accessories are must-haves for anyone using the nifty trackers Apple launched last April. A competitor to Tile, Apple’s AirTag lets you track objects like wallets, bags, and keys using Apple’s Find My app. This is a great device if you often lose things. A (£29, AU$45), while you can get a four-pack for $99 (£99, AU$149). Unfortunately, the AirTag discs don’t come with any kind of holder, which means that depending on how you intend to use it, you’ll need an accessory for what is essentially an accessory. (Apple products tend to spur their own cottage industry for add-ons, even if they’re accessories to begin with — are a good example.) But there are plenty of AirTag accessories available in a variety of styles for every budget.
In some cases, you’ll be able to fit the AirTag into an object holder—just slip it into a bag or backpack, for example—but some people like to keep the AirTag with their keys or attach it to a backpack or laptop bag. You may also want to stick your AirTag to an object, and there are many mounts for the AirTag.
Note that CNET editors have tested most, but not all, of these accessories. If we haven’t tried a product, we’ve tested other accessories from these companies, so we feel comfortable recommending them. We will be adding more AirTags accessories to the list as we test new products.
Keychains and lanyards
Belkin’s secure AirTags holder comes in keychain or strap versions in four color options. There’s nothing particularly fancy about them, but at $13, both cost less than the Apple-branded options shown below. You can also get two packs for $20.
Although it was released a little later than some accessories for AirTags, the Otterbox Keychain Holder, which Otterbox calls a “rugged case,” is made of sturdy plastic and really wraps around your AirTag (you roll out the top, put your AirTag in the case, then then screw the top back to lock the AirTag into the holder). It comes in black or white for $20, but is currently on sale for $15.
While this faux leather keychain from Cyrill, a sub-brand of Korea-based Spigen, isn’t anything fancy, it’s currently available in stone and black color options.
The Apple-branded leather keychain costs $35 and comes in three colors: black, saddle brown, and red.
If you’re looking for a value option, your best bet may be to roll the dice on a no-name brand on Amazon. This Eusty Keychain Case comes in a pack of 4 for just under $15. Often generic models like this are labeled as “leather” when they are actually faux leather (sometimes called PU leather or vegan leather). They look a lot like other basic faux leather AirTag key fobs and come in several color options.
There are dozens if not hundreds of generic AirTag holders available. Most should be fine, but don’t expect them to wear as well over time as real leather models.
Caseology’s AirTag Vault is another simple keychain option that’s available for $15, but can drop a few bucks over time. (Caseology is also a sub-brand of Spigen.) It’s one of the few AirTag accessories that was available at launch, and it’s been pretty popular as a result. It comes with a carabiner, but you can attach a standard key ring if you like. It should be back in stock pretty soon.
Spigen also sells an attractively simple AirTag keychain holder, the Valentinus, for about $18. It is made of artificial leather. Sorry, it’s temporarily out of stock, but should be back in the next few weeks.
If you’re looking for a mount that sticks to an object (like the bottom of a bike or scooter seat), Pelican’s adhesive AirTag Mount is designed to do just that. A single mount costs $20, while a four-pack sells for $40. Available in four different colors.
Apple’s loop designed to attach your AirTag to a bag costs as much as the AirTag. But this is Apple’s official loop option, and this polyurethane option is cheaper than the $39 Leather Loop. (That doesn’t make it a good deal, but I’m just pointing it out.) It comes in four different colors.
I like the design of Nomad’s AirTag leather key fob better than Apple’s, which leaves the AirTag partially exposed. This AirTag keychain hides it and looks more like a standard keychain. It is designed to “weather” over time, becoming darker (especially the brown version). It comes in brown or black for $30, which is expensive, but nice.
Nomad also makes a Leather Loop, which is also a keychain and sells for $20. I prefer the more expensive model pictured here.
Spigen, known for its bargain iPhone cases, has its AirTag Case Rugged Armor ($25). It’s not as cheap as we’d hoped, but maybe its price will come down over time. It has a sturdy design with a nice carabiner and carbon fiber elements.
Casetify has a wide variety of AirTag holders. They’re made of hard plastic and are pretty basic, but have some eye-catching designs on the back. You can also personalize them with your name or choose from several emoticons and other graphics. They are pricey at $38, but sometimes go on sale.
If you want to put an AirTag on your pet, Nomad’s upcoming Rugged Pet ID Tag fits the bill (Nomad’s AirTag Keychain is essentially identical). According to Nomad, it’s constructed with a TPU-molded polycarbonate shell and comes with two case options: an IP67 waterproof back and a back with a speaker hole. For an additional $20, you can purchase a customizable stainless steel insert that you can get engraved with your pet’s name and a way to contact you. Pet collar not included.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Apple says AirTags aren’t intended for tracking pets. Your pet needs to be in range of the Find My network for the AirTag to work, so if it runs off into the woods, it won’t be of much use.
Nomad/screenshot by John Falcone/CNET
Want to keep track of your glasses? (Yes, I often lose mine.) Nomad’s Goggle Strap for AirTag is the way to do it. Genius, though not cheap at $35.
Other AirTag options
Moment, which makes and sells photo and video accessories for Apple products, including lens attachments, will have a case accessory that lets you mount your AirTag. “Made from a tough aramid fiber shell and coated with a super strong adhesive, you can stick the AirTag to any flat surface,” says Moment.
Moment has other mounts: The Curved Surface Mount for AirTags ($25), which is made of flexible silicone (rubber) and can stick to surfaces that aren’t perfectly flat; and the Stretch Fabric Mount for AirTags ($25), which is designed to stick to fabrics such as the inside of a bag and other flat surfaces.
If you don’t want to spend $15-$20 on mounting, these Gorilla mounting tape squares are a cheaper option at $6 and can be cut to size for AirTags. AirTags have an IPX67 waterproof rating, meaning they can be fully submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and are dustproof. So it can take some punishment without coverage. No screen though.
The AirTag uses a CR2032 coin cell battery that should last about a year. You can find a 10-pack of these batteries on Amazon for less than $10. This is the way to go, especially if you have multiple AirTags and other devices that use CR2032 coin batteries.
Always remember to keep coin batteries away from small children so they don’t accidentally swallow them. They can cause serious injury if swallowed.