Apple clarifies what to do if an AirTag is found or its alarm is heard in its Personal Safety Guide


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MADRID, Jan. 26 (Portaltic/EP) –

Apple has released an update to its Personal User Safety Guide, a resource that describes the protection features built into its devices, with information about the AirTag to clarify what to do if one is found or an alarm is heard and avoid potential cases of espionage.

AirTag It is a coin-shaped device that sticks to any object, such as keys, a bag or a wallet, and that facilitates its location through an application.

For Apple devices, Find My, while Android device users can access this service using Tracker Detect, available on the Play Store since December.

This guide is not new, but a new section has been incorporated in which the procedure to be carried out is explained in detail. those who find an AirTag that does not belong to them and how to interpret the sound signals that it emits when it is separated from the device that registered it.

One of the services mentioned in the ‘Stay safe with AirTag and other Find My accessories’ section is the sending an automated message indicating the existence of a “unknown item” close to the user. This is only possible on iPhone, iPad, or iTouch running iOS 14.15, iPadOS 14.5, or later release devices.

“If you receive this message, an AirTag or other Find My accessory has become separated from the person who checked it in, is traveling with you, and its owner may be able to see your location,” the company points out from this document.

Apple has mentioned what they are the steps to follow after receipt of said notification according to the circumstances in which the users find themselves. If the AirTag is found on a borrowed item, security prompts can be paused or notifications turned off for a day.

But nevertheless, if the origin of this element is unknown, you can stop sharing your location by following the prompts on the screen. Additionally, the manufacturer has encouraged those who believe their safety is at risk to report this issue to local law enforcement.

This guide also specifies what Android device users should do with the Tracker Detect app, which looks for via Bluetooth connection ‘gadgets’ that are compatible with the Find My network and are separate from their owners.

In addition, Apple has reported that when an AirTag remains separated for a period of time from the user who registered it in the application, it emits a sound so that whoever finds it can locate its owner through the NFC of a device and return it, as long as he has marked it as ‘disappeared’.

Along with the new information related to AirTags, the guide now includes other features already available from Apple that were not at the time of its first publication. Among them, the configuration of account recovery contacts or the blocking of contacts in Facetime.


This update to the guide derives from a report in The New York Times, which pointed out the use of these devices by thieves to track and determine the location of high-end vehicles and steal them.

In addition, this collects the testimony of other people who reported through Reddit, Twitter or TikTok having received a message notifying them of the presence of an unknown element among their belongings.

“There is growing concern that these devices may be fueling a new form of bullying, something that privacy advocacy groups predicted what might happen when Apple presented them in April”, can be read in this publication.

Model Brooks Nader also found herself in a similar situation, telling her followers via Instagram that someone had slipped an AirTag into her coat pocket to track her location.

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