How to ping Apple Watch using iPhone and vice versa

How to ping Apple Watch using iPhone and vice versa

It happens to all of us. You take off your Apple Watch and suddenly can’t find it anywhere. But don’t worry! You can ping your Apple Watch from your iPhone to find it quickly if it’s nearby.

Pinging plays a loud sound on your watch to help you locate it from wherever it disappeared, such as the crack in the couch, the abyss behind your bed, or the pocket of the coat you threw into the laundry. Let me show you how it works.

Before you ping your Apple Watch to find it, make sure that:

  • You’ve previously enabled FindMy
  • Your phone and watch are connected to Wi-Fi

How to find your Apple Watch by pinging it from iPhone

Keep in mind that this only makes sense if your watch is nearby to hear the sound and retrieve it.

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the Devices tab. 
  3. Tap your Apple Watch on the list of devices.
  4. Tap Play Sound
    Your watch will start playing a sound that can help you locate it if it’s nearby. 

    Find your Apple Watch by pinging it from iPhone
  5. Once you find it, tap Dismiss to stop the pinging sound on your Apple Watch.

    Tap Dismiss to stop the pinging sound on your Apple Watch

It’s that easy! Moreover, just like pinging your lost Apple Watch, you can also ping your iPhone using your watch. Read on to find out more.

How to ping iPhone from Apple Watch

  1. On your watch face, swipe up to access the Control Center.
  2. Tap the phone icon.

    How to ping iPhone from Apple Watch
  3. Your iPhone will start ringing, provided it’s within the Bluetooth range of your Apple Watch.

Note: You will need to keep tapping the button to keep your phone ringing until you find it.

Can’t ping your Apple Watch from your iPhone? 4 Ways to fix it

Are you facing issues with the Find My Apple Watch sound not ringing? This is probably because your device doesn’t meet the criteria needed for this to work. Follow the tips below to ensure you can ping your Apple Watch from your iPhone.

1. Pair your iPhone with Apple Watch

Your watch must be paired with your iPhone for Find My to work. Open the app on your phone and ensure your watch appears as a paired device. If it doesn’t, you will not be able to ping it. 

2. Both devices must be on the same iCloud account

You must be signed into the same iCloud account on your iPhone and Apple Watch to ping your Apple Watch.

3. Enable Find My iPhone and Find My Apple Watch

Find My helps you track down your Apple devices. So you must have enabled Find My on your Apple Watch and iPhone to play the ping sound.  

4. Check the network connection on both devices

As mentioned above too, your watch and phone must be connected to a working Wi-Fi network for the ping sound to work. 

That’s it! Now you know how to ping your Apple Watch from your iPhone. Let me know in the comments if you have additional questions.

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