This Apple Watch app buzzes your wrist if you’re about to leave your iPhone behind

By , Mar 8, 2016

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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.

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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.

Availability

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.

Grab Lookout at no charge in the App Store.

Source: Lookout via TechCrunch

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  • nyangejr

    If i had the money, I would buy this to somehow safeguard my 6s plus

    • Chris Wagers

      TL;DR “Grab Lookout at no charge in the App Store”

      • nyangejr

        I was referring to the Apple Watch

      • Chris Wagers

        Got ya! Cool. Well hopefully you get the new one that’s supposed to be coming out this year. I’m sure it’ll be better anyway. So maybe it was a good thing you didn’t get one yet.

  • Standout

    Finally! This should have been included in tvos1

    • Erick Reyes

      TvOS?

      • Jerry

        LMAO

  • 5723alex .

    Was waiting for this feature since day one. Great job.

  • Merman123

    I wish I could ping my Apple Watch from my iPhone as well.

    • I should have read all comments before posting mine.

  • If only we could ping the watch from the phone like we can ping the phone. I don’t always take it off just to charge and it would help a lot lol.

  • Sohail Wahab

    This is dope!!

  • diggitydang

    Wonder what the impact on battery life is, to be constantly looking for the iPhone location. Maybe I don’t understand and perhaps it is pushed when the Bluetooth connection breaks and thus, it’s minimal. Hope it’s that way…

  • JayDee917

    Cool idea, but after testing it out, it only works while the app is open, or running in the background.

    This makes it pretty much useless to me, I’m not going to open it to make sure it’s running in the background on a daily basis.

    Apple really needs to implement this into WatchOS 3.

    • 5723alex .

      “only works while the app is open”

      No.

      The app should be running only if you need GPS location. For BT disconnect alert you don’t need the app running.
      I don’t use/need GPS location for the app. I use Find My iPhone for that.

  • 5723alex .

    Installed. Works just fine.

  • jeffsters

    Privacy nightmare! No thanks!