Small, coin-shaped AirTags from Apple can be attached to objects like keys and wallets so that these accessories can be monitored using Bluetooth in the Find My app.
AirTags may be tracked using the Items tab in Find My, and if one is misplaced, it can be placed in Lost Mode in order to be located. There is a Precision Finding feature on the iPhone 11 and 12 that uses the U1 chip to locate items that have been misplaced near an Apple device via Bluetooth, as well.
You can still track an out-of-range AirTag with the Find My app, but it will not rely on Bluetooth signals from your own smartphone. As an alternative, the Find My Network makes use of the roughly one billion Apple devices currently in use throughout the world to assist you in finding your AirTag.
As long as an AirTag isn’t nearby, Find My can only tell you where your device last appeared on a map, even if there are no Apple devices in the region. A lost AirTag can be put in Lost Mode for this exact reason: Thus, if someone with an NFC-enabled iPhone or Android device finds the item, they will be able to assist you in recovering it. Here is how it operates.
How to Put an AirTag in Lost Mode
- Launch the Find My iPhone application.
- Touch Items.
- Tap the AirTag that should be marked as lost.
- Swipe down on the card and hit Enable under “Lost Mode.”
- Select Continue.
- Input your phone number in the field provided, then tap Next.
- Turn on Notify When Found and provide a custom message if you want to be notified when the item is found. As a reminder, it is only possible to personalise the message and enable Notify When Found if you have the AirTag within range.
- Activate by pressing the activation button.
The AirTag has been declared lost, so anyone who discovers it can use an NFC-enabled iPhone or Android to receive a notice linking to a website URL containing your lost message and phone number. Through the Find My network, you may also be able to view the location transmitted by another device.