How to Use AirTags Precision Finding

Use Precision Finding on your iPhone 11 or 12 to locate a lost AirTag as accurately as possible.

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With Precision Finding, you can find a lost AirTag and the item it's attached to with directions that are accurate up to a tenth of an inch! It's important to note that Precision Finding only works on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models, as the models in these lines include the necessary U1 ultra-wideband chip that makes the feature possible. Here's how to use Precision Finding for AirTags.

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

Why Does Precision Finding Matter?

  • Find an item attached to an AirTag (or a lost AirTag itself!) with directions that are precise to a tenth of a foot.
  • Haptic feedback and on-screen prompts make finding your lost AirTag-connected item fast and easy.

How to Use Precision Finding for AirTags

AirTags Precision Finding will allow you to locate hard-to-find items as long as they're within range (about the same range as Bluetooth). If you're not that close to your lost item, you may want to try either the Play Sound feature or getting directions and then using Precision Finding when you get closer to the lost item and AirTag. For more great AirTags and Find My tips, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

Here's how to use Precision Finding:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone.

    Find My app
     
  2. Tap the Items tab.

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

    Select AirTag
     
  4. If your AirTag is nearby and you are using any iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 model, you can use Precision Finding to locate it.
  5. Tap Find.

    Tap Find
     
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to find your AirTag.
  7. You may need to move around a little until your iPhone is able to connect with the lost AirTag.

    Make connection
     
  8. Once your iPhone connects to the AirTag, it will show you arrows and prompts directing you to its location.

    Follow directions
     
  9. You'll see the distance and directions get more and more refined as you get closer to the AirTag.
  10. Once you've found your AirTag and the lost item it's attached to, you can tap X to exit Precision Finding.

    Tap X

This cool new feature can be finicky at times in terms of your placement relative to the AirTag, but it certainly makes finding lost small items much easier! I recently used mine to find my wallet under a pile of laundry, and it saved me a lot of trouble.

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is a Feature Web Writer 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.