Find My Compatible MagSafe Wallet for iPhone: 4 Things You Should Know Before Buying

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max with Apple’s latest MagSafe wallet.

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When Apple revealed the
IPhone 13 lineup

, the company also announced the redesign of MagSafe cases and accessories for phones. The MagSafe Wallet was one of the accessories that not only received new color options, but it also supported Apple’s Find My service. For those who aren’t familiar, Find My is what is used to find lost iPhones, AirTags, and iPads – basically any Apple device that’s running current hardware. The new wallet works with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 range.

As soon as the event ended, I ordered the new $ 60 MagSafe Wallet. With Find My assistance, I figured I would be able to pinpoint it accurately when I misplaced it in my house, or if I ever left it somewhere where I could locate it quickly. Now that I have received my order, it is clear that my expectations weren’t quite right. Here’s what I learned about the MagSafe Wallet and how it works with the Find My Network, which will hopefully help you out.

It looks and works exactly like the first version

Apart from the new colors, the new MagSafe wallet is identical to the original version. And it works the same. It magnetically attaches to the back of any iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 model and has enough space to store three cards.

Believe me, from experience, don’t try to insert a fourth card, hoping the leather will expand. You’ll find yourself stuck in a queue at the checkout trying to pull out your debit card for far too long.

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The initial setup is easy, but not all you need to do.

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It works with Find My, with a pretty big limitation

Apple’s Find My Network is so appealing because it searches in bulk for the location of a lost device, AirTag-enabled device, or Find My. Everything is done anonymously and without any action required by the person who is near a lost device.

The new MagSafe Wallet works with Apple’s Find My Network, but it is not trackable like a lost iPhone or AirTag. Instead, the wallet uses NFC to tell your iPhone when it’s connected. When your wallet is removed from your iPhone for a minute, you will receive a notification informing you that your wallet is not attached to your phone, along with the address of the last location detected by your phone.

This means, for example, that when I come home and remove my wallet from my iPhone, I soon receive an alert informing me that my wallet is no longer attached, as well as my home address. .

Useful, of course, and if I had to leave it on a retail store’s checkout counter, I’d know where to start my search once I realized it was lost.

But let’s say I lost my wallet in a large mall – a general address combined with the inability to trigger a sound on the wallet and the lack of an AR function to direct me to its exact location a few inches away is far from ideal approach.

I’ve included instructions at the bottom of this article detailing what you can do to help return a lost wallet to its owner if you find one.

How to configure Find My for the new MagSafe wallet

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Make sure to do this extra step after setting up your MagSafe wallet.

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Even with that huge caveat, if you do decide to get the new MagSafe Wallet, here’s how to set it up to make sure you get it back if you lose or misplace it.

The basics are simple – after unpacking the wallet, clip it to the back of your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. Unlock your phone and wait for a prompt to appear telling you that the wallet has been detected. Press the To continue button. Next, you’ll be asked if you want to add the wallet to the network and the Find My app – again, tap To continue.

It looks like this is where the installation process ends, but there is one more step you need to take. Leave the wallet attached to your phone, then open the Find my app select the Devices tab and find your wallet in the list; select it. Slide the drawer at the bottom of the screen up, revealing all the options for the wallet.

At the bottom of the screen is an option to activate arguably the most important feature of the wallet – Display the phone number. Select it and follow the prompts to activate the feature. This will default to the phone number linked to your Apple ID (you can change it here if needed).

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This is the message that appears when you attach someone else’s MagSafe Wallet to your iPhone.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani / ZDNet

If you find a lost MagSafe wallet and you have an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 that works with MagSafe, unlock your phone and attach the wallet to it. A second or two later, you’ll see an alert telling you which phone number to call to get in touch with the wallet owner.

I tried scanning the wallet’s NFC chip with another iPhone and even an Android phone and nothing happened. So if you lose your wallet, you have to hope that whoever finds it has a MagSafe compatible phone and knows that they need to attach it to their phone to get more information. Again, this is not ideal.

Did you buy the new MagSafe Wallet hoping it does more with the Find My Network? Let us know in the comments.


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