A new application which is compatible with Android, has been released by Apple, called ‘Tracker Detect’. Its aim is to help those without an iOS device to find out if someone is using an AirTag or other Find My-compatible device to snoop their location. If a nearby AirTag is found, and it is separated from its owner, it will flag it as an “Unknown AirTag.” You can use the application to tell the tracker to play a sound in order to find it easier. For now, you can tap the device with your NFC-compatible phone and then you will be given some instructions on how to remove its battery or a piece of advice for another way of disabling it.
‘Is it necessary to create an Apple account in order to use the application? No. It can detect Find My-compatible trackers like the Chipolo One Spot. An Apple spokesperson said:
“AirTag provides industry-leading privacy and security features and today we are extending new capabilities to Android devices. Tracker Detect gives Android users the ability to scan for an AirTag or supported Find My enabled item trackers that might be traveling with them without their knowledge. We are raising the bar on privacy for our users and the industry, and hope others will follow.”
The main reason for the release of this new app are multiple incidents of bad actors abusing AirTags to stalk people. In June, the company updated its trackers to play a sound between eight and 24 hours after they’re separated from their owner, instead of after three days as was the case at launch.