Use the Activity app on your Apple Watch

With the Activity app on your Apple Watch, you can track how much you move, exercise, and stand from day to day.

If you wear your Apple Watch throughout the day, Activity can automatically track your daily movements. You can check your progress, meet goals, and customize notifications. To get started, just open the app on your Apple Watch and enter some information about yourself.

See an overview

Tap the Activity app on the Home screen of your Apple Watch to see an overview of your progress.

Get the details

Swipe up to see details for each ring. Swipe up again to see more, like how far you've gone that day.

Change the goal

In the Activity app, firmly press any screen to change your daily Move goal. You can adjust only this goal. 


The Move ring shows how many active calories you've burned so far. Complete your daily Move goal by burning active calories every day. Active calories, unlike resting, are ones that you burn by standing or moving around.


The Exercise ring shows how many minutes of brisk activity you've completed so far. Complete your daily Exercise goal by exercising for at least 30 minutes each day. Learn how to meet your exercise goal


The Stand ring shows hours in which you've stood and moved for at least a minute. Complete your daily Stand goal by standing up and moving around for at least 1 minute during 12 different hours in the day. Even if you stand all day, you still need to move around. If you've specified that you use a wheelchair, the Stand ring switches to the Roll ring. Roll shows hours in which you’ve pushed around for at least 1 minute. 

Earn Exercise and Move credit

Every full minute of movement that equals or exceeds the intensity of a brisk walk counts toward your daily Exercise and Move goals. For wheelchair users, this is measured in brisk pushes. Any activity below this level counts only toward your daily Move goal.

Make sure that you earn Exercise credit during walks by allowing the arm with your Apple Watch to swing naturally. For example, while walking your pet, let the arm with your watch swing freely while the other holds the leash.

If you need both hands while walking, for example to push a stroller, you can still earn Exercise credit by using the Workout app. The Activity app relies on arm motion and an accelerometer to track movement, but the Workout app can use the accelerometer, a heart rate sensor, and the GPS on your iPhone if you carry it with you. Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch, tap Outdoor Walk, and bring your iPhone on the walk.


Share your activity

Stay motivated by sharing your activity with your family, friends, or trainer. When your friends meet all three Activity goals, finish workouts, or earn achievements, you get notifications about their progress. 

To get started, add your friends. After you add friends, open the Activity app, then swipe left. Tap a friend to see their stats for the day. You can even send a message to all your friends.

Set notifications and view your complete Activity history

Use your iPhone to set up notifications and reminders or to check your Activity history.

In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Activity. Choose your notifications and reminders.

To see your complete Activity history, go to the Activity app on your iPhone.

Tap a tab to see details about your all day activity, workouts, and achievements.

If you don't see the Activity app on your iPhone, restart your iPhone and check again. The Activity app appears only after you pair your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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