Published on November 8, 2023, 3:41 pm
Finally, with the release of iOS 17 and watchOS 10, you can now locate a lost Apple Watch using your iPhone. This reverse feature has always been available for finding misplaced iPhones, but now the tables have turned. If you often find yourself misplacing your Apple Watch after taking it off at the end of the day, this new feature will be a lifesaver.
To access this functionality, ensure that you have iOS 17 installed on your iPhone. If you recently purchased an iPhone 15, then it should already be available to you. If not, go to Settings > General > Software Update to get the latest version.
Next, make sure that your Apple Watch is running watchOS 10 or newer. To update your watch’s software, open the Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to General > Software Update. The update is compatible with all Series 4 models and newer, including SE and Ultra.
Once both your iPhone and Apple Watch are updated, it’s time to set up the feature. Open Settings on your iPhone and go to Control Center. Here you can customize which controls appear in Control Center. Scroll down to the bottom and tap “+ Ping My Watch” to add it to Control Center.
If there are any controls in Control Center that you don’t use, you can remove them by tapping on the “-” icon next to each control. You can also rearrange the order of controls by tapping and dragging the ☰ icon on the right-hand side.
Now that everything is set up, simply swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen to bring up Control Center. Look for the button with an Apple Watch icon and tap it. Your Apple Watch will emit a familiar chime from its speakers, helping you locate it even if it’s in Silent mode.
Keep in mind that while the Apple Watch speaker may not be as loud as an iPhone’s speaker, it can still be helpful in finding your watch if it’s nearby. If you can’t hear anything after pinging it for a while, you may want to double-check by opening the Find My app and navigating to the Devices tab. If your Apple Watch shows up on the list, then it’s not truly missing.
It’s always a good practice to keep your Apple Watch either on your wrist or on the charger, but we all have moments when we misplace it elsewhere. With this new feature, you no longer have to worry about searching high and low for your lost Apple Watch. Simply use your iPhone to ping it and follow the sound to locate it quickly.
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