How to Find an AirTag with Sound

Lost an item nearby? If the item has an AirTag connected to it, you can find it with sound!

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Apple's AirTags can help you find your purse, keys, wallet, and more through the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. There are three different ways to find your AirTag. In this tip, we'll be going over finding your AirTags by playing a sound in the Find My app, kind of like pinging your iPhone to hear its location.

Related: How to Find Your iPhone Even If It’s Dead or Offline

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Find an AirTag (and the item it's attached to) nearby without having to use Precision Finding or other directions.
  • Find a lost AirTag that's underneath a pile of items or inside a box or bag, where directions won't help.

How to Find Lost Items with the Play Sound AirTag Feature

We'll show you how to use a sound to find a lost item connected to an AirTag that's not easy to see, but is nearby. For more AirTag and Find My tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

Here's how to use Play Sound for AirTags:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone.

    Find My app
  2. Tap the Items tab.

  3. Find your AirTag in the list and select it.

    Select your AirTag
  4. Tap Play Sound.

    Play Sound
  5. Your AirTag will play a sound that you can follow to find it and the item it's attached to.

Once you tap Play Sound, the sound will only play for a few seconds. If you still haven't found your AirTagged item by the time the sound stops, you can tap Play Sound again or try another method, such as Precision Finding or Directions. Plus, you can always use your Apple Watch to ping and find your AirTag, and if your AirTag is dirty after you find it, you can learn how to clean your AirTag!

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.


Author Details

Elisabeth Garry's picture

Author Details

Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is a Web Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.