Apple AirTags have made their mark on the market. These beacon-like devices allow you to track lost items, bags, wallets, and even your car keys. You need to attach them to whatever foundations you want and keep track with your iPhone.
So if you recently got an AirTag (or are considering getting one), here’s our full guide on how to use the Apple AirTag with your Apple iPhone. But before that,
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How to pair and sync an AirTag on your iPhone
When you remove an AirTag from the package, the first thing you need to do is add it to your iPhone and pair it.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and turn on connections like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. When finished, return to the home screen.
2nd step: Meanwhile, remove the scoop tab (the skinny transparent sheet) from your AirTag. This step will complete the bucket circuit and provide power to the tracker.
Step 3: Hold it close to your iPhone and you will see the Connect plastic on your phone. Once this is done, you can name the tracker. For now, Apple lets you nominate between Backpack, Bike, Camera, and more.
Step 4: Complete the rest of the registration process to associate the tracker with your Apple AirTag account. Once done, launch the Find My app and AirTag will appear in the Instruments tab. Simple, look.
Play a sound and find it
To explore everything you can do with this Apple tracker, tap on the tracker name as shown below. Pressing the recitation sound will activate a high-pitched sound, while pressing Manage will show you where your AirTag is.
If you want to test its full power, you can keep it in a remote corner of your house, then press Manage to inquire the tracker through your phone.
If you’re sure the tracker is nearby, you can still ask Siri to locate it. You can simply say, “Hey Siri, locate my tracker.” If it’s nearby, it will locate it and ping it. Cool, right?
Change the name of the AirTag
The superiority of Apple AirTag is that you can give it different names. If you want to change your name, it is possible without problems. To make the name more fun, you can still associate an emoji. Here you will know how you can do it.
Step 1: To change the name of your Apple AirTag, go to Tools in the Manage My app and tap the name of the tracker.
2nd step: Scroll near the bottom of the atlas until Rename Subject is displayed. Tap on it and choose a new name.
If you’re not happy with the presets, you can still associate a custom name. To do this, scroll near the bottom of the name strip and tap Personalize.
Here it is where it gets interesting. In occupation of a casual name, you can associate an emoji. Splendid, we would say.
How to turn off item security alerts
You may already be aware that AirTag includes anti-harassment measures. In the unfortunate event that your iPhone detects an unknown tracker moving with you, it will alert you.
However, if you share the tracker with your friends and family, it makes sense to disable this feature to avoid unnecessary alerts and notifications.
Step 1: Go to the Me section of the Manage My app and turn on the Item Safety Alerts switch.
Please note that even if security alerts are turned off, you will still be able to see the location of the tracker. It’s just that you won’t get the alerts.
The best environment is to unpair it from the current iPhone and pair it with the new owner’s phone if you loan it for an extended period.
What to do if you lose your AirTag
If you have lost your AirTag, you can put it in Lost Mode. Once lost mode is activated, it will notify you if you are internally broadcasting your phone.
Step 1: To activate Lost Mode, go to the tracker’s settings (via Instruments) and tap Lost > Activate. At this point, you will be prompted to update your contact information so that the search engine can contact you.
2nd step: Once incompatible, you can safely disable Lost Mode.
What to do if you find a lost AirTag
As we mentioned earlier, AirTags have built-in anti-harassment measures. One of the best things is that the tracker will make a sound if it doesn’t detect its owner for an extended period of time. If you find someone else’s AirTag on your night walks (or hikes in the mountains), it’s understandable to find the owner’s information.
Step 1: If the owner has already put it into lost mode, they can press and hold their smartphone against the white side of the tracker. You will see a notification pop up on your phone (Android and iPhone).
2nd step: Touch to clear the notification and you will see the owner information in it.
Note that NFC must be manager.
How to reset an AirTag and re-pair it with your other iPhone
The Apple Airtag can still be paired with other iPhones. The pairing process is quick and easy, and the job is done in minutes. Though we would have preferred the reset mechanism to be a bit different.
Step 1: Twist the back of your tracker until the metal back comes off. Now remove the saucepans.
2nd step: Replace the pan, then press the pan near the bottom until you hear a soft beep.
Note that the sound emitted is not loud and you may want to hold the tracker closer to your ears.
Step 3: Repeat the previous process four more times. The sound bottle emitted is subtly different from the previous one to indicate that the tracker is in pairing mode.
Step 4: In the meantime, unpair the AirTag from the old phone it was paired with.
step 5Note: On your new iPhone, turn on all necessary connections like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Now hold the AirTag close to your phone (your phone must be unlocked) and the connecting plastic will be visible on your phone screen.
And then you can start using AirTag again.
No more lost items
Now that you know what your AirTag can do, how do you plan to use it? Do you plan to hang it on your car keys (like I did) or keep it in your wallet?