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Apple provides fix for Apple Watch issue with Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV

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Fitness Apple Tv Render (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has a solution for those experiencing a "Pairing Canceled" error when trying to start a Fitness+ workout on their Apple TV
  • The issue seems to be rooted in the idea that the Apple TV is not set up in the Home app.

If you want to use Apple Fitness+ on your Apple TV, it requires you to pair your Apple Watch with the television. This will let the Fitness+ app know who in the household is doing a workout and display that person's Apple Watch metrics like their Activity Rings, heart rate, and more on the screen while they follow the workout.

Some users may have an issue when trying to use their Apple Watch with the Apple TV where they will get a "Pairing Canceled: error when starting a workout. According to a new support document (opens in new tab), Apple is saying that this is due to your Apple TV not being added to the Home app.

In order to help resolve this error, Apple has provided the following instructions to those experiencing the problem:

  1. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > AirPlay and HomeKit. You'll see "1" in a red badge next to AirPlay and HomeKit. Don't see a red badge?
  2. Select Finish Home Set Up.
  3. Unlock your iPhone and hold it close to your Apple TV.
  4. Follow the steps on your Apple TV to add your Apple TV to the Home app and finish setup.

Apple says that if you already have your Apple TV set up in the Home app and are still have an issue to contact Apple Support for further help.

Apple Fitness+ launched last week with the latest updates to iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. Those who recently purchased an Apple Watch will receive three months of the service for free. For everyone else, it will cost $9.99 per month, $79.99 per year, or is included in the Apple One Premier bundle.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

4 Comments
  • Any chance that Apple will support playing the Fitness+ videos on a smartTV with AirPlay/mirroring?
  • It’s not supporting it right now and there’s no talk of it yet. I imagine it has something with how the Apple Watch communicates that only the A series processor in the Apple TV is able to handle. And since other Smart TVs don’t have those chips they can’t do it
  • Why not allow ‘dumb’ airplay screen mirroring from iPhone and iPad to Airplay-compatible smart TVs and devices? Peloton app on my iPhone mirrors perfectly over Airplay to my Roku streaming stick. This is a dealbreaker for many: my family is all in on Apple - 2 macs, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, and 2 Apple Watch. I just don’t have an Apple TV and won’t buy a 3 year old unit simply to access Fitness+ work workouts that aren’t suitable for an iPad (eg dance, yoga, core etc) See https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-fitness-appears-to-be-incompa...
  • That's certainly a reasonable request that I would also hope they eventually roll out but it just didn't make it in the "first generation" of the service. Apple TV+ was only on Apple devices at the start too - took months to roll out the Apple TV app to streaming devices and Smart TVs once it was clear that was a benefit. Wouldn't be surprised if the same thing doesn't happen here with AirPlay support.