Nobody wants to lose their precious device like Apple Watch, do they? However, unexpected things do happen in life, and therefore, it always pays to be extra cautious.
We have already made a beginner’s guide regarding how to set up Find My iPhone—an advanced security feature designed to safeguard and track iDevices. And this hands-on guide talks about the process of locating the lost Apple Watch using “Find My iPhone.”
So, what if you have found yourself on the wrong side of the stream and are looking for an effective way to track the Apple Watch? Worry not, Apple’s noted security feature can let you not just see the current location of the watch but also enter it into lost mode. Besides, if you find the device nearby, you can even play a loud sound on it. Check out the details.
How to Use “Find My iPhone” to Locate Your Lost or Stolen Apple Watch
When Find My Watch is enabled, your Watch is protected by Activation Lock. Therefore, one must enter your Apple ID password to erase the Watch or pair it with another iPhone. To use this security feature, your smartwatch must be running watchOS 2 or later.
Keep in mind; there are two major requirements for Find My Watch to work—GPS and Internet connectivity. And, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE and GPS support is designed to take the full advantage of Apple’s device tracking feature. To be more precise, you can track your Watch even if it’s far away from your iPhone. To get the LTE in working condition on your compatible Watch, contact the carrier.
Note: Unfortunately, that’s not the case with Apple Watch Series 3 without LTE and Series 2. Since these smartwatches have GPS, they take the help of a trusted Wi-Fi connection to show its location on the Map.
As Apple Watch Series 1 doesn’t have even GPS, it uses the Bluetooth connection and Wi-Fi of your iPhone to display its location on the map. And if it’s out of the location of your paired iPhone, you won’t be able to track it. So, we can say that the oldest version of the watch lacks the technology to work perfectly with the Find My iPhone feature.
Both the Find My iPhone app and icloud.com can let you find your wearable device.
On your iOS device:
Step #1. Launch Find My iPhone app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, sign in with your Apple ID and password, if you are not already.
Then, tap your Apple Watch.
Note: You can also head over to your Watch app on your iPhone → My Watch tab → Apple Watch icon → tap on “i” button → Find My Apple Watch.
On your computer:
Step #1. Open any web browser on your computer and head over to iCloud.com then sign in with your Apple ID.
Step #2. Now, click Find iPhone.
Step #3. Next, click All Devices and select your Apple Watch.
Now, you should see the location of your watch on the map. If it’s nearby, play a sound on it. And after you have found the watch, tap on Dismiss to stop it from playing the sound.
Keep in mind, if the Watch is not connected to Wi-Fi, cellular or paired with the iPhone, it won’t appear on the map.
Note: If your device is offline, check the box for Notify me when found to get the alert as soon as the device is connected to the Internet.
How to Put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode
What if your lost Apple Watch is offline or doesn’t appear on the Map? To prevent anyone from using your smartwatch, you can enter lost mode on the Watch. Plus, there is also an option to send a message with your phone number. Therefore, if anyone finds the missing watch, he can contact you.
Step #1. Open Find My iPhone → Sign in to your account → tap on Apple Watch and then tap Lost Mode.
Step #2. On your iPhone, you need to confirm that you wish to lock your watch and tap Turn on Lost Mode.
Step #3. Now, enter a phone number where you can be reached, then tap Next.
Step #4. Up next, type in a custom message that you wish to show on the watch screen. Then tap on Done.
Now, Find My iPhone will send you an email message to confirm that you’ve put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode.
You can also use the iCloud.com to put the watch in lost mode. Go to icloud.com → Sign into your account → Find iPhone → All Devices → Apple Watch → click on Lost Mode.
Then enter the phone number that you want to display on the watch → click on Next.
Now, enter a short message to show along with your phone number. And then, click on Done.
How to Turn off or Cancel Lost Mode on Apple Watch
Once you have found your missing Apple Watch, you can easily disable lost mode on it. To do so, tap on the Unlock on your watch and then enter your passcode.
Besides, you have the option to turn off Lost Mode both from the paired iPhone and iCloud.com.
Step #1. Open the Find My iPhone app and tap your missing Apple Watch.
Step #2. Now, tap Lost Mode.
Step #3. Next, tap on Turn Off Lost Mode and confirm.
On your computer
Step #1. Open any web browser and sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID → Find iPhone → All Device → Select Apple Watch.
Step #2. Next up, click on Lost Mode.
Step #3. Up next, click on Turn Off Lost Mode and confirm.
Just in case, you aren’t able to track your Watch or feel a bit concerned about the security of your data, you can choose to completely erase its data from the Find My iPhone. Do note that it will delete all the contents and settings when the smartwatch connects to the Internet. Besides, you can’t track it anymore.
Tip: For additional security, you can also change your Apple ID password to stop anyone from accessing your iCloud info or other important services.
How to Erase Apple Watch from Find My iPhone
Step #1. Open Find My iPhone on your iPhone → Apple Watch.
Step #2. Now, tap on Erase Watch and confirm.
Note: You can also head over to iCloud.com → Find iPhone → All Devices → Apple Watch → click on Erase Apple Watch and confirm.
That’s pretty much it!
Over to you:
That’s how you can get your missing wearable device back. I hope this guide can come in handy. Do share your feedback down below
You might want to refer this guide as well:
- How to Speed Up Your Apple Watch
- How to Use the Internet on Apple Watch Running watchOS 5
- Apple Watch Too Slow? Tips to Speed Up Your Apple Watch
- Apple Watch Not Updating Weather App: Possible Solutions to Fix the Issue