Are you wondering why your AirTag keeps beeping?
There could be several reasons why this is happening. One of the most common reasons is that you may have enabled the “Play Sound” feature, which makes the AirTag beep when you try to locate a lost item. However, if you have already found the item, you may forget to turn off the feature, causing the AirTag to keep beeping.
Another reason why your AirTag may be beeping is that you may have triggered the safety alerts. These alerts are designed to notify you when an AirTag that is not yours is traveling with you.
If you have not disabled this feature, your AirTag may beep to alert you of this situation. However, if you know that the AirTag belongs to you, you can turn off the safety alerts to stop the beeping.
If you have tried these solutions and your AirTag is still beeping, there may be other reasons why this is happening.
In this article, we will explore some of the common reasons why an AirTag may beep and provide you with solutions to fix the problem.
By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of why your AirTag is beeping and how to stop it from happening.
Why Does an AirTag Beep?
If you own an AirTag, you might have noticed it beeping at times. In this section, we will explore some of the reasons why your AirTag may be beeping.
Signaling a Lost Item
One of the most common reasons an AirTag beep is when it is signaling that a lost item has been found. If you have enabled the “Play Sound” feature in the Find My app, you can trigger the AirTag to beep and help you locate your lost item.
This feature can be particularly useful if you have misplaced your keys or wallet.
Unknown AirTag Moving With You
Another reason why your AirTag may be beeping is that it has been detected moving with you, but you don’t recognize the AirTag.
This could be a sign that someone has placed an AirTag in your belongings without your knowledge. If you suspect that this is the case, you can use the Find My app to locate the unknown AirTag and remove it from your belongings.
AirTag Lost Mode Enabled
If you have enabled Lost Mode for your AirTag, it will beep to notify you if it has been found by someone else. This feature can be helpful if you have lost your item and someone else has found it. The Lost Mode feature will also send you a notification if someone has located your AirTag using their iPhone or iPad.
If you accidentally enable lost mode, the AirTag will keep beeping continuously.
You are Locating the AirTag in the Find My app
If you are actively locating your AirTag in the Find My app, it may beep to help you locate it more easily. This is a helpful feature when you are trying to find your lost item in a crowded area or if it is hidden somewhere in your home.
How to Fix Beeping airTag?
Remove And Reinsert The Battery
To remove and place back the battery of an AirTag, follow these steps:
- Hold the AirTag: Firmly grip the AirTag between your thumb and forefinger, ensuring you have a good grip on it.
- Twist the back cover: Rotate the back cover counterclockwise (left) with your other hand while holding the AirTag. Apply steady pressure and continue twisting until the cover loosens and can be removed.
- Remove the back cover: Once the back cover is loose, lift it off the AirTag carefully. Set it aside in a safe place.
- Remove the battery: Locate the battery inside the AirTag. It is a round, coin-shaped battery (typically a CR2032). Gently push on the edge of the battery with your finger or a small tool, and it should pop out.
- Place the battery back: Take a new or fully charged CR2032 battery and align it with the battery slot inside the AirTag. Make sure the positive (+) side of the battery faces up. Press the battery into the slot until it is securely in place.
- Replace the back cover: Take the back cover that you previously removed and align it with the AirTag. With the battery properly positioned inside, press down on the cover and twist it clockwise (right) until it locks into place.
Ensure that the back cover is securely fastened to prevent any water or dust from entering the AirTag.
If none of the steps helped you to fix the AirTag beeping issue, the final thing to do is to reset it.
- Press and twist the polished stainless steel battery cover counterclockwise until it stops rotating.
- Remove the cover and the battery.
- Replace the battery.
- Press down on the battery until you hear a sound to ensure it’s connected.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 four more times, pressing down on the battery and hearing a sound each time.
- The fifth sound will be different, indicating that the AirTag is ready to pair.
- Align the three tabs on the cover with the three slots on the AirTag.
- Press down on the cover.
If the AirTag beeping issue is bothering you too much, you can even disable it by removing the speaker from the AirTag.
What Does Different AirTag Sound Mean?
- Welcome and Battery Connected: This sound plays when you first set up your AirTag and when you connect a battery. It’s a pleasant chime that lets you know your AirTag is ready to be configured.
- Setup Complete: This sound plays when your AirTag is set up and ready to use. It’s a longer chime that signals you that everything is good to go.
- Find My: This sound plays when you’re locating AirTag in the Find My app. It’s a series of beeps that gets louder and faster as you get closer to your AirTag. This is useful when you’re trying to find your lost item.
- Moving with You: This sound plays when an unknown AirTag has been moving with you for a while. This is a privacy feature that alerts you that someone may have placed an AirTag on you or your belongings without your knowledge.
Can You Turn Off the Sound on An AirTag?
It is not possible to turn off the sound completely on an AirTag
The sound is designed to help locate a lost item or the AirTag itself. However, you can control when the sound plays by using the Find My app on your iPhone or iOS device. This allows you to stop the sound from playing when you have located the AirTag.
Many people open the AirTag and remove the speaker and assemble everything back together. But opening an AirTag and removing the speaker will void the warranty, so it is not advised to do the same.
Another interesting thing is that a lot of AirTag without speakers are available on the marketplace Etsy.
What To Do If I Find A Lost AirTag?
If you find someone else’s lost AirTag, here are the steps you can take to help reunite it with its owner:
- Do not tamper with the AirTag: Avoid removing or tampering with the AirTag. Leaving it intact will help the owner track and locate their lost item.
- Check for contact information: If the AirTag has any identifying information, such as a phone number or email address, try contacting the owner directly. They may have provided their contact details to assist in the recovery of the lost item.
- Use your iPhone or NFC-capable smartphone: If you have an iPhone or an NFC-capable smartphone, you can hold the AirTag close to the device. It may prompt a notification with information about the owner, allowing you to contact them.
- Bring it to a designated Lost and Found: If you found the AirTag in a public place or establishment, consider handing it over to the lost and found department. They can help facilitate the return of the AirTag to its rightful owner.
- Reach out to Apple Support: If you’re unable to locate the owner or find any identifying information on the AirTag, you can contact Apple Support and provide them with the AirTag’s serial number. They may be able to assist in reconnecting the AirTag with its owner.
Remember, returning a lost AirTag to its owner is a considerate and responsible action. By taking these steps, you can help someone retrieve their lost item and ensure a positive outcome for all parties involved.