If your Apple Watch is lost or stolen

If your Apple Watch is missing, Find My iPhone can help you find it and protect your information.

Here's how it works

Find My iPhone can help you locate and protect your missing Apple Watch. If you already set up Find My iPhone on your paired iPhone, it's automatically enabled on your Apple Watch too. So if your watch is lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to help you find it again. And thanks to Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can erase your Apple Watch and use it with their iPhone.

When you use Find My iPhone, Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) can use GPS and a trusted Wi-Fi or cellular connection to show you its approximate location. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) and Apple Watch Series 2 can use GPS and a trusted Wi-Fi connection. Since Apple Watch Series 1 doesn't have GPS, you'll see the location of your paired iPhone or its Wi-Fi connection.

John's Apple Watch on map.

See your device on a map

Sign in at iCloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app to see your watch on a map. If your watch is nearby, you can play a sound to help you find it.

On your computer:

  1. Go to iCloud.com.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Open Find iPhone.
  4. Click All Devices, then click your Apple Watch.

On your iPhone:

  1. Open the Find My iPhone app.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Tap your Apple Watch.

If you find your watch on the map and it's nearby, you can tap or click Play Sound. Your watch rings until you tap Dismiss.

If you don't see your watch on the map, then it might not be connected to Wi-Fi, cellular, or your paired iPhone.

Message that "This Apple Watch has been lost. Please call me."    

Put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode

If your Apple Watch goes missing, you can immediately lock it from iCloud.com or your paired iPhone. Just place your watch in Lost Mode. Then you can send it a custom message with your phone number. So if someone finds your Apple Watch, they know how to contact you.

  1. Open Find My iPhone and tap or click your Apple Watch.
  2. On your iPhone, tap Actions.
  3. Tap or click Lost Mode. On your iPhone, confirm that you want to lock your watch and tap Turn on Lost Mode.
  4. Enter a phone number where you can be reached, then tap Next.
  5. Enter a message that you want to show on the watch screen.
  6. Tap or click Done.

Find My iPhone sends you an email message to confirm that you've put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode.

Turn off or cancel Lost Mode

If you find your missing Apple Watch, tap Unlock on your watch, then enter your passcode. Lost Mode will automatically turn off, and you can start using your watch again as normal. You can also turn off Lost Mode from your paired iPhone or iCloud.com.

On your computer

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID.
  2. Open Find iPhone.
  3. Click All Devices, then click your Apple Watch.
  4. Tap Lost Mode > Turn Off Lost Mode > Turn Off.

On your iPhone

  1. Open the Find My iPhone app and tap your missing Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Actions, then tap Lost Mode.
  3. Tap Turn Off Lost Mode > Turn Off.

If you don't see your Apple Watch on the map

If you didn't turn on Find My iPhone before your Apple Watch was lost or stolen and your watch isn't connected to Wi-Fi, cellular, or your paired iPhone, you can't use it to locate your device. However, you can use these steps to help protect your information:

  1. Place your Apple Watch in Lost Mode. When your watch is in Lost Mode, your passcode is required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone, erase your watch, or pair it with another iPhone.
  2. Change your Apple ID password. When you change your Apple ID password, you can prevent anyone from accessing your iCloud information or from using other services from your missing device.
  3. Report your lost or stolen device to local law enforcement. Law enforcement might request the serial number of your device. Find your device serial number.

Find My iPhone is the only way that you can track or locate a lost or missing device. If Find My iPhone isn't enabled on your watch before it goes missing, there is no other Apple service that can find, track, or otherwise flag your device for you.

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