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AirTag Batteries: Apple Warns Against Batteries With Bitter Coating

When Apple released the AirTags a few months ago, some users were pleasantly surprised by the announcement of one of the features – instead of having permanently built-in batteries like in iPhones and many other Apple products, the AirTags' batteries are exchangeable. This means good things for the product's longevity, as customers are able to exchange the batteries in just a few simple steps. However, not all types of CR2032 batteries are suitable.

Changing The AirTags' Batteries
Instructions from Apple detailing how to change AirTag batteries can be found here. After a disclaimer concerning potential danger for small children (suffocation), Apple illustrates how to change the devices' batteries. Users have to first press down on the stainless-steel cover and then twist it to access the CR2032 battery inside. When the old batteries are taken out and the new batteries are correctly placed, a beep will be heard.

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Batteries With Bitter Coating To Be Avoided
During placement of the batteries, it's important to pay attention to ensure that the positive side faces upwards. In addition, there's a restriction concerning the types of CR2032 which can be used – according to Apple, CR2032 batteries with a bitter coating should be avoided as they don't work reliably with the AirTags. Thus users should pay attention to the type of CR2032 batteries they use. Some battery manufacturers rely on non-poisonous bitter chemicals, leading to the battery smelling (and tasting) rather unpleasant. It's meant to prevent children from inadvertently swallowing them.

Checking The AirTags' Charge In "Find My"
The charge level of the CR2032 batteries can be checked using the "Find My" app with a connected iPhone on iOS. In addition to info concerning the AirTags, there's also a battery indicator. Whenever the battery level gets concerningly low, the "Find My" app will display a banner with a warning that the battery is about to die. Users are then reminded to replace the batteries, before the AirTags permanently die or deficits concerning energy or tracking begin.

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