Apple has quietly confirmed that it has doubled the number of devices that you can track in its Find My app. While no official announcement was made by Apple itself, the change was first reported by Nicolas Alveraz (@nicolas09F9) and shared in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
Apple just updated their support articles about AirTags and it says you can now pair up to 32 items. However, the Find My configuration file from the server still says "maxPairEligibleDevices": 16. This is strange.https://t.co/O5yV9bPlFQJanuary 11, 2024
In a support document published on January 11, Apple revealed that you can now add up to 32 items in Find My instead of the previous limit of 16 items. This includes AirTags, first-party headphones, selected Beats headphones, newer MagSafe wallets, and third-party accessories and gear such as e-bikes.
In the Apple document, it details that some AirPods will count as more than one item when paired to Find My. With the exception of the AirPods Max, regular AirPods and AirPods Pro (1st gen) count as two items, and the AirPods Pro (2nd gen) count as three items. With AirPods and the 1st gen AirPods Pros, users can track each AirPod individually, thus marking it as two items. When tracking 2nd gen AirPods Pros, you can use Find My to track the charging case, making it the third item.
Apple introduced AirTags in 2021, making it easier for you to track your personal belongings as well as other Find My-compatible devices. However, avid Apple users voiced their concerns as they found themselves reaching the original 16-item limit quickly. This meant users would have to strategically decide which items to pair, which became increasingly difficult when Apple opened Find My pairing to third-party products shortly after.
How to add an AirTag to your Find My network
This now-official increase to the Find My device limit means that Apple super-users can track more devices and products without the fear of quickly reaching the limit.
Not sure how to pair more products to your Find My network? Adding AirTags, for example, to the network is pretty easy.
Hold your AirTag near your iPhone, and from there a pop up will appear on your screen for you to tap ‘Connect’. You’ll then have to name your AirTag from the options that appear in the scrolling list and tap ‘Continue’.
Once you’ve tapped ‘Continue’ again, register your AirTag with your Apple ID by tapping ‘Done’.
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