Being able to locate your iPhone using your Apple Watch has long been a feature, and it’s one that has helped people find their iPhone when it’s fallen behind a cushion or is hiding beneath the dog. But it’s never been possible to use an iPhone to find an Apple Watch. Until now.
The new feature is built into iOS 17 and watchOS 10 and it’s something that will no doubt come in just as handy. You can press a button on your iPhone and have your Apple Watch make its presence known, so you’ll never wonder where it is ever again.
Thankfully, using an iPhone to locate an Apple Watch is super easy, here’s how to make it happen.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Tap Control Center.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the + button beside the Ping My Watch option. This will add the button to Control Center for future use.
Step 4: Open Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen and then tap the new Ping My Watch button.
Assuming your Apple Watch is within Bluetooth range of your iPhone, it’ll start making a sound so that you can locate it. Don’t worry, your Apple Watch won’t need to be unlocked for obvious reasons.
If the feature isn’t working or you can’t find the Ping My Watch button in Control Center’s settings, make sure you have iOS 17 or later installed on your iPhone and watchOS 10 or later installed on your Apple Watch.