Apple AirTags have just become less frightening

If you're using your AirTags for their intended purpose (namely to find your lost Apple items), you're in danger of being tracked in less appealing ways. With concerns over unsuspecting folk being secretly tracked via other people's AirTags attached to their property, Apple is taking action through a series of updates and even a dedicated Android app.

Given the cost of replacing your Apple tech, it's no surprise AirTags have been a popular purchase, but one the more privacy-conscious may be wary of. (If you'd like to grab an Apple bargain, be sure to keep an eye on our Apple Amazon Prime Day post and our best Apple deals roundup.)


AirTags could have been tracking you for three whole days without you knowing (Image credit: Getty Images)

So, what's the problem? Well, AirTags have been set to 'ping' if they are away from their owner for three days and then begin to move. That three day delay means you could have someone else's AirTags attached to your property without knowing about it for 72 hours (until they make a noise). This means you could be tracked without your consent or knowledge – a gift for stalkers. 

Apple has now released an update, which shortens that notification time to between eight and 24 hours – still a significant time but better than before. As well as that, Apple is working on an Android app, which will allow non-Android users to see if they have any AirTags along for the ride. 

This isn't the only design feature folk aren't happy with in regard to the AirTags. Check out this AirTag mod, which solves a whole different problem.

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.