What can you attach Airtags to to track?

by Joseph K. Clark

Apple finally launched the long-rumored AirTags at its Spring Loaded event on April 20 alongside the purple iPhone in the latest iPhone lineup. It is essentially an extension of Apple’s Find My app. If you misplace your item within Bluetooth range, use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help locate it. You can also put AirTag into Lost Mode and be notified when it is in range or situated by the vast Find My network. However, there is still some confusion regarding what you can track with airbags. Can you use it to track people or pets? Or is it limited to items?


Apple AirTags are designed to track items. You can attach the AirTags to keyrings, backpacks, purses, and more. However, they are not intended to hunt humans and pets. Kann Drance, Apple’s VP of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, and Ron Huang, Apple’s Senior Director of Sensing and Connectivity, stressed in an interview with Fast Company that the tracker hadn’t been designed to track people or pets instead focuses on items. So, the answer to the question “Will I be able to track people using an AirTag?” is no. You can track up to 16 items with AirTags using a single Apple ID.

Apple says that the setup for AirTags is similar to that of AirPods. They said that if you need to track your child as a parent, using an Apple Watch with Family Setup is better. As for pets, if you want to attach AirTags to pet collars, you must ensure that the pet gets into the range of a device in the Find My network to locate its precise location. However, Apple is not suggesting using airbags in pet collars. That said, it understands that people will eventually do it. So putting down some ground rules is a good move. Here’s how you can set up your AirTag:

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  1. Locate the Find My app on your compatible iPhone or iPad.
  2. Pair your AirTag with your iPhone by bringing it close to your iPhone, and it should connect.
  3. Follow the onscreen steps to name your new item.
  4. Register it to your Apple ID.
  5. You should now see the AirTag under Items in the app since it is now paired.
  6. You can attach the AirTag with whatever item you want to track.

What if I lose my item with AirTag on it?

Once you set up an AirTag, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app. Here, you can view the item’s current or last known location on a map. If you lose your item and it is within Bluetooth range, you can use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help locate it. Plus, you can also ask Siri to find your item. It will make the airbag play a sound if it is nearby.

What if the airbag isn’t in the Bluetooth range? Well, Apple has that figured out too. If you lose a device with AirTag on it and out of Bluetooth range, the Find My network can help track it down. It can detect Bluetooth signals from a lost AirTag and relay the location to its owner.

Furthermore, if someone finds a lost AirTag, they can tap it using their iPhone or any NFC-capable device and be taken to a website that will display a contact phone number for the owner if they have provided one.

Prakhar Khanna

I’ve been associated with the tech industry since 2014 when I built my first blog. I’ve worked with Digit, one of India’s most prominent tech publications. Currently, I’m working as a News Editor at Pocketnow, where I get paid to use and write about cutting-edge tech. You can reach out to me at [email protected].

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