How to find your Apple Watch

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It's all too easy to lose your Apple Watch, but Apple has included a useful app you can use to find it. Just like with an iPhone, you may one day lose your Apple Watch.


But we have good news. Thanks to the Find My app, you have a great chance to find your Apple Watch if it gets lost. Let's take a look at how to find an Apple Watch using this app what to do if you can't locate it.



How to use Find My to locate an Apple Watch

The first step if your Apple Watch has been lost or stolen is to open the Find mine app on your iPhone. If you don't have your iPhone, Find My is also available on iCloud.com.

The first time you pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone, your Apple Watch is automatically added to the Find My app.


As long as your Apple Watch is still paired with an iPhone or Wi-Fi network, you should be able to see the location of the device. Anyone with an Apple Watch GPS or cellular model is in an even better position as the watch can tell you its location as long as it receives a cellular signal.

Please note that if for some reason the watch is not connected to a paired iPhone or is not receiving a Wi-Fi or cellular signal, you will not be able to see its location.

In the app, select your Apple Watch name to see an exact location and the last time the device was detected. You can also touch Indications to see how to get to the watch if it's not nearby.



Another option is that of play a sound. The watch will make a loud noise, albeit in silent mode until you close it. It's a perfect way to find the clock if it's somewhere out of the way like under a sofa cushion.


Below these options there is Notify when found. After turning it on, if your Apple Watch reconnects, you will see a notification. You can then open the Find My app and see the location update.

Switch an Apple Watch to Lost Mode

If you still can't locate your Apple Watch, the next step should be to turn on Lost Mode. The setting for this can be found at the bottom of the Apple Watch information page under Find My.


After selecting Lost mode, enter a phone number where you can be reached and then select NEXT. Then write a note that you want to show on the clock screen. Finally, select Attiva.

You will receive an email confirming the activation of Lost Mode. If your watch is found, hopefully someone can contact you using the phone number and note you provided.

As a precaution, Apple Pay and other services are disabled when an Apple Watch is in Lost Mode.

If your Apple Watch is returned to you or found, be sure to turn off Lost Mode so you can use the device normally. To do this, select your Apple Watch in the Find My app, select On in the section Mark as lost and choose Turn off Mark as Lost. Then tap Switch off to confirm.


If all the others fail ...

Any Apple Watch stores personal information about you and even payment information on Apple Pay. But if your watch is permanently lost, there are a few ways to protect your data.

When in lost mode, for added security, someone may need your Apple Watch passcode to deactivate Find My, erase the watch, or pair it with another iPhone.


A great step is to change the Apple ID password. This will prevent anyone from accessing iCloud data via your Apple Watch.


If for some reason you have forgotten your existing password, take a look at how to reset Apple ID password.

On the Find My page of your Apple Watch, you can also select Delete this device. If the watch connects to another iPhone, Wi-Fi or cellular signal, it will erase all data on the device. This cannot be undone, so you should only use it as a last resort.

Also, you can't track your Apple Watch in the Find My app after wiping it.

You won't have to worry about someone using your lost or stolen Apple Watch. Apple's Activation Lock feature will prevent this. Anyone trying to pair the watch with a new iPhone will need your Apple ID and password to do so.

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How to find your Apple Watch

While losing an expensive device like an Apple Watch is never fun, we've shown you a number of ways to get it back on your wrist safely.


Find My and Activation Lock are just some of the many security features Apple has created for the wearable device. Make sure you learn everything available at your disposal to protect your watch.

Further Reading:

  • How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch
  • How to update your Apple Watch
  • How to Watch YouTube Videos on Apple Watch
  • How to connect AirPods to Apple Watch
  • How to install watchOS 7 on your Apple Watch

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