AirTag Not Updating Location? Here’s How To Fix It

AirTag Not Updating Location Here’s How To Fix It

Some users have recently been complaining about AirTag not updating its location. This is a big problem, given that its primary purpose is to show your belongings on Find My. Thankfully, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take—let’s look at the most effective ones.

Why Is Find My Not Detecting My AirTag?

There are several possible reasons why your AirTag is malfunctioning, including Bluetooth issues, poor Wi-Fi or cellular data connectivity, Find My app bugs, OS update glitches, misconfigured settings, and dead batteries.

What To Do When AirTag Is Not Updating Its Location

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Before troubleshooting, note that an AirTag is not a GPS tracker. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to send signals to nearby Apple Devices, allowing it to communicate with the Find My network. Find My then sends its location to iCloud.

Follow these troubleshooting steps if your AirTags are malfunctioning:

1. Use Find Nearby on Find My 

Time needed: 2 minutes

If you think your AirTag is within Bluetooth range, enable Find Nearby. Your Find My-enabled Apple device will use BLE to determine its exact location and guide you to it. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone and tap the Items menu. 

  2. Select the name of your AirTag and tap Find Nearby

    Find Nearby AirTag

  3. Move around the area as Find My attempts to connect with your AirTag—just follow the on-screen instructions. Your device should vibrate as you get closer.

If Find Nearby is grayed out, then your AirTag isn’t within Bluetooth range. Try moving around the area until the button turns green and becomes clickable.

2. Enable Location Services

Again, AirTags transmit Bluetooth signals to nearby Apple devices through the Find My network. If your iPhone (which is your AirTag’s most likely connection) doesn’t have Location Services enabled, your AirTag can’t upload its location.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and head to the Privacy & Security section.
  2. Tap Location Services
  3. Enable Location Services
    Enable Location Services on iPhone To Fix AirTag Not Updating Location
  4. On the same page, scroll down and tap Find My
  5. Select the While Using the App option under Allow Location Access.
  6. Next, toggle on the Precise Location button. 
    Enable Precise Location for Find My

3. Enable Find My

Stating the obvious here, but you need to enable Find My on your iPhone; otherwise, you can’t track any of your Apple devices.

  1. Open Settings and tap your Apple ID profile at the top. 
  2. Tap Find My on the next screen. 
    Head to Find My in Apple ID settings on iPhone
  3. Tap Find My iPhone and enable Find My iPhone on the next page. 
  4. Also, be sure to enable the Find My network and Send Last Location toggle buttons if you haven’t yet.
    Enable Find My iPhone toggle To Fix AirTag Not Updating Location  

4. Turn Bluetooth off and on Again

Turn Bluetooth off and on again to clear any hidden bugs or glitches that could be interfering with Find My and your AirTag.

  1. Open Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Toggle on the Bluetooth button. 
  3. In case Bluetooth is already enabled, turn it off.
  4. Restart your iPhone—you can ask Siri to restart the iPhone if you’re unaware of the steps.
  5. Head back to Settings > Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth

5. Check Your Internet Connection

Even if your AirTag is sending Bluetooth signals properly, you won’t see it on Find My unless your internet connection is stable. Try switching between Wi-Fi and cellular data networks. You could also turn them off and on again to iron out any temporary bugs.

6. Remove AirTag on Find My

If you already have your AirTag with you but it’s still not showing up on Find My, remove it from your list of Find My devices. Setting it up again on your iPhone could revert any misconfigured settings.

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Only do this step if your AirTags are with you, or else you’ll completely lose them.
  1. Open Find My on your iPhone and open the Items menu. 
  2. Select the AirTag that you want to remove 
  3. Swipe up on the AirTag menu to view all the options. 
    Swipe Up on the AirTag menu
  4. Tap Remove Item and then confirm your selection by selecting Remove again.
  5. After disabling AirTag, tap Add Item and follow the on-screen instructions to reconnect it to your Apple ID profile.
    Remove and Add the AirTag

7. Replace the Battery

AirTags run on CR2032 batteries. Each one usually lasts more than a year, although your paired iPhone should tell you once it already needs replacing. If you don’t pop in a fresh battery cell, your AirTag will stop working. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove and replace your AirTag batteries.

8. Reset Network Settings

Since the full functionality of an AirTag depends on wireless networks, misconfigurations and bugs in your network settings will cause location inaccuracies. Reset your network settings to their factory defaults.

  1. Go to Settings > General.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Transfer or Reset iPhone
  3. On the next page, tap Reset
  4. Then, select Reset Network Settings and enter your device passcode to confirm your selection. 
Reset Network Settings To Fix AirTag Not Updating Location

9. Update iOS to the Latest Version

Several Apple Support Community users reported that installing the latest iOS update fixed the location issues on their AirTags. This suggests that Find My might be glitching on some Apple OS versions.

  1. Open Settings > General
  2. Select Software Update
  3. Now, tap the Update Now or Install Now button. Please note that either of these options will only be available when a new version of iOS is available.
  4. Enter your device’s passcode to continue.  
Update iOS to the latest version To Fix AirTag Not Updating Location

Hopefully, your AirTags start showing up on your iPhone after troubleshooting. If not, contact Apple Support. Apple technicians might have to check for hardware defects.

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