iCloud: Play a sound on a device with Find My iPhone

Play a sound on a device with Find My iPhone

If you lose your device and you think it’s nearby, use Find My iPhone on iCloud.com to play a sound on it to help you find it. The sound plays even if the device is in silent mode or the volume is muted.

If you have Family Sharing set up, you can also play a sound on a family member’s device. See the Apple Support article Family Sharing.

Play a sound on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Click All Devices, then select the device you want to play a sound on.

  2. Click Play Sound.

    The Play Sound button in the bottom-left corner of the device’s Info window.

    If the missing iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (iOS 12.1.1 or later) is online, a Find My [device] alert appears on the device’s screen. If the device is an iPhone, it also vibrates. After a five-second delay, the device plays a sound. The sound increases to full volume after five seconds and plays for about two minutes.

    On iOS 12.1 or earlier, the sound plays immediately at full volume.

    If the device is offline, the sound plays the next time it’s online.

  3. If you find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and want to turn off the sound before it stops automatically, do one of the following:

    • Press the power button or a volume button, or flip the Ring/Silent switch.

    • If the device is locked, unlock it, or swipe to dismiss the Find My [device] alert.

    • If the device is unlocked, tap OK in the Find My [device] alert.

Play a sound on your Apple Watch

  1. Click All Devices, then select the Apple Watch you want to play a sound on.

  2. Click Play Sound.

    If the Apple Watch (watchOS 5.1.2 or later) is online, a Find My Watch alert appears on the watch’s screen and the watch vibrates. After a five-second delay, the device plays a sound. The sound increases to full volume after five seconds and plays for about two minutes.

    On watchOS 5.1.1 or earlier, the sound plays immediately at full volume.

    If the watch is offline, the sound plays the next time it’s online.

  3. If you find your Apple Watch and want to turn off the sound before it stops automatically, tap Dismiss in the Find My Watch alert, or press the Digital Crown or side button.

Play a sound on your Mac

  1. Click All Devices, then select the Mac you want to play a sound on.

  2. Click Play Sound.

    If the Mac (macOS Mojave 10.14.2 or later) is online, a Find My Mac alert appears onscreen. After a five-second delay, the Mac plays a sound. The sound increases to full volume after five seconds and plays for about two minutes.

    On macOS Mojave 10.14.1 or earlier, the sound plays immediately at full volume.

    If the Mac is offline, the sound plays the next time it’s online.

  3. If you find your Mac and want to turn off the sound before it stops automatically, click OK in the Find My Mac alert.

Play a sound on your AirPods

  1. Click All Devices, then select your AirPods.

  2. Click Play Sound.

    If your AirPods are online, they play a sound immediately (for two minutes). If they’re offline, you receive a notification on your iOS devices the next time your AirPods are in range of one of your iOS devices and the Find My iPhone app is open.

    Important: Make sure to remove the AirPods from your ears before playing a sound. Although the sound starts playing softly, the volume gradually increases. This could cause discomfort for anyone wearing the AirPods.

  3. If your AirPods are separated, click Mute Left or Mute Right to find them one at a time.

    The Mute Left, Stop Playing, and Mute Right buttons in the AirPods Info window.
  4. After you find your AirPods, click Stop Playing.

After the sound plays, a confirmation email is sent to your Apple ID email address.

You can also use the Find My iPhone app on an iOS device to locate your missing device. For more information, open the Find My iPhone app, tap Help, then go to “Play a sound.”

Published Date: Jun 20, 2019
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