Share your Activity and compete with friends with your Apple Watch

You can share your Activity rings with friends and family for motivation. Encourage each other to close all three rings, compete to win the week, or let your trainer track your daily progress.

Start sharing

To share activity, you and your friends both need an Apple Watch. When your friends meet all three of their activity goals, finish workouts, or earn achievements, you get notifications about their progress.

Friends that you can share activity with.

Add friends

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab. If asked, tap Get Started. 
  3. Tap the Plus icon and type your friend's contact information. Or choose friends from the list of suggested contacts. You can add up to 40 friends.
  4. After you choose your friends, tap Send. Wait for your friends to accept the invite. 

Accept an invite

When someone invites you to share Activity or compete, a notification appears on your Apple Watch. Tap Accept or Ignore. If you don't get a notification, you can accept from the Activity app:

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone, then tap the Sharing tab.
  2. Tap the account icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Accept or Ignore.

Confirm that you want to invite Jane to join a 7-day competition.

Compete with friends

With iOS 12 and watchOS 5, you can invite friends to compete in a seven-day competition. During the competition, you both earn points by filling your Activity rings. You get a point for every percent that you add to your rings each day, and you can earn up to 600 points a day. That’s a max of 4,200 points for the week.

Whoever has the most points at the end of the competition wins. When the competition is complete, you earn an award.

Challenge a friend from your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Activity app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe left, then tap a friend. 
  3. Scroll down, then tap Compete.
  4. Tap Invite [name]. Wait for your friend to accept the invite. 

Challenge a friend from your iPhone

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone, then tap the Sharing tab.
  2. Tap a friend.
  3. Tap Compete with [name].
  4. Tap Invite [name] to confirm. Wait for your friend to accept the invite. 

Message to invite Allen to a competition from your Apple Watch.

Motivate your friends

After you start sharing your activity, you can check on your friends and help motivate them to meet their goals. When you get a notification about a friend's activity, you can reply with preset smack talk or encouragement. And, when your friend closes all three rings or earns certain achievements, you can challenge them to a competition directly from the notification.

Jane has earned 214 out of her 280 calorie goal.

Check your friend's progress

  1. Open the Activity app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe left to view shared activity. 
  3. Tap your friend, then scroll to see their progress. You can also send them a message.

Send your friends a message

  1. Open the Activity app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe left, then turn the Digital Crown to scroll to the bottom.
  3. To send a message to all your friends, tap "Send message to all." 
  4. To send a message to one friend, tap the friend, scroll down, then tap Send Message. 

Stop sharing

If you want to stop sharing, you can mute notifications, hide your progress, or remove a friend. 

Jane's activity history.

Mute notifications

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab, then tap your friend.
  3. Tap Mute Notifications. To get notifications again, tap Unmute Notifications.

Hide your progress

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab, then tap the friend that you want to hide your activity from.  
  3. Tap Hide my Activity. You can still see your friend's activity, but they won't see your activity. You can't hide your activity from a friend that you're competing with.
  4. To start sharing again, tap Show my Activity.

Remove a friend

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap the Sharing tab, then tap your friend. 
  3. Tap Remove Friend. After you remove a friend, they can't see your activity, and you can't see their activity. To start sharing again, send your friend a new invite.

Get help with Activity Sharing

To compete with friends, you need iOS 12 and watchOS 5 or later. Activity Sharing requires iOS 10 and watchOS 3 or later.

If you paired more than one Apple Watch to your iPhone, the Sharing tab won't appear in Activity until you update all your watches to the latest version of watchOS

If you see an error when you try to add a friend or send an invitation

Sign out of iCloud on your iPhone, then sign back in: 

  1. Tap Settings > [your name]. 
  2. Scroll down and tap Sign Out. 
  3. Go back to Settings > Sign in to your [device], then enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Tap Sign In.
  5. Try to add your friend or look for the invitation.

If you still can’t add a friend, make sure that they have an Apple Watch and that you haven’t added the maximum number of friends. You can add up to 40 friends.

If you don't get updates about your friend's activity

As long as your iPhone can connect to the Internet and you're signed in to iCloud, you can get updates about your friend's activity each day. If your iPhone can't connect for multiple days or you sign out of iCloud, you might see missing days.

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