Tile tracker

The lost keys. The misplaced wallet. The unfindable headphones. The vast majority of us have run into one of these problems

Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds – like one’s phone, keys, and wallet. Users can attach Tile to anything they don’t want to lose and use their phone to locate it by sound or see its last location on a map. tile tracker

Tile global community spans over 230 countries and territories and helps people find more than 3 million items every day.

Tile at a glance tile tracker

-The World’s best-selling bluetooth tracker

– Over 20 million Tiles sold worldwide

-80% U.S retail market share

-World’s largest lost and found community spanning over 230 countries and territories

– Locating more than 3 million unique items every day

– The Tile Platform allows companies to integrate Tile services into their own products

– 20+ industry partners including Bose, Comcast and others

There have been several versions of the Mate and Pro.

Tile Mate

Tile Mate has a range of 60 metres, features a changeable battery that will give you 1 year of life. (Previous version: range 45 metres.)

Tile Pro

Tile Pro is slimmer than the Mate, offering a longer range of 122 metres, but also has a changeable battery that will last for 1 year. (Previous version: range 90 metres.)

Tile Sticker

Tile Sticker is designed to be stuck via the 3M adhesive back, so you can put it onto anything. As such it doesn’t have a changeable battery, but the battery will last for 3 years. It has a range of 45 metres.

Tile Slim

Tile Slim is a credit card shape and exceptionally thin, so you can slip it into a wallet or luggage tag. Like the Sticker, it’s a single use Tile so you can’t change the battery, but the internal battery will last you for 3 years. It has a range of 60 metres. (Previous version: range 30m, different shape.)

Tile setup and the app

Everything Tile revolves around your account and the app that’s running on your phone. Setup is easy. Once you’ve installed the app you’re walked through simple process to register and connect those Tile devices to your phone.

How Tile works:

Ring your things

Use the Tile app to ring your Tile if it’s nearby. Just tap the ‘Find’ button.

Find your phone

Double press the Tile button on your Tile to make your phone ring, even when it’s on silent.

See it on a map

When you’re far away, you’ll see the last time and place it was updated.

Use community find

If your Tile is truly lost, just activate the Tile community and every phone running the Tile app can  anonymously help you find it.

Tile has announced a partnership with Intel to bring its tracking technology to laptops in order to help customers track down misplaced or stolen PCs. Intel will be providing “updated solutions” to OEMs later this year, which means we might start seeing Tile laptops in late 2020 or early 2021.

Tile trackers connect, via Bluetooth, to a Tile mobile app, which you can use to check their location on a map (if they’re in Bluetooth range). You can also set off an alarm. (It’s quite loud.) If your tracker is out of Bluetooth range, you can ping Tile’s crowd-finding network, which will send you a notification with your laptop’s location whenever it comes close to another Tile device.

Tile and Intel haven’t released a ton of details about how the Tile integration will work. Their main promise is that integrated Tiles will let you track PCs even when they’re in sleep mode. It’s possible that the specifics of Tile’s integration will vary by manufacturer. Intel says it is “working closely with PC manufacturers to determine the best Tile experience for their customers.”

HP was first with Tile integration with its excellent Elite Dragonfly business 2-in-1. Nestled inside the chassis, specifically plugged into an M.2 PCIe slot, is a Tile module that draws just the tiniest bit of power from the battery — HP estimates a total battery life reduction of 1.2 seconds (!) from Tile usage. One downside is that the M.2 slot is the same one used for LTE, meaning that you can’t have both Tile and always-on wireless connectivity at the same time.

Google Assistant rolled out support for Tile’s Bluetooth tracker, designed to help you keep up with your often misplaced items — like your keys, purse, wallet, remote and more. The new integration will allow Google Assistant users on any Nest device to ask questions like, “Hey Google, where is my purse?” They can instruct the Assistant to ring their device” by saying things like “Hey Google, make my backpack ring.”

Variations on these commands are also supported, like, “Hey Google, find my…” or “Hey Google, ring my…”

In addition, you can ask for the location of an item. If the item is in the house, the Assistant will return an appropriate location using Tile’s Bluetooth capabilities, by saying something like “your keys were last seen today at 9 PM near the Kitchen speaker.” If the item is out of Bluetooth range, the Assistant will instead return the item’s last known location, based on Tile’s location services.

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch a Tile competitor, possibly called AirTags, that integrates deeply with iOS.

The Tile Pro is the best key tracker you get. with great range and a loud alarm. The range on the Tile Mate isn’t as extensive, but at $10 off the Pro’s price, it’s a good value.


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5 stars: exceptional; 4 stars: good; 3 stars: acceptable, 2 stars: bad; 1 star: avoid

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