If you're not shy about buying AirTags accessories, you can avoid buying them.
iFixit, known for tearing apart the latest tech products, has done some experimentation with Apple's AirTag. And it turns out that if you drill a small hole in the right place, you can add a keychain to an AirTag without buying any additional accessories from Apple. Result!
iFixit drills a hole in an AirTag
During a demolition of the newly released AirTag, iFixit found that you can successfully drill a small hole in an AirTag.
After some exploration in our first AirTag, we grabbed a 1/16 ”drill and carefully drilled a hole in the second tracker in our 4-pack – after removing the battery, of course. We miraculously managed to avoid all chips, boards and antennas and only drill through plastic and glue. The best part? The AirTag survived the operation like a champ and functions as if nothing had happened.
AirTags don't have a keychain hole like some other bluetooth trackers on the market. This means that in order to use an AirTag with a keychain, you will need to purchase an accessory from Apple or a third-party supplier. At least that's what we thought.
Before you begin the drill-out, there are a few points you should consider. Drilling a hole in an AirTag is sure to void Apple's warranty if something goes wrong with the device.
You also need to make sure you are drilling in the right place to avoid critical components in the AirTag. iFixit shows that this spot is on the plastic shell, on one of the clips where there is an empty piece of space.
If you accidentally puncture any of these elements, you will lose all device functionality. If you are attempting this DIY project, it is recommended that you remove the battery first to avoid piercing it as it would cause major problems.
NB: Suffice it to say, if you choose to drill a hole in your AirTag, you do so at your own risk and MUO will not be held responsible for it.
For those who aren't up to date on Apple's many product versions, AirTags are bluetooth trackers. You can attach these small discs to your items. If you ever lose them, the AirTag will help you find them easily.
You can see exactly where your AirTags are on the map using the Find My app on iPhones. AirTags also have a unique feature that lets your iPhone take you up close to the tracker so you don't just have to walk around hearing the chimes.
It's no secret that Apple loves to make money selling additional accessories. So if you want to save between $ 10 and $ 30 on your AirTag purchase and still want to attach one to your keychain, this easy DIY project might be for you.
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About the author
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Connor is a UK-based technology writer. After writing for online publications for a few years, he now also spends time in the world of tech startups. Connor mainly focuses on Apple and news. He has a passion for technology and is particularly enthusiastic about new technologies. When Connor isn't working, he enjoys spending time cooking, various fitness activities, and a little Netflix with a glass of red.
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