose the desired AirTag, swipe up for options, and tap 'Remove Item'.
  1. Activate "Lost Mode" in the Find My app.
  2. Report the theft to law enforcement.
  3. Avoid confronting the thief; prioritize safety.

This alert means an unrecognized AirTag is moving with you. It could be on a borrowed item, a lost item, or someone might have placed it among your belongings. Here's what to do:

  1. Tap the alert and click "Continue".
  2. Use "Play Sound" to locate the AirTag if unsure of its location.
  3. If it's on a borrowed item, mute the alert for a day or permanently if from a trusted source.
  4. View its details with "Learn About This AirTag". If lost, contact details may be available.
  5. If unrecognizable, choose "Disable AirTag" and follow steps to remove its battery.
  6. Can't find it? It might not be with you anymore due to changing Bluetooth identifiers. Wait for more alerts or intermittent sounds.
  7. Concerned? Contact law enforcement.

To stop tracking, remove the AirTag's battery. Reinserting the battery allows it to resume tracking.

Battery and Power

Yes, AirTag batteries are user-replaceable. They use a CR2032 type, which has a Lithium manganese dioxide cathode. To change it, squeeze and twist the AirTag's rear panel. Apple recommends avoiding batteries with a bitter coating.

When the AirTag battery is low, you'll receive a notification on your paired iPhone or iPad. You can also check the battery status anytime in the "Find My" app under the "Items" tab by selecting your AirTag. Replace the CR2032 battery when prompted.

Yes, you can check the battery status of your AirTag on your device. Simply open the "Find My" app, go to the "Items" tab, and select your AirTag. The battery level will be displayed in its details.

  1. Minimize its movement.
  2. Avoid extreme temperatures.
  3. Ensure it's updated with the latest firmware.
  4. Limit frequent pairing and unpairing.

Remember, the AirTag is designed for efficiency, so its battery typically lasts about a year under normal conditions.

The AirTag uses a CR2032 battery, which maintains consistent performance until it nears depletion. Users are alerted to replace it before any major drop in performance. CR2032 batteries have an estimated shelf life of 10 years. It's uncertain how much capacity remains at the end of this period, but after a year of non-use, the battery might lose roughly 5-10% of its original life. Thus, even infrequently used AirTags will eventually require battery replacement.

No, the AirTag is designed for non-rechargeable CR2032 batteries. While rechargeable versions exist, Apple recommends standard CR2032s for optimal performance.

  • Cold: Below 0°C (32°F) reduces performance.
  • Hot: Above 60°C (140°F) shortens lifespan.
  • Optimal: 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F).

Sharing and Connectivity

AirTags can operate in areas with poor network connectivity due to their Bluetooth reliance. Their effectiveness depends on the density of nearby Apple devices. While the Find My network can detect an AirTag without internet, location updates to the owner require internet access. In remote areas, location updates might be delayed.

With iOS 17, an AirTag's tracking can be shared with up to five individuals using the group sharing feature. On previous iOS versions, an AirTag was exclusive to one Apple ID.

Learn How to Share AirTag on iPhone with iOS 17.

Sharing an AirTag:

  1. Open 'Find My' > 'Items' and tap your AirTag.
  2. In 'Share This AirTag', tap 'Add Person'.
  3. Select up to five contacts and tap 'Send'.

Modifying or Revoking Access:

  1. In 'Find My' > 'Items', tap the shared AirTag.
  2. Tap a contact's name in 'Share This AirTag'.
  3. To remove, tap 'Remove' then 'Stop Sharing'.
  1. Lost Mode: Any shared member can activate Lost Mode, displaying a message and contact info.
  2. Location Notifications: All members get location updates via Find My network.
  3. Precision Finding: U1 chip iPhones show precise direction and distance.
  4. Safety Alerts: Unknown carriers trigger AirTag sound and iOS notifications.
  5. Owner's Details: NFC scanning reveals contact info for returning the item.
  6. Shared Access: All track, owner controls unpairing/removal.

This collaborative approach lets members track and take action while maintaining primary owner control.

No, AirTags lack Wi-Fi and directly connect via Bluetooth to Apple devices for location tracking using the Find My network, which relies on nearby devices' signals.

Privacy and Security

AirTags have security features including unpairing control, anti-stalking alerts, sound alerts, privacy protection, and offline detection. They prioritize user privacy by preventing unauthorized tracking and providing alerts for unknown tracking.

No, AirTags are designed with privacy features to prevent their misuse for tracking someone without their consent. If an unknown AirTag is near a person for an extended time, their device alerts them. Additionally, AirTags emit sound if separated from their owner for too long, preventing covert tracking. These measures aim to ensure ethical and consensual use of AirTags.

Apple ensures AirTag privacy through alerts for unknown and prolonged tracking, sound alerts, Bluetooth identifier rotation, offline detection, and control over location history. These measures protect against unauthorized tracking and prioritize user privacy.

AirTag prevents unwanted tracking through anti-stalking alerts, sound alerts, unknown tracking alerts, rotating identifiers, and offline detection. These measures collectively discourage and hinder unauthorized tracking.

Sharing an AirTag has privacy implications, including location exposure, data sharing, notifications, unintended tracking, and group access. It's vital to consider the balance between convenience and privacy when sharing an AirTag.

  • Limited Data Storage: AirTags don't store location data or history on the device itself. Any stored data is minimal and short-lived.
  • Anonymous Relay: Devices relaying AirTag locations remain anonymous, ensuring privacy is maintained throughout the process.
  • Encrypted Data: Location data is encrypted at every step of transmission, preventing unauthorized access.
  • Owner Alerts: If someone else's AirTag is detected near you, your device alerts you to discourage unwanted tracking.
  • Proximity Alerts: If an AirTag is separated from its paired device but is near yours, you receive a notification.
  • Alert Sounds: An AirTag apart from its paired device plays an alert sound to notify non-iOS users of its presence.
  • Serial Number Pairing: Each AirTag is paired with a specific Apple ID and iPhone during setup, deterring potential misuse.

Apple's commitment to privacy is evident through encryption, alerts, and measures to prevent unauthorized tracking, ensuring users' location data remains secure while using AirTags.

AirTag can be misused for unwanted tracking and stalking, raising privacy concerns. Apple's proactive measures include alerts for extended tracking and collaboration with law enforcement. Updates are planned to enhance privacy warnings, introduce Precision Finding, and refine alert systems. However, misuse remains a concern. Users must stay vigilant, protect devices, and be cautious of surroundings to prevent unauthorized tracking.

If you suspect you're being tracked with an AirTag without your consent:

  1. Check for unfamiliar AirTags.
  2. Use the "Find My" app to scan for nearby AirTags.
  3. Remove the battery from any unknown AirTag.
  4. Contact law enforcement for assistance.
  5. Enable upcoming unknown AirTag alerts for added protection.

No, AirTag requires two-factor authentication. If you're currently using it, you can't disable this security feature. Two-factor authentication is essential for certain iOS and macOS features, enhancing data security. While you can unenroll within two weeks of enabling it, doing so reduces account security and limits access to high-security features.

Warranty and Support

The AirTag warranty period is one year from the original purchase date. It covers defects in materials and workmanship. Apple offers repair, exchange, or refund options for eligible claims. The warranty excludes normal wear and tear and damage from non-defect causes. Contact Apple for warranty service. Proof of purchase may be needed. For more details, refer to Apple's official warranty information.

Apple offers an extended warranty called "AppleCare+" for some of its products, but as of our last update in August 2023, this program does not specifically cover AirTags.

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To contact Apple Support for AirTag-related issues:

  1. Go to the Apple Support website:
  2. Search for "AirTag" to find relevant articles.
  3. If no solution is found, click "Contact Apple Support" or "Get Support."
  4. Choose a contact method: live chat, phone, or in-person appointment.
  5. Follow instructions to initiate contact and get assistance.

Ensure you check local options and visit the official Apple Support website for accurate details.

Yes, you can generally get support for your AirTag in a different country. Apple offers global warranty coverage for its products, including AirTag. However, service availability, communication in the local language, proof of purchase, and regional differences in consumer protection laws may affect the support experience. Online resources, authorized service providers, and official Apple Stores are common options. Make sure to check the specific Apple Support website for the country you're in or plan to visit for accurate details.

Environmental Considerations

AirTag manufacturing minimizes environmental impact through:

  1. 100% recycled tin solder: AirTag's main logic board uses solder made from 100% recycled tin, reducing the need for new resources.
  2. Mercury, BFR, PVC, and beryllium-free components: AirTag is designed without these harmful substances, reducing toxic chemical usage in production.

These practices contribute to sustainability by reducing resource consumption and promoting environmentally friendly manufacturing.

To recycle an AirTag:

  1. Contact Apple for any potential recycling initiatives they may offer.
  2. Remove the battery by opening the back cover and disposing of it properly as hazardous waste.
  3. Recycle the remaining AirTag components as electronic waste (e-waste) according to local regulations.

Recycling responsibly helps minimize environmental impact and ensures proper disposal of hazardous materials. Check local guidelines for specific instructions.

Apple is committed to ethical manufacturing for AirTag and its products. This includes worker welfare, environmental responsibility, supply chain transparency, avoiding conflict minerals, upholding human rights, and conducting independent audits. The company educates suppliers, enforces codes of conduct, and aims to minimize environmental impact. Ethical manufacturing is an ongoing effort, and Apple strives to improve practices and address supply chain challenges.

Apple strives for carbon neutrality by 2030 through initiatives like using 100% renewable energy, increasing recycled and renewable materials in products, reducing emissions, investing in carbon removal, promoting a circular economy, holding suppliers accountable, supporting sustainable forestry, and addressing economic equity.

Regulations and Compliance

AirTag has certifications like FCC, CE, IC, RoHS, REACH, WEEE, Bluetooth SIG, and UL. These ensure it meets safety, environmental, and regulatory standards in wireless communication, electromagnetic interference, hazardous substances, waste disposal, and more.

Yes, AirTag is designed to comply with privacy laws in different countries. It has features like "Item Safety Alerts" and "Unknown Item Alerts" to prevent unauthorized tracking. These alerts help ensure that AirTags are not used for stalking or tracking without the owner's consent. Additionally, Apple has implemented measures to protect user privacy and prevent unwanted tracking. However, users should still be aware of and follow local laws and regulations related to privacy and tracking.

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