Have you bought an Apple AirTag and are you not sure how to install it? No problem! Linking an AirTag to your iPhone or iPad is as easy as connecting a new pair of AirPods to your Apple account. Here̵
The AirTag connects to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth LE and Apple’s custom U1 (Ultra Wideband) chip. With the secure connection, you can find the tracker if the item it is linked to ever goes missing.
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Start by taking your AirTag out of its packaging and removing the protective plastic. When the last piece of plastic has been removed, the AirTag will emit a short beep.
Then place the AirTag within inches of your unlocked iPhone or iPad running iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 or later. Your phone or tablet should automatically detect the Bluetooth tracker. When the popup message appears on your device, tap the “Connect” button.
If the dialog on the screen doesn’t appear after a few seconds, lock your iPhone or iPad, unlock it again, and move the AirTag closer to the Side / Power button.
You can now name the AirTag based on what you want to track with the accessory. If you don’t like any of the default names, you can choose the “Custom Name” option.
Select the “Continue” button to continue.
The popup message shows the email address and phone number associated with your Apple ID. These will be associated with your AirTag if it ever gets lost and someone tries to identify its owner.
Tap “Continue” to finish registering the AirTag to your Apple ID.
Your AirTag has now finished setting up. Give it a minute or two to wrap up.
The AirTag is now linked to your iPhone or iPad and added to the Find My network. The new post briefly explains several ways to find the accessory if it gets lost. Tap “View in Find My App” to see the AirTag in action.
You can also select the “Done” link to exit the completed installation process.
In the Find My app, you’ll see a live map of the AirTag’s location (if it’s within Bluetooth range of an iPhone, iPad, or Mac), a button to play sound through the tracker’s speaker, and a ‘Search’ option to accurately locate the accessory if your iPhone contains a U1 chip (iPhone 11 and newer).
In addition, you can mark the AirTag as lost, rename the item, and remove the Bluetooth tracker from your Apple ID and Find My network.
In the future, you can navigate back to this page by opening the “Find My” app on your iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, if you can’t find it on your phone or tablet, you can use Spotlight Search to find the app quickly.