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NFC-enabled Android devices will be able to read a lost AirTag, according to Apple

According to a recently published support article, a lost AirTag can be read by other NFC-enabled devices such as iPhone and Android devices, prompting users to visit a website with information on how to contact the owner of the AirTag.

The support article titled: “What to do if you find an AirTag or get an alert that an AirTag is with you” outlines three steps you can take if you find an AirTag tracker that you believe is someone else’s:

  1. Tap and hold the top of your iPhone or NFC-capable smartphone to the white side of the AirTag.
  2. Tap the notification that appears. This opens a website that provides information about the AirTag, including its serial number.
  3. If the owner marked it as lost, you might see a message with information about how to contact the owner. You can contact the owner to let them know that you found their AirTag.
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AirTag utilizes the vast Find My network, which “connects hundreds of millions of Apple devices” together to create a secure, privacy-focused platform that allows other devices to ping off each other “to determine the approximate location of your things,” according to Apple.

Since AirTag has a deep integration with Find My, you will need an iOS device to set up your AirTag. Once set up, “AirTag helps you to keep track of and find the items that matter most to you.”

AirTag will be available for pre-order on April 23rd, and available in-store and online on April 30th. The trackers retail for $29 USD for a single AirTag, or $99 for a pack of four.

Sid Ramirez

Author: Sid Ramirez

Appleosophy Weekly

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