What you need to know
- Google has announced an update to the Google Assistant and the Google Home app on iOS.
- The Google Assistant can now help you find your iPhone.
Siri isn't the only smart assistant who can find your iPhone anymore.
Today, Google announced that the Google Assistant (opens in new tab) will now also be able to help you locate where you misplaced your iPhone. While the Google Assistant has been able to find Android phones for a while now, Google has now added the capability to find iPhones as well.
According to the announcement, iPhone owners have to give notification and critical alert permission for the Google Home (opens in new tab) app in order to turn on the feature. This will allow the Smart Assistant to send a notification and custom ring to your iPhone even if you have Do Not Disturb turned on or your iPhone set to Silent Mode.
Of course, iPhone owners who don't have a Google Home or use the Google Assistant don't need this feature in order to find their iPhone. Apple's Find My service and Siri can do exactly that without having to give access to certain phone functions to another company like Google.
However, for those who are heavy into the Google ecosystem, it's a handy feature that has been missing for the iPhone for a while.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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