How to Find an iPhone on Silent Using Google Assistant

Enable critical alerts to find your phone is on silent or do not disturb

What to Know

  • Google Assistant can locate your iPhone using the “Find my iPhone” command.
  • To find your iPhone with Google Assistant, you need to enable voice match in the Google Home app on your phone. 
  • To find your iPhone when it’s on silent, you need to enable critical alerts.

This article explains how to use Google Assistant to locate your iPhone even if you have set the iPhone to silent. To use this method, you will need a Google Home or Nest smart speaker or display.

Can Google Assistant Find my iPhone?

They might seem like an odd pair, but you can use Google Assistant to find your iPhone. You can even have Google Assistant find your phone for you if the phone is on silent mode. It manages this by temporarily bypassing silent mode to sound the alert so you can locate the misplaced phone.

To find your iPhone with Google Assistant, you need to have the Google Home app on your iPhone. The phone also needs to be connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data. If you want Google Assistant to find your phone when it’s on silent or in do not disturb mode, you need to have critical alerts enabled.

How to Find Your Phone With Google Assistant

You can find your iPhone with Google Assistant, but only if you’ve set things up ahead of time. Then all you have to do is say, “Find my iPhone,” or “Where’s my iPhone” to your Google Assistant-enabled device.

Here’s how to set it up so you can find your iPhone with Google Assistant:

  1. Install Google Home on your iPhone if you haven’t already done so.

  2. Open the Google Home app, and tap Settings.

  3. Tap Notifications.

  4. Tap Turn on Notifications.

    Steps to enable Google Home notifications on the iPhone.
  5. Tap Allow.

  6. Tap General notifications.

  7. Tap the Critical alerts slider if it isn't already on.

    Steps to enable critical alerts in the Google Home app on the iPhone.

    If you don’t turn critical alerts on, Google Assistant won’t find your iPhone when it’s on silent mode.

  8. Return to the main Google Home screen, and tap your account avatar icon in the upper right corner.

  9. Tap assistant settings.

  10. Tap voice match.

    Enabling Voice Match in the Google Home app on the iPhone.
  11. Tap add a device.

  12. Select the Google Home or Nest speaker you want to be able to use to find your iPhone.

    If your Google Home or Nest device is already set up with Voice Match, you don't have to do this step. Your device is ready to find your iPhone.

  13. Go through the Voice Match setup process on your phone.

    Setting up Voice Match in the Google Home app on the iPhone.
  14. If you lose your iPhone, say, "Okay, Google, find my iPhone" using the Google Home or Nest device you set up in step 10.

How Can I Find My iPhone When It’s On Silent?

Under normal circumstances, your iPhone won’t make any noise when it’s on silent. The whole point of this setting is to prevent the phone from making noise in situations where you need it to remain silent. However, if you leave your iPhone on silent and misplace it, you can end up having a lot of difficulties finding it again.

To find an iPhone when it’s on silent, you need to have critical alerts enabled in your iPhone settings. You also need to have something, like Google Assistant, capable of sending on-demand critical alerts to an iPhone.

When you have critical alerts enabled on your iPhone and receive one, it temporarily bypasses silent mode. So when you ask Google Assistant to find your iPhone, it’s on silent, but you have critical alerts enabled, the phone will ring for roughly 25 seconds before going silent again. If you cannot find the phone within that time, ask Google Assistant to find your iPhone again, and it will ring for another 25 seconds.

FAQ
  • How do I find my lost Android phone when it's on silent?

    If you set up device tracking from the Find My Device app on your Android phone, sign in to your Google account from https://android.com/find. Select your lost phone and choose the Play sound option to ring your phone for 5 minutes, even if it's on silent. If it's not in your house and you think it's lost or stolen, use the Secure Device or Erase Device options.

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