When you set up an AirTag, it’s automatically associated with your Apple ID, which means it’s linked to your Apple ID and can’t be used by someone else unless you reset it.
Resetting can be as simple as removing an AirTag from your Apple ID, by following these steps:
- First of all, you need to Open the Find My app.
- Now tap on the AirTag that you want to remove by Selecting its name from the list.
- Swipe upwards to bring up the full AirTag settings.
Tap on “Remove Item.”
- Tap on “Remove” and then tap again on the “Remove” popup.
Immidiatly you’ve gone through this procedure, the AirTag’s previous ownership will be cleared from history and the device will then be ready to pair a new phone as good as new and you can give it to someone else to set up and use with their own account.
Meanwhile, if you’re not in a Bluetooth range between your airtag device and your phone when you remove it from your account, it won’t reflect therefore a manual reset will be required.
However, If you stumble upon an AirTag from someone else that says it’s linked to their ID but they’ve already removed it from their account, follow the steps below to physically reset the AirTag
How To Reset AirTags Linked To Apple ID But Removed From Account
- Press down on the stainless steel backing of the AirTag.
- As you press down, rotate counterclockwise until the cover stops rotating.
3~Now pull apart the two halves of the AirTag.
4~Take out the battery and put the battery back in.
5 After that, Press down on the battery until it makes a sound.
Immidiatly the sound finishes, repeat this process four more times, removing and replacing the battery and then pressing on the battery until you hear a sound.
Note. You will need to hear a total of five sounds to ensure that the AirTag is reset.
- After you’ve finished the whole process, put the cover on the AirTag back on and then align the three tabs on the cover with the three slots on the AirTag.
In order to avoid having to do this stressful physical resetting process, it’s better to ensure the previous user giving you an AirTag has removed it from their account in the proper way while it’s in range of Bluetooth, because that’s a far easier process for clearing AirTag ownership to pass it along to someone else.
7 Now press down on the cover until there’s a sound, and rotate the cover clockwise until it locks in place.
The device will not be able to pair to a new Apple ID, but you also won’t be able to track it in your Find My app any longer as well.