Apple Explains How to Stay Safe With AirTag and More in Personal Safety Guide

Apple today shared an updated Personal Safety User Guide that serves as a resource for anyone who is concerned about or experiencing technology-enabled abuse, stalking, or harassment, the company said. The new guide is available on Apple's website, complete with a table of contents and a search tool, and as a downloadable PDF.

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The guide outlines the personal safety features that are built into Apple devices, with a new section added for the AirTag following recent news stories about Apple's small item tracking accessory being used to track people without their permission.

While much of the information in the guide may be common knowledge to experienced Apple users, it is still a worthwhile read, with helpful tips for controlling who can access your location, blocking unknown sign-in attempts, avoiding fraudulent requests to share info, setting up two-factor authentication, managing privacy settings, and more.

Offering quick checklists and in-depth feature tasks, this resource is designed to help customers experiencing technology-enabled abuse, stalking, or harassment understand the options available across the Apple ecosystem that can help you protect your personal safety. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to remove someone's access to information you previously granted—like location data in the Find My app, meetings you've shared in Calendar, and more. It also highlights features You can use to enhance your personal safety—like how to automatically let a friend know when you've arrived home safely and how to quickly engage Emergency SOS.

Apple said the guide will continue to be updated on a regular basis, so it may be worth bookmarking to stay up to date with the latest personal safety tips.

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Top Rated Comments

jicon Avatar
32 months ago

I got one for my dog. Surprised it still works after 8 months, even in the water. Just had to replace the battery.

Thankfully my dog stays close so I’ve never had to try it out.

I have zero use case beyond dog tracking.
Got one for my dog too.. Except, only my wife can track where he is, because the airtag is tied to her iPhone only.
Why on earth can't an airtag be designated to be able to be tracked by more than one person in Find My?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dwalls90 Avatar
32 months ago

Geez this is bad. We made a stalking tool, so now here are all the ways you can undo the harm we've created.

How about making any found airtags trackable back to the point of purchase and/or owner as an easier fix?
I'm not sure that being able to lookup someone's information based on possessing an airtag alone is the best solution to a concern regarding privacy?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
32 months ago

Just clicked through..... Who in the world needs 4TB of iCloud storage?!
I wouldn't mind. With the amount of data I carry I'm sure it will easily exceed 4TB. ?


This is just on my primary iPhone.

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Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aston441 Avatar
32 months ago
I got one for my dog. Surprised it still works after 8 months, even in the water. Just had to replace the battery.

Thankfully my dog stays close so I’ve never had to try it out.

I have zero use case beyond dog tracking.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hajj.david Avatar
32 months ago
One of the few apple products that seemed so promising but ultimately went straight to the trash by apples own nerfing.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
44267547 Avatar
32 months ago

They are, by law enforcement. If you're being stalked via an AirTag, when you report it to the police, give them the serial number, and they can get more info from Apple.
It’s not that easy . It’s not like Apple would voluntarily give anybody that information that claims to be L.E. They probably would need a signed warrant, and it’s a much more timely process than just obtaining a serial number and calling Apple. There’s legality here with consumer information. You’d be surprised how many agencies probably would not call Apple or even go that route, if they can backtrack using other methods.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)