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.

Apple airtag finding screen 042021
If you've set up an AirTag and attached it to an item, you can track said item in the ‌Find My‌ app, should you misplace it. ‌Find My‌ uses Bluetooth signals from a lost ‌AirTag‌ to relay its location back to its owner. Apart from Bluetooth, however, each ‌AirTag‌ is also equipped with a U1 Ultra Wideband chip, and on devices that also have U1 chips, there's a Precision Finding feature that enables you to more accurately determine the distance and direction of a lost ‌AirTag‌ when it's in range, when compared to Bluetooth alone.

If you're aiming to find a lost item and you have an ‌iPhone 11‌ or 12, Precision Finding will direct you to the exact location of your lost ‌AirTag‌ using input from the camera, accelerometer, and gyroscope, with guidance provided through sound, haptics, and visual feedback. Here's how to use it.

How to Find the Precise Location of an AirTag

  1. Launch the Find My app on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Tap Items.
  3. Tap the ‌AirTag‌ you want to get the precise location for. airtag precision finding 1
  4. Tap Find. It should say "Nearby" underneath if the Precision Finding feature is available.
  5. Now start moving around to locate the ‌AirTag‌ and follow the onscreen instructions. You should see an arrow pointing in the direction of the ‌AirTag‌, an approximate distance telling you how far away it is, and a note if it's located on a different floor. airtag precision finding 2

As you approach an item, you'll feel haptic feedback from your phone and there will be audio cues to let you know that you're approaching an item. The ‌AirTag‌ graphic on the ‌iPhone‌ will also shift as you get nearer to it. Precision Finding exits when you've successfully located your ‌AirTag‌ and your ‌iPhone‌ or Apple device is in very close proximity.

precision finding 3
Note that Ultra Wideband isn't universally supported worldwide, therefore Precision Finding won't work in some countries. For more details, see our guide on what to know if you plan to travel abroad with AirTags.

Top Rated Comments

Knightcastle Avatar
41 months ago

Honestly, without the AR and the fact that these are 2019 tech, I am going to wait for AirTag2
it’s $29.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheDailyApple Avatar
41 months ago

I just realized I bought a four pack of AirTags and nothing to mount them. Whoops. Well, one of them I wanted to go into a case for my new Apple TV remote and one of them I wanted to stick on my drone with some 3M strips or something.
I don’t have a drone, but using an AirTag on one is a great idea. I’ve had friends who searched HOURS for crashed drones.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sirozha Avatar
41 months ago

Honestly, without the AR and the fact that these are 2019 tech, I am going to wait for AirTag2
I’m going to wait for airtag 3.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BuffaloTF Avatar
41 months ago

I’m going to wait for airtag 3.
At that point you should just wait for the AirTag Pro.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BF1M Avatar
41 months ago
I want a credit card size\shaped AirTag. Even if it’s disposable after the life of the battery.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sh20 Avatar
41 months ago
copy and pasting my comment from a previous article as it actually better suits this one:

I have popped one on the cat to see how it fairs, he’s quite a large breed so it doesn’t look too out of place, but it is probably too large for most house cats (but only in the sense that it would look strange).

One thing I don’t understand, is why they can’t/don’t augment on the Y-axis when using find mode. It does (sometimes) tell you the item is possibily on a different floor, but what you see on the screen doesn’t actually reflect exactly where the item is (on both axis).

For example, if someone has put an item on a shelf in a bookcase, you wouldn’t know which shelf it’s on.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple Intelligence General Feature

Apple Intelligence Features Not Coming to European Union at Launch Due to DMA

Friday June 21, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple today said that European customers will not get access to the Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing features that are coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac this September due to regulatory issues related to the Digital Markets Act. In a statement to Financial Times, Apple said that there will be a delay as it works to figure out how to make the new...
iOS 18 on iPhone Feature

Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 2

Monday June 24, 2024 12:52 pm PDT by
Apple today released the second betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to developers, and the software adds support for new features that Apple is working on, plus it tweaks some of the interface changes that have been made in the updates. Apple will refine iOS 18 over the course of the next few months, with multiple changes and refinements expected from now until September. We've highlighted...
Apple WWDC24 Apple Intelligence hero 240610

Apple Explains iPhone 15 Pro Requirement for Apple Intelligence

Wednesday June 19, 2024 4:48 am PDT by
With iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is introducing a new personalized AI experience called Apple Intelligence that uses on-device, generative large-language models to enhance the user experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. These new AI features require Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models to work, while only Macs and iPads with M1 or later chips will...
amazon echo dot

Amazon Could Charge Up to $10/Month for Alexa

Friday June 21, 2024 2:55 pm PDT by
Apple competitor Amazon is working on a revamp of its Alexa assistant, and the new version could cost up to $10 per month, according to a report from Reuters. The upcoming version of Alexa will support conversational generative AI, and Amazon is planning for two tiers of service. There will be a free tier and a second, premium tier that is priced at $5 at a minimum, with Amazon considering...
top stories 22jun2024

Top Stories: Apple Watch X Rumors, New Final Cut App for iPhone, and More

Saturday June 22, 2024 6:00 am PDT by
The avalanche of news coming out of WWDC earlier this month is finally starting to slow, but that doesn't mean there wasn't still lots to talk about in Apple news and rumors this week. This week saw some additional rumors about the upcoming Apple Watch models, the release of major Final Cut Pro updates, the launch of Apple's annual Back to School promo in the U.S. and Canada, new...