How to find iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac & Apple Watch with your HomePod

Siri on HomePod is great at answering questions about the things you want to know and do in your home, but there are more ways to use Apple’s smart assistant on the wireless speaker. Should you lose an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch, HomePod can play a sound on your misplaced device to help you find it. In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how.

Before we get started, it’s important to remember that you should turn on Find My iPhone for any devices that you wish to use this helpful service with:

  • iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods: On your iOS device, go to Settings → [your name] → iCloud, then scroll to the bottom and tap Find My iPhone and slide the switches next to Find My iPhone and Send Last Location to the ON position.
  • Mac: Click the Apple menu, then choose System Preferences. Not click iCloud in the System Preferences window and tick the box next to Find My Mac.

Follow along with us to learn how to find a misplaced device via HomePod.

Finding iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac & Apple Watch via HomePod

To find your misplaced Apple device, simply ask Siri on HomePod:

  • “Hey Siri, where’s my iPhone?”
  • “Hey Siri, find my iPad.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a sound on my iPod touch.”
  • “Hey Siri, where’s my Apple Watch?”
  • “Hey Siri, I lost my Mac.”

Siri will search the Find My iPhone database for your Apple ID account to determine if the device you’ve requested is listed. If so, the assistant will either play a sound on your lost device or request additional information. For instance, you may be asked to choose a specific device to ping in case you have, say, multiple iPhones. You must be signed in with the same Apple ID on your HomePod and your other devices in order for this to work.

You can use Siri on HomePod to locate the following Apple devices:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod touch
  • Apple Watch
  • Mac

Finding your AirPods with Siri on HomePod is currently unsupported.

TUTORIAL: How to find lost or misplaced AirPods with Find My iPhone

“Sorry, I can’t help with that on HomePod yet,” Siri on HomePod responds when asked to locate your misplaced or lost AirPods. “Try asking me on an iOS device”.

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10 Apple Watch tips and tricks every owner should know about

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The watchOS software has matured to the point it packs in a host of features. Here’s our selection of ten really useful tips and tricks that every Apple Watch owner should know about.

iDownloadBlog’s very own Harris Craycraft has got his hands full of tips and most of them work on any Apple Watch model, from Series 1 onward.

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The tips covered in this video:

  1. Pinging iPhone with sound and LED flash light
  2. Taking faster, more reliable readings in the Heart Rate app
  3. Checking AirPods battery charge
  4. Taking an ECG
  5. Getting to Notification or Control Center while using an app
  6. Switch from the honeycomb Home screen layout to a list view
  7. Per-app notification grouping
  8. Delivering notifications quietly
  9. Seeing battery percentage when charging the watch in Nightstand mode
  10. Finding Apple Watch via Siri on HomePod

For full overview of all the new capabilities and enhancements in the watchOS 5 software, be sure to read our thoroughly detailed tutorial covering everything new in watchOS 5.

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Our other tutorials cover things like turning off haptic feedback for the Digital Crown and detail such popular features as setting up and using fall detection.

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How to Get ECG on Apple Watch Series 4 Outside the US

Update: Apple released watchOS 5.1.2 with ECG feature but unfortunately using it outside the US is not possible. This update enables ECG only to devices bought in the United States of America.

Thanks to the timely FDA approval, Apple is all set to roll out ECG aka EKG in the USA sooner than later. But what about other countries? When will you be able to enable and use ECG on your Apple Watch Series 4 outside the US?

To put it straight, for ECG to go live in your country; it must be first approved by the health authority. Knowing that it’s not a hardware restriction, you should expect this health feature to be available in your region as soon as it gets the green signal.

But what if you are like me who just can’t wait to put his hands on ECG once it’s officially launched? There is an old hack to get through!

Before diving into the workaround, let’s get to know what ECG is and why it’s so helpful?

Well, it stands for “Electro Cardio Gram.” The electrocardiogram is designed to measure your heart rate on the wrist accurately.

What makes this feature so impressive is that it enables the watch to measure the electrical activity of the heart in a manner that was limited to only advanced medical devices.

Already known as a top-notch fitness device; it’s further bolstered Apple Watch’s claim to be several notches above its rivals. Talking about the process of getting ECG on the smartwatch, you can (most probably) breeze through the hurdle by changing the language & region.

Keep in mind that it may change the date, time format along with other units on your device. Not a big deal but it’s worth noting up front.

How to Get ECG on Apple Watch Series 4 Outside U.S.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your paired iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on GeneralLanguage & Region.

Step #3. Next, be sure to select English as your iPhone language.

Besides, tap on the Region and then choose the United States.

Step #4. Make sure to tap on Done at the top right to confirm.

That’s it! Now, wait for a few seconds to let the device bring the change into effect. The ECG feature should now be available on your Apple Watch.

Side Note: This is not a definitive way but merely a workaround that might go for a miss. However, we’ll keep on updating this post so that you will be able to use this new add-on.

Signing Off…

As a user, I’m carving to put my hands-on ECG sooner than later. I wish it became officially available everywhere in the world.

Beyond this enviable new add-on, Apple Watch series 4 has also got some impressive health features like fall detection and Digital Crown haptic feedback. Having toppled Fitbit to become the most popular wearable device by a long distance, the watch seems to be on a roll.

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Is Apple On the Verge of Changing Fitness Industry?

The digital world supports a promising product; it nourishes the product and then it perishes only to support a new one on the horizon. To back this view, I take an example of Apple’s already-successful computer/laptop (Mac) and smartphone (iPhone.)

When Steve Jobs re-joined Apple, the visionary leader brought Mac and then he came up with an iPhone. Both the products changed the world of computer and smartphone. Tim Cook, Jobs’ successor, shrunk the screen size and introduced Apple Watch.

Today in its fourth edition, Apple Watch has become a leader among the wearable industry. Apple’s wearables rule the roost with 17% market share globally. From here, the company is all set to take a quantum leap. While Mac and iPhone changed many industries worldwide, Apple’s smartwatch has incredible implications in health and fitness.

Apple Watch has already begun to influence the health and fitness of users positively. If we look into the future, Apple Watch is on the verge of changing health and fitness world. Apple had made its intention clear with the first Apple Watch; however, with Watch Series 3 and now Series 4, Apple pursues its dream vehemently.

Watch is Apple’s one of the prominent wearable aspirations as this product can be a more capable health monitor and phone replacement. Apple’s other wearables do not show this promise as AirPods can act as a bridge between Siri and other apps, while AR glasses are still in an embryonic stage.

Apple Watch: The Next Big Thing

As mentioned above, Mac and iPhone have already made the grade, and Apple is looking for its next big thing. In smartwatch, Apple foresees that next big thing.

Apple has plans to create an ecosystem of wearables; Apple Watch, AR goggles, AirPods, and other sensors on our bodies. For iPhone, Apple may have plans to convert it into a hub or a data collection center, which receives information from Apple’s wearables.

Apple finds tremendous potential in health and fitness. From the very first Watch Apple floated in the market, the company wanted this device to be a smart fitness companion, which not only tracks your fitness activities but analyze your entire regimen. From stand-up notifications to breathe alerts, from heart rate to ECG, there are a lot of things Apple Watch monitors to help you stay fit.

How Apple Watch to Change Health & Fitness Industry?

Every year, Apple Watch outdoes its previous series. And that is how it stays relevant in a competitive market. The latest edition of Apple Watch can deliver electrocardiogram (ECG). Now, this is something amazing. For any patient suffering from heart ailments, ECG is a medical test that measures and record the electrical activity of the heart. For the same test, a patient had to visit a hospital or a lab earlier. With Apple Watch Series 4, it can be done sitting in your couch at home.

How Apple Watch to Change Health & Fitness Industry

Apple began to influence the health care industry with iPad. The professionals associated with health care (doctors, surgeons, and others) realized iPad’s value in establishing communication between patients and colleagues.

Introduction of HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit gave a welcome fillip to Apple’s plans to capture the health industry. HealthKit is home to all fitness and healthcare apps and data; ResearchKit is a software framework for apps that let medical researchers collect meaningful data, and CareKit allows end users to better understand and manage medical conditions. Based on your health and fitness data, doctors and medical professionals can prescribe treatments and suggest lifestyle changes. This also means a big opportunity for the pharma sector, which can design its services, apps, products, software, etc.

Apple Watch Series 4 has come up with another killer feature: fall detection. If your watch detects a hard fall when the watch is tied around your wrist, the watch taps you on the wrist, rings an alarm, and shows an alert. You can select to contact emergency service or dismiss the alert by tapping the Digital Crown, or tap Close from the top left corner, or tap “I’m OK.”

ECG is indeed an achievement for Apple as companies like AliveCor have been in the race to launch similar products. AliveCor brought an iPhone case that could measure ECG, but practically it was challenging to do this as the user had to put the case on his/her chest.

Blood pressure and non-invasive blood glucose monitoring are in Apple’s pipeline. Though Apple Watch can never be a substitute of medical equipment available in hospitals, it can surely boost abilities by enabling tracking in non-clinical settings.

Experts believe that Apple Watch will show real-world data as medical tests conducted in hospitals and laboratories show elevated markers since patients feel anxiety about being in a clinic. Outside the clinic, patients have Apple Watch, which can continuously monitor users’ heart rate and blood pressure.

Where is the opportunity for the healthcare industry?

Apple has plans to share this data to its users and doctors; along with the data generated by Watch, Apple will also supply related information like time, location, and activity information. Apple has already started this mammoth task by interacting with healthcare provider information systems.

Americans are overweight and suffering from obesity. They need fitness training to lose weight. Apple Watch tracks/measures fitness activities and other health-related issues. This is the direct use of Apple Watch. But Apple has some bigger plans in its kitty.

In recent years, the company has involved itself in some charitable acts like giving away Apple Watch to the policyholders of insurance companies. Prima facie, this sounds Apple’s plans to raise its brand image under the corporate social responsibility program. But if you dig deeper, you may realize that Apple is helping health insurance companies.

Insurance companies encourage their policyholders to involve themselves in fitness activities by giving away Apple Watch. By improving the health of their clients, insurance companies ensure they don’t have to pay for their customers’ hospital visits.

Remember, this is a win-win situation for Apple and insurance companies both. The latter bulk-buys watches from Apple at discounted rates. They give away watches to the policyholders and encourage them to stay fit, consequently reducing the number of visits to hospitals.

Summing up…

To answer the question asked in the title, yes. Apple is undoubtedly on the verge of changing the fitness industry. Healthcare is a real-money spinner in the United States regarding revenue and investment.

Apple can bite a significant chunk of this pie with its wearables. Soon, Apple Watch is a strong contender the company can rely on. The other two wearables – AR glasses and VR headsets – will take some time to hit the market. Apple is riding high on the success of three editions of the smartwatch. And it expects the fourth edition to be more successful.

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