An Apple AirTag can be useful to help you keep track of your most important items like keys, wallets, remotes, and even bikes. But reports that they were being used to track people without their consent cast a negative shadow on the use and application of them.
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This triggered Apple to make significant changes into what AirTags can be used for and how, adding disclosures to AirTag owners reiterating that these trackers are only for tracking their belongings and never unwanted tracking of others, and the ability for people to detect when an AirTag has been moving with them.
How to know if an AirTag is tracking you
If you’re suspicious that someone may be tracking your movements using an AirTag, your iPhone may alert you before you have to do anything. If someone is tracking you without permission and you feel you may be in danger, contact law enforcement to get more information on the AirTag’s owner from Apple.
If you’re unable to play a sound from the Find My app, there’s a good possibility that the AirTag isn’t with you anymore and your iPhone can’t find it nearby.
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The Play a Sound option is only available to you is the AirTag owner isn’t nearby and their Apple device isn’t within range.
If this is a lost AirTag, the owner might have added their contact information to get in touch with the finder.
If you’re concerned about unwanted tracking or fear for your safety, take screenshots of this process and give the disabled AirTag to authorities.
How do I know if an AirTag is tracking me on Android?
An AirTag can move with you and send tracking data to the owner regardless of whether you have an iPhone or not, but you won’t get an alert of it if you have an Android phone.
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If you are an Android user, you can download the Tracker Detect app from the Google Play store to find trackers that are compatible with Apple’s Find My network, are within Bluetooth range of your phone, and have been separated from their owner. The app will let you scan for the tracker and play a sound from it to find it.
Do AirTags have GPS?
AirTag doesn’t have GPS. Instead, it uses the Find My network of almost two billion iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs. It sends an anonymous Bluetooth signal that can be picked up by any one of these devices in the Find My network that are within 30 feet. Then, these devices will send the AirTag’s location to iCloud, which will allow users to see it in their own Find My app.
How do I stop an AirTag from tracking me?
The easiest way to stop an AirTrack from tracking you is to remove the battery from it, this will disable the AirTag and its owner won’t be able to see any tracking information. It’s important to note that the owner won’t get a notification that the AirTag was disabled.
Can anyone track my Apple AirTag?
Apple AirTags are designed to frequently change their unique Bluetooth identifiers, and the Find My network, which makes it possible for users to track AirTags miles beyond Bluetooth range, features end-to-end encryption.
Though someone else won’t be able to track your AirTag, they can hear it if it’s separated from you and moving, and they can see any contact information you choose to include if the finder uses NFC.