September 30, 2023

Google has began rolling out unknown tracker alerts on Android 6.0 and newer this week. Unknown tracker alerts had been first introduced at Google’s I/O convention in Could, they usually present computerized alerts when undesirable Bluetooth trackers are detected.

At present, unknown tracker alerts solely work for Apple Airtags, however Google is already working so as to add assist for different monitoring tags. When Android detects that an AirTag that has been separated from its proprietor is touring with somebody, it’ll ship a notification to warn people that the proprietor of the Airtag can see their location.

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By tapping the unknown tracker alert notification, Android customers will be capable to view a map displaying the place the tracker has been following them. Android may make the tracker play a sound to assist customers discover out the place it’s positioned, and customers may also be capable to get extra details about the tracker by bringing it close to the again of their telephone.

When you ever uncover that an unknown tracker has been touring with you, your first intuition will most likely be to disable it instantly. Within the case of Apple Airtags, these trackers could be disabled by eradicating their battery. Nevertheless, it’s necessary to avoid wasting their serial quantity if you need legislation enforcement that will help you discover who they belong to.

Along with unknown tracker alerts, a guide scan characteristic can also be rolling out to Android 6.0 and newer. The characteristic might be obtainable in Settings > Security & emergency > Unknown tracker alerts, and it’ll let customers examine their environment and see if any trackers which were separated from their proprietor are close by.

Lastly, Google shared an replace on its refreshed Discover My System community, which the corporate additionally introduced at I/O 2023 with a summer time launch date. The brand new Discover My System expertise will let Android customers discover their lacking units (even after they’re offline) utilizing Bluetooth proximity, however Google mentioned it’s not prepared but.

“We’re working in partnership with Apple to assist finalize the joint undesirable tracker alert specification by the top of this 12 months. Right now we’ve made the choice to carry the rollout of the Discover My System community till Apple has carried out protections for iOS,” Google mentioned yesterday.