The new AirTag that Apple unveiled during the virtual ‘Spring Loaded’ event can be attached to a range of new Apple-designed accessories for the device. AirTag can easily be attached to objects or everyday items like purses, school bags, and keys to quickly locate them. The product works with the recently announced Find My network to anonymously share location across Apple’s network of iOS devices.
The Find My app will also notify you if an unknown AirTag is found moving with you or in close proximity to you with a message on the screen: AirTag Found Moving With You. Here is a simple guide you can follow to disable the unknown tracking device in a few steps.
Here is how to disable an unknown AirTag found moving with you
The same message will also appear for users that are not operating an iOS device, i.e. NFC-enabled devices. The AirTag will make a sound when separated from its user for an extended period of time. You can follow the steps below to disable the unknown AirTag and disable sharing your location:
- Tap the message, AirTag Found Moving With You.
- Tap Continue.
- There you will find instructions to disable the device and follow the steps.
- If you feel your safety is at risk, contact your local law enforcement who can work with Apple. You will be required to present the AirTag or its serial number.
In a new support document by Apple, the company says that AirTags feature unique Bluetooth identifiers that change frequently, this helps users prevent being tracked. The company further says that no one, including Apple, can track the location or identity of the users.
The tracking device was designed with a feature to discourage unwanted tracking. While locating a device with the locater, Find My network will keep the information between parties protected with end-to-end encryption. While borrowing an item with an AirTag attached, you can tap Pause Safety Alerts to turn off AirTag Detected notifications for 24 hours.
Privacy is important, and AirTag tracks items, not people. With built-in features like unwanted tag detection, audible alerts, and rotating identifies, AirTag is priced at $29 or four for $99.