Apple Watch and activity tracking: Everything you need to know!

How to set up Activity on your Apple Watch

After syncing the Apple Watch, you will have a chance to set up Activity through your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Activity app from your iPhone's Home screen.
  2. Tap Set up Activity.
  3. Enter your personal information.

  1. Tap Continue.
  2. Set your Daily Move Goal. You can use the plus and minus signs to adjust.
  3. Tap Set Move Goal.

Once you've got Activity set up, there's a lot you can do with it, whether its keeping track of fitness goals or sharing your workouts with others for some friendly competition.

How to set goals and track your progress with Activity on Apple Watch

Goal-setting is the key to measuring success and the Activity app on your Apple Watch lets you quickly see your progress towards your goals at any time. The three areas your Apple Watch tracks — move, stand, and exercise — are each represented by a colored ring in the Activity app. The closer you get to completing a specific goal, the closer the ring will get to completing itself. Apple Watch also lets you scroll down to view a little bit more of a data breakdown if you choose.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

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  • Hi Joseph. Stumbled on this site while looking for Apple Watch info. Absolutely love this site! I’m such an Apple fan! I’m not sure if this comment section is for questions but I’ll give it a try I’m still confused about something. Does Exercise minutes get updated from data uploaded by a 3rd party app that updates workouts. I can’t seem to get a straight answer on this. It doesn’t look like it does. Example: Go for a walk using Intervals app on my Apple Watch. It updates Workout with 25 minutes but my exercise only shows 20. I guess Watch is measuring “exercise” at the same time Intervals is tracking workout. Any way to get these in sync. Thanks. I look forward to ready more articles! Cheers.