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Someone used an AirTag with a Windows Phone and Steve Jobs would be so mad

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Airtag Review Hero (Image credit: Joseph Keller / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Someone decided to see whether a Windows Phone could be used with an AirTag.
  • That's a thing that happened and now I'm trying to think of a second point to put into this template.

Windows Phone is a thing that used to exist and some people hated themselves enough to use it. Turns out those people could have used an AirTag and it's all thanks to the magic of NFC.

See, Windows Phones supported NFC which is impressive considering they were around so long ago that the ads were in black and white. But that NFC support means that a Windows Phone can read an AirTag just fine – or at least, as fine as an Android phone can today. That means it'll scan the AirTag and send people to Apple's Find My website to help return the tracker to its owner. Pretty cool.

Windows Phone fans can check it out in these moving pictures. They're like flip books, but on the internet.

In this video we'll look at using a Windows Phone (and a Nintendo Wii U) to scan Apple's new AirTags and see if we can retrieve contact information from them on these devices.

Yes, you read that right. Mistakes were made and a Nintendo Wi U got involved. Won't someone please think of the children?

Anyone still carrying a Windows Phone around – or not – can pick up some AirTags and strap them to pretty much anything they like. These are some of the best AirTag accessories to help you do it.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • I feel like this article isn't nearly as pretentious and condescending as it could be.
  • Actually, it is spot on. I used to have Windows phones. They did suck. I thought I was all cool and different from the crowd. When I finally dumped them and moved on, the first thing I thought was "WTH took me so long?" Looking back, I can't understand what I was thinking. I still have one lying around, it is now not even useful as an MP3 player. It still works ok, and the battery is still good. It is just incredibly clunky. And ugly.
  • "Windows Phones ... were around so long ago that the ads were in black and white." Seriously? Windows phones came in all the colors of the rainbow when iPhones were black and white. Using an AirTag with a Windows Phone is a bit of an overstatement. It can read the NFC tag, that's it. You can probably find an old flip phone that can read NFC. It's not that new.