How to Find My Apple Watch

How to track an Apple Watch and get it back on your wrist

The Apple Watch is the ideal wearable companion for your iPhone. But, what if you lose your device? Here's how you might be able to recover your wearable companion. Plus, learn a few tricks to avoid leaving your watch behind.

Find Your Lost Apple Watch

Thankfully, when Apple designed its high-tech smartwatch, it included the ability to locate it with a free app available on your iPhone, iPad, and PC. The Find My iPhone app allows Apple owners to find their misplaced gear.

For your Apple Watch to be located via Find My iPhone, your watch must be associated with your Apple ID, and the feature must be active. By default, Find My iPhone is on.

Accessing Find My iPhone (From iPhone or iPad)

If you are looking for your Apple Watch, you can use the Find My iPhone app available for all iOS devices. If the app is not currently installed on your smartphone or tablet, you can download it for free from the App Store.

  1. In the Find My iPhone app, tap Devices.

  2. Select your Apple Watch from the list of connected iOS devices.

  3. The map will now show the location of your Apple Watch. Select Play Sound to have your Apple Watch omit a sound; if it is nearby, it should now be easy to locate.

    Devices, an Apple Watch, and the Play Sound button

Accessing Find My iPhone (From Windows or Mac)

If you don't have access to another Apple device, you can locate your lost Apple Watch from any PC with a connection to the internet.

  1. Visit iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

  2. From the icon grid, select Find iPhone.

    Find iPhone
  3. At the top of the screen select All Devices.

    All Devices on iCloud
  4. Select your Apple Watch from the list.

    An Apple Watch in the All Devices menu on iCloud
  5. The map will now show the location of your Apple Watch. In the upper-right corner of the screen, select Play Sound.

    The "Play Sound" button on iCloud

Unable to Locate Apple Watch

You may have circumstances in which you can't locate your Apple Watch via Find My iPhone or have it play a sound. One such example is that the smartwatch's battery has died; in this case, the application may show you the last known location of the watch.

Apple Watches that run on Wi-Fi will only be able to report back its location when connected to a known Wi-Fi network. If you have a cellular Apple Watch, it should report back as long as it's registered with your mobile carrier and has a sufficient signal.

In both cases, your only option is to locate the Apple Watch using the last known position as reported by Find My iPhone. If you are still unable to locate your watch, we recommend placing it in Lost Mode as detailed below.

Enable Lost Mode For Apple Watch (From iPhone or iPad)

If you are unable to locate your Apple Watch, you may wish to place it into Lost Mode so that it can be locked down and alert any finders to its lost status. Here is how you go about the process from an iOS device:

  1. At the bottom of the page, select Devices.

  2. Select your Apple Watch from the list of connected iOS devices.

  3. Tap Activate under Mark As Lost.

    Turning on Mark as Lost
  4. Tap to confirm that you wish to enable mark the device as lost.

  5. Enter a phone number that can be displayed upon your Apple Watch if someone finds it.

    This step is optional.

  6. Either enter a custom message or immediately select Done to use Apple's default message.

Enable Lost Mode For Apple Watch From a Mac

You can also enable Lost Mode from any PC with an internet connection.

  1. Visit iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

  2. From the icon grid, select Find iPhone.

    Find iPhone
  3. At the top of the screen, select All Devices.

    All Devices on iCloud
  4. Pick your Apple Watch from the list.

    An Apple Watch in the All Devices menu on iCloud
  5. The map will now show the location (or the last known location) of your Apple Watch. In the upper-right corner of the screen, select Lost Mode.

    Lost Mode on iCloud
  6. Enter a phone number to show on your Apple Watch if someone finds it.

    This step is optional.

  7. Enter a custom message to display on your Apple Watch, and then select Done to enable Lost Mode.

To disable lost mode, open the Find My iPhone app and navigate back to your Apple Watch. When you select the Lost Mode button under Actions, you can turn the feature off.

Prevent Losing Your Apple Watch

While not much more than attentiveness can keep you from losing your Apple Watch, one security company is offering a solution to the problem. The folks at Lookout have introduced an Apple Watch app as a part of their standard Lookout security application for iOS.

Lookout app for Apple Watch

Downloading and setting up the software will cause your iPhone to alert you as soon as it loses communication with your watch—one way to ensure that you don't leave it behind.

Ensure that your Apple Watch has the Find My iPhone feature enabled and that it hasn't been accidentally disabled. Learn more about the feature at Apple.com.

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