Update December 13: This change did not make it into the final release of iOS 15.2, but may reappear in a future update.


In iOS 15.2, which is available in beta right now, Apple introduced new features for the Find My app, including a way to search for items that might be used to track your location.

FindMy Feature
The new Unknown Items feature is called "Items That Can Track Me," and when activated, it will scan for anything that's nearby that belongs to someone else and let you know about it.

If anything is detected, such as an AirTag or other Find My-enabled item, Apple will provide you with more details on the item and instructions on how to disable it so that it can no longer be used for tracking purposes.

The following steps show you how to activate the feature in iOS 15.2. Note that items can only be found if they are not in range of their owner's device, up to 50 meters.

  1. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Items tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Drag the items card further up onto the screen using the small pill-shaped handle to reveal more options.
  4. Tap Items That Can Track Me.
    find my

  5. Tap the Search button.
  6. Look at the list titled "Items Detected Near You." If a device is discovered, tap it for more information.

  7. If it's an AirTag, you can tap Play Sound to more exactly locate it. You can also tap Learn More About This AirTag to see if its owner has added contact details in case the item is lost. If you want to disable the AirTag to prevent it from potentially tracking you, tap Instructions to Disable AirTag and follow the instructions to remove the battery.
    find my

AirTags‌ and items with ‌‌Find My‌‌ integration are meant to allow users to track their lost devices, but there have been concerns that ‌‌AirTags‌‌ can be planted on people for stalking purposes. To prevent stalking with ‌‌AirTags‌‌ and other devices, Apple has implemented several safety measures.

‌‌AirTags‌‌ are designed to start playing a sound between eight and 24 hours after being separated from their owner, and ‌iPhone‌ users are alerted if an AirTag is traveling with them. Apple is also working on an Android app that will let Android users detect an unknown AirTag or ‌‌Find My‌‌ network-enabled item to prevent ‌‌AirTags‌‌ from being used to stalk Android users.

Related Forum: AirTags

Top Rated Comments

blacksurf Avatar
27 weeks ago
Hmm, this basically means airtags are no good for securing items - they're only going to be good for "lost" things.

For example, if someone steals my bike which has an airtag attached to it - all they need to do is go 50m scan for tracking devices and disable it - not cool.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
XNorth Avatar
27 weeks ago
This article has a poor explanation, missing some crucial information. So if I can disable someone’s AirTag near me and away from the owner, does that mean the owner cant find it anymore? Explain that. Surely that’s not how it would work.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chabig Avatar
27 weeks ago
As the article says, you only see AirTags near you that are not near their owners.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robin Bonathan Avatar
27 weeks ago
Anyone want to buy a pack of AirTags ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
InVinoVeritasty Avatar
27 weeks ago
"Items That Can Track Me" That is going to require a very large screen
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4ubrey Avatar
27 weeks ago
So all a thief needs to do is use this feature and they can prevent the owner from finding the stolen goods?

Kinda lame if so. I hope apple gets this figured out.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

f1618938547

How to Factory Reset an AirTag So Someone Else Can Use It

Tuesday May 4, 2021 3:26 pm PDT by
When you set up an AirTag, it's automatically associated with your Apple ID, which means it's linked to your Apple ID and can't be used by someone else unless you reset it. Resetting can be as simple as removing an AirTag from your Apple ID, by following these steps: Open the Find My app. Tap on the AirTag that you want to remove by choosing its name from the list. Swipe upwards...
airtag with cup

How to Check Your AirTags Firmware Version

Thursday June 3, 2021 1:30 pm PDT by
Like most Apple products, AirTags are able to be updated with new software over the air, with Apple able to push new firmware when required. Apple in June 2021 released the first AirTags firmware update with anti-stalking security enhancements that decreased the intervals in which an AirTag separated from its owner will play a sound. Additional firmware updates have been released since that...
airtags

How to Add an AirTag to Find My on Your iPhone

Friday April 30, 2021 12:18 pm PDT by
Apple's AirTags are small, button-shaped devices that are designed to be attached to items like keys and wallets to allow these accessories to be tracked using Bluetooth right alongside Apple devices in the Find My app. If you've just got hold of a new AirTag, you'll want to get it set up and ready for use. Before you do, make sure you've updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.5 or iPadOS...
airtags

How to Check an AirTag's Battery Life

Friday April 30, 2021 5:05 pm PDT by
AirTags come equipped with a CR2032 battery that Apple says is designed to last for at least a year, so you shouldn't need to worry about the battery in your AirTag often. If you're curious about how it's holding up or if you're worried it could get low at a time that would be inconvenient, it's easy to check the battery level of an AirTag in the Find My app. Open the Find My app and...
AirTag Lost Mode Feature

How to Put an AirTag in Lost Mode

Friday April 30, 2021 1:30 pm PDT by
Apple's AirTags are small, coin-shaped devices that can be attached to items like keys and wallets to allow these accessories to be tracked using Bluetooth right alongside Apple devices in the Find My app. AirTags can be tracked using the Items tab in Find My, and just like your Apple devices, if one should become lost, you can put it in Lost Mode to locate it. If an AirTag is nearby, it...
AirTag and Lavender iPhone

Found a Lost AirTag? Here’s What to Do

Wednesday May 5, 2021 12:06 pm PDT by
Apple's AirTag item trackers are designed to let users track their everyday possessions, such as keys, wallets, backpacks, and so on. If you find an AirTag that's been separated from its owner, here's how you can safely return it to them. AirTags‌ can be tracked by their owners in Apple's ‌Find My app‌, which uses Bluetooth and other Apple devices to locate them. However, if an AirTag ...
FindMy Feature

iOS 15.2 Beta: How to Help Return Lost Find My Items

Wednesday November 10, 2021 5:53 pm PST by
Update December 13: This change did not make it into the final release of iOS 15.2, but may reappear in a future update. In iOS 15.2, which is available in beta right now, Apple introduced new features for the Find My app, including a new way to search for items that might be lost so that you can help return them to their rightful owner. The new Unknown Items feature is called "Help...
airtag on bag

What to Do If You Find an AirTag Making a Sound

Monday May 10, 2021 9:43 am PDT by
Apple's AirTag item trackers are designed to keep tabs on personal possessions such as keys, wallets, backpacks, luggage and more using the Find My network on iOS devices. If an AirTag is separated for a period of time from its owner, it will make a sound to alert those nearby. If you find an AirTag after hearing it make a sound, here's what you can do to help return it to its rightful...

Popular Stories

apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
anker 563 dock ports

Anker's Latest USB-C Docking Station Brings Triple-Display Support to M1 Macs

Wednesday May 18, 2022 7:06 am PDT by
While Apple's early M1-based Macs can only officially support a single external display, there are ways around the limitation. Anker is launching a new 10-in-1 USB-C docking station today which delivers just that. The Anker 563 USB-C dock includes two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort port, and it leverages DisplayLink to carry multiple video signals over a single connection. Given that this hub...
apple data auction iphone privacy ad

Apple Highlights iPhone's Latest Privacy Features in New 'Data Auction' Ad

Wednesday May 18, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared a new ad highlighting iPhone privacy features like App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection that are designed to give users more transparency and control when it comes to their personal data being collected. The ad revolves around a young woman named Ellie who discovers that her personal data is being sold at an auction house, with bids being placed on her...
Prosser Series 8 3

Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored to Feature New Design With Flat Display

Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:21 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 8 could feature an all-new design with a flat display, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." In his latest video on the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Jon Prosser highlighted information from ShrimpApplePro that suggests the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a flat display in what seems to be a design originally rumored for the Apple Watch Series 7. ...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
apple ar headset concept 2

Apple's AR/VR Headset Nearing Completion as Board Gets Demo

Thursday May 19, 2022 9:52 am PDT by
Apple last week demonstrated its upcoming AR/VR headset to Apple board members, indicating that the device is in an advanced stage of development and could see a debut in the not too distant future, reports Bloomberg. Apple has also ramped up development of the software that runs on the headset, with that software expected to be called "RealityOS," or rOS for short. Render via designer Ian ...