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AirTags has flown off the shelves after Southwest canceled more than 13,000 flights over the holiday, leaving passengers stranded — sometimes for days at a time — and separated from their luggage.
That trip debacle ballooned into a travel nightmare that could cost Southwest up to 800 million dollarsand an unexpected sales profit for Apple. Google searches to AirTags have increased for the past few weeks, and AirTags currently occupy two spots on Amazon’s list best selling electronics.
AirTags have helped passengers find their bags when airlines either lost them or said they were somewhere else. But they are not only useful for travel.
AirTags are designed to help you keep a digital leash of sorts on personal belongings. This means you can use an AirTag to find or keep track of your wallet, a backpack, wallet and other smaller items or something larger like a car.
How does an AirTag work? It sends a secure Bluetooth signal to iCloud, which can be detected by nearby devices in Apple’s Find My Network (the process is encrypted for added security).
You are the only one who can see the location of your AirTag, Apple does not store your location or data history, and if an AirTag is near you without your knowledge, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.
Like other Apple devices, the AirTag can also be placed in Lost Mode (a notification will be sent to your iPhone when the lost AirTag is found).
AirTags are compatible with iPhone (iPhone SE and iPhone 6s or later), iPad and Mac devices. They are water and dust resistant and equipped with a replaceable coin cell battery.
AirTag Alternatives for Android Users
Unfortunately, AirTags do not work for Android, but there are alternative GPS tracking devices for Android users that cost around the same price as an AirTag, such as Tile mate, LandAirSea and Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag.
Samsung’s Smart Tag finds objects within 130 yards of the Galaxy Find My network and can only be used with Galaxy phones running Android 8.0 or later (RAM 2.0GB+). The SmartThings app is required for use.
Tile has a Bluetooth range of up to 250 feet and is compatible with iOS and Android. It works with Amazon Alexa, Hey Google and Siri (download the free Tile app to get started). LandAirSea works for both Apple and Android, and an app is required to use.
Shop GPS tracking for your luggage and more below.
SAMSUNG Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth Smart Home Accessories Tracker, Accessories Finder for Lost Keys, Bag, Purse, Luggage, Pets, Glasses, 2021, US Version, Black
Tile Mate (2022) 1-pack, white. Bluetooth Tracker, Key Finder and Item Locator; Up to 250 feet. Range. iOS and Android compatible.
LandAirSea 54 GPS Tracker