AirTag 'found moving with you'? Here's how to avoid being tracked.

AirTag ‘found moving with you’? Here’s how to avoid being tracked.


Prevent an unknown AirTag from tracking you
It's easy to disable an AirTag that's following you.
Image: Apple/Cult of Mac

Got an “AirTag found moving with you” alert on your iPhone or iPad? It means an AirTag registered to another person is traveling with you and you may be being tracked. Here’s what you can do to stop it.

You won’t see an AirTag notification by simply passing by one in the street. If your device tells you an AirTag is moving with you, it’s because the tracker has been close to you for an extended period of time.

If you think this is normal, perhaps because you’re borrowing something that’s attached to someone else’s AirTag, you can turn off the “AirTag detected” notification to stop it bothering you.

If the alert isn’t expected, you can disable the AirTag itself, and play a sound that makes the device easy to locate. We’ll show you how.

How to stop an AirTag tracking you

These are the steps to follow when you receive an “AirTag found moving with you” notification:

  1. Tap the notification to open it.
  2. Tap Continue.
  3. If the AirTag is attached to something you’re borrowing and you want to silence these alerts, tap Pause Safety Alerts. If not, you can locate the device by tapping Play Sound. You can also tap Learn About This AirTag to view the tracker’s serial number, and to find out if its owner has reported it as lost.
  4. To disable an AirTag that has been following you without your permission, tap Instructions to Disable AirTag and then follow the steps onscreen to prevent the device from reporting its location.

“If you feel your safety is at risk, contact your local law enforcement who can work with Apple,” explains Apple’s official support guide. “You might need to provide the AirTag or its serial number,” so make a note of this.

What to do when an AirTag can’t be located

If the Play Sound option doesn’t work or you cannot hear the AirTag, the device may not be with you anymore — or the AirTag is within range of the person who registered it.

If you believe the device is still with you, Apple recommends you “look through your belongings to try to find it, or wait to see if another alert appears as you move from location to location during the day.”

Note that you will not receive AirTag alerts unless your iPhone or iPad have been updated to iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later.


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.