Tile Pro vs. Tile Style: What's the difference?

These three Tiles will get the job done. If you lose something important and have the Tile attached, you should be able to find it easier. What will influence your purchase is how much money you want to save.

Key differences

The Tile Pro and Tile Sport/Style are very different inside and this extends beyond the Tile Pro's introduction of a replaceable battery. The newer Tile offers a longer range and has a better protection rating. It's also the one with the louder alert system, which makes it easier to find when you're pinging it.

The newer Tile is rated IP68, which means it's been designed to withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and is resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes. The older models, rated IP55, offer limited protection from both dust and water only.

What's the deal with the battery? Older Tiles like the Tile Sport/Style are dead once the battery dies; when this happens, you can recycle the Tile in the mail and receive a new Tile at a discount. Beginning with the Tile Pro, you can replace the batteries when they die. If you're a member of the Tile Premium, your new batteries are free.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Tile ProTile Sport/Style
Bluetooth range300 ft.200 ft.
Alert volume128 dB98 dB
Water & dust resistanceIP55IP68
Phone finderYesYes
Crowdsourced TrackingYesYes
Attachment holeYesYes
Replaceable batteryYesNo

Bluetooth trackers aren't supposed to look beautiful — until they are. The Tile Sport and Tile Style were the first locator products by the company designed to look good and also help you find your belongings. Luckily, that designer look has been extended to the Tile Pro.

Each option is great to look at, but only the Tile Pro comes with the latest updates.

The Tile Pro is priced at $35, which is what Tile was charging for the Tile Sport/Style when they first arrived on the market. The older models have now been discontinued but are still available while supplies last. You can find combo packs for each kind that brings down the price per Tile. Size may also be a factor when making your decision. The Tile Pro measures 41.6mm x 6.5mm, while the Tile Sport and Tile Style are 40mm x 5.9mm and 37.5mm x 5.9mm, respectively.

Regardless of which one you decide to buy, all Tiles perform the same general tasks. They've been designed to attach to items like keys and luggage. When you can't find your object, do a search on the Tile app. It will let you know whether the item is nearby but out of sight. When your item is further away, you can activate Community Find. Other Tile users can help to find your item automatically and alert you when it has come into range.

Looking for more? Keep your Tile app running in the background so it keeps track of the last place your item has been.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.