Apple’s Find my network and app have become a hub for lost and found items with an AirTag on them. Helping out a stranger find their lost keys, wallet, ID, etc., is very kind. You can make their day, week, or even life if the item was truly vital to them. Without a doubt, it’s worth becoming part of the network, both if you’re an AirTag user or someone who can help find one.
How do you opt-out of Apple’s Find My network?
Go to Settings
Tap your Apple ID
Tap Find My
Tap Find my iPhone
Toggle ‘Find My network’ off.
It’s that simple! However, bear in mind that you lose all benefits of the “Find My” network. You won’t be able to locate devices that have been turned off or aren’t connected to cellular or Bluetooth.
Do note, though, that you aren’t actually sharing your data with Apple or AirTag users. Even if you find an AirTag or receive an alert about a nearby AirTag and decide to help the owner, Apple says your identity won’t ever be shared without your permission.
You can arrange for the person to collect their item, or you can choose to ship it to them if you feel safer.
Don’t forget that your iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch also take advantage of the “Find My” app and network. In case one day you are on the other end of it, and you lose one of your devices or AirTaged items, you might wish you had opted in instead of out. Besides, why not help a stranger!
At the end of the day, you can use your devices the way you want to, not the way you’re “supposed” to. Whatever you decide to do, make sure your safety is a priority.