iFixit shows how to add a hole to AirTag


Drill an AirTag hole at your own risk.
If you’re willing to risk ruining an AirTag, you can drill a hole in it.
Photo: iFixit

There’s no direct way to attach Apple’s just-released AirTag to a set of keys because the item tracker doesn’t include a hole. But iFixit x-rayed the device and found three places a brave user could drill a hole.

An AirTag is a button-size gadget that the user can locate with their iPhone or other Apple device. It competes with Tile trackers.

Adding an AirTag hole: Drill, baby, drill!

iFixit did an AirTag teardown, noting the lack of an attachment hole that’s one of the limitations of the device.

But X-rays done by its partner Creative Electron found a trio of spaces empty of chips, boards, and antennas. It took a 1/16th-inch drill bit and drilled through the plastic casing at one of the blank spaces, and the AirTag survived the operation.

But iFixit also has the warning, “Attempt this at your own risk! Drilling in the wrong place can cause serious damage, so don’t try this at home unless you’re willing to potentially turn your tracker into a very light paperweight.”

The three green splotches are the suggested “safe” areas.

Drill your AirTag hole here.
If you’re willing to take the risk, these are the three AirTag spots iFixit says are available for drilling.
Photo: iFixit

The alternative is a separate holder with a ring or strap attached. There’s a Belkin key ring that costs $12.95. And many other cheaper options are expected soon.

More AirTag secrets

The iFixit teardown of AirTag turned up some other tidbits beside where to drill a hole. Including that the tracker includes a relatively large magnet that turns the entire plastic casing into a speaker.

And the product number, A2187, is an accidental Star Wars reference.


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