How to Ping Apple Watch Using iPhone – and Vice Versa

If you are someone who owns an Apple Watch, you know how convenient it is to receive notifications on your wrist. But what if you cannot find your device? That is where “Ping” comes in. In this blog, we will guide you on how to ping your Apple Watch using your iPhone and vice versa.

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First things first – Find My app – Play Sound

  1. Go to the Find My app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your Apple Watch listed under “Devices.”
  3. Click on “Play Sound” to ping your device.
  4. The Apple Watch should now start making a sound, which will last for around two minutes.

Note: If the Apple Watch is in silent mode, you will not hear any sound. The screen will flash instead.

But also – Ping iPhone

  1. Swipe up on the Apple Watch screen to display the Control Center.
  2. Click on the Ping iPhone icon, which looks like an iPhone with sound waves coming out of it.
  3. Your iPhone will now make a beeping sound, for around two minutes.
  4. If you cannot locate your device, you can tap on the “Ping iPhone” icon again.

A useful tip: Suppose you are unable to find your iPhone or Apple Watch – try using the “Ping” feature in a quiet environment for a better chance of hearing the sound.

Furthermore, if you have a family setup on the Apple Watch, you can also Ping other family members’ devices if they are offline. If the device is out of range or turned off, the Find My app will notify you that the device was last seen in a particular location.

Can’t ping your Apple Watch from your iPhone? 4 Ways to Fix it

However, just like any other technology, there are problems that can arise, such as not being able to ping your Apple Watch from your iPhone. This can be frustrating, but don’t worry, there are some ways to fix it. Here are four possible solutions to help you resolve this issue and get back to using your Apple Watch seamlessly.

What you should make sure is that:

  • Both devices must be on the same iCloud account
  • Enable Find My iPhone and Find My Apple Watch
  • Pair your iPhone with Apple Watch

Solution 1: Enable Wrist Detection

Wrist Detection is a feature that activates your Apple Watch’s display when you raise your wrist. It also locks your Apple Watch when you take it off. To enable Wrist Detection, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on ‘My Watch.’
  3. Select ‘General.’
  4. Scroll down and enable Wrist Detection.

Solution 2: Restart Both Your Devices

Restarting your Apple Watch and iPhone is another possible solution. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the power off option appears.
  • Use the power off slider to turn off your Apple Watch completely.
  • Hold down the side button again to turn your Apple Watch back on.
  • Restart your iPhone.

Solution 3: Reset Your Network Settings

Resetting your network settings can help resolve the issue if your devices are having difficulty connecting. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on ‘General.’
  3. Scroll down and tap on ‘Reset.’
  4. Select ‘Reset Network Settings.’
  5. Enter your passcode (if requested).
  6. Tap on ‘Reset Network Settings’ again to confirm.

Make Sure your watch and phone must be connected to a working Wi-Fi network. For the ping sound to work on the same network.

Solution 4: Unpair and Pair Your Apple Watch with Your iPhone

If the other solutions don’t work, the final solution is to unpair and pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone. This will reset the connection between your Apple Watch and iPhone. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to ‘My Watch.’
  3. Tap on the “I” icon next to your Apple Watch.
  4. Select ‘Unpair Apple Watch.’
  5. Start the pairing process again as if your Apple Watch is brand new.


We hope this blog has helped you understand how to use the Ping feature on your Apple Watch and iPhone. As a reminder, if you ever mistakenly activate the Ping feature, you can also stop the sound under the “Play Sound” button in the Find My app. It is essential to use this feature responsibly, and it is not recommended to overuse it, as it can drain the battery on your device quicker.

If you are having difficulty pinging your Apple Watch from your iPhone, don’t worry, simply try the solutions we have provided above. These solutions include enabling Wrist Detection, restarting both devices, resetting your network settings, and unpairing and pairing your Apple Watch with your iPhone. These quick fixes should help your devices connect seamlessly and allow you to enjoy using your Apple Watch once again.

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