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How to Factory Reset Your Airtags

Airtags are used as tracking devices and are can only be linked with one Apple ID. If you have an Airtag and you have been considering changing the Apple ID linked with the Airtag so that you can give it to someone else or change the Apple device it’s linked to and you don’t know how to do this or you just want to learn it all for the purpose of gaining knowledge. Then, you are in the right place as today’s guide is aimed at teaching you how to factory reset your Airtags.

As earlier stated, Airtags are tracking devices developed by Apple Inc. Airtags are designed to act as key finders, helping people to locate their bags, keys, vehicles, apparel, small electronic devices, etc., and also let people find lost items. Apple Airtags was announced on April 20, 2021 (22 days ago) and was made available for pre-order by April 23, 2021, before it was released on April 30, 2021.

Airtags are compatible with all iPhones, iPad, and iPod Touch devices running on iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later versions. For iPhone 11 (excluding iPhone SE 2nd gen.) or later using built-in U1 chip can more accurately locate their missing items using ultra-wideband (UWB).

Asides from using UWB, you can also connect with your Airtags using Bluetooth low energy and Near-field communication (NFC). The Airtags are paired and then connected over Bluetooth to an iPhone or any other compatible device.

Once connected, the compatible device will be used to locate the item on a map and with the help of a U1 chip, precise directions can be given once you are close to them.

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An Airtag is priced at $29 while a package of 4 Airtags can be bought for $99. Airtags can be obtained directly from Apple and please note that the price given above does not include the accessories needed to attach the Airtag to an item. Without further ado, let’s dive into the subject matter for the day, how to factory reset your Airtags.

How to Factory Reset Your Airtags

Once your Airtag has been linked to a particular iPhone (Apple ID), it cannot be given off to another person to use with another Apple device. So, the solution here is here is learning how to factory reset your Airtags. Currently, there are only two methods that can be used to factory reset your Airtags, you can either use “find my app” software or the manual method.

How to Factory Reset Your Airtags (Using Find My App)

To be able to factory reset your Airtags using this method, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Open the Find My App on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on the Airtag to be reset.
  • On the Airtag dialogue, swipe up to reveal all of its settings.
  • Tap on the Remove Item You’ll be required to confirm your selection, so tap on Remove again.

How to Factory Reset Your Airtags

Once you have completed these steps, congratulations! You have successfully learned how to factory reset your Airtags using the Find My App software. Alternatively, you can still achieve the same results using the manual method. This method is not as easy as the software method but it still gets the job done.

How to Factory Reset Your Airtags (Using the Manual Method)

You’ll most likely only require this method when you are removing your Airtag and it is not in Bluetooth range with the device it is connected to. You’ll realize that the action performed won’t register and you’ll have to unlink it manually. Factory resetting your Airtags using the manual method simply involves removing the battery from the Airtag and the accompanying steps to follow up afterward.

To learn how to factory reset your Airtags using the manual method, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Press down the stainless steel back cover of your Airtag and rotate Anti-clockwise until the stainless steel cover stops rotating.
  • Pull apart both halves of the Airtag.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Put the battery back into the device and press down on the battery until it makes a sound.
  • Hold until the sound ends and repeat the process of removing and placing the battery back in, 4 more times.

In the end, if the fifth sound, at that point you have successfully done a factory reset on your Airtag using the manual method. From this point onward, the next steps to follow are written below:

  • Place the Airtag stainless steel back cover back on and then try to align the three tabs on the cover with the three slots on the Airtag.
  • Press down the cover until you hear a sound. Once you do, rotate the stainless steel cover clockwise until it is tightly locked.

As I earlier it is easier to use the find my app process but if it can’t be helped, then the manual method will come in handy.

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