the accessory is a must-have for anyone using the nifty tracking devices that Apple released last April. The Tile’s competitor, Apple AirTag, lets you track items like wallets, bags and keys using Apple’s Find My app. It’s a great device if you often misplace things. AND (£29, $45), while you can get a four-pack for $99 (£99, $149). Unfortunately, the AirTags don’t come with any mounts, which means that depending on how you intend to use it, you’ll need an accessory for what is essentially an accessory as well. (Apple products tend to spur their own cottage industries for accessories, even if they’re accessories to begin with — are a good example.) However, there are plenty of AirTag accessories available in a variety of styles for every budget.
In some cases, you’ll be able to put the AirTag in an item without a holder—just stick it in a purse 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 the AirTag to an object and there are plenty of AirTag holders available.
Note that CNET editors have tested most, but not all, of these add-ons. If we haven’t tried the product, we’ve tested other accessories from these companies so we can recommend them. We will be adding more AirTags to the list as we test new products.
Keychains and straps
The Belkin Secure Holder for AirTags comes in a key ring or strap version in four color options. There’s nothing groundbreaking about them, but at $13, they both cost less than the Apple-branded options below. You can also get a two-pack for $20.
Although it was released a bit later than some of the AirTags accessories, the Otterbox Keychain Holder, which Otterbox calls the “Rugged Case”, is made of tough plastic and actually encases your AirTag (you unscrew the top, place the AirTag in the case, then screw back the top part to lock the AirTag in the holder). It’s available in black or white for $20, but is currently on sale for $15.
While nothing fancy, this faux leather keychain from Cyrill, a sub-brand of Korea’s Spigen, is currently available in stone and black color options.
The Apple 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 might be to roll the dice on a no-name brand on Amazon. This Eusty Keychain Cover is available in a 4-pack for less than $15. Often, generic models like this are labeled as “leather” when they are actually synthetic leather (sometimes referred to as PU leather or vegan leather). They look a lot like other basic faux leather AirTag key fobs and are available 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 the genuine leather models.
Caseology’s AirTag Vault is another straightforward keychain option that’s available for $15, but could 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, making it very popular. It comes with a carabiner, but you can attach a standard key fob if you prefer. It should be back in stock soon.
Spigen also sells an attractively simple AirTag key holder, the Valentinus, for around $18. It is made of artificial leather. Unfortunately, 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 underside of a bike seat or scooter), Pelican’s Stick-on AirTag Mount is for you. One holder costs $20, while a four-pack sells for $40. It is available in four different colors.
Apple’s Loop, made to attach your AirTag to your bag, costs the same as the AirTag. But it’s Apple’s official loop option, and this polyurethane option is cheaper than the $39 leather loop. (That doesn’t make it any good, 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 key fob hides it and looks more like a standard key fob. It is designed to “weather” and darken over time (especially the brown version). It’s available in brown or black for $30, which is expensive, but it’s nice.
Nomad also makes a leather loop that doubles as a keychain and lists for $20. I prefer the more expensive model in the picture.
Known for its premium iPhone cases, Spigen has the AirTag Rugged Armor Case ($25). It’s not quite as cheap as we hoped it would be, but maybe it will come down in price over time. It has a robust design with a nice carabiner and carbon fiber elements.
Casetify has a wide range of AirTag holders. They’re made of hard plastic and are fairly basic, but have some eye-catching art on the back. You can also customize them with your name or choose from several emoticons and other graphics. They are expensive at $38, but sometimes they go on sale.
If you’re looking to equip your pet with an AirTag, 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 over-molded polycarbonate shell and comes with two housing options: an IP67 waterproof back and a back with a speaker hole. For an additional $20, you can purchase a customizable stainless steel cover that can be engraved with your pet’s name and contact information. Pet collar not included.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Apple says AirTags aren’t designed for tracking pets. For AirTag to work, your pet would need to be in range of the Find My network, so if it runs off into the woods, it won’t help you much.
Nomad/Screenshot by John Falcone/CNET
Do you want to keep track of your glasses? (Yes, I often misplace mine.) Nomad’s Glasses Strap for AirTag is the way to do it. Brilliant, though not cheap at $35.
Additional AirTag options
Moment, which makes and sells photography and video accessories for Apple products, including lens attachments, will have a cover accessory that lets you attach your AirTag. “Made from a durable aramid fiber shell and featuring a super strong adhesive, you can stick the AirTag to any flat surface,” says Moment.
Moment also 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 completely flat; and the Stretch Fabric Mount for AirTags ($25), which is designed to stick to fabrics like the inside of a bag and other flat surfaces.
If you don’t want to spend $15-20 on a mount, these Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares are a cheaper option at $6 and can be cut down to size for AirTags. AirTags have an IPX67 water resistance rating, meaning they can be fully submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and are dustproof. So without cover it can take some punishment. After all, it doesn’t have a screen.
The AirTag uses a CR2032 coin cell battery, which should last about a year. You can find a 10-pack of these batteries for less than $10 on Amazon. This is the way to go, especially if you have several AirTags and other devices that use CR2032 button batteries.
Always remember to keep coin-operated batteries out of the reach of small children so they don’t accidentally swallow them. May cause serious injury if swallowed.