lost my watch...

Ajaxtide65

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I was working overnight and was too groggy waking up from a nap when I took off my watch to wash my face... left it by sink and now it's gone.
I've got activation lock on it, and I can at least feel smug that nobody else can use it... right now been checking Track my iphone and it just comes up offline. I was wondering though - if someobdy tries to pair with it, will I be able to track them that way even though they can't get through the activ lock? When you pair your phone to the watch, shouldn't it give me some info about the phone? Or is location all you can get with it?

I hav eterrible luck... wish I could get it back too.
 

Relentless Power

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I was working overnight and was too groggy waking up from a nap when I took off my watch to wash my face... left it by sink and now it's gone.
I've got activation lock on it, and I can at least feel smug that nobody else can use it... right now been checking Track my iphone and it just comes up offline. I was wondering though - if someobdy tries to pair with it, will I be able to track them that way even though they can't get through the activ lock? When you pair your phone to the watch, shouldn't it give me some info about the phone? Or is location all you can get with it?

I hav eterrible luck... wish I could get it back too.
Whoever took the Apple Watch, won’t be able to fully activate it due to activation lock. Additionally, whoever possessed your watch, will likely try to sell it stolen to some unknowing buyer is my guess.
 

Ajaxtide65

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Whoever took the Apple Watch, won’t be able to fully activate it due to activation lock. Additionally, whoever possessed your watch, will likely try to sell it stolen to some unknowing buyer is my guess.
I'm also keeping a look out on the online classifieds for that but feels like a waste of time..

I'm wondering though if somebody does buy it or whoever tries to pair with my watch in the future, will I be able to see my watch come up on track my iphone? It's only listed as offline now.

Will I also be able to see the information of the phone owner who tried to pair with my watch, or is even pinging the location not even possible at that point?
 

Relentless Power

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I'm also keeping a look out on the online classifieds for that but feels like a waste of time..
You’re definitely wasting your time, there is _way_ too many websites where somebody could easily sell your Apple Watch (And you don’t even know when it could be listed), where it looks like all the others without you even knowing if it’s your model or not. If it is stolen, you’re not going to get it back.

I'm wondering though if somebody does buy it or whoever tries to pair with my watch in the future, will I be able to see my watch come up on track my iphone? It's only listed as offline now.

Will I also be able to see the information of the phone owner who tried to pair with my watch, or is even pinging the location not even possible at that point?

One thing I forgot to mention, you should contact Apple and tell them that its stolen, provide them the serial number of the Apple Watch, and they may be able to notify you if it is attempted to be paired/traded in.

Whoever took your watch, they will not be able to pair it successfully with an iPhone, they will sell it to some innocent buyer that has no idea what they are Purchasing. This happens all the time unfortunately.
 

MxChino

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Why would you take it off to wash your face in the first place? It’s waterproof!
 

Relentless Power

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Why would you take it off to wash your face in the first place? It’s waterproof!
This isn’t helping the OP. And the Apple Watch is not waterproof, it’s ‘50 M water resistant.’ Waterproof watches cannot exist under the FTC guidelines in the U.S.

Also, OP, don’t remove your watch from iCloud either.
 
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friednoodles

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How likely you are to see it reappear depends on what model it is (obviously a cellular model with an active eSIM is way more likely to be able to report its location). This page has the answers:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207024

If it's not a cellular model with an active plan, it'll need to come in contact with a WiFi network it already knows. Other than that it, it won't have any way to report its location (and it won't be able to if they attempt pairing, since that won't work due to Activation Lock).

It's likely it'll be sold to someone as a scam where the seller takes the money and disappears, and the buyer ends up with a watch they can't do anything with.

I guess you should advise Apple that it's been stolen, but as others have said, don't remove it from iCloud in case it ever comes back online.

(in theory, if someone handed it in to Apple they would know it's yours, but I've never heard of someone being contacted by Apple in a situation like that, so I don't think it's something that Apple does)
 
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Ajaxtide65

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If it's not a cellular model with an active plan, it'll need to come in contact with a WiFi network it already knows. Other than that it, it won't have any way to report its location (and it won't be able to if they attempt pairing, since that won't work due to Activation Lock).
So basically I won't be able to even see it come online if someone is trying to pair with it? It's been over 2 weeks already... I would think the battery is dead if it was left on.. I would only see it come online if the watch wasn't reset and it made contact with a wifi network I already registered before then?
 

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So basically I won't be able to even see it come online if someone is trying to pair with it? It's been over 2 weeks already... I would think the battery is dead if it was left on.. I would only see it come online if the watch wasn't reset and it made contact with a wifi network I already registered before then?
Thousands of phones and watches are lost daily. Time to think about getting another watch and moving on.
 

friednoodles

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So basically I won't be able to even see it come online if someone is trying to pair with it? It's been over 2 weeks already... I would think the battery is dead if it was left on.. I would only see it come online if the watch wasn't reset and it made contact with a wifi network I already registered before then?
Correct. (and regarding resetting it, I don't think they can even do that if it has a passcode set)
 

Jordan921

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So basically I won't be able to even see it come online if someone is trying to pair with it? It's been over 2 weeks already... I would think the battery is dead if it was left on.. I would only see it come online if the watch wasn't reset and it made contact with a wifi network I already registered before then?
Yea sorry but it looks like you have no chance of getting it back. They won’t be able to reset it if you had a passcode set on it.
 
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