Reviews - February 7, 2024

How to calibrate your Apple Watch for accurate fitness tracking

If you’ve recently noticed a decrease in the accuracy of how your Apple Watch tracks your steps and exercise, it may need calibration. You should regularly configure your Apple Watch’s sensors according to your body’s important indicators. Here’s how:

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1. Perform a test run with Apple Watch

First, it is wise to do some testing on the sensor. Open the Exercise app on your Apple Watch outdoor runningThen jog at a steady pace for 20 to 30 minutes.

Then compare your results with those you recorded a few months ago. execution fitness Open the app on your iPhone activity In section calendar Click the icon in the top right corner and select a reference date. This lets you see how much your tracking has changed over time.

2. Enable Location Services

Make sure GPS location services are always running. Otherwise, you’ll have trouble tracking mid- to long-distance sports like running, hiking, and swimming on your Apple Watch. open setting On Apple Watch Privacy & Security > Location Servicesand make sure it’s turned on.

Also on your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services. scroll down system service In this menu Motion correction and distance Available.

Go to Location Services in Apple Watch Settings Turn on the Location Services button on your Apple Watch.

3. Adjust your fitness profile

Size and basal metabolic rate have a direct impact on the calories you burn during exercise. Let’s say you’re a marathon runner who recently lost 50 pounds. If you continue to use your previous weight in your fitness profile, you will get inaccurate results when you track your runs using Apple Watch. You’ll think you’re burning more calories than you actually are.

To adjust your profile see Select an app on your iPhone my watch Click on the tab and head to: health > health details. after that edit Enter your correct weight and height in the top right corner. If you are training for body composition, you should adjust these metrics at least every 2-4 weeks.

4. Keep the sensor free of dust and excess water.

The Apple Watch is waterproof, not waterproof. It is not easily damaged by sweat or rain. Some models even allow exercise in shallow water. However, if you don’t have an Apple Watch Ultra, it won’t be able to withstand submersion. If you try to dive using a standard Apple Watch, the sensor may be damaged and become completely inoperable.

That means you shouldn’t allow dust and sweat to accumulate on your Apple Watch. Regularly remove any build-up on the back using a clean cotton swab and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. Otherwise, this debris may affect the accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart rate sensor.

5. Use the right activity tracker

You can add a variety of activities to the Workout app, including cycling, mixed martial arts, tennis, surfing, and more. Heat work out In the apps on your Apple Watch, scroll down to Add exerciseand tap your preferred activity. The sensor must be adjusted accordingly.

Tap the Add Workout button in the Exercise app on Apple Watch Exercise app Experience a variety of workouts on Apple Watch

However, the app works best for basic exercises like jogging, walking, and swimming. You may notice some inaccuracies when monitoring activities that consist of explosive and inconsistent movements.

The best solution is to use a third-party tracker designed for your specific sport. Let’s say you’re interested in bodybuilding. You can use strength training apps for Apple Watch, such as Strong and Gymaholic, instead of the default workout app.

6. Reset fitness calibration data

If you’re still not satisfied with your wearable’s accuracy, try resetting your fitness calibration data on your Apple Watch. This is a great option if other people have been using your device to track steps, running times, and exercise intensity. You will get more accurate results if your device contains only the metrics.

Heat see Tap the app on your iPhone Privacy > Reset fitness calibration data. Then jog at a steady pace for 30 minutes on flat terrain. This allows Apple Watch to more accurately measure your fitness level.

Go to the Privacy section of your iPhone Watch app Tap Reset Fitness Calibration Data Privacy section in the Watch app on iPhone

As long as you use your Apple Watch every day and keep your body measurements up to date, the sensor should remain calibrated. They do not deteriorate as quickly as other components lose functionality or wear out. In the worst case, this will produce inaccurate readings.