Chipolo ONE Spot review: how it compares to Apple’s AirTag

I've been toying around with AirTags since they came out a few weeks ago, and I was impatient to try the only third-party alternative available at this time: the Chipolo ONE Spot. Chipolo is one of only three companies that have been approved by Apple at this time to be part of the Find My network. Out of the three, it's the only company that has built an item tracker similar to AirTag. So if you're in the market for an item tracker that works with the Find My app, your options are either the Apple AirTag or the Chipolo ONE Spot.

With that said, the folks at Chipolo sent me a ONE Spot for review ahead of their official launch later in June. This post will essentially be a Chipolo ONE Spot review and a direct comparison with AirTag.

How to find the serial number of an unknown AirTag

An image showing the white side of an Apple AirTag held to the top of an iPhone 12 with Safari's Found notification displayed on the screen

Whether you've stumbled upon someone else's AirTag that you'd like to return to its owner or discovered an unknown AirTag planted on you that you'd like to identify, you'll need its serial number. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to find the serial number of an unknown AirTag.

What it looks like when an AirTag is stalking you

A screenshot showing an "AirTag Found Moving With You" safety notification from Apple Find My app warning the user about possible unwanted tracking

I've been running some unscientific tests for the past few days, essentially stalking myself with an AirTag that was set up using an Apple ID other than mine. The goal was to find out how quickly I would get notified about someone tracking me, but I was also curious about what the process would be to alert me about it.

After several days of tracking myself, this is what I found out.

How to add third-party accessories to Apple’s Find My app to keep track of them

An image featuring three iPhone screenshots showing third-party products in Apple Find My app, from left to right: VanMoof's S3 electric bike, Belkin's SondForm true wireless earbuds and Chipolo's OneSpot personal item tracker

Apple on April 7, 2021, opened up its Find My app to third-party products via a new program that permits non-Apple entities to take advantage of the company's secure Find My network. This enables users to track any compatible third-party devices using the Find My app. But before you can actually track devices and accessories not designed and made by Apple, you must add them first to the Find My app—and we walk you through the whole process.

How to adjust location access for the system services on iPhone and iPad

Your iPhone and iPad take advantage of your GPS location for various built-in features. This is also part of Apple's crowd-sourced location gathering initiative aimed at improving its products and services. While location data is completely anonymous, the company does give you the freedom to toggle location access for each and every one of these services on or off.

How to stop sites from requesting your location in Safari

Safari Settings for Website Allow Location on iPhone

While it’s nice that certain websites want to know our location, it’s not always necessary. Sure, you need a delivery service site to know where you are, but not a blog. And if you visit the same sites often, you probably don’t want them asking you every time.

In Safari, you can control websites asking for your location. You can allow certain sites to always know where you are, like in the delivery service example. And you can disallow sites you never want to know, like a blog. Here, we’ll show you how to do this on iPhone, iPad, and Mac so websites will stop requesting your location in Safari.

How to stop sharing your location with apps and services on iPhone

Never Show Location in Settings

Using Location Services on your iOS device can be quite handy, but with it comes some privacy loss. There are apps and services that require your location and that Location Services be enabled. Apple apps like Maps and Weather, along with third-party apps like Uber and DoorDash obviously need your location to complete their jobs.

But if you’re growing more concerned about privacy and want to stop sharing your location with apps and services, you certainly can and here’s how.