Discover AirTags with low batteries? A low-tech characteristic I would wish to see


I do know, it’s about as ironic a request as could possibly be made: a manner to assist us discover AirTags! Particularly, a method to discover AirTags with low batteries, which now not have sufficient energy for the sound alert or precision-finding operate.

I defined not too long ago why I’ll sooner or later do my AirTag battery alternative en masse, however didn’t point out one small piece of leisure concerned on this …

I’ve eight AirTags. One in every of them is on my Brompton, as backup for the Invoxia GPS tracker, and one other one on my video rig. 5 of them stay completely in my most-used luggage. The ultimate one is solely named Bag of the Day, and is one which I slip into another bag I occur to be utilizing that day (common readers will know that I’m one thing of a bagoholic).

Because the low battery warnings began to come back in, I changed the batteries, one after the other. There was, nevertheless, one bag that was extra deeply buried, and which I made a decision to go away till I subsequent used it. This was a mistake.

The bag in query is a big rolling suitcase, which I solely used a few times a yr on the time. By the point it got here to make use of it, the AirTag may nonetheless inform me the place it was – however now not had sufficient energy for both the precision location or the audible alert.

So I began pulling out the issues I preserve within the bag as commonplace, and looking for the AirTag. I imply, it’s one bag, how exhausting can or not it’s?

Fairly exhausting, because it turned out. Whereas my major aim for the AirTag was to assist me find the suitcase if an airline managed to lose it, I did additionally need to guard towards theft of the bag. For that motive, I’d hidden the AirTag someplace it was unlikely to be rapidly found by a thief. I had, it transpired, performed this fairly nicely. So nicely that it took me 10 minutes to seek out it, although I used to be the one who put it there within the first place.

So, loopy because it might sound, I feel it might be fairly useful if the Discover My app had a characteristic to assist us discover AirTags with low batteries. What I keep in mind is as foolproof and as low-tech because it will get: a Notes subject for every merchandise within the app. We will use that to place a reminder about exactly the place we hid an AirTag.

Is it simply me having a senior second, or does anybody else suppose it’s a good suggestion? Tell us within the feedback.

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