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How to hide AirTags inside a car

Will your AirTags actually work if they are hidden in your car? We break it down for you.

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Quick Answer: You can hide your AirTags basically anywhere in your car. The main thing is to find a place where thieves will not find it.

Apple’s AirTag is a cheap yet effective device to help you keep track of your belongings. It can keep track of your pets and luggage. It can prevent thefts and, of course, can find lost and stolen items.

Given its powerful capabilities, you may be inclined to hide your AirTags in your car to protect against possible theft or perhaps to locate the car in a crowded parking lot.

Before we delve into the best places where to hide AirTags in cars, let me share a personal story that really brought home the effectiveness of these little devices

The first time I used an AirTag

I’ll never forget it. It was completely by accident. I had just purchased a pack of them, eager to test out Apple’s new tracking technology. In my excitement, I tossed one in my car without setting it up, then promptly forgot about it.

A few days later, I found myself wandering aimlessly around a huge parking lot, unable to locate my car. I was about to start the long, tedious process of walking up and down every row when I suddenly remembered – the AirTag!

I pulled out my phone, opened the Find My app, and there was my car’s location, clear as day on the map.

That accidental experience showed me the power of the AirTag. It saved me time and frustration that day. But it also opened my eyes to the potential uses of this tiny tracking device beyond just finding lost items. I realized it could be a theft deterrent for my car.

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I decided to test this out. I hid an AirTag in my car, then had a friend try to locate it. Despite knowing there was a tracker hidden somewhere inside, it took him over 30 minutes to find it in broad daylight – with no pressure. This showed me how effective an AirTag could be against car theft.

Ever since I’ve kept an AirTag securely hidden in my vehicle. It gives me peace of mind that if my car was ever stolen, I’d have a way to potentially track it down. And, of course, it’s still my parking lot lifesaver whenever I forget where I parked!

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Now that you’ve seen how useful an AirTag can be, let’s explore some of the best places to hide them in your car.

Because the AirTag doesn’t need regular charging, you might be tempted to make a one-time investment in the tracking device and put it somewhere safe inside your car (or bike) as a preventive measure against theft.

In theory, the live location of your car’s movements can assist law enforcement agencies in recovering your car.

And we have already witnessed one such fortunate incident when a US couple managed to recover their Toyota Camry thanks to the AirTags hidden in the car.

Editor’s Note: This article is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to encourage or condone any illegal or nefarious activities. We strongly advise our readers to use this information responsibly and lawfully.

The best places to hide an AirTag in your car

When it comes to hiding an AirTag in a car, you have to be smart. It has to be well-hidden so that a thief does not discover and remove them. 

Here are a few discreet spots to hide an AirTag in a car, but don’t limit your imagination with these options.

Hiding AirTags in the front bumper

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Use adhesives or some sort of magnetic case to secure the AirTags inside the body of the front bumper. 

This will not only allow your AirTags to connect more rapidly with nearby devices, but it will also remain hidden as it is an unlikely location that the suspects would not bother to check while they are on the run.

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Hiding AirTags in the trunk

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Securing your vehicle: Where to hide AirTag in cars

The AirTags can be hidden in the car trunk. There are many panels within the trunk, and because it is dark and gloomy in there, the AirTags are unlikely to attract attention. 

For further safety, you can place them in a small bottle covered with black duct tape.

Hiding AirTags in the sunglasses holder

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The sunglasses holder behind the rearview mirror ensures that the AirTags benefit from an excellent range while hiding them in plain sight.

These three spots aren’t the only ones available and should never limit your imagination. 

The goal is to outsmart any potential thieves. Of course, these people probably have an extensive checklist of spots to check. We don’t want to add to their checklist.

Here is a rule of thumb to figure out the right spot to hide AirTag in your car yourself:

Try to come up with a spot that is not widely mentioned online, not easily visible or accessible, and where the AirTag is protected from elements, such as rain, snow, or extreme temperatures. 


Using AirTags to protect your car against theft is a convenient alternative to the hefty price that tracking companies charge for their services. 

Moreover, it is a tech-savvy method to ensure you never forget where you parked your car again.

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Apple's AirTag is a sleek, disk-shaped Bluetooth tracker that allows you to keep tabs on your most important belongings with the help of the Find My network.

What We Like:
  • Seamless integration with Apple ecosystem: AirTags work effortlessly with the Find My app on iOS devices, making it easy to locate lost items within the Apple ecosystem.
  • It finds you lost stuff: The U1 chip in Apple AirTags enables Ultra-Wideband technology, allowing for more accurate and precise location tracking when used with compatible iPhones.
  • Highly customizable: AirTags can be personalized with free engraving, offering a unique touch to each device. Additionally, numerous accessories and cases are available to suit different tastes and preferences.
  • Strong privacy features: Apple has designed AirTags with user privacy in mind, ensuring that your data is secure and only accessible by you.
  • Killer battery life: With a replaceable CR2032 battery, AirTags boast up to one year of battery life, reducing the need for frequent charging or replacements.
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