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How to Find a Dead Apple Watch

As an Apple Watch owner, I know the frustration of trying to find a dead watch that refuses to turn on. After multiple attempts to revive my device, I decided to do some research and testing to figure out what was wrong and how to fix it. I’m here to share my experience, as well as the solutions I discovered while troubleshooting my dead Apple Watch. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to diagnose and find a dead Apple Watch.

You can find your lost Apple Watch using the Find My app. Even if your watch runs out of battery, you can still find it via the signals it would still be emitting. However, the app will only tell you its last known location or the approximate position of it before it is switched off.

You can find a dead Apple Watch using the Find My app.
The accuracy of the app may depend on the model of watch.
You can protect your data by activating Lost Mode or erasing it remotely.
You can access Find My on your phone or computer.
You must have the tracking feature enabled beforehand for it to work.

How To Find A Dead Apple Watch?

The Find My app is one of Apple products’ best features. Tracking all of your Apple devices, including your Apple Watch, is very easy with this app. It should be the first approach you try when you lose your watch.

Even when the watch is inactive, the app still transmits Bluetooth signals. You may then view its location as neighboring Apple devices send their position to the cloud.

If the watch is out of juice, the app will show you its last-known location, but it’ll still help you find it or at least get closer to it.

It’s important to note that the tracking functionality must be on beforehand to function.

If you want to track your watch via the app, here’s what to do:

Using Your Phone

  1. Launch the Find My app.
  2. Select the “Devices” tab.
  3. You’ll notice a map appearing on your screen.
  4. Choose the watch from the selection of devices connected to Find My.
  5. To see the most recent location of your missing watch, click the Directions option.

Using Your Computer

  1. Visit the iCloud website.
  2. Sign in and fill out the verification code.
  3. Click on the Find iPhone button.
  4. A map will display on your screen.
  5. At the top of the page, select the All Devices option.
  6. Choose the Apple watch you’re looking for.

How Reliable Is Find My for Finding Your Lost Apple Watch?

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You can pinpoint any Apple device’s position with decent accuracy using Find My. It can provide you with an approximate result if you don’t have a good signal. 

When it comes to Apple Watches, though, the accuracy may differ depending on the model.

Both the Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watches use GPS and a reliable mobile or Wi-Fi network. As a result, they can provide a good approximation of the watch’s location. The same goes for Series 2, which uses GPS and Wi-Fi connection. 

The Series 1 might be more challenging to locate, though. This series doesn’t feature GPS, which limits its signals. Instead, the watches use the Wi-Fi connection or location of your connected phone. So, you must keep your phone close to the Series 1 watch to use the apps.

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How to Protect the Data of Your Lost Apple Watch

If someone loses their watch, there’s always a chance that someone else will steal it. Therefore, it’s important to take safety precautions into account to stop data theft.

Fortunately, Apple has added two useful features that can help with this issue.

Enabling Lost Mode

Once you locate your watch, it would be best to put it in lost mode. This mode prevents unauthorized users from accessing your personal data. It only displays a phone number and a custom message on the screen as well.

Therefore, if your watch is eventually discovered, the finder will know where and how to return it. Once you find your watch, you can access it by putting in your iCloud password.

To activate Lost Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Find My app and swipe up to reveal a list of your devices.
  2. Look for your Apple Watch and select it
  3. To access the entire device actions menu, swipe up.
  4. Select Activate next to Mark as Lost.
  5. Click on Continue to confirm turning on Lost Mode.
  6. Input your contact number information. Then, click on Next
  7. Put in the text you want to show up on the watch’s display.
  8. Click Enable.

Erasing Your Data

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It’s possible to remotely wipe your data if you wish to stop anyone from accessing it.

To prevent data thefts, Apple has created a function that allows you to delete a device from your Apple ID link. The best part is that you can do this using the Find My app as well.

It’s important to keep in mind, though, that after you erase your data, you won’t be able to locate the device using the Find My app. The activation lock, though, will still be in effect.

To use the remote erase feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Choose All Devices, then select the Apple Watch you want to erase.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Erase This Device.

Wrap Up

It can be frustrating to lose your device when it’s out of battery. Luckily, there’s a way to find a dead Apple Watch. You can use the Find My app to locate it by accessing it via your phone or on your computer.

The app will show the approximate location, so you’d be able to find it if you went there fast enough.

Additionally, you can enable lost mode so no one can access your data. That way, when you reunite with your watch, all data is kept safe and sound.