Perhaps the No. 1 reason to purchase an Apple Watch is for it to track your fitness activities. Thanks to the built-in Activity app, you can keep track of various exercise routines throughout each week such as running, walking, even yoga. When you're not exercising, the Activity app has also been designed to push out notifications to give you an extra push. These are easy to modify, as you can see below.

How to change the Activity app notification settings

You can customize the notifications you get for your daily activities to fit your daily lifestyle. The settings are found in the Watch app on your iPhone. You have three choices that will determine the type and location of Activity app notifications on Apple Watch. These include: Allow Notifications, Send to Notification Center, and Notifications Off.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Activity.
  3. Tap Send to Notification Center or Allow Notifications.

You'll find five toggles when selecting either of these settings: Stand Reminders, Daily Coaching, Goal Completions, Special Challenges, and Activity Sharing Notifications. By default, each of these choices is active. You can turn as many as you want on or off.

  • Stand Reminders are alerts that arrive during the day at 50 minutes past the hour if you haven't yet achieved your stand goal for that hour.
  • Daily Coaching, meanwhile, offers messages of encouragement when you're getting close to meet activity goals or monthly challenges. These can occur at any time during the day and sometimes reflect previous progress.
  • Goal Completions provide celebratory messages for when you achieve your daily Move, Exercise, and Move goals.
  • Under Special Challenges, you'll be alerted whenever Apple offers a unique challenge. Look for these ahead of holidays and other occasions throughout the year.
  • When turned on, Activity Sharing Notifications allows you to know when one of your Apple Watch activity friends achieves a goal. In doing so, you can then congratulate them on their success.

Note: When you select Notifications Off as listed above, you can still adjust the Stand Reminders.

The difference between Allow Notifications and Send to Notification Center

When you select Allow Notifications on the main Activity app notification screen on iPhone, your message will show up on your wearable device as a pop-up. When Send to Notification Center is chosen, you'll only see the notices when you slide down on the Apple Watch display. By tapping on either, you can read the notification.

Questions?

Personally, I don't see the need to turn off any of the Activity app notifications on Apple Watch. If you do, Apple has made it simple to change these through the Apple Watch app on iPhone. Do you have any questions? Leave a comment below.