How to Locate Lost Apple Watch Using “Find My iPhone”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Launch Find My iPhone app on iPhone

Step #2. Now, sign in with your Apple ID and password, if you are not already.

Then, tap your Apple Watch.

Tap on Your Apple Watch in Find My iPhone App

Note: You can also head over to your Watch app on your iPhone → My Watch tabApple 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.

Go to iCloud Web and Sign in with Apple ID

Step #2. Now, click Find iPhone.

Click Find iPhone in iCloud Web

Step #3. Next, click All Devices and select your Apple Watch.

Click All Devices in iCloud Find iPhone and select 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.

You can see the location of Apple watch on Map, Tap on Play a Sound to Locate

Click Play a sound to Locate Apple Watch in iCloud Find iPhone

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.

Tap on Apple Watch and then tap Lost Mode in Find My iPhone App

Step #2. On your iPhone, you need to confirm that you wish to lock your watch and tap Turn on Lost Mode.

Tap on Turn on Lost Mode to Lock your Apple watch

Step #3. Now, enter a phone number where you can be reached, then tap Next.

Enter a phone number and then tap on Next in Find My iPhone App

Step #4. Up next, type in a custom message that you wish to show on the watch screen. Then tap on Done.

Type custom message and Tap on Done to Put Apple Watch in Lost Mode

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 iPhoneAll DevicesApple Watch → click on Lost Mode.

Click on Lost Mode in iCloud Find iPhone

Then enter the phone number that you want to display on the watch → click on Next.

Enter the phone number and Click on Next in iCloud Find iPhone

Now, enter a short message to show along with your phone number. And then, click on Done.

Write a short message and Click on Done to Put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode

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.

Tap on Your Apple Watch in Find My iPhone App

Step #2. Now, tap Lost Mode.

Tap on Lost Mode Apple Watch in Find My iPhone App

Step #3. Next, tap on Turn Off Lost Mode and confirm.

Tap on Turn off to Cancel Lost Mode on Apple Watch

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.

Click All Devices in iCloud Find iPhone and select Apple Watch

Step #2. Next up, click on Lost Mode.

Click Lost Mode in iCloud Find iPhone

Step #3. Up next, click on Turn Off Lost Mode and confirm.

Turn off Lost Mode on Apple Watch

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.

Tap on Your Apple Watch in Find My iPhone App

Step #2. Now, tap on Erase Watch and confirm.

Erase Apple Watch from Find My iPhone

Note: You can also head over to iCloud.com → Find iPhone → All Devices → Apple Watch → click on Erase Apple Watch and confirm.

Click on Erase Apple Watch in iCloud Find iPhone

Click Erase to Confirm in iCloud Find iPhone

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

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Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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