The Apple AirTag has been in the market for a very short time now, it has gained its share of followers. The ease with which it lets you find and track misplaced items adds to its popularity. Though you can read the tracker with an NFC-based Android phone, you can't track items with the AirTag on your Android phone. That's when AirTag alternatives for Android users come into the picture.
Most of these trackers use Bluetooth and crowd finding to help you track and trace your items, whether it's a wallet, set of keys, or your camera bag. Moreover, these are low-cost products, and once you buy them, they last you a long time.
So, you are looking for an Apple AirTag alternative, here are our top recommendations. But before we get started,
If you are looking for a low-cost Bluetooth tracker, you should have a look at the Cjipolo One tracker. It bundles almost all the essential features such as a replaceable battery, notification alerts, and is water-resistant. More importantly, it boasts a loud alarm that can be heard easily when triggered. Plus, it alerts you when the paired phone moves out of the range.
The setup process is no rocket science. First, you need to download the Chipolo app on your Android phone and pair it to the tracker.
The app also lets you see the last known location, and if you cannot find it, you can always use the 'Ring to find' option. As noted earlier, the ring is loud, and it goes up to 20 dB.
So far, the Chipolo One has earned a decent number of positive reviews. Users love it for its long battery life and easy-to-use nature, and the fact that one can almost pinpoint the exact location.
Like the Apple AirTag, this one can't be stuck to any surface, and you will have to hook them to objects via keychains.
The Galaxy SmartTag uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) tech to locate the objects attached to it. This tracker uses the SmartThings app and SmartThings Find module to connect and locate. However, there's a slight catch. The SmartTag works only with Samsung Galaxy phones. That said, locating the tracker is carried out easily with the paired phone. Plus, the ringtone volume is decent and gets the work down.
Installing the product is a little complicated. On the positive side, the app gives you quite a few options to locate the tracker or ring it. Moreover, you can program some nifty If-This-Then-That-like commands. The latter is especially helpful if you have other Samsung smart products.
When the tracker is lost, it uses other Galaxy smartphones to locate the tracker's BLE signal. Again, the usual rules apply (like the Apple AirTag), it has to have enough Galaxy smartphones in its vicinity for you to locate it.
As suggestive of its name, the Nutale Key Finder is the one for you if you often find it frustrating to look for your keys every morning. These key trackers are simple and lightweight. A replaceable battery powers it, and each battery set is expected to last around 10 months.
Like most trackers, you will need to set it up through a companion app. You can also set it up to ping you when the paired phone goes out of range.
So far, the Nutale key finder has a decent number of positive reviews, with users liking its setup process. However, some users have complained that the warning sound is not as loud as its counterparts. Besides that, the tracker tends to disconnect often.
One of the primary advantages of the Tile Sticker is that it sticks to any flat surface, thereby removing the hassle of getting a dedicated holder or a keychain. That said, it's designed for regular household objects like TV remotes, employee badges, or your gaming controller. In short, objects that you are more likely to misplace.
We say household stuff because the range of this tracker is not as strong as its counterparts, and it takes a fair amount of time to track a lost tracker. Like the Apple AirTag, this one also uses the Tile app on other Tile users' phones to locate the tracker when lost. It's worth noting that Tile has one of the largest crowd-finding networks.
The battery lasts long around 3 years. The battery can't be replaced and you'll need to buy a new tracker.
Like the trackers above, the Tile Sticker works on both Android and iOS devices. The companion app allows you to customize the sticker's name, icons, and ringtones so that each tracker is distinct and is easily recognizable.
The ringtone can go up to 118 dB and the sound. The folks at The Wirecutter tested the Sticker and found them to be emitting sound around 103.9 dB.
In a nutshell, if you regularly misplace your things inside your house, then the Tile Sticker is a good pick. But if you want to track your luggage inside the airport or track your pets, you should give this one a skip.
However, if you are looking for a long Bluetooth range, a loud ringtone, and a replaceable battery, the Tile Pro is a good pick. The long range helps its case since you can attach it to regular objects like keys, luggage, or portable speakers. However, it tends to be a little on the heavier side.
If you want to take advantage of some popular Tile products like Tile Mate, Tile Slim, or the Sticker, the Essentials package proves to be a good buy. As you may have already guessed, you get the advantages of all the trackers. In addition, the versatility of the package means you can use them indoors and outdoors. Plus, they make for good gifts for tech enthusiasts.
The Tile Slim is a credit card-shaped tracker, which you can slip inside your wallet and purse. The width is equal to three credit cards stacked together, and the odds are that it won't weigh down your wallet. However, the battery is irreplaceable, and when it runs out, you will have to get a new one.
On the other hand, the Tile Mate is small, and you can easily hook it to any object of your choice, thanks to the hole at the top. The range is pretty decent, and on paper, Tile premises you a 200-meter range in theory. A CR1632 battery powers it. This battery is affordable, and a pack of 4 costs less than $10.
One of the advantages of the Tile Mate is its lightweight body. It weighs a mere 6 grams, and the small form factor means you can easily slip it inside jacket pockets, wallets, and bags.
Lastly, the Tile app works with both iOS and Android.
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Tile is a major player in the field of tracking devices for Android phones and iOS devices. However, they are not the only ones out there, and there are a few decent trackers from the house of Chipolo or Nutale.
If you want a good tracker for your Android phone with a loud ringtone and a wide range, the Tile Pro proves to be a great pick.
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