Apple's tiny, coin-shaped device, the AirTag, released in 2021, has completely revolutionized the world of object tracking. This Bluetooth tracker is designed to be attached to personal belongings to help users locate them through the Find My network on Apple devices. In this article, we will explore the diverse ways you can use Apple AirTags, from their primary function to some creative uses.
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1. Find Misplaced Items
The primary function of the Apple AirTag is to assist users in locating their misplaced items. Attach an AirTag to your wallet, keys, bag, or any other item you frequently misplace. When an item goes missing, you can use the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to see the item's location on a map. If it's nearby, you can make the AirTag play a sound to help you locate it.
2. Lost Mode and Crowd-Sourced Finding
If you lose an item in a public place, you can put your AirTag in 'Lost Mode'. When this mode is activated, the AirTag sends out a secure Bluetooth signal that can be detected by any device in the Find My network, which includes millions of Apple devices. These devices can then send the location of your AirTag to iCloud, helping you locate your item.
Furthermore, if someone else finds your item, they can tap the AirTag using their iPhone or any NFC-capable device and be taken to a website that will display a contact phone number if you have chosen to provide one.
3. Track Your Luggage
AirTags can be an incredibly useful tool for travelers. Place an AirTag in your suitcase before checking it in at the airport. You'll be able to see your luggage's last known location in the Find My app. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing your luggage is traveling along with you. Plus, if your luggage goes missing, the crowd-sourced finding feature could help you locate it.
4. Keep Tabs on Your Vehicle
While not a substitute for a dedicated GPS system, an AirTag can help you remember where you parked your car, especially in a massive parking lot. Keep an AirTag in your car and easily locate it using the Find My app. Just be aware that while AirTags are water-resistant, they're not designed to handle high temperatures that can sometimes occur in parked cars on hot days.
5. Pet Tracking
An AirTag can also serve as a basic pet tracker. Attach an AirTag to your pet’s collar and you can easily track your pet's location around the house or neighborhood. However, remember that the AirTag doesn't offer real-time tracking and isn't a substitute for a dedicated GPS pet tracker, especially for pets with a tendency to wander far from home.
6. Personal Safety
Some people have begun using AirTags as a way to feel safer when walking alone, especially at night. By sharing the location of an AirTag in their pocket or bag with a trusted contact, that person can see their whereabouts and provide a level of reassurance. However, it's essential to respect privacy laws and consider the ethical implications of location sharing.
7. Child's Location
Parents can place an AirTag in a child's backpack to know their location, especially when they are at school or a friend's house. I have also seen parents in my town use AirTags as a means of tracking the school bus that their child is coming home on. This way, if there is a delay or if the bus is running ahead of schedule, they will know in real-time. While this isn't a replacement for dedicated child trackers that offer real-time GPS and geofencing, it can provide some peace of mind.
8. Asset Tracking
For professionals who manage a large number of assets like expensive camera equipment, musical instruments, or construction tools, AirTags can be a low-cost way to keep track of these items and ensure they aren't misplaced or left behind at job sites.