Apple AirTag can be used to trigger Shortcuts automations

Apple’s AirTag can be used as an NFC tag to trigger any automation you desire using the Shortcuts app. Dutch site iCulture discovered it’s possible to use the accessory as an NFC tag for HomeKit automation or a shortcut on your iPhone.

Apple’s AirTag

AirTag is a small accessory that helps keep track of and find the items that matter most with Apple’s Find My app. Whether attached to a handbag, keys, backpack, or other items, AirTag taps into the vast, global Find My network and can help locate a lost item, all while keeping location data private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption. AirTag can be purchased in one and four packs for just $29 and $99.

José Adorno for 9to5Mac:

And when you use an AirTag for Shortcuts automation, it’s still going to work as an item tracker as well:

• Open the Shortcuts app, tap on “Automation”, and then “+”
• Click on “Create Personal Automation”
• Scroll down until you see “NFC” and select that
• Scan your NFC tag, aka AirTag, and then name it
• Now, add actions like “Set Do Not Disturb on until I leave” or “Open Apple Music”
• Hit “Next” and that’s it

MacDailyNews Take: Using AirTag to power Shortcuts automations, including HomeKit automations, launching apps, etc. opens up a whole new world of uses for Apple’s inexpensive $29 accessory!


  1. If you primarily want to trigger shortcuts, a much cheaper option is to use NFC tags and program them directly via your iPhone to trigger whatever action you need. They are very cheap

  2. They’re called NFC tags and you can buy them from eBay or Amazon. There are loads of styles and prices start at way under $1 each. You would need a third party app and a reasonably recent iPhone to program them.
    Try a search and you should find a number of articles explaining how to go about it and what NFC tags can be used for.

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