Apple’s AirTag is fast approaching its first birthday, which means those who rushed out to buy the dinky tracker as soon as it was released are fast approaching the time when the internal battery will need to be replaced. Thankfully, our guide will talk you through the simple process.
The AirTag is an interesting device because, unlike just about every other Apple product, it can’t be charged up via a Lightning or USB-C cable. Instead, when the AirTag runs out of juice you’ll need to physically change the battery inside to get you back up to 100%.
The Find My app will let you know when your AirTag needs a fresh cell and the battery itself is a widely used CR2032 coin cell. You can pick these up from a supermarket, electrical store, pharmacy or online. See below for the specific unit we used.
The AirTag system works with many of the best iPhones we’ve tested over the years.
- Apple AirTag
- Any CR2032 coin cell battery (we used these)
The Short Version
- Get your battery and AirTag ready
- Press and twist the metal rear of the AirTag
- Remove the battery
- Replace with the new cell and twist the rear covering back on
Get your new battery and AirTag ready
Before we get started, remove your AirTag from any accessories you might have it in and get your new coin cell battery ready.
Remove the back
To access to AirTag battery, press down on the silver rear and twist it anticlockwise until it comes away from the plastic front.
Take out the old battery
Once the silver rear cover has been removed, take out the old coin cell battery and discard it. This type of battery can be recycled depending on your area.
Insert the new battery
Pop the new battery inside the AirTag (make sure it has the positive side facing up) and ensure it’s properly fitted into the device.
Reattach the cover
Grab the rear cover and place it back on the AirTag. Push the rear cover down and twist clockwise until you feel resistance and it doesn’t fall off.
You’re all finished
The AirTag should power on itself and once again be visible inside the Find My app.
You should get around a year of use before you need to swap the cell in your AirTag, however this can vary depending on use
No, the only way to get the AirTag back to 100% is to swap out the battery using the method detailed above
Open the Find My app on your iOS device, then tap Items and locate the AirTag you wish to check the battery status of. There should be a battery indicator visible. If your AirTag is low on battery you’ll see a note of this here.