In an effort to increase user privacy, Apple released… an Android application? It’s true. Tracker Detect allows anyone with an Android phone or tablet to search their immediate surroundings for malicious AirTags or other tracking devices equipped with Find My, as reported by CNET.
The potential for using AirTags and similar devices to track and locate unsuspecting people raised privacy concerns when AirTags were first released. Small trackers rely on nearby Apple devices to anonymously outsource their location, allowing someone to place an AirTag in a car or bag and still have the ability to see their current location.
The AirTags will start beeping every few minutes after being disconnected from the owner for an indefinite period of time in order to alert people in the vicinity of the presence of the AirTag. Additionally, if your iPhone detects that an unknown AirTag is traveling with you, it will alert you and guide you to identify who owns it or turn it off. This latest protection is something Android owners haven’t had access to until now.
Once you install Tracker Detect from the Play Store, a simple screen gives you the option to scan nearby. The app will then scan for all unknown devices and offer you to play a sound on the device, along with instructions to scan the tag to see who owns it or remove the battery to turn it off.
While the app requires you to proactively search for tracking devices, instead of passively searching for devices in the background, it’s a step in the right direction to improve privacy and track fears. The way the app currently works means that if it’s constantly scanned in the background you’ll constantly receive alerts for any devices nearby – something that could get quite annoying if you’re traveling through an airport and an alert for each. AirTag in a nearby suitcase or backpack.
If you are an Android user, what do you think of Tracker Detect? Is that enough? Or not enough? Let us know in the comments below.