All of your devices will be able to interact with ease thanks to the latest updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and other platforms. One of the new features coming to Apple products is an upgraded “Find My” service, which will now inform you if you leave your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or any other connected device behind.
In this post, we’ll go over what this new function is all about, which devices you can follow and receive notifications from, and how to enable it on your Apple devices.
What does the device ‘Left behind’ alert mean on iOS 15?
Apple’s Find My app is getting a much-needed update with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey, allowing you to check on all of your Apple ID-connected devices. Not only will you be able to keep track of your devices’ locations, but you can also set them up such that you are notified when one of them is left behind.
This ‘Notify When Left Behind’ feature, we believe, follows Apple’s announcement of AirTags earlier this year and the addition of support for them in Find My.
When you enable these separation alerts, Apple will track where your devices are at all times and utilize their approximate location to notify you when you forget to bring them with you.
When you leave an Apple device unattended, you’ll receive a notification on any of your other Apple devices indicating “Your device was left behind,” along with the device’s last known approximate position.
What Apple devices support ‘Notify When Left Behind’?
The new ‘Notify When Left Left’ alerts might send you a notification if you leave your iPhone or other accessories behind in an unfamiliar location. If you’re wondering which devices should work with the new notifications, here’s a list of all the ones we think should.:
- iPhones running iOS 15 or newer (Developer beta for now)
- iPads running iPadOS 15 or newer (Developer beta for now)
- iMac, MacBook, Mac, or Mac mini running macOS Monterey (Developer beta for now)
- Apple Watch running watchOS 8 or newer (Developer beta for now)
- Apple AirTags
- Apple Find My-supported products or accessories including Belkin SoundForm Freedom, VanMoof S3 & X3 E-Bikes, Chipolo ONE Spot, and others
These notifications work on all Apple devices and platforms. This means you’ll get a notification on your iPhone/iPad if you forget your Apple Watch, and a similar notification on your Watch if you forget your iPhone or another device. If you wish to track a non-Apple device, you can use an AirTag to receive notifications when you leave it behind.
How to Enable ‘Notify When Left Behind’ for your Apple devices
From any device with the Find My app installed, you may enable ‘Notify When Left Behind’ alerts for any of your Apple devices. We’ll stick to helping you enable these alerts on iOS because it’s at the heart of all your Apple devices. However, because the technique is nearly identical on all devices, you can enable the functionality on all of them..
Currently, the new ‘Notify When Left Behind’ functionality is only accessible on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey development beta releases. If only one of your devices has the latest beta software installed, you can enable the function on that device exclusively.
Open the Find My app on your iPhone/iPad to enable the ‘Notify When Left Behind’ feature.
Tap on the ‘Devices’ tab at the bottom and select the device you want to receive ‘Notify When Left Behind’ alerts from.
You will now be shown information about the whereabouts of the selected device in an overflow menu. Scroll down this menu and select the ‘Notify When Left Behind’ option under ‘Notifications’.
A new overflow menu will emerge, giving you a quick overview of the new functionality. Toggle the ‘Notify When Left Behind’ option ON to receive separation alerts if you neglect to bring this gadget with you.
Apple also allows you to specify exceptions for these warnings when you’re at home or at a known location, such as the office, and you’re fine leaving the device there.
Under the ‘Notify me, except at’ section, touch the ‘New Location’ option to create exceptions.
On the next screen, add a desired location (that you don’t want to receive alerts at) from the map that appears.
You can also define a range so that Apple alerts you when you’re going to leave the specified range. To set the range, select Small, Medium, or Large, and then press ‘Done’ in the top right corner once you’ve made your selection..
When you select this place, it should display under the ‘Notify When Left Behind’ option. By choosing the ‘New Location’ option and repeating the process, you can add as many exceptions as you desire.
You may confirm your changes by tapping on ‘Done’ in the upper right corner after you’ve enabled the ‘Notify When Left Behind’ option and set up exceptions..
You should be able to see that the feature has been turned ON when you go back to the device’s screen inside the Find My app.
When you leave your linked device behind on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you’ll get a notification.
Separation alerts on iPhone, Watch, and other Apple products are as simple as that.
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