What are AirTags? Your Question Answered!


What are AirTags?

The Apple AirTag is a small personal tracking device that you can use to help you find the things that are most vulnerable to loss. If you're familiar with Tile trackers, then you already have a pretty good idea of ​​what this device can do. You attach one to your keys or tuck one in your backpack, and if it's lost, you can use your iPhone to see where it went. This isn't a new idea, but Apple has included some unique features that make the AirTag stand out from the competition. Here's what you need to know.

How to Pair an Apple AirTag

The installation process for AirTag is very easy. If you've ever owned a pair of AirPods or Beats headphones, you'll be familiar with the process. All you have to do is open it from its protective packaging and hold it next to your iPhone. After a few seconds, an AirTag image will appear on your screen and you can tap the Connect button to pair the devices. AirTags requires Bluetooth to pair, so make sure you turn it on before you get started.

The next step is to associate your Apple AirTag with the object you want to track. Apple provides a number of built-in instructions for you to choose from, (e.g. backpack, bike, camera, etc.), or provide a custom name of your choice. Once paired, AirTags will appear in the Find Me app next to all of your other devices. This is the app you will use to track your AirTags.


How to Find AirTags

To find an object that has an AirTag attached to it, all you need to do is open the Find My app on your iPhone. Next, select Devices and select the AirTag you are looking for. From here you have several options. If you know the item is nearby but you don't know where it is, you can choose to play a sound on your AirTag. Follow the beeps until you find your item.

If you have an iPhone 11 or later, your other option is to use the Find Nearby option. This feature uses the technology in your phone to scan your surroundings for missing AirTags. An arrow will appear on the screen to indicate the direction you need to walk to find your item. The distance chart will show you how far you are from your AirTag. When you are very close to the device, it will vibrate your phone for additional feedback.

However, sometimes we lose things outside our homes. If you left your bag at a restaurant or forgot your keys at a friend's house, you can still find the AirTag. Just open the Find Me app, select your Apple AirTag from the list of devices, and put it in Lost Mode. Once activated, you can also add your contact information. Why? Anyone with an NFC-enabled smartphone can scan an AirTag to see the contact information you added.

If no one finds your Airtag, you can crowdsource your AirTag fetch. You know, one of the great things about Apple's AirTag technology is that everyone with an iPhone is part of the Find Me network. That means, whenever iPhone passes your AirTag, it will anonymously report its location to Apple and you will receive a notification on your phone with the last reported location. The system uses end-to-end encryption so no one else knows the location of your AirTag, not even Apple. Then, when you get within range of your AirTag, you can use the Find My app to help you find the missing item.

How to Change the Battery in AirTags

Not many Apple products come with replaceable batteries anymore, but the AirTag does. It uses a standard CR2032 battery which is rated to last for about a year. When it starts running low, you'll get a notification on your iPhone that a battery replacement is recommended. To replace the battery, flip the AirTag so that the shiny side is facing up. Then, press down on the metal case and turn it to the left to unlock the battery compartment. From here, you can replace the battery and close it again by replacing the metal case and turning it to the right to lock the battery compartment.


Can Someone Track You With AirTags?

It's a reasonable question, but Apple has taken steps to protect your privacy and ensure that AirTags can't be used to track people. If an AirTag detects that it is moving and has separated from the device it was originally paired with, it will take steps to notify the person closest to it. If the person is an iPhone user, they will get a notification saying that the AirTag is moving with them. Tapping on that notification will show you the serial number of the AirTag and give you instructions on how to disable it. The serial number of the AirTag is linked to the Apple ID of the person who first registered the AirTag so that you can report this information to the police and/or Apple Support.

If the person in question is an Android user and the AirTag has been away from their paired device for a certain amount of time, a continuous series of beeps will start to let the person know that an Apple AirTag is being used to track them. At launch, the timeframe is three days, but may be adjusted in a future software update.

What if Someone Steals Your AirTag?

If you leave your AirTag lying around and someone decides to steal it, you can relax knowing that it won't do them much good. Apple includes a unique technology called Pairing Lock. This means that once paired, the AirTag cannot be used with any other device, so try your best, thieves won't be able to re-pair the AirTag with their own iPhone. This will deter most criminals, especially when they know they could potentially be tracked for possessing an AirTag.


Are Apple's AirTags Water Resistant?

The AirTag is not waterproof but it is. y is waterproof, but not waterproof. It has an IP67 rating under IEC standard 60529. This means it is designed to withstand a maximum depth of one meter for 30 minutes. IP67 also gives the AirTag a certain level of protection from dust and dirt. This makes it somewhat durable, but if your Apple AirTag is attached to an item that falls from a boat and sinks to the bottom of a lake, it won't be something you can track for very long.

Are AirTags Worth It?

One AirTag retails for $29, or you can buy a pack of four for $99. This makes AirTag an affordable way to track down items that have a bad habit of getting lost. The replaceable battery is a godsend as it means you can potentially get years of service out of your initial investment. All you have to do is replace the battery once a year and your AirTag will continue to function like new. Apple's leather accessory does raise the cost beyond its initial $29 price, but third-party options are available if you're looking to save some money, so the value for money in this device is clearly visible. If you don't want it for yourself, it would still make a great gift for friends and family members.


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