Difference between AirTags and GPS Trackers

Difference between AirTags and GPS Trackers

In a world where staying connected is easier than ever, the ability to track your belongings has become an essential part of modern life. 

Two popular options in the market for tracking your valuables are GPS Trackers and AirTags. 

In this blog, we’ll explore the key differences between these two technologies to help you make an informed choice about which one best suits your needs.

Understanding GPS Trackers

GPS (Global Positioning System) trackers have been around for a while and are widely used in various industries for Fleet tracking and asset protection. With rising car theft rates, GPS Trackers are emerging as a trusted solution for vehicle owners determined to protect their cars and assets against theft.

Introducing AirTags

AirTags, on the other hand, are a relatively new addition to the tracking technology landscape. Developed by Apple, AirTags are designed primarily for locating personal items such as keys or wallets. 

Following is a quick comparison between AirTags and GPS Trackers:



GPS Tracker



GPS Satellites


10-50 meters

Unlimited Range



iPhones & Android Phones




Auto-Theft Protection 



Suitable To Track

Keys, Wallet, People

Cars, Trucks, Boats, Bikes, Vessels, Trailers, Equipment, 

Let’s dive deeper into their differences.

Technology: AirTags use Bluetooth technology to connect with nearby Apple devices, such as iPhones. They rely on the Apple network to help you locate your items. GPS trackers use a network of GPS satellites to provide real-time location information. This means you can monitor the precise location of your items on a map at any given moment.

Range: AirTags have a limited range, typically within 10-50 meters of an iPhone. This means they are best suited for finding items that are nearby such as keys and wallets. GPS trackers have no range limitations. They can provide location data from virtually anywhere on the planet with GPS Satellites and cellular coverage.

Ecosystem: AirTags work seamlessly with iPhones but are not compatible with Android devices. This can be a limitation if you’re not in the Apple ecosystem. In a way, Airtags go blind without an iPhone nearby with no way of knowing its location. GPS trackers work independently of other devices like smartphones. You don’t need to rely on someone else’s phone to locate your vehicles or assets.

Discrete: AirTags broadcast their location to all nearby phones, potentially compromising privacy and safety. For example, if a child carries an AirTag, someone with malicious intent could follow them if they are within Bluetooth range, detect the AirTag and remove it. GPS Trackers provide the location updates to the authorized user only and do not broadcast location of the tracker publicly to all phones close to it.

Auto-Theft Protection: When it comes to protecting valuable assets like vehicles or even equipment, GPS Trackers take the lead. They offer robust auto-theft protection with real-time location updates, route history, tamper alert and other instant notifications for various activities like movement, speeding, tampering, and geofence entry/exit. Many local law enforcement agencies recommend GPS Trackers as a preventive measure against vehicle theft. AirTags, due to their limited tracking range and design, are not as well-suited for this critical task.

Suitable To Track: AirTags could be a suitable choice if you are looking to keep tabs on small personal items within close range such as keys, wallet, bags, maybe even pets. GPS Trackers are suitable for more versatile needs, ranging from monitoring and safeguarding vehicles like cars, trucks, boats, trailers, bikes, and even large equipment and machinery to tracking the location of people, pets, and other valuable assets with unlimited range capabilities.

In conclusion, GPS trackers and AirTags both serve the purpose of helping you locate your belongings, but they differ significantly in terms of range, features, and compatibility. Consider your specific tracking needs and the devices you use daily to make an informed decision about which tracking technology is right for you. 

YoGPS offers a variety of GPS Trackers catering to various requirements including Wireless  tracking devices, Wired tracking devices and Plug & Go tracking devices. To learn more, contact us today!





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