Find Your Missing iPhone With Apple Watch

Posted by Jodi Jae on May 20, 2016

The Find My Phone feature that links your Mac or iPad to your missing iPhone’s location via GPS, telling you exactly where your phone is, is a stellar way to locate a misplaced device. Still, you need to boot up your Mac or power on your iPad to use it. And if you’re out at the mall or don’t have your Mac with you, this isn’t ideal. In fact, you would actually have to head home to grab your Mac or iPad to use Find My Phone, and who has time for that when your phone has been left behind in a crowded mall?

If you’re an Apple Watch user, you have a quick and easy foolproof way to locate your missing iPhone in seconds. Here’s how it works.

Find your iPhone with your Apple Watch

First, an obligatory warning to let you know that your devices must be synced in order for this to work. I’m guessing they already are because, as we all well know, the Apple Watch pretty much requires its iPhone counterpart to do almost anything. Still, here’s your warning: Your Apple Watch and iPhone must be connected via Bluetooth for this to work.

Step one: Swipe up from your watchface to open Glances

Using your finger, swipe up from the watch view on your Apple Watch to reveal the Glances screen.

Step two: Swipe left to right to get to the first Glances screen

Once you’ve opened Glances, use your finger to scroll from left to right to get to the very first Glances screen. This is the screen with Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb and Silent Mode buttons.

Step three: Tap the Ping button

ping button on Apple Watch

The button on the lower-left of your screen that looks like a miniature iPhone is your Ping button. Tap it once and your missing iPhone will begin to beep (quite loudly, I should mention). Tap and hold the Ping button for a few seconds and not only will your iPhone begin to ping at decibels fit for a King, but the LED camera flash will also start going off to give you a visual indicator as well as an audible alert.

To turn off the pinging noise and/or LED light, either tap the Ping button on your watch a second time or hit the power button on your iPhone.

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