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Android equivalent of AirTag?

I travel hand luggage only, but forced gate-checking of bags is becoming more common 'as the flight is full'. As an iPhone user I have an AirTag in my bag. However, I would like to buy an Android equivalent for a friend. Can anyone recommend something that they use and are happy with? Something without a subscription requirement. Also, not too complicated techno-wise. My friend is 75 and not a techno-wizz.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Tile is what I used before Airtags. They're really good too. Just lacking the special Ultra Wideband tech that apple has. Everything is done with Bluetooth. But that isn't such a loss.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/2-w...android-phone/

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Tile is what I used before Airtags. They're really good too. Just lacking the special Ultra Wideband tech that apple has. Everything is done with Bluetooth. But that isn't such a loss.
Thanks. There seem to be different Tile models. Which one did you use?
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

I didn't expect CNet to be such a cheap clickbait.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

For Samsung phone/tablet owners, Smart Tags also exist and they are decent
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Tile works reasonably well - but it requires other tile users to be around you.


So this is where apple has an advantage, as you don't need an app...it just uses any iPhone around the tag
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Tile works reasonably well - but it requires other tile users to be around you.


So this is where apple has an advantage, as you don't need an app...it just uses any iPhone around the tag
Precisely and because android is so fragmented its unlikely to ever have that mesh network even though they outnumber iPhones.
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Thanks. There seem to be different Tile models. Which one did you use?
I have used all of the models they sell I think. At least the credit card model and the keyring model. But the other responses are correct. You likely won't be able to track the location if the luggage goes to the wrong destination etc. Without subscription, best case is 20-30m from your friend's phone.

If you want something like an Airtag without a subscription, easiest would be to get your friend a cheap used iPhone and one of your airtags You need an iPhone 11 or later to use the Ultra Wide Band for very accurate location tracking. However, this is just a nice to have extra feature that is more of a gimmick IMO. Any iPhone or iPad that can run iOS/iPadOS 14.5 is compatible with an Airtag. This means they can rely on other people's phones to track the movement of their tag as the other commenters have mentioned.

So an iPhone 6s or newer can accomplish this. Which can be found for 70chf or so second hand. This is the route I would take if I had such a friend. They can use the iPhone just as a luggage tracker if they don't want to leave Android. Just turn it on - go to the Find app and click on the Airtag name.

Edit: Using the iPhone as a luggage tracker would require some sort of internet access. This could be accomplished with the Android phone as a hotspot or using Wifi in the airport. It's up to you whether this is now too complicated for your friend.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Apple AirTag, brining convenient stalking device to tech unsavvy , the problem is, this time you are actually in bigger danger if you are NOT part of the ecosystem.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Again, Samsung has the same thing as an AirTag, and has more devices than Apple so it's more likely that the tag will hit a Samsung device than an Apple one.
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I have used all of the models they sell I think. At least the credit card model and the keyring model. But the other responses are correct. You likely won't be able to track the location if the luggage goes to the wrong destination etc. Without subscription, best case is 20-30m from your friend's phone.

If you want something like an Airtag without a subscription, easiest would be to get your friend a cheap used iPhone and one of your airtags You need an iPhone 11 or later to use the Ultra Wide Band for very accurate location tracking. However, this is just a nice to have extra feature that is more of a gimmick IMO. Any iPhone or iPad that can run iOS/iPadOS 14.5 is compatible with an Airtag. This means they can rely on other people's phones to track the movement of their tag as the other commenters have mentioned.

So an iPhone 6s or newer can accomplish this. Which can be found for 70chf or so second hand. This is the route I would take if I had such a friend. They can use the iPhone just as a luggage tracker if they don't want to leave Android. Just turn it on - go to the Find app and click on the Airtag name.

Edit: Using the iPhone as a luggage tracker would require some sort of internet access. This could be accomplished with the Android phone as a hotspot or using Wifi in the airport. It's up to you whether this is now too complicated for your friend.
Thank you for this complete and helpful answer, which helps me make a decision.
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Again, Samsung has the same thing as an AirTag, and has more devices than Apple so it's more likely that the tag will hit a Samsung device than an Apple one.
As I understand it, an AirTag will link with all iPhones in the vicinity. An Android tracker will only link with those Androids that have downloaded the tracker-specific app, so of limited utility. Is the Samsung the same?
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Ok, not Android but this video shows how well the Apple network managed to track this guy's airtags:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C72_8IGhR8Q

I've yet to see that level of detailed tracking with a generic Android tag, at least that would work with any/all Androids and not just Samsung or some specific brand.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Anyway, thanks for the thread and the answers, just ordered some tags.
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Which kind have you ordered?
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Re: Android equivalent of AirTag?

Apple as I have an Apple phone. Checking now for hubby who has a Samsung.
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