How to Find a Dead Apple Watch

If you misplaced your Apple watch and you’re having difficulties locating it probably because of a dead battery then here’s a guide for you.

Apple devices come with an inbuilt technology that helps you find your misplaced, dead, or stolen devices.

Although it’s almost impossible to track a dead or discharged apple watch I’ll provide you with a few tips I used in locating mine.

However, it’s important to note that this feature would only work for you if you have the “Find my” enabled before the incident happens.

So, I’ll advise you to set up the “Find My” technology on your devices else it’ll be impossible to track any of them.

Can you find a Dead Apple Watch?

It’s practically impossible to find a dead apple watch except you’ll have to embark on a physical search.

However, you can still ask apple to notify you when your apple watch is turned on, so you can find it using the “Find my” feature.

What is Apple's “Find My”?

The "Find My" feature on all Apple devices enables customers to track down and recover a misplaced device. The organization will still assist you in locating your missing item even if it has been switched off by providing you the last place it was seen.

To make it simple for iPhone users to locate any missing gadgets, it is crucial for all Apple device owners to turn on this function on all of their devices.

The two fantastic resources that will enable us to return your misplaced Apple Watch to your possession are iCloud and Find My.

How to Configure “Find MY” on My Apple Watch

Configuring the Find my feature on an apple watch isn’t complex and could be completed within 2 minutes

Here’s how to do that

  • Open the settings app
  • Tap on the user name at the top
  • Locate and tap on “Find My
  • Now, turn ON the “Find my iPhone” option
  • Next, enable offline finding (to help find a device even though it’s switched off)
  • Finally, turn ON the “Send the last location” option

Find My has successfully been activated on your apple watch thereby making it available for tracking even when discharged.

How to Find a Dead Apple Watch

Finding your dead apple watch should not be easier with the Apple find feature enabled. Here’s how to go about it.

  1. Open the Find My app on your iOS device
  2. Tap on the “Devices” tab to display all your linked device with Find my enabled on them
  3. It should display an active home screen if the apple watch is switched on but if the apple watch appears to be off then you’ll see a blank screen on the device.
  4. Tap on it and click on the Direction option on the next page.
  5. You can also decide to play sound on your apple watch (if it’s offline)
  6. Finally, you can tap on the Notify me when found to get a notification whenever your apple watch is turned on.

How to Find your Apple Watch with Another iPhone device

Even if you don’t have access to your iPhone,  you can still find your lost or misplaced apple watch using a friend’s phone.

  • Open the Find my app
  • Find and click on the Help a Friend option
  • You’ll be prompted to log in to the iCloud that the apple watch is linked to

You can now follow the steps in the above headings to retrieve your apple watch.

How to Enable lost mode on Apple Watch

If any of the above procedures proved abortive then you’ll be left with no other option than to enable lost mode on your apple watch.

This will leave you at the mercy of the new owner but it’s worth it since they can’t use nor reset it until you disable lost mode.

Here’s a quick guide on enabling lost mode on your apple watch

  1. Go to the Find my app on your iPhone
  2. Select your lost apple watch from the devices list
  3. Now, activate the ‘mark as lost’ option to proceed
  4. You’ll be asked to insert a valid phone number so the new holder can easily get across to you.
  5. Type in a customized message for the apple watch holder and then finally activate the feature.

That’s it.

You can now sit back and watch the new owner reach out to you. However, in a case where it was simply misplaced or lost beyond recovery then I’ll advise you to get a new apple watch and move on.


The Find my technology is a great tool that has been put in place by apple to help their users integrate all their devices for easy tracking.

This feature also works perfectly even when your device(s) are offline by allowing you to play a tone on them.

So, if by any chance you get to misplace your dead apple watch, do well to follow the above guide to initiate an instant recovery.

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