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How to Set up AirTags in Find My on your iPhone or iPad

How to Set up AirTags in Find My on your iPhone or iPad way, right? More specifically, when you bring your iPhone close to your AirTag, does it not show up on your iPhone? Don’t worry, you can still set it up another way by adding them to Find My by hand.

With AirTags, Apple is getting into yet another type of product. Since these are brand-new Apple products, users may not know what to do when they run into problems like this. As usual, Apple does make it very easy to set up an AirTag, but it’s not perfect.

There are a few network problems that could keep your iPhone or iPad from recognizing your AirTag, but if you’re one of the unlucky users who runs into this problem, we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll show you how to manually add an AirTag to the Find My app on your iPhone and iPad.

How to Set up AirTags in Find My on your iPhone or iPad

  1. For a new AirTag, remove the pull tab to activate the battery. When properly executed, you’ll hear a success sound. 
  2. Place your AirTag close to your iOS device and tap Connect
  3. Pick an item name from the list of options or hit Custom Name to choose your own name and emoji. 
  4. Follow the prompts to continue registering an AirTag with your Apple ID. 
  5. When finished, press Done
  6. With your AirTag properly set up, you’re free to attach it to whatever personal objects you desire. 

How do Apple AirTags work?

Apple AirTags send out a Bluetooth signal that connects to any nearby Apple Find My network-enabled device. The strength of the Bluetooth signal sent to these third-party devices is used to figure out where the AirTag is.Your AirTag’s location is sent to the cloud and marked on a map so you can find it quickly.

There are two other ways to find AirTags: beeping and Precision Finding. Use the Find My app to make the AirTag beep if you know it’s somewhere in your living room, but you can’t find it. Just listen for the beep and follow it until you find the AirTag.

Precision Finding only works with iPhone 11 and later because it needs an U1 ultra wideband chip. It’s like a quest arrow in a video game: your iPhone turns into a compass that points to the AirTag and tells you exactly how far away it is.


Why isn t my iPhone finding my AirTag?

Then wake and unlock your iPhone. Wait up to 15 seconds, and the animation should reappear. If you have multiple AirTags to set up, make sure that only one is near your device at one time. If your AirTag still won’t connect to your device, reset your AirTag.

How do I force AirTag to connect?

Place down a fresh battery until you hear a sound indicating the battery is connected. After the sound completes, remove the battery and repeat the process an additional four times. On the fifth attempt, you’ll hear a slightly different tone. That indicates that the AirTag is ready to pair.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith, a tech-savvy content editor at Bollyinside. With a knack for simplifying complex tech concepts, Michael specializes in crafting user-friendly "How-to" articles and valuable tips. His focus spans Windows, Mac, hardware, and support. Beyond work, he's an avid explorer of diverse tech fields, constantly staying ahead of the curve.
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