Sometimes you misplace your iPhone and it’s merely hiding in between the seat cushions on your couch rather than being lost out in public, and that’s why Apple includes a native feature on your Apple Watch called Lost and found, which forces your iPhone to emit a high-frequency sonar tone so that you can locate it with just your ears.
As cool as this feature is, many have expressed their concerns with the sound, noting that it isn’t loud or noticeable enough. Apple’s response to these concerns? – such is life. But iOS developer Lefteris Karkaletsis wanted to do more, and so he released a new jailbreak tweak called PingWatch to replace the native Lost and found tone with something more audible.
Indeed, PingWatch replaces the native high-frequency sonar tone with something you’re sure to hear, whether your iPhone is muffled in the deepest cushiony sea of your sofa or merely misplaced elsewhere at the house. The developer provided the following video demonstration so that you can hear what the new tone sounds like:
The developer notes in the Cydia depiction that the tweak replaces a physical sound file in your iPhone’s filesystem. The tweak makes a backup of the original file before replacing it with the new one to ensure that uninstalling the tweak reverses the change and that the original sound can be restored. But based on how loud the new tone is, why in the world would you ever want to do that?
The developer provides the .DEB file for the tweak for free here for those who don’t want to pay for the updated sound, but if you feel like supporting the developer’s ongoing work to replace filesystem sounds and graphics with cooler ones, then you can simply buy PingWatch for $0.49 from Cydia’s Packix repository. The tweak should work on all jailbroken iOS 11 and 12 devices.
Do you like the newer sound better than the original? Let us know in the comments section below!