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The best Apple AirTag alternatives: Never lose your keys again

AirTags are great, but you might like the competition better.
August 3, 2022
Apple AirTag in backpack
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Apple AirTags are helpful when an iPhone owner wants to keep track of his belongings. What if you’re an Android user or don’t like Apple’s approach to Bluetooth locators? Don’t fret. We’ve rounded up some of the best AirTag alternatives to give you meaningful choices for finding your gear.

You should check out our Apple Airtag review first to learn more about it. If you still want to get one, here’s a link.

Apple AirTag

The best AirTag alternatives

Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best AirTag alternatives.

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag and SmartTag Plus

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If you’re looking for one of the most direct AirTag alternatives, it doesn’t get much closer than Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag and SmartTag Plus.

While both are standard Bluetooth item trackers at heart, they have Apple-like advantages you won’t get with competitors. Both tap into the Galaxy Find Network — the hordes of relatively recent Samsung phones will help you locate your goods. The Galaxy SmartTag Plus adds to that with ultra-wideband, which uses AR to pinpoint the exact location of an item if you’re using a Galaxy S21 Ultra/Plus, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, or newer Samsung handsets. More recent inclusions are the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Add a 390-foot range, and there’s a real possibility you’ll recover your items even if they’re far from the beaten path.

See also: Samsung Galaxy SmartTag review

Be prepared to pay a premium. The regular Galaxy SmartTag roughly matches the AirTag price, but the more directly comparable SmartTag Plus is available for about $10 more. That’s not including the Samsung phone you’ll need. If you’re a Galaxy owner looking for true AirTag alternatives, though, this is a strong choice.

Tile Pro

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Tile is still a behemoth in the item tracker world, and its offerings don’t get much better than the Pro. It’s one of the better AirTag alternatives if you want a no-compromise, cross-platform device.

The Pro offers a 400-foot range that increases the chances of tracking and recovering your gear. It’s water-resistant, and a replaceable battery with a year-long life ensures you can keep using it for the long haul. More importantly, the combination of broad OS support (Android, iOS, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Xfinity) with Tile’s substantial network should ensure you get thorough coverage.

Also read: Tile Pro review

The Tile Pro isn’t for everyone. The $35 MSRP makes it one of the costlier AirTag alternatives, even surpassing Apple’s tracker pricing. Its size is also impractical for slipping into smaller items. This is especially the case with this newest version, which is larger, but it also made the form factor more practical for use with things like keys.

You’ll also want one of Tile’s Premium subscriptions to get the most out of your tracker with features like 30-day location history, smart alerts, and item reimbursement up to $1,000 (with their top-tier Premium Protect plan). Still, it’s worth considering if you refuse to be locked into a phone maker’s ecosystem.

We can’t move on without telling you that what makes Tile such an enticing platform is its variety of tracker options. The Tile Pro may be our favorite, but you may also want to take a look at their other form factors. There’s also the Tile Slim, which is shaped like a credit card, while the Tile Sticker is smaller and can adhere to your belongings. The Tile Mate is a budget version of the Pro. While not as capable, it is the cheapest Tile tracker currently available.

Chipolo One and Chipolo One Spot

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There are many item tracker creators beyond heavyweights like Apple, Samsung, and Tile. Chipolo is one of the few that stand out from the crowd — both for sheer value and for embracing new technology.

The Chipolo One is well-priced, and no features hide behind subscriptions. You’ll get out-of-range alerts for free, for instance. It produces very loud (120dB) sounds to help you find your objects in noisy environments, and it even doubles as a remote shutter for your phone camera. Two-year battery life could help you save money in the long term, and the support for Android and iOS (plus Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri) gives you the freedom to switch phones.

If you’re firmly in the iPhone camp, you’ll want to consider the Chipolo One Spot. It was the first third-party tracker to support Apple’s Find My network, dramatically increasing the chances someone will stumble across your lost items.

Cube Shadow

Cube Shadow Item Finder - The best AirTag alternatives

If what you want is the thinnest and smallest tracker possible, it’s hard to beat the Cube Shadow. This is what makes it one of the best AirTag alternatives; the thing is only 2mm thin! It has a tracking range of 200ft and an IP67 rating, which means it can withstand being submerged up to a meter for half an hour.

Related: The five best find my phone apps and other methods

You won’t have to worry about changing batteries, as it comes with a rechargeable one. You can also take advantage of 100dB ringing.

Cube GPS Tracker

Cube GPS Tracker - The best AirTag alternatives

The Cube GPS Tracker is the best AirTag alternative, and some would argue it’s much better. This is because this tracker offers limitless tracking capabilities, thanks to GPS, Wi-Fi, cell tower triangulation, and Bluetooth. It has its own SIM card and connects to carriers worldwide, so you can even track it outside the USA. You can even track its location history, as well as share it with others. Other features include a programmable SOS button and virtual fencing.

Sounds expensive, right? It is. The device itself isn’t pricey, but it requires a monthly plan that will cost $19.95 a month or $198 per year. This is by far the best way to keep track of items, though.

Now you have all your items covered in case of theft or loss, but what about your most important everyday carry? Phones are some of the most commonly lost items, so check out our guide on what to do if you lose your handset.