According to Google, this feature will work with devices that you’ve linked up like smart speakers or smart displays that have Google Assistant built into them. “You can tell your Nest smart speaker or smart display, ‘Hey Google, find my phone,’ for all devices, now including iPhones. For iPhones, once you opt in to 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).”
While we’re not sure if Google Assistant will do a better job of finding your misplaced iPhone compared to Apple’s Find My app or Siri, it will at the very least provide users with an alternative option, especially if they have smart speakers setup in their home and want a quicker way of locating their device.
The ability to locate a lost iPhone is one of several new features that Google introduced to Google Assistant recently, so if you’re invested into Google’s ecosystem, the rest of the updates could be worth checking out as well.