What to Do if Your Apple Watch Is Stolen
The Apple Watch is a valuable device that can help you stay connected, track your fitness, and access various apps. But what if someone steals your Apple Watch? How can you find it and protect your data? Here are some steps you can take if your Apple Watch is stolen.
Use Find My to locate your Apple Watch
If you have enabled Find My on your iPhone, it will also be enabled on your Apple Watch automaticallyhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024. This means you can use the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or iCloud.com to see your Apple Watch on a map, play a sound on it, or mark it as lost.
To see your Apple Watch on a map, open the Find My app and tap the Devices tab. Then select your Apple Watch and zoom in or out to see its location. If your watch is nearby, you can tap Play Sound to make it ring until you tap Dismisshttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024.
However, this only works if your Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi, cellular, or your paired iPhonehttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024. If it’s not connected, you may not see its location or be able to play a sound on it.
Put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode
If you can’t find your Apple Watch using Find My, you can put it in Lost Mode. This will lock your watch with a passcode and display a custom message with your phone number on the screen. This way, if someone finds your watch, they can contact you and return it to youhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024.
To put your Apple Watch in Lost Mode, open the Find My app and tap your Apple Watch. Then tap Activate in the Mark As Lost section. Enter a phone number and a message that you want to show on the watch screen. Then tap Activatehttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024.
You will receive an email confirmation when you put your watch in Lost Mode. You will also get an email notification if your watch is found online.
Turn off or cancel Lost Mode
If you find your missing Apple Watch, you can turn off Lost Mode by tapping Unlock on your watch and entering your passcode. You can also turn off Lost Mode from the Find My app or iCloud.com by tapping or clicking Turn Off Mark As Losthttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024.
When you turn off Lost Mode, your watch will resume normal functions and sync with your iPhone.
If you want to know how to remove a card from Apple Pay, you can do so easily from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac. Depending on your device, the steps may vary slightly, but the general process is the same. To remove a card from Apple Pay, you need to open the Wallet app or the Settings app and tap or click the card that you want to remove. Then you need to scroll down and tap or click Remove This Card. You may need to confirm your choice by entering your Apple ID password or using Touch ID or Face ID.
Once you remove a card from Apple Pay, you won’t be able to use it for contactless payments or online purchases with Apple Pay.
Change your Apple ID password
If you can’t locate or recover your stolen Apple Watch, you should change your Apple ID password as soon as possible. This will prevent anyone from accessing your iCloud data or using services like Apple Pay or iMessage on your watchhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024.
To change your Apple ID password, go to appleid.apple.com and sign in with your account. Then click Change Password and follow the instructions.
Erase your Apple Watch remotely
If you have no hope of getting back your stolen Apple Watch, you can erase it remotely to wipe all its data and settings. This will also remove the Activation Lock that prevents anyone from pairing it with another iPhone without your Apple ID and passwordhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207024.
To erase your Apple Watch remotely, open the Find My app and tap your watch. Then scroll down and tap Erase This Device. Confirm that you want to erase it and enter your Apple ID password.
Note that erasing your watch will also remove it from Find My and you won’t be able to track it anymore.
Losing or having your Apple Watch stolen can be a stressful situation. But by following these steps, you can try to locate it, protect your data, and prevent anyone from using it without your permission.
Remember to always enable Find My on your iPhone and pair it with your watch. This will make it easier to find it if it goes missing.
Also, keep a record of your watch’s serial number and model number. You can find them on the original box, receipt, or invoice of your watch. You can also find them on the Settings app on your watch or the Watch app on your iPhone. Having these numbers can help you prove ownership if you need to report the theft to the police or file an insurance claim.
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