If you want to reset an Apple AirTag so that you can set it up again, sell it or give it away, there is a very specific procedure. The step-by-step instructions for resetting AirTags to factory settings can be found in this guide. In addition, I have linked the link to the corresponding support document from Apple below. If the procedure changes due to a firmware update and the following instructions do not work, then look there. Good luck trying it out.
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Apple has built in a small protection mechanism in case someone wants to delete a found AirTag. Because before you can carry out the steps listed below, the pairing with the Apple ID of the owner must be canceled. You can only reset your AirTags yourself if you remove the tracker from your Apple ID. You can do this on your iPhone, for example Where is? -> objects -> Remove object to do. Apple provides details and a screenshot in this support document.
Reset Apple AirTag to do factory settings
If you have decoupled the AirTag from your Apple ID via your iPhone, you can reset it to the factory settings. This is especially important if the tracker is to be connected to a new Apple ID outside of your range. That's how it works:
- Remove the battery cover (press and turn counterclockwise, then remove)
- Remove and reinsert the battery
- Press the battery until you hear a beep
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 four more times so that the tone sounds a total of five times
- Insert the battery cover and push down so that the tone sounds a sixth time
- Rotate the cover clockwise to secure it in place
You can find the Apple Support document, which has been pointing out this procedure since April 29, 2021 with this link. If you have any comments, hints or tips for using the Apple AirTags, please leave a comment.
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