Apple AirTag Review

We test the Apple AirTag so you can see exactly how well it works and how to use Lost Mode.

Steve Siems
Home Security Expert
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Published on July 02, 2021
4 min read

The Apple AirTag is Apple's latest addition to its 2021 product lineup. The AirTag is pretty simple. It’s a device that you attach to things to help you locate them when you lose them.

Apple AirTag price comparison
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Apple AirTag

$29.00

iOS/iPadOS devices

Apple AirTag (4-Pack)

$99.00

iOS/iPadOS devices

Data effective 06/23/21. Prices and availability subject to change.

We’ve picked up the four-pack, and we’ll do some extreme testing with them. We will put them through extreme heat, extreme cold, and extreme dropping. We’ll do a ton of fun things with these AirTags.

Hardware

Let’s take a closer look at this device. It’s made of a white plastic on one side, and we see the Apple logo and a stainless steel cover on the other side. It does pick up fingerprints, and, unfortunately, this stainless steel side does scratch really easily. So if you attach this to your keys or anything else with a rough surface, expect to get some scratches on it.

The AirTag has an IP67 waterproof rating, which means it can go about three feet deep in water for about 30 minutes.

Opening this device is pretty easy. You're just going to put a thumb on either side of the stainless steel side, push down, and turn. That's going to open the device up, exposing the battery underneath. The battery is a CR2032. It's a pretty standard battery, and you can expect this battery to last for about a year.

Accessories

If you take a look at the AirTag, you’ll notice that there are no holes. There are no loops. There are no grooves for you to really attach anything through this device directly. Instead, you're going to need to pick up an accessory.

You could throw this into a backpack or a bag, but you can also pick up some accessories to hang or attach it to objects, which is something that we would recommend.

We picked up the leather key chain that Apple sells. It's a pretty standard-looking leather key chain. Open the snap and slide in your AirTag. Then, go ahead and snap it closed, and you’re all set. You can use the other end to attach the AirTag to anything. The ring on this is pretty big, and if you don't want to use it, you can always just take it out and put your own smaller ring into this. This key chain does leave your AirTag exposed on both sides, which is going to allow it to be prone to scratching.

Locating lost AirTags

Let's go ahead and say that you lost your keys—thankfully with an AirTag attached. Here’s what you’ll do. do. (We’re demoing what the experience will look like with the iPhone 11 or 12 with the new U1 chip inside of it.)

  1. Grab your phone.
  2. Open the Find My app.
  3. Tap on the Items tab.
  4. Select the lost item.

We labeled ours “Steve's keys,” and the map shows us where the keys are located. You can also make the lost device play a sound that will keep playing until you find it. That sound is actually pretty loud—louder than we were expecting from a device that is this small.

If you can't hear the sound, you can always click on the Find option, which brings up a precise location for you to follow. Keep in mind, you can use that find feature with the directional arrow only if you're within Bluetooth range of the missing AirTag, which is going to be anywhere between 30 and 40 feet. Anything over that is going to be a hit and a miss.

Demo

We hid an AirTag and tested out how easy it was for someone else to find. Watch the demo here.

Reporting lost AirTags

Let's say that you truly do lose your device. You have it attached to your bag and you leave that bag on the bus or in a cab and it drives off, and now it’s completely gone. How do you locate that?

Start by grabbing your iPhone and loading up the Find My app. Go to the Items tab, select the lost device, scroll down, and enable Lost Mode. Lost Mode will notify you if the AirTag’s location updates. It also allows you to enter a phone number for somebody to contact you if they find your device.

The AirTag will communicate with any iOS device that is in the area. If there are other iPhones, iPads, or Macs in the area running those operating systems, they are going to connect to them to help you triangulate where your device is. And that is a huge plus to being in the Apple ecosystem because so many people have iPhones or iOS devices.

Reporting found AirTags

While in Lost Mode, your AirTag is going to chime every 15 minutes. Hopefully, somebody will hear the chime, see an AirTag on it, and realize that the bag was left behind. Thankfully, they can use the AirTag to get in contact with you.

Reporting found AirTag for Apple users: 1. Open Find My app.
2. Tab on Items tab.
3. Tab Identify Found Item.
4. Hold your phone to the AirTag.
5. If the AirTag is in Lost Mode, your phone will display the phone number of the person you need to get in contact with.

Reporting found AirTag for Android users:
1. Unlock your Android device.
2. Hold the AirTag to the back of your device.
3. If the AirTag is in Lost Mode, your phone will display the phone number of the person you need to get in contact with.

Recap

With so many of us not going into the office because of the pandemic or working remotely, and instead going into Starbucks or libraries and bringing your bags with us, it may be a good idea to pick one of these guys up. The AirTag is great for keeping track of your most important things, including your laptop, iPad, anything else that you may have in your backpack.

Apple AirTag price comparison
Product
Price
Compatibility
Learn more

Apple AirTag

$29.00

iOS/iPadOS devices

Apple AirTag (4-Pack)

$99.00

iOS/iPadOS devices

Data effective 06/23/21. Prices and availability subject to change.

Steve Siems
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Steve Siems
Steve is a social media influencer and an overall Smart Home enthusiast. He loves to geek out with all things tech, and is quickly becoming one of the industries leading voices. When he's not in front of the camera, Steve is researching the next greatest Smart Home accessory or playing with his 2 little girls in sunny So Cal.

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