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  • Definitas

    How useful/effective are luggage trackers? My ageing iPhone 8 is too old to se Apple Airtags so I would need to look at an alternative if I want to invest. I would be grateful for opinions from anyone who has experience of using them.

    JosephH

    AirTags should work fine with your iPhone 8 – it just won’t support the precision finding feature that requires the U1 chip that only newer iPhones have.

    This won’t matter that much in practice, and none of the alternative trackers [Tile etc] support precision tracking either.

    AirTags on luggage are invaluable, recently saved me a long wait at the carousel to see if my bag would arrive as I could see it was still in Heathrow, and I was able to track its progress on its way back to me,

    Andrew J

    +1 for AirTags being very effective. I keep one in my washbag so I don’t forget to transfer it from different suitcases as I won’t forget to pack my washbag.

    Tracey

    Makes you wonder how we managed in the old days……when cases didn’t even have wheels!

    BuildBackBetter

    Makes you wonder how we managed in the old days……when cases didn’t even have wheels!

    Makes you wonder how we managed in the old days… when there were no forums!

    jek

    I love the AirTags! No more anxious waiting at the belt to check when the luggage arrives. Instead standing at the back until the AirTag is in reach and can be located by my phone. I just got a second pack of four (key chain, luggage, work bag, bike…).

    I tried Tile before, but they are useless.

    masaccio

    I’ve used AirTags on two trips now and they were pretty effective. Hit and miss at Nairobi airport, but then they do rely on an iPhone being nearby but just fine at LHR

    Erico1875

    Do they work when you can’t get a data signal?
    Couldn’t get o2 at EDI baggage reclaim recently

    SteveJ

    Do they work when you can’t get a data signal?
    Couldn’t get o2 at EDI baggage reclaim recently

    In order for you to see where the airtag is you need an internet connection. WiFi or data will do

    dst87

    Another ++ for AirTags – they worked so well, and let us see when bags were coming round the belt. There’s also a nice peace of mind sitting on the aircraft waiting to take off and seeing the luggage near the plane etc. (though I suppose this could just as easily result in stress…)

    RK228

    How useful/effective are luggage trackers? My ageing iPhone 8 is too old to se Apple Airtags so I would need to look at an alternative if I want to invest. I would be grateful for opinions from anyone who has experience of using them.

    I use both AirTags and Chipolo in my luggage, carry-on bags, and wallet. If you have an older iPhone, I’d look at the Chipolo models that use Apple’s Find My network as they are a bit cheaper, come in more useful shapes (e.g., credit card shape, key chain shape), and will work just like an AirTag with your iOS device. The downside of the Chipolo is that it won’t have precision tracking, but your phone isn’t capable of this anyway. You can get a bundle with the key chain and wallet shape.

    Rui N.

    You can use Airtags with an older iPhone just fine. You won’t get precision tracking on your phone, but you’ll get tracking from the network of all iPhones just the same.

    Zana

    I tried Tile before, but they are useless.

    +1 for AirTags. Don’t even bother with Tile. I purchased two (keys, wallet). Even with bluetooth, it has NEVER worked, not even in my flat when I wondered where my keys were. Complete waste of money.

    PeteM

    We have had AirTags ever since they came out and they do work well. A couple of thing to remember:

    a) They only update when near (any) Apple device. So it could look like your bag has been left behind at Heathrow, when, in fact, it has been loaded onto your plane and there just haven’t been any devices near it for a while. Queue panic from OH roughly 2/10 trips…

    b) Everyone is raving about how they know where their bag is better than airlines. Yes, it is indeed great to know it is at Heathrow, inside the T3 luggage hall. But there isn’t really much you can do with that information, apart from Tweeting the airline or calling them to listen to hold music indefinitely. Ultimately you’re still reliant on their old systems to hopefully match it to your lost luggage report and a courier to deliver it to you. Most airports won’t allow you to go and collect it either.

    buchanan101

    We have had AirTags ever since they came out and they do work well. A couple of thing to remember:

    a) They only update when near (any) Apple device. So it could look like your bag has been left behind at Heathrow, when, in fact, it has been loaded onto your plane and there just haven’t been any devices near it for a while. Queue panic from OH roughly 2/10 trips…

    What’s the range – surely there are at least 50 to 100 Apple devices on any plane, most still switched on until take off?

    Anyway, reading this thread yesterday I bought some – thanks everyone; they would have been very useful last February when my skis really were left behind at Heathrow (before routing LHR>Vienna>Frankfurt>Salzburg)

    PeteM

    What’s the range – surely there are at least 50 to 100 Apple devices on any plane, most still switched on until take off?

    https://screenrant.com/apple-airtag-bluetooth-distance-range-reach-explained/

    But I imagine there’s other factors at play as well, including what’s on top of your bag, etc.

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