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.

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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.

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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.

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Top Rated Comments

Knightcastle Avatar
21 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
21 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
21 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
21 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
21 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
21 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)

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