If you actually lose one of your Tiles, whether it's faulty or has become damaged, you can always replace it within the Tile app. Rather than just adding a new Tile, the replacement unit can take the place of the old unit in the app.
Products Used In This Guide
- Get the tracker: Tile Mate ($25 at Tile)
- Download the app: The Tile app (Free on the App Store)
- The iPhone for most people: iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple)
How to replace your Tile
- Open the Tile app on your iPhone.
- Tap … on the card for the Tile you wish to replace.
- Tap More Options.
- Tap Replace Tile.
- Tap Continue on the pop-up.
- Follow the instructions for the normal Tile setup process.
Your new Tile will now take the place of the old one in the app, adopting its name and settings.
What you'll need
When replacing a Tile, you'll need a new one, and you'll need a phone on which to run the app.
Tile for everyone
Keep track of your important everyday items.
The Tile Mate is excellent for keeping track of everything from keys to bags. It has a 200-foot range, and its replaceable battery will last for about a year.
The Tile Mate is the Tile tracker that most people should get to keep track of everyday items. Of the three trackers that Tile sells, it's also the least expensive. If you need to quickly grab a replacement tracker, the Tile Mate is a good pick.
The iPhone to get
Apple's latest and greatest
The iPhone 11 is Apple's most recent iteration on its popular smartphone. It's an excellent phone, at an even better price than last year's iPhone XR. It has two rear cameras and is powered by the A13 Bionic system-on-a-chip, which allows for enhanced machine learning, greater power efficiency, and powerful applications.
The iPhone 11 is the iPhone that most people should get. Available at a much lower price thatn the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 11 delivers most of the experience of the more expensive phones in a package that more people can afford. It's available in a wider range of colors, as well, allowing you to find something more to your personal taste than what might be offerd by the Pro phones.
While these might not help you locate your missing item any faster, you'll want a good case to keep your iPhone safe, especially if you're headed out to find something attached to a Tile tracker.
Speck Gemshell iPhone 11 Case ($25 at Amazon)
A case with flexible corners to make it easier to put on and take off, and clear so you can see the color of your iPhone 11.
Totallee Thin iPhone 11 Case ($29 at Totallee)
A thin case that defends against nicks and stratches that comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.
UAG Monarch ($60 at Amazon)
This protective case combines metal and leather wrap your iPhone in a tough, but beautiful, defensive shell.
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