Last updated on November 11th, 2021 at 10:34 amPosted in TILs by Vlad on September 28, 2021
You’ve updated all your devices to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 but the Notify When Left Behind feature is labeled as Not Supported for Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad? The setting is greyed out in the Find My app and stuck in the Off position? Thankfully, there are a few ways to make it work!
How To Fix Notify When Left Behind Not Supported
If this new iOS 15 feature isn’t showing up or is labeled as not available for your iPhone or Apple Watch, perform the following troubleshooting steps:
1. Use The Same Apple ID
First of all make sure that you’re signed in with the same Apple ID for all devices that you want to track with the help of the Find My app!
- Open Settings and tap on your Apple ID available at the top of the screen.
- Scroll all the way down and make sure that all your devices are listed.
- Tap on each of them and make sure that: Find My iPhone, Find My iPad, Find My Watch and Find My Mac are enabled!
2. Enable Location Services
Make sure that the GPS antennae is enabled on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch!
– For iPhone & iPad: Browse for Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services
– For Apple Watch: The settings are mirrored from the paired iPhone. However, you can double check by accessing Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services from your wrist!
3. Turn On Find My Watch, iPad & iPhone
- Open Settings and tap on your Apple ID, available at the top of the screen.
- Tap on Find My -> Find My iPhone.
- Enable Find My iPhone and make sure that Find My network option is also turned on, as well as the Send Last Location feature.
On Apple Watch:
Click the Digital Crown and go for Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. Enable this option as well as the Find My network option!
4. Restart Devices
If you reached this step and get the Notify When Left Behind Not Supported status in Find My -> Devices -> Apple Watch (iPhone or iPad) you should reboot your devices.
A fresh start could flush minor glitches that might prevent this new watchOS 8 and iOS 15 feature from working. Simply turn your devices Off and back On or use the force restart trick!
5. Update Software
Notify When Left behind should work now for iPhone and iPad. However, if you’re still getting Not Supported for Apple Watch you’re not the only one! I’m facing the same issue as well as other users that have reported the same issue on Reddit.
Apparently, a watchOS 8 bug is keeping Notify When Left Behind greyed out without any obvious reasons. Apple should fix this in an upcoming software update!
Have you managed to turn On Notify when left behind for Apple Watch? Did any of the above tips help out? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section and share your feedback.
Related: Other watchOS 8 issues that you should be aware of are:
– Apple Watch time not updating in Always-On for some watch faces!