Apple tips

Put Your AirTag in Lost Mode

When the AirTag is nearby, it’s easy to locate the item tracker thanks to Bluetooth and Precision Finding (on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12). But when the item tracker is out of range, you have to rely on the Find My Network to find the lost AirTag. Bear in mind that if there are no Apple devices in the area where your AirTag is located, you will only be able to view the tracker’s last location. Open the Find My app on your iPhone and go to the Items tab. After that, select the AirTag and then swipe up on the card to access the Lost Mode section. Next, tap on Enable. Next up, you can enter your phone number and a custom message which will display when someone finds your lost AirTag. In the end, tap on “Activate” to enable Lost Mode on your AirTag. Once you have marked your AirTag as lost, anyone with an NFC capable iPhone or Android device can access your lost message and choose to return the item tracker back to you. It will make you a good samaritan, and this one of the best AirTag tips and tricks.

Replace Your AirTag’s Battery

Changing the AirTag’s battery is as straightforward as it can ever get. So, if you ever find your item tracker’s battery running low on power, you can replace it with ease. Notably, you can purchase the CR2032 battery inside the Apple AirTag on Amazon. Besides, you can also buy the batteries at many offline retail stores. Thus, when the time comes for the battery replacement, getting a new CR2032 battery won’t cost you much. Here are some of the popular CR2032 battery packs for AirTag available on Amazon:

  • LiCB CR2032 3V Lithium Battery: $5.99 for 10-pack
  • Duracell CR2032 Coin Battery with Bitter Coating: $6.34 for 4-pack
  • Amazon Basics CR2032 Coin Cell Battery: $5.49 for 4-pack
  • Energizer CR2032 Coin Cell: $4.49 for 4-pack

Make an AirTag Play a Sound to Find It Easily

If your misplaced AirTag is nearby, you can play a sound on the item tracker. The loud sound will make it easier to find the AirTag. To do that, launch the Find My app on your iPhone and go to the “Items” tab. Then, select the lost AirTag and tap on the “Play Sound” button. Once you find the AirTag, tap on “Stop Sound” to stop the AirTag’s beeping.

Use Precision Finding to Locate a Misplaced AirTag

Apart from Bluetooth, AirTag also comes equipped with Apple’s U1 Ultra-Wideband chip. And if you have an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12-series device that comes with the U1 chip, you can take advantage of a handy feature called “Precision Finding”. It will help you determine the distance and direction of a lost AirTag. The iPhone uses input from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to direct you to the exact location of the AirTag through haptics, sound, and visual feedback. Owning the latest iPhone gives birth to one of the most handy tips and tricks for the AirTag. To use the Precision Finding feature, open the Find My app and go to the “Items” tab. Next, select the AirTag you wish to locate. After that, tap on the “Find Nearby” option and follow the onscreen instructions to find your lost item.

Check Your AirTag’s Battery Life

AirTag comes with a user-replaceable CR2032 battery. Though Apple claims that the CR2032 battery will last you a year on regular use, it might fall short depending on how you use the item tracker. Hence, it is better to keep track of the battery life of the AirTag so that you know how much juice you have left in the tank. I know this may seem trivial but will prove to be one of the best AirTag tips and tricks in the long run. We have already compiled a detailed guide on how to check your AirTag’s battery life, and you can read the linked article for all the information. Also, we include the steps to replace the AirTag’s battery in this guide.

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