AirTag Battery Life – How Long Do AirTags Last on Average?

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The AirTag is one of Apple’s lesser-known gadgets designed to work in tandem with the iPhone, iPad, Mac, or anything that uses iOS.

Some of you may not be familiar with the AirTag – what it is and what it does – so I’ll give you an overview of the whole situation (including their battery life) in this article.

What is an AirTag?

AirTags are small, battery-powered Bluetooth tracking devices that allow you to keep tabs on the location of your things. They’re a great preventative measure against delays and disasters, especially if you’re the type of person who’s always losing stuff.

They also provide a level of security. If your backpack or keys go missing, your AirTag would show you their current location – even if your belongings have found their way into someone else’s hands.

How Long Does AirTag Battery Last?

AirTag batteries will last for approximately one year, with normal use. Apple claims that the expected battery life is actually longer than that, stating more than a year on their official site.

Some users report their AirTag batteries draining much faster, with their AirTags almost dead after a couple of months.

This is usually down to a faulty battery or AirTag and is not something that can be expected from the vast majority of AirTags out there. The best advice is to always keep a spare battery handy for replacements and testing.

AirTags run on CR2032 3v coin cell batteries, which are long-lasting and reliable. The likelihood of them running out in 2-3 months of normal usage is low, and if this is happening to you, even after trying different batteries, you may have a defective AirTag.

It’s worth mentioning here that some CR2032 batteries come with a bitterant coating to prevent them from being swallowed by young children. Unfortunately, coin cell batteries with this coating are unlikely to work with AirTags! Double-check that the brand of batteries you buy is compatible.

Influencing Factors on AirTag Battery Life

If you’re using your AirTag a lot, chances are the battery will drain faster. The Precision Tracking feature will drain the battery of the AirTag, as will the Alert Sound feature.

Obviously, both of these features are part of the allure of the AirTag, so if you need to, you’re going to use them to find your things. It’s just best not to rely on your AirTag for everything, instead, keep it as a backup for when you really lose something important.

Apple states that normal use can be classified as four location pings and one use of Precision Tracking per day. That should give you a good idea of if you’re using your AirTag more or less than normal, and therefore how much battery life you have left.

Check AirTag Battery Level

You can check the current battery life of your AirTag in a couple of different ways.

The first way will happen when your AirTag battery is running low. Your iOS device will send you a notification via the Find My app, alerting you to the fact that you may need to replace a specific AirTag’s battery soon.

But if you don’t want to wait until your battery runs down, you can always open the Find My app yourself and check the battery status of your AirTags. Select Items to see a list of all your AirTags.

If you select one, you will be able to see its location and current battery life status.

Reset AirTag

Some users whose AirTags have been losing battery life very fast have found that performing a reset of their AirTag has helped improve battery life. It’s also good to know how to do this if you’re experiencing any other issues with your AirTag, or if you want to reset it so someone else can use it.

Here’s how to reset your AirTag:

  1. Press down on the battery cover and rotate it anti-clockwise
  2. Remove the cover and battery
  3. Replace the battery
  4. Press down on the battery until you hear a sound. This sound indicates that the battery is connected.
  5. Once the sound has stopped playing, repeat steps 2 – 4 for a total of 5 times
  6. On the 5th time, the sound played will be different. This sound indicates that your AirTag is now ready to pair.
  7. Replace the battery cover and rotate it to close.

That’s it! Your AirTag can now be paired again.

Final Thoughts

The AirTag is a great little gadget that utilizes Apple’s technology in a sensible and helpful way. The ability to track your items across hundreds of thousands of miles (as long as they’re near someone with an iPhone!) is a game-changer in terms of the way we live our lives. A lost bag at an airport suddenly doesn’t seem like such a disaster!

Keeping your valuable items safe is something we would all like to be able to do, and the AirTag makes it possible, for over a year. Just remember to keep a few batteries nearby just in case!

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About James Potts

James is an amateur guitarist and home-recording enthusiast. He loves all things music related - writing songs, playing in a band, and finding the best ways to listen to it. It all interests him, from the history of acoustic guitars, to the latest Bluetooth headphones, to his (ever-growing) collection of vinyl records.

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