Airtags have been a welcome addition to the Apple ecosystem. They are a nice way to not only track your possessions but also find items that you lose easily. Sadly these advantages have been short-lived as more and more people come to realize that they can be tracked by unknown Airtags on their person.
This issue started a couple of weeks ago when a slew of reports online where users were notified about an unidentified Airtag on their person that they were unable to find. A new feature in iOS 15.2 Find my app seems to fix this issue. Let’s find out more.
Yes, you can now use the updated Find my app to look for and find unidentified Airtags on your person.
This is a security feature that can help you find malicious Airtags that are being used to track you. Use the guide below to find unidentified Airtags on your person.
Apple is currently testing this feature in iOS 15.2 Dev Beta 2 and we expect it to be included in the upcoming iOS 15.2 release. If you are keen on using this feature then you can download the developer beta profile and get the latest beta installed on your iOS device.
Keep in mind that you will need a paid developer account to get the latest developer beta on your device. Once you have the latest beta installed on your device follow the guide below to look for unidentified Airtags on your person.
Open the ‘Find my’ app on your device and tap on ‘Items’ at the bottom.
Note: You will need to activate location on your device in case you have it deactivated on your system.
Now tap on ‘Items that can track me’.
Tap on ‘Search’.
Find my app will now look for all identified and unidentified items on your person that can track you. Once the search is complete, a list of devices will be shown on your screen.
Simply tap on any suspicious device to find more information about it. In case you suspect the device to be tracking you, tap on the ‘Find’ icon and you should be able to track and find the device near you.
Once found you can notify the appropriate authorities or get rid of it at your discretion.
And that’s it! You can now use the Find my app to look for devices that can currently track your location.
What are the disadvantages of this feature?
The main disadvantage of this feature is essentially that Airtags lose their main functionality, to track your possessions.
Any thief or malicious user looking to take over your possessions can simply use this feature to find the Airtag you placed on your possessions.
Once they get rid of the Airtag, you will no longer be able to find your possessions which essentially renders your purchase of an Airtag useless. We, however, don’t expect this to be the final solution and only a temporary one to ensure every user’s privacy.
This is a new feature with a lot of unexplored possibilities. Here are a few commonly asked questions that should help you get up to speed when using this feature in the Find my app.
What if I lose my possessions?
If you lose your possessions we recommend you track them at the earliest. There is a possibility that the user in possession of your missing items can find your Airtag using this feature and get rid of it.
Hence you should track your items at the earliest until Apple releases a more robust solution.
Is this a permanent solution?
We don’t expect this to be a permanent solution as it renders Airtags almost useless. But there is no word on Apple on the same for now.
I am still unable to find an unidentified Airtag on my person
If you get notified about an unidentified Airtag but are unable to find it on your person then we recommend you get in touch with Apple Support at the earliest.
We also recommend you try re-pairing your Airpods Pro again if you own one as they have been known to trigger false unidentified Airtags notifications on iOS devices.
We hope you were able to use this new feature in the Find my app to find unidentified Airtags being used to track you. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.