How to use Find My to locate objects that can track you

In iOS 15.2, which is currently in beta, Apple has introduced new features for the Find My application. These include a way to search for items that could be used to track your location.

The Find My function

The new “Unknown Items” feature is called “Items that can track me” and when enabled it will scan for anything nearby that belongs to someone else and will inform you about it.

If anything is detected, such as an AirTag or other Find My feature, Apple will provide you with more details about the item and instructions on how to turn it off. So it can no longer be used for monitoring purposes.

The following steps show you how to enable the feature in iOS 15.2. Note that items can only be found if they are not within 50 meters of their owner’s device.

  1. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Details tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Drag the item card above the screen using the small pill-shaped handle to reveal more options.
  4. Tap Objects that can watch me.
  5. Press the search button
  6. Look at the list entitled “Objects Detected Near You”. If a device is detected, press it for more information.
  7. If it is an AirTag, you can press audio playback to locate it more accurately. You can also click Learn More about this AirTag to see if its owner has added contact information in case the item is lost. If you want to turn off the AirTag so that it can not monitor you, press the AirTag Turn Off Instructions and follow the instructions to remove the battery.

AirTags and Find My objects are designed to allow users to track their lost devices. There are concerns, however, that they may be planted in individuals for tracking purposes. To prevent pursuit with AirTags and other devices, Apple has implemented various security measures.

AirTags are designed to start producing a sound between 8 and 24 hours after separation from their holder. Users are notified if an AirTag travels with them. Apple is also working on an Android application that will allow Android users to detect an unknown network-enabled AirTag or Find My item to prevent Android users being tracked.

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