How to Track your Luggage with Airtags

Apple AirTags for luggage and similar luggage-tracking products are becoming increasingly popular among travelers. And it’s no wonder, with growing concerns over lost luggage and airport flight delays.

Luggage trackers, including the popular Apple AirTags for luggage, work using either GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular data, or a simple QR code. They’re often dependent on your phone's model and operating system, so you’ll want to make sure the tracker you get is compatible with your phone.

Learn more about how AirTags work and get tips for using them below.

How do Airtags work for luggage?

Wondering how Apple AirTags work for luggage? These small tracking devices can be attached to personal items like wallets, bags, and keychains since they’re just a bit bigger than the size of a quarter. They’re connected to your Apple ID and allow you to locate your items if they ever get lost or misplaced.

You can track AirTags easily using the "Find My" app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac – enabling you to keep track of your belongings when traveling and saving you from stressing about losing them.

Before purchasing an Apple AirTag, it's important to know the device only works with iPhones and other Apple products. If you have an Android-based mobile phone, you'll need to purchase a non-iPhone tracker like Tile.

How to Set up an AirTag in Luggage

To use AirTags for luggage, you’ll first need to enable your phone's Bluetooth. It’s beneficial to have "precise location" turned on in your settings, especially if you're trying to track the AirTag to a location near you.

To connect your AirTag to your iPhone, remove the silver disc from the sleeve it came in, remove the plastic insert, and place it next to your phone. The phone will pair with the AirTag without any action required.

Once paired, the phone will request you share your location and prompt you to create a name and icon for your AirTag. If you have more than one AirTag, choose different names so you can remember which bag is which. After naming your AirTag, you’ll see a screen that displays tracking options.

After you’ve finished setting up your AirTag, place it safely inside your luggage. While you can attach it to the outside of your bag with a keychain or luggage tag accessory, it will be more secure if placed inside your bag. You may lose some Bluetooth range when it’s inside a bag, but it’s better than the risk of losing the AirTag completely that comes when it’s attached to the outside of your bag.

AirTag Tracking Tips

Once your AirTag is set up and secured (preferably inside your bag), keep the following tips in mind to help you get the most out of your AirTag.

  • Check the Battery: A depleted battery can negate the benefits of having an AirTag. While you most likely won’t need to worry about replacing the battery for at least a year, once you’ve had your AirTag for 12 months, you should regularly monitor the power source’s level via the Find My app.
  • Take Advantage of Lost Mode: If your tracked item is truly lost, the AirTag’s last–ditch feature could still help you find it. When Lost Mode is enabled, anyone who finds your luggage can obtain your contact information by tapping the found AirTag to their device. You can enable Lost Mode within the Find My app. You can also choose what contact information to provide, such as phone number or email address, and activate notifications so you’ll be immediately alerted if the person who found your bag tries to return it to you.
  • Protect it From the Elements: Although AirTags are water-resistant and pretty durable, it doesn’t mean you should put it to the test when traveling. So, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast or work outside, you may want to consider getting some extra protection for your tracker.

Now that you know how to use AirTags for travel, pack your BR bag and attach your AirTagso you can get started on your travel adventures!