The Apple AirTag is one of the most nifty accessories you can buy to keep track of your personal belongings. Keep losing your keys? Simply attach an AirTag to it. Unfortunately, this gives malicious entities a way to track other people without their consent. To combat this issue, Google announced the unknown tracker alert feature for Android phones at their 2023 I/O event. This feature is now being rolled out on Android smartphones. Here’s how you can set it up on your device.
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Enable Unknown Tracker Alert on Android
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Safety and Emergency.
Step 2: Scroll down and select Unknown tracker alerts.
Step 3: Switch on the toggle bar for Allow Alerts.
Step 4: To manually scan for any nearby trackers, turn on your device’s Bluetooth and tap Scan now.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I turn on Unknown Tracker Alert on my Android phone?
Go to Settings>Safety and Emergency>Unknown tracker alerts and switch on the toggle bar for Allow Alerts.
How do I scan any AirTags that may be tracking me?
If you suspect that an unauthorised AirTag is tracking your live location, you can use your Android phone to check for it. Turn on your device’s Bluetooth and go to Settings>Safety and Emergency>Unknown tracker alerts and tap on Scan now.
How do I disable an unauthorised AirTag that’s tracking my location?
To disable an AirTag that has been planted on you to track your location, simply turn its backplate and remove the battery. This is also where you’ll find the serial number of the AirTag, which can be used to find the person who planted it on you.
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This is how you can turn on Unknown Tracker Alert on your Android smartphone. At the moment, this feature is only available on Google Pixel smartphones. It will be rolled out on other Android phones in a phased manner. It is also worth noting that this feature can only detect Apple AirTags. Google will hopefully add support for detecting other third-party trackers soon.
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