Air Tags are Apple’s answer to an item tracker that’s affordable, effective, and easy to use. They alert you to your item’s location by various methods, including sound. Some people are worried about their beeping, wondering, “Do Apple Air Tags make noise?”
Apple Air Tags don’t make a lot of noise. In fact, their 60 dB beeping is not that loud at all. When separated from their paired iPhone or iPad, they beep after 8–24 hours. This stops once the Air Tag is scanned by an NFC-compatible device.
You might be on the fence about getting an Air Tag for your wallet, keys, and/or backpack because of the noise. Well, keep reading to find out how loud they are and what triggers them or do AirTags need wifi?
How Do Air Tags Alert You to the Location of Your Items?
AirTags have built-in Bluetooth and U1 chips that contact any neighboring iPhone or iPad with their location continuously. The Bluetooth signal lets your device, or anyone’s Apple device within a 100-foot radius, know it’s nearby.
The phone’s GPS relays that information to the iCloud, then the Air Tag’s location is updated on the Find My network.
You can access this information on your Find My app, which has an up-to-date map of where all your connected devices are.
As for the U1 chip, it uses Ultra-Wideband technology to contact your iPhone, which also has a similar chip inside.
This is called Precision Finding, where your iPhone will let you know the distance and direction of your Air Tag. This feature is supported by models iPhone 11 to iPhone 13 Pro Max.
For older iPhone models, you’ll feel haptic feedback (vibration) once your phone is close to the Air Tag.
You can also use your Find My app or Siri to make your Air Tag play a sound. This sound is a beep that lets you know where the Air Tag is.
Do Air Tags Make a Lot of Noise? And How Loud Are They?
In normal circumstances, where your Air Tags are close by, they will only beep if you prompt them on the Find My app. However, if they’re out of range from the device they’re paired with, they’ll start beeping after 8–24 hours from disconnecting.
This is a safety measure added by Apple to discourage the use of Air Tag as a stalking device. The person being stalked will likely hear the beeping, locate the Air Tag, and disable it by popping out the battery.
The beeping isn’t very loud, at 60dB when left out in the open, and 40dB if placed inside a purse or wallet. This volume might be hard to notice if you’re somewhere loud like a playground or a busy cafe.
What If I Find an Air Tag Beeping Near Me?
If you find an unknown Air Tag beeping near you, it was probably lost by the owner. An Air Tag that gets misplaced is usually reported in the Find My app, putting it in “Lost Mode.”
Lost mode allows the owner to send out a message to anyone who finds and scans the Air Tag, usually with contact information.
All you have to do is put the Air Tag you found plastic side up near the back of your iPhone or NFC-compatible Android phone.
You’ll then be directed to a site with the owner’s information. The scanning will usually stop the Air Tag from beeping.
However, sometimes, the Air Tag isn’t reported by the owner, which could mean it was deliberately left and they don’t know it was found. In this case, your iPhone running iOS 14.5 or above will send you a notification that a tracker is near you.
You can then locate and manually disable the Air Tag yourself by removing the battery. For users of iOS 15.2, there’s an option to wirelessly disable the Air Tag.
As for Android users, Apple has released an app on the Play store called Tracker Detect, which allows you to scan for Air Tags using your phone’s Bluetooth. You can make the Air Tag play a sound via the app so you’re better able to locate it.
Once found, you can view information about the Air Tag, like serial number, owner name, and whether or not it was put in “Lost Mode.” If not, you can view information about how to manually disable it by removing the battery.
Are There ‘Silent’ Air Tags Out There?
Unfortunately, some users found a way to disable the speakers on the Air Tag, making it completely silent, and then reselling it on eBay or Etsy.
This is dangerous if you don’t scan for trackers regularly, as someone could plant one in your belongings or car without you noticing. (Here’s an article to understand whether an Airtag track a car.)
The official stance taken by the resellers is that this modification helps people with practical applications. For example, putting a silent Air Tag on luggage or a moving truck can help you keep track of your belongings.
The presence of these silent trackers leaves it all up to you to scan for trackers regularly. For Apple users, this means keeping your iOS updated so you receive alerts about Air Tags in your vicinity.
For Android, third-party apps, like AirGuard, allow your phone to be always on the lookout for trackers nearby. This makes the Apple manual scanning app appear less useful in the case of those silent Air Tags.
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Wrapping It Up
Apple Air Tags are useful for finding your wallet or keys you always seem to displace, but let’s face it, no one will use them if they’re not practical.
If you’re wondering, “Do Apple Air Tags make noise?” You shouldn’t worry; their beeping sound isn’t that loud at all.
Air Tags beep only when prompted via the Find My app or Siri. However, when separated from their paired device, they beep to alert anyone nearby that they’re lost, so they’re picked up and scanned to find the owner.
Moreover, the sound they let out doesn’t exceed 60 dB when exposed and drops to 40 dB if concealed by a pillow or inside a purse. So for the day-to-day user, noise shouldn’t be an issue.
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