Set up your AirTag using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With AirTag, you can keep track of everyday items like your keys or a backpack. Learn how to set up your AirTag with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

What you need

  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 or later and two-factor authentication turned on
  • Find My turned on.
  • Bluetooth turned on.
  • A strong Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
  • Location Services turned on: Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  • To be able to use Precision Finding and to see the most accurate location for your AirTag, turn on Location Access for Find My. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, then scroll down and tap Find My. Check While Using the App or While Using the App or Widgets. Then turn on Precise Location.

If you have a Managed Apple ID, you can't set up an AirTag. 

 

Set up your AirTag

  1. Make sure that your device is ready for setup.
  2. If your AirTag is new, remove the wrap around the product and pull out the tab to activate the battery. Your AirTag will play a sound.
  3. Hold your AirTag near your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then tap Connect.* If you have multiple AirTags and see "More than one AirTag detected", make sure that only one AirTag is near your device at one time. AirTag not connecting
  4. Select an item name from the list, or select Custom Name to name your AirTag and choose an emoji. Then tap Continue.
  5. To register your AirTag with your Apple ID, tap Continue again.  
  6. Tap Done. 

Now you can attach your AirTag to your item and see it in the Find My app

* You can also set up your AirTag in the Find My app. Tap the Items tab, then tap Add Item.

 

Change the name of your AirTag

  1. Open the Find My app, then tap the Items tab.
  2. Tap the AirTag whose name or emoji you want to change.
  3. Scroll down and tap Rename Item.
  4. Select a name from the list or select Custom Name. 
  5. Type a custom name for your AirTag and select an emoji.
  6. Tap Done. 

If you can't set up your AirTag

  1. Make sure that your device is ready for setup.
  2. If you have multiple AirTags to set up, make sure that only one is near your device at one time.
  3. Remove and then replace the battery in your AirTag. 
  4. If your AirTag still won't connect to your device, reset your AirTag

Learn what to do if you see a message that says the AirTag is connected to another Apple ID.

Learn more about using your AirTag with Find My

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