You can do a lot of things on your Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active. Finding your misplaced phone is one of them. If you have paired the devices together, using your Galaxy Watch to find your phone is easier than you might think.
The app to do that is already pre-installed on your smartwatch so this functionality works out of the box. You just need to follow a couple of steps and that’s about it. The feature certainly comes in handy particularly if you have a habit of misplacing your phone.
Can my Galaxy Watch find my phone?
Yes, your Galaxy Watch can find your phone. It can do that even if it’s not paired with your phone over Bluetooth. In that case, it uses Wi-Fi to remotely connect to the phone. That’s similar to using Samsung’s Find My Phone feature.
To do that, simply launch the Find My Phone app on your Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Watch Active. Tap on the Start button and if the devices are paired over Bluetooth, it will immediately start looking for the phone. You’ll see a “Finding my phone” screen on the handset as it vibrates and rings at full volume.
You can still use your Galaxy Watch to find your phone even when it’s out of Bluetooth range. Connect it to a Wi-Fi network and perform the same steps. The app will inform you that the process could take some time as it will try to search for the phone remotely. The Locate phone option can also be used in both cases to get an approximate location of the handset.
The feature will obviously not be of much use if your smartphone is turned off or in airplane mode. Advanced functionality such as remote wiping of the handset’s data is also not possible from the smartwatch version of the Find My Phone app. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a neat feature to have on your smartwatch and it works very well.