Apple introduced AirTags in 2021 as an innovative way to track and locate lost items.
At first, the company advertised them as a helpful tool for recovering keys, wallets, and other personal belongings.
But over time it's become apparent that this coin-shaped device can also be used for tracking cars – in this article we explain how AirTags work in your car.
What is an AirTag?
AirTag is a small, lightweight circular-shaped device you can attach to your belongings to track their location.
They use Bluetooth technology to communicate with nearby Apple devices like iPhones and iPads; when attached to your car, you'll be able to track its whereabouts or find it in a crowded parking lot.
How Do AirTags Function in Your Car?
Attaching an AirTag to your car is simple – simply slip it into a key fob, place it in a console, or stick it anywhere inside of the vehicle.
In order to track it effectively, you need an iPhone with iOS version 9.0 installed.
AirTags use Apple's Find My app (pre-installed on all Apple devices) which communicates with nearby Apple devices and sends location updates directly to your phone.
The Find My app uses several features, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular data to locate the AirTag and send its location to your iPhone.
If the car is within Bluetooth range of your phone, the AirTag can communicate with it and provide updates on its whereabouts; otherwise, it will use other devices (like other people's iPhones) for communication with your phone.
You can also use the Find My App to find an Airtag in your car if you lose it.
How Accurate are AirTags in Your Car?
AirTags can pinpoint your car's location with remarkable precision, thanks to their precision-locating technology.
They use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS signals to triangulate the car's location and send it directly to your iPhone.
When checking the Find My app to view its location on a map along with its distance from your current position, most AirTags can locate your car within meters of where it currently stands.
Tips for Using AirTags to Locate Your Car?
Finding your car with AirTags is both effortless and convenient. First, attach the tag to your car as described earlier.
Afterward, open the Find My app on your iPhone and select the attached AirTag from its list of tags.
The app will show the car's location on a map along with its distance from you current location. Furthermore, you can play sound on the tag which may help locate it in a busy parking lot.
AirTags are an innovative device that helps you stay track of your belongings' locations, including your car.
They use Bluetooth technology to communicate with nearby Apple devices and send location updates directly to your iPhone.
Attaching an AirTag to your car allows you to locate it in a crowded parking lot or track its whereabouts if stolen – using the Find My app with remarkable accuracy and convenience.
However, it's essential that you use AirTags responsibly while respecting others' privacy.
(FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions
Do AirTags work with Android devices?
Unfortunately, no. AirTags are only compatible with Apple products such as iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.
Do I Need Cellular Data Enabled to Use AirTags?
No, you don't require cellular data to use AirTags. They can communicate with nearby Apple devices using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology.
Can AirTags be used to track stolen cars?
Unfortunately, AirTags are not intended for this purpose; rather, they help locate lost items.
Is it legal to track someone's car without their consent?
No, using AirTags or any other tracking device without consent is strictly forbidden and could lead to legal repercussions. Doing so violates their privacy and may lead to legal trouble if done repeatedly.