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How to disable an AirTag

Learn how to easily disable your AirTag with this step-by-step guide. All you need is an iPhone or iPad to get started.

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Published Dec 31, 2022
Image: Apple AirTag close up.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: AirTag, iPhone or iPad

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Are you looking for an easy way to disable your AirTag? AirTag is a tracking device made by Apple that allows you to track items that you attach it to. It has become increasingly popular over the past few years, but some people may want to disable it for various reasons. If you’re looking to disable your AirTag, then this step-by-step guide is for you! In this guide, we’ll go over how to disable AirTag, what you need to do, and some tips to make the process easier. With this guide, you’ll be able to disable your AirTag quickly and easily. So let’s get started!

How to disable AirTag

It is important to know that disabling an AirTag is a simple process that can be done in a few steps. It requires the user to place the AirTag into Lost Mode and then remove it from the Find My network.

To disable an Airtag, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the "Items" tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Airtag that you want to disable.
  4. Tap the "Actions" button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  5. Tap the "Lost Mode" button.
  6. Tap the "Lost Mode" button again to confirm that you want to put the Airtag into Lost Mode.

Once an Airtag is in Lost Mode, it will be disabled and will no longer be able to track your location. If the Airtag is found, the person who found it will be able to see a message on the Airtag's screen asking them to contact you to return it.

Our takeaway

In conclusion, disabling an AirTag is a simple process that anyone can do. With just a few steps, you can easily turn off the AirTag and keep your items safe. Whether you're looking for a way to keep your items secure or just want to turn off the AirTag for fun, disabling it is the way to go. Plus, you'll be able to show off your tech skills to your friends and family. Who knows, maybe you'll even be able to teach them how to do it too!


What are the steps to disable an AirTag?

To disable an AirTag, you need to put it in Lost Mode. You can do this by opening the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad, selecting the AirTag, and tapping the “Actions” button. Then, select “Put in Lost Mode” and follow the instructions. You can also use the NFC tag on the AirTag to disable it. Simply hold your iPhone or iPad near the AirTag and tap the “Disable AirTag” button that appears on the screen.

How do I know if I have an AirTag?

If you have an iPhone 11 or later, you can use the Find My app to see if you have an AirTag. Open the Find My app and tap Items, then look for your AirTag in the list. If you don't have an iPhone 11 or later, you can use the NFC reader on your phone to see if you have an AirTag.

What happens if I don't disable my AirTag?

If you don't disable your AirTag, someone else may be able to use it to track your location. This could be a serious security risk, as the person could be able to monitor your movements without your knowledge. Additionally, if your AirTag is not disabled, you may be held responsible for any damage or harm that occurs as a result of its use.

Is there a way to disable an AirTag remotely?

No, there is no way to disable an AirTag remotely. To disable an AirTag, you must place it in Lost Mode or erase it using the Find My app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How can I prevent someone from using an AirTag to track me?

The best way to prevent someone from using an AirTag to track you is to disable it. To do so, you can use the “Lost Mode” feature in the Find My app. This will prevent the AirTag from being tracked and alert you if someone tries to use it. Additionally, you can keep your AirTag with you at all times or store it in a secure location.

This article was originally published on 31 Dec 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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