January 26, 2022

Apple’s new Tracker Detect app helps Android customers discover hidden AirTags

Apple has launched a brand new app that permits Android customers to find out whether or not somebody could also be monitoring them utilizing an AirTag or related suitable trackers from different firms. Known as Tracker Detect, the free app scans the consumer’s instant space for indicators of a suitable tracker that isn’t close to its proprietor, doubtlessly highlighting a private security concern.

AirTag is Apple’s various to related monitoring merchandise from firms like Tile. With this small round gadget, customers can use their iPhone to maintain observe of their backpack, laptop computer, and another objects on which an AirTag is positioned. That’s nice for locating a misplaced purse or misplaced pockets, nevertheless it comes with a draw back.

Some customers have raised considerations about companions and different people doubtlessly utilizing Apple’s AirTag to trace them with out their permission. This may be so simple as, for instance, putting an AirTag within the sufferer’s automobile or slipping one into their bag after they’re not trying.

AirTag location on iPhone

AirTag works on Apple’s Discover My community, which makes use of the huge variety of Apple units in public to detect and supply an approximate location for any given tracker. Shortly after launch, the corporate launched new AirTag options that assist scale back the percentages an individual could also be tracked with out their data, together with alerting close by iPhone house owners that they’re near an unknown AirTag (by way of Apple). The small units are additionally designed to randomly play a sound after spending a number of hours away from their house owners.

The improved security measures adopted heavy criticism over how the small units could allow stalking behaviors (by way of Intego). In June, Apple promised it might launch an app for Android customers to detect unknown close by AirTags and now, round six months later, that product is lastly obtainable to obtain from the Google Play Retailer.

Apple Tracker Detect app screenshots

Apple/Google Play Retailer

Tracker Detect allows Android customers to seek for close by trackers suitable with its Discover My community, together with AirTags. The app will present an inventory of any close by unknown trackers it discovered. Customers can set off the tracker to play a sound, which is able to assist find the gadget, doubtlessly shedding mild on whether or not it’s merely a misplaced AirTag or one that’s intentionally hidden in a single’s private gadgets.

As soon as the tracker is positioned, Android customers may use Tracker Detect to get particulars on the AirTag like its serial quantity. The app additionally supplies info on disabling the gadget by eradicating its battery, which is able to stop its proprietor from seeing its location. In accordance with some early opinions of the app, Tracker Detect seems to solely work with guide scanning, which means customers will solely uncover close by unknown AirTags and different trackers in the event that they open the app and faucet “Scan.”

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