If your iPhone frequently goes on safari into the couch cushions or under-bed lairs of your home, you don't have to rush to your computer and iCloud.com to uncover it. Instead, you can use your Apple Watch. Unlike Find My iPhone, your Apple Watch's search feature won't trigger iCloud emails saying your device has been sent a noise; it's a much simpler and less complicated Find function.

Note: Your phone needs to be turned on and have Bluetooth enabled for this to work, and it will only ping the iPhone your Apple Watch is paired with; you can't currently find other devices in this manner.

How to find your iPhone with your Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown button to return to the watch face.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face. It should show your iPhone at the top as "Connected" in green text.
  3. Tap the Find iPhone button in the bottom left corner.

Within a few seconds, your iPhone should ring out with a small submarine-style ping. You can tap this button to your heart's content until you discover where your phone has been spending its time.

Pro-tip: Sometimes that submarine-style ping isn't enough to help you track down your device. If you tap and hold the Find iPhone button on your Apple Watch, it'll make your iPhone's LED light flash as well as chime.


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Originally written June 2017: Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this article.

Updated Sept. 2018: Updated with info from iOS 12 and watchOS 5.

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