How to Ping Your Apple Watch from iPhone [iOS 17]

With iOS 17, Apple introduces a whole new way to locate the Apple Watch from the iPhone. We usually forget things after placing them somewhere and the same can happen with our Apple Watch and iPhone. Fortunately, iOS 17 makes it simple to ping your Watch from your iPhone, helping you easily locate it.

In this guide, we will take a look at the different ways to ping Apple Watch from iPhone.

“Find My” is undoubtedly one of the best features within the Apple Ecosystem. It lets users effortlessly track down their Apple devices when they go astray. To make things even better, Apple has introduced a new quick shortcut that streamlines the process of locating your Apple Watch, requiring just one or two taps.

Let’s dive right into the steps.

Ping Apple Watch from iPhone on iOS 17

First things first, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 17. If you are already on the latest version, then you can easily ping your Watch from your iPhone. You can follow these steps to get the new controls on your Control Center.

Note: This feature will only work if Bluetooth is enabled on both Apple Watch and iPhone and are in the range. If your Watch is out of range, then you can follow the traditional method listed below this method.

How to Ping Your Apple Watch from iPhone
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone running on iOS 17.
  2. Find Control Center and Tap on it.
  3. In the More Controls section, find the Ping My Watch option.
  4. Select the Green “+” icon that appears in the front of the option.
  5. Once done, open the Control Center with a swipe-down gesture from the top right corner.
  6. Select the Ping My Watch icon.
  7. That’s it.

Ping Apple Watch from iPhone on iOS 16 or older

If your iPhone is running on the older version of iOS, then you can use the traditional Find My method to track down your Apple Watch. This method is also suitable if your Apple Watch is not in range. Here are the steps you can follow to ping the watch.

How to Ping Your Apple Watch from iPhone
  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. If you open the app for the first time, it will prompt you to allow location for Find My.
  3. In the devices tap, select your Apple Watch.
  4. Select the Play Sound option.
  5. That’s it.

You can also locate your Apple Watch inside the Watch app on iPhone. All you need to do is, open the Watch app, select All Watches > tap on the i button > then select Find My Apple Watch. It will bring you to the Find My app and play sound on the watch.

How to Ping Your Apple Watch from iPhone

It is undoubtedly a useful feature that lets you locate your Apple Watch if misplaced, however, if your watch is on Mute, then your watch will vibrate.

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By Haneet Singh

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