Apple AirTags: 5 smart pro tips
October 5, 2022
The new Apple AirTags are those little trackers that can help you find just about anything by just attaching one to your keyring, backpack, or iPad case, and you’ll never lose them again. Basically, they are considered the modern solution to the age-old problem: where did I put my keys? However, with these tricks, you’ll learn how to use them more efficiently. If you want to find out, read on.
- Use precision finding when you get close
All the Apple products are known for being very quick and precise, but with regard to the AirTag, this could be their most remarkable feature since its whole purpose is to locate something with pinpoint accuracy, not just to get a general feel for where your lost item is.
Thus, the standard tracking mode will lead you into the room or area where your missing item is, and that’s when you turn on Precision Finding. Now, pay close attention to how to do it:
- First of all, go to the Find My Apple app (this is available on the iPhone 11 and newer generations).
- Then, on the bottom of your in-app screen, select Find Items.
- Subsequently, you’ll be given a list of AirTags, so please locate the one that you’re specifically trying to find.
- Now, tap the Find Nearby button.
- Afterwards, your phone will show on-screen instructions and display a distance counter and direction to your object. It even kicks on the haptic feedback settings for another indicator (plus audible tones).
- Lastly, close the Find My app after you’ve found your item. Otherwise, it’ll drain your battery because it thinks you’re still looking.
- Keep it in your wallet
Certainly, AirTags are small, circular devices that can easily fall out of your wallet. Nevertheless, it is better that you find a way to save it instead of having a panic attack like no other because of losing your wallet, isn’t it?
Thus, fit the AirTag into the slot, make sure it’s secure, and you have a homing beacon for your wallet. Because AirTags are bulky (and certainly bigger than most Bluetooth trackers), they’ll bulge in your wallet a little.
And don’t worry if you’re a front pocket wallet carrier, as they are completely water-resistant and will be (mostly) safe against sweat and humidity during the summer. Just try to be conscious of where your AirTag is.
- Use emojis to mark your tags
We know it could sound silly, but it’s actually very helpful. You’ll see, instead of titling an AirTag “Tom’s Keyring,” you can put a little emoji of keys so that your brain will register it quicker and you can begin the process of locating them faster.
Don’t you know how to do it? Read on below.
- To begin with, open the Find My app on your iPhone.
- Now, tap the Items tab (in the bar at the bottom of your screen).
- Then, you’ll see a list of AirTags, and by scrolling down to the bottom of that window, you’ll see Rename AirTag as an option.
- So, tap the option, and next to the name, you’ll see a list of emojis you can add.
NOTE: If you want to remove them, all you have to do is tap on the title and backspace. Technically, it works just like any other character on your phone’s keyboard.
- Get Siri to help locate lost tags
If you have a lot of AirTags, surely it’ll be a mess to go through them all. Then, just ask Siri to organize them on your Find My app. That’s why it’s more important that you name each of your tags with a readable name so that it’s easier for Siri to locate them when you ask her.
Moreover, you can use iCloud to locate your lost AirTags. If you’re near any of your other connected iOS devices, shout out, “Hey Siri, where’s my [AirTag Name],” and she’ll tell you.
Keep in mind that you can use an emoji and text in your AirTag title in the Find My app, but just call out the text portion of the title. Siri should be able to figure it out nearly every time.
- Enable “Lost Mode”
This is an alternative that is very nerve-wracking to some, but Apple has done everything to make it as safe as possible. When in Lost Mode, if someone finds your AirTag, they can tap it against their phone and your phone number will pop up.
Once that user has it in hand, all he/she has to do is call you and find a way to return your lost item to you. This is how you enable the feature:
- Again, open the Find My app.
- Then, at the bottom of your screen, tap the Items tab.
- Tap on the AirTag that you want to locate.
- Next, at the bottom of the next window, you’ll see Lost Mode, so, tap Enable.
- Now you’ll have a pop-up to tell you about Lost Mode.
- Later, you’ll be given a prompt to either use your phone number or email address as a means of contacting you if someone finds your lost AirTags.
- Finally, tap Activate to enable notifications. We all know that you want to react as quickly as possible if someone finds your items.
And we have reached the end of this note. We hope these little tricks will help you to better understand how Apple AirTags work.