How to use Precision Finding to locate AirTags with your iPhone


The recently announced Apple AirTag offer an easy way to keep a track of things such as keys, AirPods, wallet, etc. While it is mostly similar to other Bluetooth trackers such as Tile, it does have something known as Precision Finding. This offers a more accurate location of the object that you're tracking. The feature is only available on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 series, as these devices have a special chip.

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.