Can I use Apple AirTag with my Android phone?

by Jeremy

Best answer: No, not as a tracker. The Apple AirTag will work with an Android phone via NFC when the tracker is in Lost Mode to return it to its owner.

Don’t plan on buying an Apple AirTag if you use an Android phone.

When Apple announced the AirTag during its Spring Loaded Event in April 2021, it arose: “Will the Apple AirTag work with an Android phone or not?” After all, it works like all the other excellent Bluetooth trackers on the market, right? Kind of. While the Apple AirTag has Bluetooth, which can help track it down, there is much more technology inside that coin-shaped device than just Bluetooth. Arguably the most impressive bit of technology inside the AirTag is the inclusion of UWB (ultra-wideband) that helps locate the machine within half an inch.

AirTag

You’ll also find NFC in the tracker, and that’s the only part that will be compatible with Android phones. If the owner of an AirTag puts it into “Lost Mode,” if found by an iPhone or Android user, the tracker’s NFC tag can be scanned. The owner’s contact info will be displayed on the phone to reach the person.

Are there trackers similar to the Apple AirTag for Android users?

Sure, there are. Currently, Samsung has two trackers out — the Galaxy SmartTag and SmartTag+. The standard SmartTag functions similarly to other Bluetooth trackers, whereas the Plus model offers UWB for even more features. When comparing the Apple AirTag and the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+, you’ll see many similarities between the two. Each option is currently limited to a small number of phones

to get all of the benefits of the trackers. For Apple users, you have to own iPhone 11/11 Pro/12/12 Pro series, and on the Android side, you’ll need to have a phone in the Galaxy S21 series of the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Samsung’s tracker also can be used to control your smart home in addition to helping to find your lost items.

As more devices start to support UWB, we should begin to see other phones become compatible too. Other manufacturers are starting to work on trackers with UWB technology, such as OPPO and one of the most popular tracker brands, Tile. So, until then, if you want to use a tracker with similar features as the Apple AirTag, you’ll need to go with Samsung. Don’t forget that if you happen across a lost AirTag, you can still do your part to reunite it with its owner.

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