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Phantom AirTag Alerts

Dalvin Brown (via Joanna Stern):

Apple iPhone Users Got Alerts About Strangers’ AirTags. The Trackers Were Never Found. The company alerts users when an unknown AirTag is ‘near you.’ When those people don’t appear to be in the path of any rogue tracker, confusion and concern follow.

Josh Centers:

Apple wisely designed the Find My system so your iPhone alerts you if it determines that you’re traveling with an unknown AirTag. But unfortunately, you’re also alerted even if you’re knowingly traveling with an AirTag owned by a friend or relative. I regularly use my wife’s car, which means borrowing her keys, taking her attached AirTag with me, and getting AirTag alerts.

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Once you get the “AirTag Found Moving With You” alert, tap the notification to see the AirTag in the Find My app, and then tap Pause Safety Alerts to stop receiving alerts for that particular AirTag.

But you can only pause it for the rest of the day.

I run into a similar issue where my iPhone always alerts me that I’m leaving my iPad behind. There’s an option to turn that off, but a day—or sometimes only hours—later it warns me again.

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5 Comments

Daniel Compton

> But you can only pause it for the rest of the day.

My wife and I are both in the same iCloud Family, and I'm the organiser. On her iPhone, when she gets AirTag alerts, she can see that they were from me and pause them for either one day, or permanently. On my iPhone, when I get AirTag alerts from her AirTags, it only lets me pause them for one day.

>I run into a similar issue where my iPhone always alerts me that I’m leaving my iPad behind. There’s an option to turn that off, but a day—or sometimes only hours—later it warns me again.

But for that scenario, doesn't it make more sense to disable "Notify When Left Behind" on your iPad altogether?

@Sören That’s what I’m saying doesn’t work.

Oh, I thought you were saying there was an option to pause them for a day.

@Sören There is, but that didn’t work, either.

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