Apple Launches Android App That Detects And Shuts Down AirTags

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Apple launched this Monday (13) an application for Android that finds units close to the company’s smart tags, the AirTags. The purpose of Tracker Detect is to scan the region and find AirTags that are working nearby and sending the location signal, but not paired with the cell phone owner’s device.

The app is able to find any device connected to the Find My network that is within a few meters of you, which includes other similar products from other brands such as Chipolo.

The service then lists nearby models and suggests a series of actions, such as asking it to emit a sound to make it easier to locate or even be disabled. You can still write down the serial number of the device to try to identify the owner later.

Valid concern

Since they were announced in April 2021, AirTags have generated controversy because of the ease with which the product could be used in an unethical manner: the devices could serve not only to track bags or keys, but also to stalk and even car thefts, as reported in Canada.

Quickly, the company started to launch security mechanisms and created content to better inform users. However, all features were only available so far for iPhone owners, who were able to detect nearby “lost” AirTags and, in case they suspect something, disable the devices.

You can download free Tracker Detect from the Google Play Store. The app is lightweight and requires a tablet or phone with Android 9 or higher.