The Apple Watch has a nifty built-in feature that lets you ping your misplaced iPhone over Bluetooth, but wouldn’t it be nice if the watch could automatically notify you when you’re about to leave without an iPhone in your pocket?
A new free of charge app, Lookout, solves that problem in one fell swoop. It keeps not only your iPhone, but your iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch safe and secure and protects your devices from data loss, theft and more.
Lookout can be configured to ping you on your wrist if you’re out of Bluetooth range of the watch’s paired iPhone. And in case you do ignore the alert and leave your iPhone behind, the app lets you see its last reported GPS location on a map. This should be an indispensable feature for locating a misplaced or stolen phone.
According to TechCrunch, the app was born out of Lookout’s regular employee hackathons. You can also make your iPhone buzz your watch over Wi-Fi if you’re out of Bluetooth range but still connected to a known Wi-Fi network.
Other features include a distance visualization bar that tells you how far away you are from your iPhone, as determined by Bluetooth proximity data. It effectively plays the “You’re getting warmer, you’re getting colder!” game with you and your iPhone.
“Before you move out of connection-range from your iPhone, the Lookout watch app will alert you that you’re about to go out of range and give you the option to make your iPhone emit a scream sound, or pull up a map of the iPhone’s location,” explains the company.
Lookout requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later and an Apple Watch with watchOS 2.0 or later. The app is localized in English, Croatian, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.