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How to find your iPhone with Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is packed with features, and the latest models of the Apple Watch can do everything from counting your steps and tracking your heart rate to tracking your sleep or measuring your blood oxygen levels.



However, there’s one feature that’s been part of the Apple Watch for quite some time but is still something that many Apple Watch users are unaware of. It’s one of the most useful features on the Apple Watch, and once you know about it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. You’ll also probably be really annoyed that you didn’t find out about it sooner and have been forced to waste time doing things the old-fashioned way by turning your home upside down.


How to find your iPhone using your Apple Watch

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If you’ve forgotten where you’ve put your iPhone, you can use your Apple Watch to make your iPhone play a sound. You can then follow the sound to quickly find your iPhone, providing it’s within earshot. And if you’re using an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2, you can even use precision finding to find the exact location of your iPhone once you get close enough. Here’s how it works.

How to find your iPhone using an Apple Watch Series 8 or older

If you’re using an Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra (1st generation) or any older model of Apple Watch, you can use it to get your iPhone to play a sound.

  1. Press the side button on your Apple Watch to open the Control Center
  2. If you’re running watchOS 9 or older, you can access the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your watch face.
  3. Tap the Find iPhone icon that looks like a ringing phone.
  4. Your iPhone will start to make a pinging sound.
  5. Follow the sound to its source, and you’ll find your iPhone.

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How to find your iPhone using an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2

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If you have an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2, tapping the Find iPhone icon will show a distance and direction to your iPhone that you can follow to the location of your phone.

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  1. Press the side button on your Apple Watch to open the Control Center.
  2. Tap the Find iPhone icon that looks like a ringing phone.
  3. If your iPhone is near enough, you’ll see a distance and direction on your Apple Watch.
  4. Move in the indicated direction, and you should see the distance begin to reduce.
  5. You can tap the Find iPhone icon in the bottom-right of the watch face to make your iPhone play a pinging sound to help you find your way to it.
  6. When you get close to the location of your iPhone, the Apple Watch screen will turn green, and your iPhone will ping twice.
  7. Once you’ve found your iPhone, tap X to stop the directions appearing on your Apple Watch.

How to make your iPhone flash using your Apple Watch

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If you can hear your iPhone, but still can’t find exactly where it is, it’s possible to make your iPhone’s LED flash too, to give you a visual indication of where to look.

All you need to do is tap and hold the Find iPhone icon in the Control Center, instead of just tapping it.

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This will cause your iPhone to both ping and flash, making it even easier to find.

If you’re using an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2, tapping and holding the Find iPhone icon on the directions screen will also make your iPhone flash.

How to see your iPhone’s location on your Apple Watch

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If you can’t see or hear your iPhone using this feature, or you don’t see any directions on an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2, then your iPhone may be too far away for these features to work.

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If this is the case, all is not lost; you can use the Find My feature on your Apple Watch to see the location of your iPhone on a map. You can then make your way to that location and use the methods above once you’re there to track down your iPhone.

  1. Open the Find My app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Select your iPhone from the list of registered devices.
  3. You should see a map of the current or last-known location of your iPhone.
  4. Swipe down and tap Directions to be given step-by-step directions to the location of your iPhone.
  5. Once you’re in the right location, open the Control Center and tap the Find iPhone icon to make your iPhone make a sound, so that you can track it down.

How to find your Apple Watch using your iPhone

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It’s quick and easy to use your Apple Watch to make your iPhone ping, but it’s also possible to track down your Apple Watch directly from the Control Center of your iPhone, too. For some reason, the option isn’t there by default; you have to manually add it to your Control Center.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Swipe down and tap Control Center.
  3. Under More Controls tap the green + (plus) icon next to Ping My Watch.
  4. Open your Control Center by swiping down from the top-right of the screen.
  5. Tap the Ping My Watch icon.
  6. Your Apple Watch will make a pinging sound that you can follow to its location.
  7. Once you’ve added the Ping My Watch control to your Control Center, you can find it there any time that you open the Control Center on your iPhone.

If you don’t want to add the Ping My Watch control to your Control Center, you can also use the Find My app on your iPhone to make your Apple Watch play a sound.

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