Apple AirTags, which allows users to keep track of personal objects, is reportedly sending iPhone customers false alarms or ghost notifications in the middle of the night, leaving them perplexed.
According to The Wall Street Journal, some iPhone owners have started receiving alerts for AirTags that aren’t in their route at all, frequently in the middle of the night.
“The pop-up alerts have sparked confusion and concern, and have led recipients on wild goose chases,” the report said late on Friday. When a person receives an unknown AirTag warning, they should view a map that displays where and how long the AirTag was detected on their person in most circumstances.
The false alarms, on the other hand, come with maps that show many straight lines emanating from a person’s location. “The maps on phantom AirTag alerts share a similar pattern: straight red lines radiating out from the user’s location. If an AirTag were in motion (perhaps flying?) along these paths, it would be crossing in the middle of city streets, passing through construction zones, even penetrating walls,” the report explained.
On Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook, some iPhone users have reported receiving false warnings from their Apple AirTags
“It was scary. I checked my purse and looked all around to make sure no one put an AirTag on me,” 24-year-old Natalia Garcia was quoted as saying. The Find My app claimed “AirTag Not Reachable” when she tried to make the alleged tracker emit its alert sound.
According to an Apple spokeswoman, such notifications could have been caused by an iPhone receiving Wi-Fi signals, which briefly confused its location services.
“AirTags owned by people nearby could mistakenly generate undesired alarms” in more densely populated regions, according to a company spokeswoman.
Apple stated in February that it would make significant upgrades to AirTags, which allows users to track personal belongings such as keys, wallets, purses, backpacks, luggage, and more via the Find My app.
Apple also stated that it has been actively cooperating with law enforcement on any AirTag-related inquiries and that it is able to share account details in response to lawful law enforcement requests.