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Apple users now have another way to find their lost Apple Watch , although these require close proximity. Here's how to use an iPhone running iOS 17 to find your Apple Watch.
You can already check your iPhone using your Apple Watch to find it, and Apple added a feature in iOS 17 that allows you to do the opposite.
Pinging iPhone to Apple Watch or Apple Watch to iPhone means transmitting a signal from one device to another, causing it to make a sound.
This feature comes in handy when you can't find your device and need to find it quickly. The sound it makes helps determine its location, especially if it is nearby but out of sight, such as under a pillow or in another room.
If your Apple Watch is far away from you, you can still use the Find My app to find your device. But in iOS 17, Apple added a button to Control Center to make it easier to find.
How to find Apple Watch from iPhone
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and scroll down to find Control Center.
- In Under More Controls, scroll down until you find Check My Watch.
- Click the Plus (+) button to add it to Control Center.
- On an iPhone with Face ID, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center. Or swipe up from the bottom if you have an iPhone with Touch ID/Home button.
- Pressing the Check My Watch button will cause the Apple Watch to beep.
- Pressing the Check My Watch button will cause your Apple Watch to beep.
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For the Ping feature to work, Apple Watch and iPhone must be within range of each other, typically within Bluetooth range, approximately 33 feet or 10 meters. However, this may vary depending on environmental factors. For example, some surfaces, such as walls, may cause Bluetooth signals to be reflected or scattered.
Note that the Apple Watch will only play the sound once, so you may have to click the Check My Watch button until you find it.