How to track AirTag when traveling abroad, especially in countries without Ultra Wideband support

The newly launched AirTag is Apple’s first-generation Bluetooth tracking device. Hanging in a keychain or kept in the pocket, the new accessory is an extension of the Find My app’s ecosystem that allows users to locate frequently used and often misplaced items like car keys, handbags, and other items in a secure way, protected by end-to-end encryption.

The lightweight tracker comes with a built-in speaker to locate it. After setting up, the AirTag will appear in the ‘Items tab’ in the Find My app to show its current location or the last known location and keep personalized names of the tracker. AirTag is equipped with a U1 chip using Ultra-Wideband tech to support the Precision Finding feature which enables iPhone 11 and 12 users to find their lost item by knowing its accurate distance and direction. When in range, “Precision Finding fuses input from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and then will guide them to AirTag using a combination of sound, haptics, and visual feedback” as the user moves.

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In addition, if the misplaced items are within Bluetooth range, users can play a sound via the Find My app to locate it. And “users can also ask Siri to find their item, and AirTag will play a sound if it is nearby.” Having said that, Precision Finding locating feature will work seamlessly in countries like the U.S. and Canada which support Ultrawide band technology.

In that case, here are ways how users can locate their AirTag when traveling to countries that do not support Ultrawide band and when their lost items are out of Bluetooth range.

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How to locate AirTag in foreign countries where Precision Finding feature will not work

As per MacRumors the following countries do not support Ultrawide band technology for Precision Finding feature:

  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Russia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

In these countries, users will have to use Bluetooth to locate their missing item within the 30-40 feet range. They can either play a sound to locate the tracker either from the Find My app or ask Siri to find the AirTag it with a sound. And if the tracker is out of Bluetooth range, then users will have to locate it via Find My Network which shows its location of Apple devices on the map.

Users can pre-order their AirTag with personalized engraving from apple.com for $29 or order a pack of four for $99. It is compatible with iPhone SE, 6s or later, iPod touch (7th generation), iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad Air 2 or later, and iPad mini 4 or later and requires iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 or later. The tracker will be available at stores on April 30.

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