How to Find Lost iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch Using Siri

Apple's lost devices can be found using multiple methods, however Siri offers the easiest way.

How to Find Lost iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch Using Siri

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch need to be connected to the Internet to be found

Highlights
  • Siri will send a prompt to the lost device if it is online
  • Offline devices will receive a prompt only when they're back online
  • A police FIR should be registered if a device gets lost
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Losing a device can be troublesome, especially if it's a smart device like a smartphone, a tablet, a smartwatch, a laptop, or a music player. Apple helps users find their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple Watch using its Find My feature. However, users can also find their Apple devices using the embedded voice assistant — Siri. However, the lost device must be connected to the Internet for Siri to locate the device instantly. Otherwise, the lost device will only receive the notification once it is connected to the Internet again.

Apple has shared a handy guide on its support page that helps users find their lost iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple Watch devices. It is also worth noting that finding any device using Siri would require users to link their devices to their iCloud accounts for the functionality to work seamlessly.

How to find your lost iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple Watch using Siri

Finding a lost device using Siri is fairly easy, however, users need to note that they can only be found instantly if the lost device is connected to the Internet using Wi-Fi or cellular data. The following guide is for devices running iOS 14.

  1. Summon Siri either by the voice command "Hey Siri" or pressing the home button, side button, or the top button.
  2. Ask Find My 'X' (replace the 'X' with the lost device's name such as iPhone or Apple Watch).
  3. Siri will then show the location of the linked Devices on the map in the Find My app.
  4. Additionally, Siri will also play a beeping sound on the lost device to make it easier to locate.

If the lost device is offline, Siri will send a command regardless and the notification will be sent to that device once it is back online. However, it is advised that users should register an FIR about the lost device at their nearest police station if they believe that their devices are lost and can't be found easily.


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