Location

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.

AirTag detected: What to do if an unknown AirTag is found moving with you

AirTag Found Moving With You notification on iPhone

One of the AirTag safety features that Apple designed to discourage unwanted tracking shows a notification when your iPhone senses an unknown AirTag moving with you over time.

Besides AirTag, AirPods (3rd generation, Pro, Max), and other Find My network accessories can also be used to track. When that happens, you may see one of the following notifications:

AirTag Found Moving With You AirPods Detected, AirPods Pro Detected, or AirPods Max Detected "Product Name" Detected: For third-party Find My network accessories like Chipolo ONE Spot. Unknown Accessory Detected: You will see this message when a non-AirTag Find My network accessory is detected near you, but the Find My app on your iPhone has issues connecting to that accessory or the server.

This tutorial focuses on what to do when an unknown AirTag is detected and found moving with you.

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

System Services location setting on iPhone - explained

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 one of these services on or off.

Some of the system services that make use of location include setting the time zone, getting relevant content recommendations, sharing your location with friends and family, and whatnot. As mentioned, you can individually disable location access for each and every one of these built-in features, and we show you how to do it with our step-by-step tutorial embedded ahead.

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.

6 handy tips for using Apple Maps on Apple Watch

Apple Maps on Apple Watch US Map

Maps on Apple Watch is probably one of those apps you only open when you really need it. Maybe you need directions or want to look up a recent spot. But you can explore Maps on Apple Watch just like you would on your iPhone or Mac.

Of course you can do things like see your spot on a map if you’re traveling and in an unfamiliar location. But you can also get the hours or phone number for a nearby business or check out one of the curated city guides introduced with iOS 14.

Make the most of the Maps app on your Apple Watch with these helpful tips.

How to configure and use electric vehicle routing in Apple Maps on the iPhone and iPad

The Apple Maps electric vehicle routing feature helps environmentally-conscious drivers plan trips with supported electric cars by automatically adding charging stops along their route. With it, an iOS device offers to route you to the nearest charging station when your charge gets too low. Follow along with us to learn how to set up and use electric vehicle routing in Maps.