Lost your Apple Watch? The iPhone can now ping you!

If the feature had existed a year ago, I could have saved myself a lot of searching in the bushes of Austria. With iOS 17 there is finally the function to get the Apple Watch to play a short tone from the iPhone.

Previously you could do the same thing from the Apple Watch if you lost your iPhone, but the other way around it has only been available since iOS 17.

At the bottom right you can see the new icon for the function to ping the Apple Watch - here is a screenshot from my iPhone control center (with a blur over the other buttons).
At the bottom right you can see the new icon for the function to ping the Apple Watch - here is a screenshot from my iPhone control center (with a blur over the other buttons).

Add feature in Control Center

The button for pinging the Apple Watch is not there by itself control center set up, but you can do this quickly yourself. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Open settings on the iPhone
  2. Select the “Control Center” menu item
  3. Look down there in “More controls”.
  4. Tap on “Ping my Apple Watch”.

This moves the function to the “Included controls” area and is now available via your control center on the iPhone.

Here you can see the way to add the watch pinging button in the control center of the iPhone.
Here you can see the way to add the watch pinging button in the control center of the iPhone.

Pinging the Apple Watch in practice

I just tried it: On the iPhone, you swipe down from the top edge of the display to open the control center. Right at the bottom you will find the button with the watch and the sound waves next to it (see screenshot).

The Apple Watch then plays a very short melody, but the display remains deactivated. The sound should be sufficient for searching and finding.

Another positive thing is that it is a melody that contains different pitches. I find the high pinging that you get with AirTags to be difficult to locate.

Only works in WiFi or via Bluetooth

It is important to note that the iPhone and the Apple Watch must of course be signed in to the same Apple ID. Both devices must also be in the same WLAN or within Bluetooth range.

The function won't help you if you've lost your Apple Watch somewhere further away from home and you're not within Bluetooth range. In this case, the newer Apple Watch models (from Series 6) can be used with the U1 chip about the function “Where is?” can be localized.

More tips?

Do you have any other exciting tips for iPhone and Apple Watch? Then please leave a comment here! I'm always looking for tips and tricks about Apple devices.

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