On Saturday, 11th December, Apple launched a new ‘Tracker Detect’ app only on the Play Store to protect Android users from being tracked by unknown AirTags.
The new app developed by Apple is designed to alert if any suspicious tracking activity detects around you. The app’s description explains,
Tracker Detect looks for item trackers that are separated from their owner and that are compatible with Apple’s Find My network. These item trackers include AirTag and compatible devices from other companies. If you think someone is using AirTag or another device to track your location, you can scan to try to find it.
For this specific functionality, the Apple Support document said that Android users can scan to find nearby AirTag. If a Tracker Detect founds an AirTags or Find My-enabled accessory that is tracking your location and an item tracker would be near you for at least 10 minutes, a sound will help you to locate it, and then Apple will inform for how you can disable it by removing its battery to stop tracking.
Apple launched this app aimed at many Android users who have concerns and worries for AirTags can be utilized to track the location of an individual Android user. Apple already released many safety features for iPhone (running iOS 14.5 and later) like an alert, which informs iPhone users if an AirTag following their location doesn’t belong to them.
Apple said that it was working on the ‘Tracker Detect’ app since June. The app already completed over 1000 downloads and is compatible with Android 9 and above as well as requires permissions, including location, network access and connections, Bluetooth devices, and more.
Note: For some reason, the Find My network isn’t supported in South Korea.