Google Assistant rolls out new feature to find lost iPhone
Tech giant Google on Thursday announced new features coming to Google Assistant and the most important feature is to find your lost iPhone.
According to Mashable, for a long time, iPhone users have been able to use the FindMy service on their smartphones. To help find your lost iPhone, Siri integration is also on board, so you can simply ask the assistant where your iPhone is and it will ping your device with an audible notification, which if enabled Do not bypass the disturb.
The exact same feature is coming to Google Assistant according to Google.
In a blog post shared by Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management for Google Assistant, Rincon stated, “You can tell your Nest smart speaker or smart display, “Hey Google, find my phone,” for all devices, now including iPhone models. For iPhone devices, once you opt into receiving notifications and critical alerts from the Google Home app, you'll get a notification and hear a custom ringing sound (even when the phone is on silent or if Do Not Disturb is enabled).”
One massive downside is that a user will be able to ping their phone using Google Assistant, however, it will not show up on a map like Find My. Nevertheless, if someone ends up losing their iPhone within the personal space, it is a great way to find it and reunite with it once again.
An iPhone user can ask Google Assistant to find their phone using any platform, whether it is a speaker, one of the new Chromecast devices, or even an Android tablet. It is important to have the Google Home app installed on one's iPhone and signed in using his/her account for this to work.