How to Calibrate Apple Watch to Make it More Accurate Fitness Tracker
The Apple Watch is by far the best activity tracker on the market, that allows you to log both your daily routine and your workout sessions. The activity app offers an overview of your workout in the form three metrics, Move, Exercise, and Stand.
Initially you have to input some basic info about yourself in the app, and then set your own fitness goals. The watch tracks your activity and keeps you updated throughout the day to see how close you are to reaching those goals.
To achieve the most out of your fitness tracking, you should better calibrate the watch, so that it can accurately measure different estimations including your Calorie, Distance and Move for better results. For this, you’ll be required to use your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously as you track a workout session of 20 minutes or more.
Since you use different paces for running and walking, it is recommended to use calibration process for both the activities for the most accurate measurements.
Below are the simple steps on how to calibrate your Apple Watch.
Step 1: As said earlier, bring both your iPhone and your Apple Watch to the workout session. Make sure the area is flat and open for better GPS reception.
Step 2: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone, select Privacy and turn on the Location Services.
Step 3: Then open Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and enable Motion Calibration & Distance on your iPhone.
Step 4: Now, wear the Apple Watch on your wrist and attach your iPhone to your body using a waistband. Alternatively, you can hold the phone in your hand, if it doesn’t cause inconvenience.
Step 5: Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch, and choose Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run.
Step 6: Set your workout goal or click Open for a goal-free session.
Step 7: Tap Start to begin your session.
Step 8: Walk or run for at least 20 minutes.
Step 9: If you run or walk at different stride lengths, then repeat this process for each of those different speeds.
Step 10: After you’ve finished the workout session, the watch will store this calibration data locally so that it could use it to calculate future sessions.
That’s all there is to it. Though the calibration process is not necessary to use the Activity apps, it comes handy when you perform the workout sessions indoors or use the watch away from the iPhone for activity tracking.
However, it should be kept in mind that the calibration data is stored on the wearable and it’s not backed up to your phone. So, as soon as you unpair the Apple Watch from your iPhone, the data will be deleted. In that case, you will be required to recalibrate it.
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