For some time now, it's been possible to ping your misplaced iPhone with your Apple Watch. Beginning in iOS 17, currently in beta, you can now do the reverse and ping your Apple Watch with your iPhone if you forgot where you put it down.

ping watch control center
Finding your Apple Watch with your iPhone can be achieved thanks to a new "Ping My Watch" button for Control Center. Tapping the button makes your watch emit an audible tone so you can more easily locate it.

The new feature only works if your iPhone and Apple Watch are in Bluetooth range or connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If you think your watch may be further away, try the Find My app instead.

Apple doesn't include the new Ping My Watch button in the default Control Center set, but you can add it manually by following these simple steps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Under "More Controls," tap the + button next to Ping My Watch.
  4. Now, swipe down diagonally from the top-right corner of the screen (or swipe up from the bottom on a device with a Home button) to open Control Center.
  5. Tap the Ping My Watch button to make your watch audibly beep.


Note that the feature works if your watch is locked and/or charging, and even if your watch is on your wrist.

You can install the iOS 17 Public Beta now or wait for the official stable release which is expected to land in the fall.

Related Forum: Apple Watch

Popular Stories

Delta Feature

Delta Game Emulator Now Available From App Store on iPhone

Wednesday April 17, 2024 9:58 am PDT by
Game emulator apps have come and gone since Apple announced App Store support for them on April 5, but now popular game emulator Delta from developer Riley Testut is available for download. Testut is known as the developer behind GBA4iOS, an open-source emulator that was available for a brief time more than a decade ago. GBA4iOS led to Delta, an emulator that has been available outside of...
iPhone 15 Pro Action Button Translate

All iPhone 16 Models to Feature Action Button, But Usefulness Debated

Tuesday April 16, 2024 6:54 am PDT by
Last September, Apple's iPhone 15 Pro models debuted with a new customizable Action button, offering faster access to a handful of functions, as well as the ability to assign Shortcuts. Apple is poised to include the feature on all upcoming iPhone 16 models, so we asked iPhone 15 Pro users what their experience has been with the additional button so far. The Action button replaces the switch ...
Provenance Emulator

PlayStation, GameCube, Wii, and SEGA Emulator for iPhone and Apple TV Coming to App Store

Friday April 19, 2024 8:29 am PDT by
The lead developer of the multi-emulator app Provenance has told iMore that his team is working towards releasing the app on the App Store, but he did not provide a timeframe. Provenance is a frontend for many existing emulators, and it would allow iPhone and Apple TV users to emulate games released for a wide variety of classic game consoles, including the original PlayStation, GameCube, Wii,...

Hands-On With the New App Store Delta Game Emulator

Wednesday April 17, 2024 12:19 pm PDT by
A decade ago, developer Riley Testut released the GBA4iOS emulator for iOS, and since it was against the rules at the time, Apple put a stop to downloads. Emulators have been a violation of the App Store rules for years, but that changed on April 5 when Apple suddenly reversed course and said that it was allowing retro game emulators on the App Store. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel ...
iOS NES Emulator Bimmy Feature

NES Emulator for iPhone and iPad Now Available on App Store [Removed]

Tuesday April 16, 2024 11:33 am PDT by
The first approved Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator for the iPhone and iPad was made available on the App Store today following Apple's rule change. The emulator is called Bimmy, and it was developed by Tom Salvo. On the App Store, Bimmy is described as a tool for testing and playing public domain/"homebrew" games created for the NES, but the app allows you to load ROMs for any...