Apple has announced an exciting update to its Find My app, increasing the item limit from 16 to 32. Users can now add up to 32 devices and accessories to the Find My app on iPhone and iPad, bringing more flexibility and utility to Apple’s tracking service.
The increase applies to iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and newer operating systems. It allows customers to keep tabs on more AirTags, AirPods, compatible third-party accessories and other devices.
With Find My, Apple device owners can pinpoint locations on a map and find missing items. The service uses encrypted Bluetooth technology to detect nearby devices and report approximate locations back to the user. This helps users locate lost items privately and securely.
Here is a breakdown of what counts toward the 32 item limit:
- AirTags and third-party Find My accessories count as individual items
- AirPods Max headphones count as 1 item
- First generation AirPods and AirPods Pro count as 2 items each
- Second generation AirPods Pro count as 3 items
Apple considers various factors in determining item counts. For example, some AirPods models count as multiple items since the earbuds and case connect separately. This ensures Find My accurately represents tracked items.
The item increase brings support for more device types. Users can now integrate AirTags, AirPods, Beats headphones, third-party accessories and more. The elevated limit enables people to monitor a wider variety of personal belongings.
Customers interested in trying the new 32 item capacity can add items in the Find My app. To add an AirTag, simply hold it near an iPhone or iPad and tap “Connect” when prompted. Users can also tap the “Add” button in the Items tab and select “Add AirTag”.
For third-party accessories, follow manufacturer’s instructions to connect to the iPhone. Then open Find My, tap “Add” and select “Add Other Item.” Complete the on-screen setup process.
With the elevated item limit, Apple customers can use Find My to track more valuable possessions. This brings extra convenience, security and peace of mind. The move shows Apple’s commitment to improving services and the user experience.
Overall, the update provides more flexibility for Apple users relying on Find My to keep devices and belongings safe. The increased capacity will surely be welcomed by customers who actively utilize the app’s tracking capabilities.
Original Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211331
– Jim Miller