Watch did not detect that phone was missing

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  1. Globug macrumors 6502

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    I accidentally left my phone in a coffee shop today ( thank God I got it back) but the whole time I was at work it didn't show that the phone was missing. I only realised it was missing when I physically couldn't find it. Wtf? Bluetooth was on, phone wasn't in the vicinity and yet, nothing. What went wrong?
     
  2. Conan86 macrumors 6502

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    Erm, the watch was never supposed to warn you when it loses connection with the phone. You'll need a third party app for that.
     
  3. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

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    Can you explain what you were expecting to happen?
     
  4. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    The watch didn't have the red crossed-out iPhone icon on its screen?
     
  5. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a

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    This something that people have been crying out for since day one!!
     
  6. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    It was never a feature for the watch to warn you when it loses connection with your iPhone.
     
  7. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, and we've also been saying how annoying it would've been if it dinged at you every time it lost contact (say, when you took out the trash), and how useless it would've been if it couldn't tell you where you needed to go to find your phone (how could the pre-LTE watches display maps and walking directions, or even send a ping signal, without a connection to their paired phone?).

    Crying without thinking through a workable solution isn't helpful at all.
     
  8. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    I use that all the time, and I'd be really annoyed too! I'll be walking about and wondering if I set my phone down, and then I'll glance and see if the red X is there, if not then it's buried in my bag
     
  9. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This! It didn't show the crossed out phone. It just had the red dot as if the phone was close leading me to believe it was physically close.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    The Red dot is NOT to tell you your iPhone is close. It is to tell you you have Notifications to look at. You should check/clear your Notifications and then it will have the crossed out phone except when you are on a known WiFi.
     
  11. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know that the red dot doest "tell" me that the phone is close. But I don't get the red dot unless my phone is close otherwise I have the crossed out phone.
    Also, I was on a known WiFi network. What I mean is the crossed out phone didn't show.
     
  12. Julien macrumors G3

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    Obviously work is a know WiFi to your iPhone/:apple:Watch and your :apple:Watch was just connected to it. You can slide up Control Center to check this.

    IMG_3877.jpg
     
  13. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a

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    No need to be a dick about it!!

    I never offered a solution, I simply said it was something that people had been asking for since day 1...and it is. Of course it needs to be given a modicum of thought to prevent false alerts but people have been asking for a lot of things that never get fully spec'd.
     
  14. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So what you're saying is that if the phone is on a known wifi the crossed out phone doesn't show? Thanks. Didn't know that. Hmmm this is annoying.
     
  15. klymr macrumors 65816

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    If you were indeed on a known Wi-Fi network, you won't see the crossed out phone icon.

    Also, the red dot can appear regardless of whether you have your phone near you or not. I've had a red dot appear when I've achieved my stand goal while I was away from my phone for example.
     
  16. Julien macrumors G3

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    Correct, this is so you can go for a run (or whatever) without your iPhone and can stop at your favorite coffee shop and send texts.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205547
     
  17. Solver macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to know whether your phone is near to your Apple watch or not, check for the red crossed out phone OR blue Wi-Fi symbol.
    Works for AW 0-3. Not sure about AW 3 LTE
     
  18. danmart macrumors 6502a

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    With the LTE Watch it would show signal dots if ‘over the air’, the WiFi symbol if on a known network, or the phone symbol if using Bluetooth.

    With the LTE you only get the red X if not connected via any means, including LTE.
     
  19. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That was my point. The red crossed out phone was not there.
     
  20. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    [​IMG]this is what it looks like on a known wifi network
     
  21. stevefo macrumors regular

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    The watch will only connect to a known WiFi network if it is not in Bluetooth range of your phone. Turn your phone off and wait 30 seconds and watch it connect to WiFi. I noticed my Bluetooth range is incredible, it’s further than my WiFi.
     
  22. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't get the wifi icon. :(
     
  23. danmart macrumors 6502a

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    Which version of watchOS are you running? This came in with 4.1 IIRC
     
  24. klymr macrumors 65816

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    This is showing your Watch connected to your phone.

    In older versions of watchOS, there was a green cloud icon instead of the Wi-Fi icon when you were connected via Wi-Fi.
     
  25. Neo1975 macrumors regular

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    An optional tether alert would be a great feature that should have been there from day one. It would take very little work for Apple. An alert on your iPhone if separated from your watch, or visa Vera.

    I believe Android wear has had this from the beginning.
     

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