How to set up and use Apple AirTags to track items

You know that feeling when you reach into your pocket and realize something’s missing? That mini-panic attack moment? Well, say goodbye to those days, thanks to the Apple AirTag – the single smallest device that’s made keeping track of your stuff easier than ever before.

It’s funny, really. The AirTag is one of those things that doesn’t seem like a big deal until you have one. Then suddenly it’s like, how did I ever live without this? 

And I’m not the only one who thinks so. I get a ton of questions about this personal stuff-tracking invention, especially when someone gets their hands on one or when the battery gives out after about a year, which, by the way, is a pretty good inning for such a tiny gadget. So, let’s dive into the setup, shall we?

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You can use the Find My app to locate a missing AirTag or third-party item that you’ve registered to your Apple ID. If you have an iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Pro model, you can also find their exact location.

Be sure to allow notifications for the Find My app. See Change notification settings on iPhone.

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If the item is nearby, you can play a sound on it to help you find it.

Note: If you can’t play a sound on an item, you won’t see the Play Sound button.

You can get directions to an item’s current or last known location in the Maps app.

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If you have a supported iPhone and are near your AirTag, you can find the precise location of the AirTag.

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If you want to share an item that’s paired with an AirTag (or a third-party item that works with Find My), you can share it in Find My so that the borrower can see it on a map and find it. If it’s nearby, Find My can play a sound, and if you’re using a supported iPhone, you can find its precise location. People you’re sharing items with don’t receive tracking notifications when the items are moving with them.

You can share an AirTag or other item with up to five borrowers in addition to yourself, for a total of six users per item, as long as the following requirements are met:

When a recipient agrees to an invitation, the corresponding AirTag will be displayed under “Items” in the “Find My” app. They will also receive a notification about the item share. Conversely, if the invitation is declined, the recipient’s name will be deleted from the list, and the item will no longer be visible to you.

The Apple AirTag may be small, but it’s mighty. It’s changed the game for forgetful folks everywhere, and with each update, it just gets better. So, whether you’re tracking your keys, your bag, or even your pet that likes to wander off, the AirTag has got your back.

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