Today we’ve been able to learn that there’s a hidden debug mode of AirTag, discovered accidentally by a Reddit user. These devices have been available for some time now, and people are still talking about it. These small devices allow us to find anything almost anywhere, thanks to the large network of iPhones and Apple devices.
AirTag hidden debug mode
It all started with the bad experience of a Reddit user, who has suffered several problems with his first AirTag; the tracker was unable to be paired with the iPhone to work properly. He pressed the screen consecutively and this action led to an unexpected consequence.
He saw that the app had changed, with a large amount of data, points, and functions that were previously inaccessible. Without realizing he was able to enter the AirTags debug mode by pressing five times on the name.
These types of menus are very common in all types of software and hardware, but the end-user usually can’t find them. They exist to help during development, offering access to useful functions and data to understand how the app is working and if there are any errors or bugs.
So, this secret menu includes things that Apple developers used back in the day to test AirTags. One drawback is that the buttons and controls are unnamed, so it’s hard to know exactly what they do. In addition, this mode allows us to get more information from our AirTag.
One way or another, accessing this hidden menu is not recommended, especially since there is no apparent way to put everything back the way it was, and we may irreversibly change the settings. But if you’re curious to see it, you should probably hurry, as we don’t doubt that Apple will remove it in a future update.