Phones are incredibly easy to misplace. They’re small, dark, and they travel everywhere we go. You might be familiar with the bedding dance many of us do when we wake up, shaking out our blankets until the phone thuds to the floor.
If you forget where your iPhone or iPad was the last time you used it, you can ask Siri to ring the phone loudly, helping you locate it without a friend calling the device. The “Find My iPhone” feature in iCloud can only be located down to a street address, so it won’t help you figure out which room of your house your iPhone is in. Asking Siri to find your phone is perfect for short-range device seeking.
This command isn’t the same as the Find My iPhone utility in iCloud. You don’t need to turn anything on before you misplace your device. As long as you have another iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, Apple Watch, or HomePod that’s connected to the same Apple ID, you can ring your missing device. If you don’t have any other Apple devices, you can try shouting “Hey Siri” into the air and see if your phone responds, but you won’t be able to use this feature.
Using Siri to Find your iPhone
1. Open Siri by holding the side button or home button, depending on your device. You can also use “Hey, Siri” if you have that enabled.
2. Say “Find my iPhone” or “Find my iPad.”
3. If you have multiple iOS devices on your Apple ID, you’ll be asked to choose which one you’re looking for. You’ll only see model names here, not device names, which might make it slightly trickier if your family members have the same phones.
4. If Siri detects your iPhone in the immediate vicinity, she will let you know. Either way, you can make the lost device play a loud alert noise to locate it. When Siri asks if you want to play a sound, tap “Confirm” to ping your device.
5. Listen for the alert sound to hunt down your device.
The alert sound will continue to play until the iPhone is picked up or until you interact with it. You’ll see a notification banner that reads “Find My iPhone Alert.”
You can tap and select “OK” to dismiss and silence the alert sound simultaneously.
Using Your Apple Watch to Find Your iPhone
The Apple Watch’s phone locating routine is much simpler. Since the watch is directly connected to the iPhone, it can establish a connection more quickly and reliably.
1. Swipe up from the watch face to open Glances.
2. Tap the ping icon, which looks like a ringing phone.
3. The iPhone connected to your Apple Watch will play an alert tone to help you locate it.
Having Siri ping your iPhone is ideal for situations where you’ve misplaced your phone in your house or bag. However, it won’t help you if your iPhone is further away from you, or in the hands of a thief. In those cases, using Find My iPhone in iCloud is the best recommendation. This will display a map with a pin showing the current or most recent location of your device. With this, you can track down where your device is and hopefully retrieve it. You can also use the future to erase your device if you believe it has fallen into the wrong person’s hands.