The AirTag is Apple’s latest smart device, a small, puck-shaped tracker that can help you locate misplaced or stolen items using the Find My app. It costs $29 for one or $99 for a set of four, and it can be engraved for free with letters or an image of your choice. Keychains, luggage tags, and loops for holding the device are sold separately.

AirTags use ultra-wideband technology and leverage Apple’s existing network of devices, which act as crowdsourced beacons to ping each other in order to pinpoint the location of your missing item. Here’s what you should know before slapping an AirTag on everything you own.

Which iPhones and iOS Work With AirTags?

The Find My app on compatible iPhones and iPads can be used to determine the approximate location of a missing, AirTag-equipped item. To track an AirTag, you must have iOS 14.5 or higher on your iPhone or iPad iOS 14.5+ on your tablet. (This update is compatible with iPhone 6s and later, including the first- and second-generation iPhone SE, as well as the majority of iPads.)Update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

How to Use Apple AirTag
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However, an iPhone 11, 12, or 13 are required to use Precision Finding, which can guide you to your device using on-screen instructions. According to Apple, these models use the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope to provide a more “directionally aware finding experience.”

What’s AirTag like?

The AirTag is made of precision engraved polished steel and is round and lightweight. The design is waterproof and dustproof to IP67 standards.

The AirTag has a built-in speaker that emits a sound to aid in its detection. It also has a detachable cover that allows the battery to be easily replaced.

How to Use Apple AirTag
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You can also buy accessories like polyurethane rings, leather rings, and leather key rings to go with your AirTag. Apple is also collaborating with Hermes to create leather accessories with the AirTag logo.

How to Use AirTag

It is very simple to use AirTag. You must be using an iPhone with iOS 14.5 or later. Although any device running iOS 14, iPad OS 14, or macOS Big Sur can assist you in locating your misplaced AirTag.

  1. To begin, add AirTag to the ” Find My ” app. Launch the Find My app.
  2. Bring AirTag closer to your iPhone, and it will connect automatically.
  3. Then, assign it to a project and name it with a default or custom name.
  4. After you set up the AirTag, it will appear in the “Find My” app’s “New Items” tab.

If you want to add something to the tracked items list, do the following:

  1. Launch the Find My app.
  2. Select the item by clicking it (you may need to wait for it to appear).
  3. Now you can add an item by tapping on it.
  4. Your iPhone will look for nearby items that are supported.

AirTag will send its location information via low-power Bluetooth, and other Bluetooth devices will forward the information to you via the Find My app.

Do I Need to Charge My AirTag?

No. According to Apple, the AirTag battery has a one-year lifespan before needing to be replaced. Surprisingly, the battery isn’t an Apple-exclusive proprietary purchase; AirTags uses a standard CR2032 battery, which can be purchased at a variety of online and physical stores. Push down and twist the AirTag’s backplate to remove the battery.

How do you intend to use your AirTag now that you know what it can do? Are you going to attach it to your car keys or keep it in your wallet?