Can You Change Apple Watch Ping Sound? (iOS 16)

iOS 16 dropped a new ping sound to locate your iPhone from a distance with your Apple Watch, and people are not thrilled. Read below to find out if you can change the new sound back to the original.

None of us love change, unless of course it's a relaxing vacation somewhere peaceful. For a lot of Apple Watch lovers, the changes made to the pinging sound you use to locate your iPhone via your Apple Watch have been very unwelcome. Lots of people are asking, "Can you change the Apple Watch ping sound?" We've got the answers, but you're not going to like them.

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How to Change Apple Watch Ping

Let's cut to the chase: unfortunately, you cannot change the ping noise back to the way it sounded before the iOS 16 update at this time. However, there are a few things you can do to mitigate your discomfort with the new ping sound. The first and only real way to return to the old ping is to downgrade your iOS by returning to a previous iPhone software. While this can be somewhat of a lengthy and inconvenient process, if you hate the new ping sound that much it may be worth it. If you like iPhone tips like this, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

A simpler, though less effective, solution is to adjust the volume of the iPhone ping sound. Just be careful not to lower it so much that you can't find your iPhone the next time you ping it. Here's how:

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings.

    On you iPhone, open Settings.
  2. Select Sounds & Haptics

    Select Sounds & Haptics. 
  3. Tap Change with Buttons. It will be green when enabled.

    Tap Change with Buttons. It will be green when enabled.

Other than this, there's not much else we can do to customize the ping sound on Apple Watch. If you'd like, you can give Apple feedback about this at

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.