| Individuals March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

Lookout’s new Apple Watch app is your alarm when your iPhone leaves your side

By Lookout

Today we’re releasing a new app for the Apple Watch that gives wearers a real-time look at how far away they are from their iPhone. The app showcases something we call a “distance visualization bar” that effectively plays the “You’re getting warmer, you’re getting colder!” game with you and your iPhone. Before you move out of connection-range from your iPhone, the Lookout Apple Watch app will alert you that you’re about to go out of range and give you the option to make your iPhone emit a scream sound, or pull up a map of the iPhone’s location.
A new app, specially made for Apple Watch owners
Distance Visualization
Even though 74% of everyday people say they are addicted to their smartphones, it’s really hard to keep track of those slippery little devices. It always seems the bigger hurry you're in, the longer it takes to find your iPhone before you can head out the door.
Scream Notification
This was an all too familiar situation for some of the software engineers here at Lookout, who saw a solution to the "mindless misplacement" problem in the Apple Watch.
We love innovation at Lookout. When these engineers pulled the idea together, it didn’t take long for the project to make it into the broader product roadmap. It makes a lot of sense: a device that you already wear as part of your daily life can help be another pair of eyes for your iPhone.
Here are a few scenarios in which you might find yourself using the Apple Watch app:
The Concert Goer
This person is at a concert and just left his group to grab some beers and snacks for everyone from the concession stand. Juggling his purchase, he unknowingly leaves his phone on the counter and heads back to their spot near the stage.
When he grabs for his phone to take a picture, he panics at the disco realizing it’s not in his pocket anymore. Knowing he won’t be able to hear a “scream,” he opts to use his Apple Watch to see how close or far he is from the phone. Following the signal, watching it get stronger as he walks back toward the concession stand, he suddenly remembers buying the drinks and sprints to the counter where the cashier hands him his phone.
The Forgetful Dasher
This person is in a cafe, plugging away at that critical project. She realizes she’s got a meeting in ten minutes across the street, so she packs up her stuff and high-tails it out the door to meet her partner.
Out on the sidewalk, she realizes her Apple Watch is buzzing: it says she’s about to lose connection with her device. She stops running to check her watch and sees she’s out of range of her phone. Trying to remember where she had it last, she does a quick locate from her watch to see it sitting in the coffee shop she just left. She grabs it before someone else does and runs to her meeting, iPhone in hand.
The Pickpocket Victim
This person is in the subway station, waiting for the next train. Today he’s brought a book with him, so his iPhone is resting in his pocket.
A person bumps into him on the platform, apologizes under her breath, and moves quickly on down toward the escalator. His watch starts buzzing and he sees his iPhone moving farther and farther out of range. Quickly, he “screams” the device, making it belt out a siren alarm. The station police are nearby and help him recover his device.
Excited to learn more about how you can use the Apple Watch? Check it out here.
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Concert image via messicanbeer/Flickr



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Buck Panchal says:

January 03, 2017 at 12:49 pm

After an out of range message the watch app will not reset when back in range. Need to re-install the app on the phone to get it to reset. Is this normal behavior or is there another way to reset the app to show the phone is now next to and connected to the watch? Thanks.

Meghan Kelly says:

January 04, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Hi Buck, sorry to hear you're having trouble here. Sounds odd to me. Would you please report it to our customer support team? Please include the email address associated with your Lookout account: support [at] lookout [dot] com Hopefully we'll be able to figure out what's going on here.

roman says:

November 03, 2016 at 7:12 am

I'm wondering where we stand with the audible "out-of-reach notification" on the watch! Right now it only goes to the phone Thanks, Roman

Meghan Kelly says:

December 07, 2016 at 10:44 am

Hi Roman, if you mean adding a sound notification on top of the current vibration notification, we don't have any current plans to incorporate this, but it's a great suggestion! I've sent it along to our product team. Please feel free to send us any further feedback or suggestions: support [at] lookout [dot] com

cesatsol6 says:

August 24, 2016 at 2:43 am

it look cool in hand

Mitch says:

July 25, 2016 at 6:39 am

Can you set an alarm that once the phone and watch are apart for a set distance or greater an alarm will sound

Meghan Kelly says:

August 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

Hi Mitch, At this time, you cannot customize the alarm based on specific distances between the phone and the watch. There is, however, a feature in the app's Settings that will allow you to manually adjust the sensitivity or frequency with which you receive notifications. Hope that helps! If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to our support team and include the email address associated with your Lookout account: support [at] lookout [dot] com

Lukas Gehner says:

June 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm

My Apple watch does not notify me at all! Maybe i got some settings wrong?

Meghan Kelly says:

June 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

Hi Lukas, I'm sorry to hear you're having problems! Please feel free to reach out to our support team. support [at] lookout [dot] com

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