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Apple AirTag Can be Read by Any NFC-Enabled Device

Finally, after several rumors, Apple has introduced the AirTag during the special event of today. The item trackers work based on the ultra-wideband U1 chip and rely on the Find My Network to work offline too. However, an interesting detail here is that it was not mentioned during the keynote that even Android users can identify an AirTag in Lost Mode.

AirTag being deeply integrated into Apple’s Ecosystem, needs iOS device to work. The setup and tracking processes are done through the Find My app, which makes the accessory not so ideal for an Android Phone user. Although, Apple wanted to ensure that people will have a better chance at recovering lost items. A new support article posted on Apple official website says that the AirTags will be readable by any other NFC-enabled iPhone or Android device when in Lost Mode.

In case someone with an android phone finds your item, they can easily bring their device close to the AirTag and find out details about the owner of the lost item. A URL along with a personalized message will be provided by the AirTag. It can be added to the item tracker using the Find My app. Starting from April 30th, AirTags will be available for purchase at $29 each. A 4-pack is also available at $99.

Using the device is very easy. Here is a detailed way to use it: Tap and hold the top of your iPhone or NFC-capable smartphone to the white side of the AirTag. Tap the notification that appears. This opens a website that provides information about the AirTag, including its serial number. If the owner marked it as lost, you might see a message with information about how to contact the owner. You can contact the owner to let them know that you found their AirTag. You can view a Lost Mode message on any NFC-capable smartphone, such as an iPhone or Android phone. 

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