How to Use Apple AirTags

Find what you've lost with these little trackers

What to Know

  • Use the Find My app to track AirTags by going to Items > your AirTag name > Find > following the directions.
  • On iPhone 11 and up, Precision Finding uses Apple's U1 chip and Augmented Reality to provide a better finding experience.
  • Lost your item? Go to Find My > Items > AirTag name > Lost Mode > Enable > Continue > enter your phone number/email > Activate.

This article describes how to set up Apple AirTags and how to use Apple AirTags to find lost items.

How to Use Apple AirTags to Find a Lost Item

If you've lost an item that you were smart enough to attach an AirTag to, finding it should be pretty easy. Here's what to do:

  1. Open the pre-installed Find My app on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

  2. Tap Devices to see a list of all of your AirTags.

  3. Tap the AirTag you're trying to find.

  4. To have the AirTag play a chime to help you locate it, tap Play Sound. If the AirTag isn't nearby and you need directions to it, tap Find.

    Finding a lost item with AirTags.
  5. Find My tells you how close you are to the AirTag.

  6. The Precision Finding feature (available on iPhone 11 and up) also points you in the direction of the AirTag, turns the screen green when you're close to it, and triggers haptic feedback to let you know you're close.

  7. When you're found the AirTag or want to exit finding mode, tap the X.

    Using Precision Location to find a lost item with AirTags and an iPhone.

How to Set Up Apple AirTags

Before you can attach an Apple AirTag to an item you want to track, you need to set up the AirTag by following these few steps:

  1. Make sure that you've signed into Apple ID and iCloud on your iPhone or other device and that Bluetooth is on and you've connected to the internet.

  2. Hold the AirTag close to your device, and it will be automatically detected. Tap Connect.

  3. Choose what sort of object you'll track using the AirTag. Pick from the list or choose your own, then tap Continue.

    Connect and Continue buttons to set up an AirTag.
  4. Confirm the phone number or email address associated with this AirTag. People will use this information to return your lost item if they find it. Tap Continue.

    If you choose to provide your email, the AirTag will show your partially masked phone number when someone else taps it with an NFC-capable device.

  5. After a few seconds to finalize the setup, you'll see the AirTag on a map and tips on using it. Tap Done. To see it on a map, tap View in Find My app.

    Continue and Done buttons when registering an AirTag with the item it's tracking.

Does Apple Have a Tracking Device?

Yes. AirTags are Apple's item-tracking device. They debuted in April 2021 after many months of speculation and rumors. AirTags are similar to and compete with Tile, Chipolo, and Cube products, among others.

What Are Apple AirTags?

Apple AirTags are small, light Bluetooth devices that can be attached to items you want to track. Apple's Find My platform powers the tracking. It has apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and a web interface. Find My is the same platform that powers Find My iPhone and similar tools.

What Are Apple AirTags Used For?

AirTags can be used to keep track of virtually any item that you need to find quickly. They're probably most helpful in finding things you frequently lose, like keys, luggage, or pets (though, officially, Apple doesn't recommend this). You can also use them to track the location of items that have been stolen (as long as the thief doesn't see the AirTags and discard them, that is).

Apple AirTags Common Questions

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Apple AirTags.

How Do Apple AirTags Work?

AirTags are Bluetooth low-energy transmitters that send a signal to indicate their location.

But, if you know Bluetooth, you know it has a range of only about 100 meters—so how can you find an AirTag that's more than 100 meters away? That's where Apple's Find My network comes in.

Every iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that has Find My set up is part of the Find My network. That's almost 1 billion devices worldwide. All of those devices can detect the Bluetooth signal emitted by AirTags. When they do, they relay the location of the AirTag through the network and back to the owner. It happens privately and passively. No one has to do anything—the lost item just gets found.

AirTags have the Apple U1 ultra-wideband chip in them. This communications chip works with the iPhone 11 and up, which also has the chip. It enables Precision Finding, a feature to make finding AirTags easier and more accurate indoors and despite obstacles like walls.

AirTags Size and Weight

  • AirTags size: 1.26 inches across and 0.31 inches thick
  • AirTags weight: 0.39 ounces

AirTags Requirements

To use AirTags, you need the following:

  • iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 14.5, or
  • iPad running iPadOS 14.5
  • Apple ID and iCloud

You can configure up to 16 AirTags to work with a single Apple ID.

AirTags Charging & Battery

You don't need to recharge AirTags. That's because they have user-replaceable batteries. AirTags batteries are standard CR2032 batteries (similar to large watch batteries) that will last around a year.

How to Return a Lost Apple AirTag

If you find a seemingly lost item with an AirTag attached to it, you can help get it back to its owner. Hold the AirTag close to your iPhone or any other device equipped with NFC (Near-Field Communication). Doing this takes you to a website that lists the phone number or email address of the AirTag's owner (if they've provided it during set up) and sends the owner a notification about their item's location. You can then work with the owner to return the item.

  • How much do AirTags cost?

    Purchase a single AirTag for $29 or a pack of four for $99. AirTags are available from, or download the Apple Store app for iOS and purchase them.

  • How do you attach an AirTag to an object?

    Place an AirTag into a pocket or bag, or use an Apple AirTag accessory to connect an AirTag. For example, use an AirTag key ring, loop, or secure holder. Visit to check out AirTag accessories, which come in a wide range of colors, and some can be engraved.

  • Can I personalize my AirTags?

    Yes. Apple can engrave an AirTag with up to four letters or emojis or a mix of both. You'll need to opt for engraving when you purchase your AirTags; you can't send them back to be engraved later.

  • Are AirTags water-resistant?

    Yes. While AirTags aren't waterproof, they have an IP67 water-resistant rating, which means that, according to tests, they'll still work after being dropped in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The IP67 rating also means they're 100 percent protected against dust and sand.

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