8 tips and tricks to get the most out of your AirTags – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

AirTags are Apple’s Bluetooth trackers, small little devices that you can use to track your items. Since its launch in April 2021, the accessory has skyrocketed in popularity as it is such a useful tool. But how do you get the most out of your AirTags? And what else can you do?

Here are eight Apple AirTags tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the little trackers. Spoiler alert: you can do a lot more than track.


1. Make sure to use Precision Finding when near a lost object

Arguably one of the biggest selling points of the AirTags is the Precision Finding feature. With Precision Finding, your iPhone can point you in exactly the right direction of your lost item with an on-screen arrow. Pretty neat, right?

To be able to use the function, you need a device with an integrated U1 chip. You can find this chip in the iPhone 11 or later. Unfortunately, older iPhones cannot use the function. To use precision search:

  1. On your iPhone, open the find mine apartment
  2. Tap the article tab at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the AirTag you want to find from the list.
  4. Tap the To search something close to here Button.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to find your device. You’ll see a rangefinder and directional arrow, feel haptic feedback, and even hear tones.
  6. When you find the item, tap X icon in the upper-right corner to return to the Find My app.


2. AirTag doesn’t fit in your wallet? Try a map accessory

While AirTags are a small, super-convenient size, they’re a bit thicker than other Bluetooth trackers on the market. With a round shape, the devices also tend to slip out of the bottom of some wallet designs. But don’t worry, there is a solution!

There’s not much you can do about thickness without disassembling and modifying your own AirTag. However, many third-party manufacturers offer accessories that plug the tracker into a credit card-shaped device to make it easier to fit in wallets.

With this accessory, you simply snap the AirTag into the card. Because it’s embedded in a card, it’s much less likely to accidentally slip out of your wallet. Nomad and Spigen both offer these accessories, and you’ll likely find many more on Amazon too.

3. Remember to check your AirTag’s battery

As with most devices these days, you will find a battery in every AirTag. It’s important to make sure your AirTag has enough battery so you can use it if you lose something. To check the battery:

  1. Go to the on your iPhone find mine apartment
  2. Tap the article tab at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the AirTag you want to find from the list.
  4. Just below your AirTag’s name is a battery indicator. Like the one in the status bar on your iPhone, it also only shows an icon and no percentage, but you can’t get it to show the battery percentage like you can on an iPhone.

You don’t have to worry too much about the battery in your AirTags. Apple estimates that each AirTag should last about a year with the pre-installed battery. But I’ve had AirTags for over a year now and I still need to replace the battery. Battery life depends on how often you use the search functions.

4. Add an emoji to your AirTag’s name

When setting up an AirTag, Apple prompts you to choose an emoji for your AirTag. It’s much easier to use emojis to quickly identify which AirTag is which when checking the Find My app.

If you didn’t select an emoji when you received your AirTag, you can add one later:

  1. Go to the on your iPhone find mine apartment
  2. Tap the article tab at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the AirTag you want to find from the list.
  4. In the window that appears below, scroll down until you find Rename AirTag. Tip It.
  5. To the left of the name, you can tap to add an emoji. You can also change an existing emoji.

5. Lost AirTag? Put it in lost mode

If you’ve lost an item and can’t find it with the AirTag, you might worry that you’re stuck. Luckily, AirTags have a Lost Mode that you can turn on.

When Lost Mode is on, anyone who finds the AirTag (and attached item) can tap it against their phone to get your phone number. They can then contact you to return the item. You can also set up a notification when the location becomes available again.

To enable Lost Mode for an AirTag:

  1. Go to the on your iPhone find mine apartment
  2. Tap the article tab at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the AirTag you want to find from the list.
  4. In the window that appears below, scroll down until you find Lost Mode. Beat Enable.
  5. A new window will appear explaining Lost Mode. When you’re done, tap Continue.
  6. Enter your phone number and tap Next in the upper right corner. You can type Use an email address instead if you prefer that option.
  7. On the next page you can activate notifications and check your data. If everything is ok, tap activate.


6. Deactivate an unidentified AirTag moving with you

While AirTags are safe to use, some malicious individuals have used the accessory to track people or cars. Luckily, Apple’s security features will alert you if an unidentified AirTag moves with you.

If you have one with you, you can detect and deactivate the unknown AirTag. You’ll first get a notification letting you know the lost device, and then you can play a sound to help you locate it. Hold the AirTag to your device to pair and you can see details about the original device. Finally, remove the battery by twisting the metal back of the AirTag; This will completely disable the tracking features.

7. Use Siri to find your lost items

While AirTags are great for locating your stuff, attaching an AirTag to everything can make the Find My app pretty cluttered. Also, what if you can’t reach your phone or worse, lost it too? Luckily, you can access AirTags from any of your iCloud devices using the Find My app. And that’s not the only way.

A little-known AirTags feature is that you can use Siri to find the trackers. Just shout “Hey Siri, where’s mine?” X“, substitute X with the name of your AirTags. Siri will then prompt you to open the Find My app and play the sound through the AirTag.

Finally, AirTags have a hidden extra feature that has nothing to do with tracking. Thanks to the NFC chip in AirTags, you can actually use AirTags as an NFC trigger for automations in the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

Go to the abbreviations App on your iPhone, set up a new automation and select NFC for the trigger. You can connect your iPhone to your AirTag like any other NFC tag. Finish setting up the automation and you’re ready to use it!

Automations like this can be very handy. Let’s say you want to use the AirTag on your keys to unlock your smart lock or turn off your alarm clock. You can set this up as an automation and do it all with one tap!

While AirTags are perfect for locating your lost items (that’s their main job, after all), the little trackers have a few more tricks up their sleeve. Before diving into these tips and tricks, make sure you have a good grasp of the basics of your AirTag.

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