How to find lost Apple Watch and what to do when you can’t

How to find lost Apple Watch

It’s vital to know how to find your Apple Watch when it gets lost or stolen. However, the first step is to enable Find My on your devices. Find My is an Apple feature that makes it easy to track down your connected devices.

If your Apple Watch is nearby, you can ping it to make a sound. Or, you can find the location on a map, remotely lock your watch, and even erase it. Keep reading below to learn how to find your Apple Watch using the Find My app.

Find your Apple Watch when it’s nearby 

If you suspect your lost Apple Watch is nearby, you can ping it from your iPhone to play a loud sound that will help you find it. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone. 
  2. In the Device tab, tap your b on the list. 
  3. Tap Play Sound.

    Find your Apple Watch by pinging it from iPhone
  4. When found, tap Dismiss on your Apple Watch to stop the sound.

    Tap Dismiss to stop the pinging sound on your Apple Watch

If you can’t hear the sound and think your Apple Watch is further away, you can try to find it using the method below.

How to find lost Apple Watch from far away

Find My can show you the last location where your watch was online. However, it will be a general area rather than a precise spot. Here’s how to locate your watch:

Note: It is impossible to locate Apple Watch Series 1 lost far away as it doesn’t feature GPS or Wi-Fi connection.

1. On your iPhone

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Tap the Devices tab.
  3. Select your Apple Watch to view its location on the map.
  4. Tap Directions to navigate to the last known location. 

    Find lost Apple Watch from far away on iPhone

2. On your computer

  1. Open a browser and visit iCloud.com.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Open Find iPhone → select All Devices.
  4. Now, tap Apple Watch.

If you don’t see your watch on the map, it’s probably not connected to Wi-Fi, cellular, or your paired iPhone. This makes it impossible to locate. But you should immediately put your watch in Lost Mode that can help someone return it to you if they find it. 

Put your Apple Watch in Lost mode

Putting your Apple Watch in Lost mode adds a safety layer. Now, if someone tries to turn off Find My, erase your watch, or pair it with another iPhone, they will need the passcode. Hence, this prevents others from using your watch. You can do so by visiting iCloud.com on your computer or from your paired iPhone.

Further, you can also add your contact number and a message to display on the watch screen to help people reach you if they find your watch. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Open Find My on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Devices tab.
  3. Select your Apple Watch from the list.
  4. Scroll down and tap Activate under Mark As Lost.
  5. Tap Continue.
  6. Set a passcode to lock your Apple Watch.

    Set a passcode to lock your Apple Watch
  7. Enter the passcode again to confirm
  8. Enter your phone number to display on the screen so someone can contact you if they find it.
  9. Tap Next
  10. Add a message you want to display on the screen if someone finds your watch.
  11. Tap Next
  12. Toggle on Notify When Found and Receive Email Updates
  13. Tap Activate.

    Toggle on Notify When Found and Receive Email Updates
  14. When you find your Apple Watch, tap Unlock
  15. Enter the passcode you set.

    Put your Apple Watch in Lost mode

How to turn off or cancel Lost Mode

  1. Open Find My and select your Apple Watch in Devices.
  2. Tap Activated under Mark As Lost.
  3. Tap Turn Off Mark As LostTurn Off.

    How to turn off or cancel Lost Mode

Can’t locate your Apple Watch? Do this 

If you can’t find your Apple Watch, it’s vital to protect your information on it with the following steps:

  1. Turn on Lost Mode, as explained above.
  2. Change your Apple ID password to prevent others from accessing your iCloud info or using other services from your missing device.
  3. Report your lost device to local enforcement.

That’s how you can find your Apple Watch from your iPhone! While Find My is super efficient and helps you locate the lost device, it is recommended to inform and take the help of local enforcement after locating the device just in case things go south.

If you have more queries, feel free to ask in the comments below. I will try my best to answer them.

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