Apple releases Tracker Detect Android app to identify AirTags, other Find My-enabled trackers

The Tracker Detect app after scanning for nearby AirTags and other Find My devices. 

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In a move aimed at increasing users’ privacy, Apple has released… an Android app? That’s right. Tracker Detect allows anyone with an Android phone or tablet to scan their nearby surroundings for rogue AirTags or other Find My-equipped tracking devices, as reported by CNET

The potential for AirTags and similar devices to be used to track and locate unsuspecting people raised privacy concerns when AirTags was first released. The small trackers rely on nearby Apple devices to anonymously crowdsource their location, making it possible for someone to place an AirTag in a car or bag and retain the ability to view its current location. 

AirTags will begin to beep every few minutes after they’ve been disconnected from the owner for an unspecified amount of time as a way to alert those nearby that the AirTag is present. Additionally, if your iPhone detects an unknown AirTag is traveling with you, it’ll alert you and walk you through identifying who it belongs to or disabling it. The latter protection is something that Android owners didn’t have access to until now. 

Once you install Tracker Detect from the Play Store

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