Apple AirTag automations are possible! AirTag can be used as NFC tag that can trigger iOS Shortcuts automations. Don’t worry an AirTag is still going to work as an item tracker even when you are using it as automations trigger, but let’s find out how.

How to Make Apple AirTag Automations

What is Apple AirTag?

Apple AirTag is small, battery-powered device that can be used to track almost anything, from keys to pets. You can use many AirTags and they are all monitored using the Find My app on an iPhone. On top you can use AirTags as NFC trigger for the automations that are available in the Apple’s Shortcuts app.

Apple AirTag Automations are possible!
Apple AirTag Automations are possible!

What is needed for AirTags automations?

To make and use an AirTag Automation you will need an Apple iPhone XS, or newer and of course at least one Apple AirTag.

To start a Shortcuts AirTag automation you simply have to touch your iPhone with your AirTag or vice versa and you are done.

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How to setup an AirTag Automation in Shortcuts?

Now, let’s see how to setup an AirTag automation in Apple Shortcuts. The automation will be the following:

  1. When you tap your phone with the AirTag,
  2. Your phone will show you the directions from your current location to your home for example,
  3. Plus it will set do not disturb mode to on,
  4. And it will send a custom text message to a person you wish.
Creating an AirTag Automation from the Shortcuts app in Apple iOS
  • Open the Shortcuts app (if you don’t have it download it for free from the Appstore) , tap on Automation, and then +
  • Tap on Create Personal Automation,
  • Scroll down until you see NFC and select it,
  • Scan your NFC tag (hold your AirTag in the upper part of the iPhone), and then name it somehow,
  • Now, add one or more actions like: “Show Driving Directions from your current location to your home”, “Set Do Not Disturb to on until turned off” & “Send a message of your choice to a person you wish”
  • Hit Next and disable Ask Before Running switch if you wish the AirTag Automation to be executed without asking you to confirm every time.
  • Finally tap on Done and you are ready to test your AirTag Automation. Just tap your phone (upper part) with your AirTag.

Of course you can customize the actions in the automation as you prefer. All of the iOS supported actions are available for you to choose from.

Here is what will happen when we create the above automation and when we use the AirTag as automation trigger.

AirTag Automation demo
AirTag Automation demo

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