Indeed, the requirements for smart speakers make the “Find My Phone” feature of the Google Assistant on iOS more restrictive than those on Android, allowing Android users to search for your device from any web browser or auxiliary device linked to your Google account . Fortunately, Apple’s Find My app can basically do the same thing, and you can use it from any other Apple device or iCloud website.
Still, it’s more convenient to have your Google Home speaker ring your iPhone than to remotely ring your iPhone via an app or webpage using tags.
To start using the Google Assistant “Find My Phone” feature on iOS, you need to install the Google Home app on your iPhone and have at least one Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker associated with your account. Then, you must choose to receive important notifications and reminders from Google Home and set up “Voice Match” from the Google Assistant.
To turn on Critical Alerts in the Google Home iOS app:
- Open the Google Home app and go to Settings > Notifications.
- Make sure “Turn on Notifications” is toggled. (If you do not see this option, then notifications are already enabled, and you can skip to Step 5.)
- Tap “Go to settings” to open Google Home’s notification menu in the iOS Settings app.
- Select “Notifications” and enable “Allow Notifications.”
- Go back to the Google Home app and go to Settings > Notifications > General notifications.
- Turn on “Critical alerts.” You can now receive critical alerts from the Google Home app.
The next step is to configure Google Assistant’s Voice Match if you haven’t already:
- In the Google Home app, tap your Google account profile icon.
- Go to Assistant settings > Voice match > Add a device.
- Select the devices you want to use the “Find my phone” feature with, then follow the on-screen steps.
After the Voice Match process is complete, the Google Assistant can now help you find your iPhone by just saying “Ok Google, find my phone.” Please note that this only works when your iPhone is turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.