How to Ping an iPhone with Apple Watch (Fastest Way!)

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We've all misplaced our iPhones at one point or another. The good news is that with a few quick taps, you can quickly ping your lost iPhone so that it emits a beeping sound! This is one of the fastest ways to locate an iPhone. Here’s how to find your iPhone using an Apple Watch.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Learn how to ping an iPhone using an Apple Watch so that your lost iPhone emits a sound.
  • Make your lost iPhone beep to find your phone in the dark.

How to Ping Phone from Apple Watch

System Requirements

This tip works on Apple Watches running watchOS 10 and later.

If you're trying to find your iPhone lost in the house or an iPhone that's on, has Airplane mode switched off, and is in Bluetooth range of your Apple Watch, you can use the ping my phone feature. For more Apple Watch tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Now, here's how to ping your lost iPhone using your Apple Watch:

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  1. Press the Side button to open the Control Center.

    Press the Side button to open the Control Center.
  2. The green iPhone icon at the top of the screen indicates your iPhone is connected and in range.

    The green iPhone icon at the top of the screen indicates your iPhone is connected and in range.
  3. Tap the gray iPhone icon. Your phone will emit a beeping sound. If you press and hold the iPhone icon, your lost iPhone will beep, and the flashlight will flash (which is helpful if you're searching in the dark).

    Tap the gray iPhone icon.

After you tap or press and hold the iPhone icon, it will briefly turn blue and ping your iPhone. So, if it takes longer than one beep to find your iPhone, press the button again to continue pinging your phone.

As a final note, if the iPhone icon is grayed out and you are unable to press it, this indicates that your iPhone is off or out of Bluetooth range. So, if you’ve left your iPhone further away, you'll need to use Find My to find a dead iPhone, an iPhone that is turned off, or in another location. 

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Author Details

Sarah Kingsbury

As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.