Traveling for Summer? Save Money by Borrowing an AirTag

Don't buy a new AirTag to track your luggage, just borrow one from a friend or family member.

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Traveling for summer vacation? Keep track of your belongings with an AirTag.

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Summer's right around the corner, and if you plan on going on vacation you might be tempted to buy an AirTag to keep track of your luggage. But if a friend or family member has an extra AirTag they aren't using, you can borrow it and save yourself the cash. When Apple released iOS 17 in September, one of the helpful new features it introduced was the ability to share AirTags with up to five people. 

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Apple released AirTags in 2021 as a way to keep track of valuable items, like your keys when your couch eats them. AirTags could be attached to only one user at a time. Until now, you couldn't lend someone an AirTag, and if you traveled with someone who had an AirTag, you'd be notified that you were traveling with an unidentified AirTag. That changed with iOS 17.

Here's how to share AirTags with others.

How to share AirTags

1. Open the Find My app.
2. Tap Items across the bottom of your screen.
3. Tap the AirTag you want to share with others.
4. Tap Add Person under Share This AirTag.

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Your iPhone will show you a prompt that says once you've shared an AirTag, the people you've shared it with will be able to locate it, and they won't receive unidentified tracking notifications. Tap Continue to choose who will share your AirTag. 

Once you've shared the AirTag, the other person will receive a notification to add it. All they need to do is tap the notification's Add button, which adds the tag to their Find My app.

If you're going through this process and receive a notification for a shared AirTag you don't recognize, you can tap Don't Add

How to stop sharing AirTags

After a family member or friend returns your AirTag, you can stop sharing it with them. Here's how.

1. Open the Find My app.
2. Tap Items across the bottom of your screen.
3. Tap the AirTag you want to stop sharing.
4. Tap the name of the person with whom you want to stop sharing.
5. Tap Remove.

Your iPhone will show another prompt saying that the person won't be able to locate your item and they will receive unidentified tracking notifications. Tap Stop Sharing and you're set. 

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For more iOS news, here are the features included in iOS 17.5 and iOS 17.4. You can also check out our iOS 17 cheat sheet.