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Apple's AirTag item trackers are designed to let users track their everyday possessions, such as keys, wallets, backpacks, and so on. If you find an AirTag that's been separated from its owner, here's how you can safely return it to them.

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AirTags‌ can be tracked by their owners in Apple's ‌Find My app‌, which uses Bluetooth and other Apple devices to locate them. However, if an AirTag isn't nearby and there are no Apple devices in the area in which it's located, ‌‌Find My‌‌ can only tell the owner where it was last seen on the map.

In such cases, the AirTag owner can put it in Lost Mode, which allows anyone with an iPhone or Android device that has NFC to help return the AirTag to them. Even if an AirTag isn't in Lost Mode, if it's been separated for a period of time from its owner then it will make a sound to alert anyone nearby.

If you come across an AirTag and you have an NFC-equipped device, here's what you can do to get it back to its rightful owner.
  1. Tap and hold the top of your iPhone or NFC-capable smartphone to the white side of the AirTag.
  2. Tap the notification that appears on your device's screen. This will open a website providing you with information about the AirTag, including its serial number.
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    If the owner marked the AirTag as lost, you may be shown a message with information about how to contact the owner, enabling you to contact the owner to let them know that you found their AirTagged item.
AirTags can only be used to track items via an iPhone or iPad with the Find My app. Apple sells individual AirTags for $29 or a pack of four for $99. For more details on AirTag item trackers, check out our dedicated guide.

Article Link: Found a Lost AirTag? Here’s What to Do
 

nitramluap

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I assumed that when you put an AirTag into 'Lost Mode' it would notify any nearby iPhones that it's nearby & lost, but this isn't the case.

They have to actually *see* the AirTag and then use their NFC reader to get the details. The only thing 'Lost Mode' appears to do is allow you to display a phone number (the message thing doesn't work for me) for the person who does scan it.

So it makes no sense whatsoever to hide an AirTag if you expect someone to help get it back to you. They need to be able to see it so they can scan it.
 
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G5isAlive

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I sometimes wonder about these flurry of 'how to' posts being on the front page of what is a 'rumors' site. I get that there is a place for this, just like there is a buyer's guide.. but isn't this more like a guide? If only there was a guide section...
 
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Snapperjw

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Doesn’t work when use my iPhone 8 Plus. Hold the airtag to the phone and nothing happens 🤷🏻‍♂️
 
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Dahveed 1954

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If this can be done with something as inconsequential as an AirTag, why can't this work for iPhones, iPads,  Watches, etc????
 
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PsykX

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Should I put an AirTag on an AirTag I really don't want to lose ?
 

nitramluap

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There are gonna be lots of people finding little beeping discs, having no idea what they are or how to deal with them, and shouting to everyone around them to evacuate the building immediately.
I doubt it. I suspect it will be more like a smoke detector with a flat battery - only chirps occasionally. How occasionally will be up to Apple and I'm sure we'll find out soon as people start testing it.

And they only start chirping when away from their 'owner' *IF* they've moved location.
 

jimbobb24

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I thought based on previous discussion the answer was give it to a child to play with.
 

Bluetoot-

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As much as an NFC logo would look stupid, I think it be useful for the AirTags. Not many people outside of iPhone users are going to know what the heck this thing is.
 

Maconplasma

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I get the point of this article but the Airtags were just introduced 2 weeks ago and orders just rolled in this week. What is the likelihood that anyone will lose an Airtag that someone will find and know what the heck it even is? All anyone will see is an Apple logo and may think it's a trinket. Way too early to expect people to find Airtags and if they are for the most part supposed to be on a keychain then the chances of loss should be extremely minimal making it even far less of a chance of anyone finding them. LOL.
 

Maconplasma

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I can’t wait until the world is littered with lost AirTags. Apple creating trash faster than ever. o_O
If the WORLD gets littered with lost Airtags that says a lot more about the careless idiots who lose them. It's not Apple's fault at all. Funny how you would blame Apple. SMH.
 

Act3

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I can’t wait until the world is littered with lost AirTags. Apple creating trash faster than ever. o_O

but they claim not including a charger saves trash. yet if you dont have the charger, one has to buy one with additional packaging. its all about revenue. they dont give 2 💩's about trash
 

Maconplasma

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non apple fans will be like, "wth is this?"
You don't have to be an Apple fan to know what these are. I'm not a Tile fan and I know what they are. And to go a bit further I'd argue even within the next year there will be a great deal of "Apple fans" that do not know what Airtags are.
 
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