How to Transfer an Apple AirTag to Another Person

November 20, 2023

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Transferring an AirTag you are no longer using to another person requires just a few simple steps. With Bluetooth tracking and ultra-wideband technology, AirTags are useful for keeping track of important items. However, they are linked to your Apple ID, so you must unlink before gifting or reselling.

Remove the AirTag from Your Apple ID

The first step is removing the AirTag from your Apple ID. This can only be done when the AirTag is in Bluetooth range of your iPhone.

To unlink:

  • Open the Find My app and select the Items tab.
  • Tap on the AirTag you want to remove.
  • Swipe up and tap “Remove Item.”
  • Confirm by tapping “Remove” again.
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Once removed, the AirTag will no longer be linked to your Apple ID.

Reset the AirTag Manually If Out of Range

If the AirTag is out of Bluetooth range when you remove it, a manual reset is required before it can pair with a new user.

To reset:

  • Press and turn the stainless steel battery cover counter-clockwise to remove it and the battery.
  • Replace the battery and press down until it makes a sound, indicating it’s connected. If you are having trouble getting it to connect or make a sound, check out this guide on troubleshooting AirTag connectivity issues.
  • Repeat the battery removal and replacement process 4 more times. On the 5th time, the sound will be different, signaling a reset. If your AirTag seems stuck searching for a signal, try these tips.
  • Reattach the cover by lining up the tabs and turning clockwise.
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Resetting the AirTag like this ensures any previous owner’s settings are erased.

Transfer to the New Owner

Once reset, the AirTag acts like a brand new device. The new owner simply needs to:

  • Bring the AirTag near their iPhone.
  • Tap “Connect” when the setup prompt appears.
  • Name the AirTag and register it to their Apple ID.
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And that’s it! The AirTag is now successfully transferred and linked to the new owner’s account.

FAQ

Can I share an AirTag with someone else?

Unfortunately, no. An AirTag can only be linked to one Apple ID at a time. To “share” an AirTag, you’d need to give someone access to a device signed into your Apple account.

What if I lost the AirTag or it was stolen?

If an AirTag is lost or stolen, you can put it into Lost Mode via the Find My app to be notified if someone finds it. The Find My network can also help you track down the AirTag if it is within range.

Do I need to reset my AirTag before selling it?

Yes, you should always reset before selling or gifting to ensure it’s fully unlinked from your account. Resetting protects privacy.

How far can an AirTag be tracked?

AirTags use Bluetooth for close tracking and Apple’s Find My network when out of Bluetooth range. So it can be tracked remotely anywhere the Find My network reaches.

Can I rename an AirTag after transferring?

Yes. The new owner can rename the AirTag in the Find My app and customize the icon. Renaming helps identify which AirTag is which if you own multiple.

AirTags are useful for tracking bikes, golf gear, guns, water bottles, and more. By properly removing your AirTag from Find My and resetting if necessary, you can securely transfer ownership. This allows the new user to connect seamlessly while protecting your privacy.