Here's how you can reset your Apple Watch fitness calibration data and make sure your wearable tracks your workouts and walks far more accurately.
Apple Watch Not Tracking Your Workouts or Walks Properly? Reset the Fitness Calibration Data and Retrain the Sensors, Here's How
While the Apple Watch is nothing but amazing when it comes to monitoring your workouts and daily activity, but it can record misleading data. For example, you took ten steps and for some reason the Apple Watch recorded just seven or maybe less. This also means that your running and walking workouts aren't being tracked accurately. But don't worry, you can fix this problem by simply reseting how the watch logs your body activity and it only takes a few minutes.
There are two parts to this tutorial: the first one is about reseting your data, and the second one involves retraining the sensors on your Apple Watch so it tracks your activity perfectly.
Make Sure Location Services are Turned On
If you want your workouts and walks to be dead-on accurate, then you have to turn on Location Services on your iPhone.
For iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and make sure every toggle switch is turned on.
Reset the Data
Step 1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Scroll down a little and then tap on Privacy.
Step 3. Tap on the Reset Fitness Calibration Data. Confirm your choice.
Keep one thing in mind, the next step is extremely crucial and it's best you follow up with it in order to make sure everything is being tracked perfectly.
Retrain Your Apple Watch
Note: For this step, you will have to leave the confines of your home if you want your Apple Watch to be accurate. Given the current situation, it's best you wear a mask before stepping out.
Step 1. Launch a new Workout on your Apple Watch.
Step 2. Select Outdoor Walk.
Step 3. Now that your workout has started, walk in your normal pace for at least 20 minutes. If you can push it all the way to 30 minutes, then it's all well and good. Just don't go too hard on yourself. The purpose of this routine is to train the Apple Watch.
Step 4. Turn off your workout once the twenty minutes are up.
That's it, your Apple Watch should now track your workouts far more accurately. Furthermore, it will keep on learning from your movements with time.
I will not recommend resetting the fitness calibration data on your Apple Watch on a regular basis. Every time you do it, you are essentially talking it back to square one. The more data there is, the better tracking there will be. So unless your Apple Watch is actually acting up and it's visible on a daily basis, only then go ahead with what is written above. If everything seems fine, then just let it be.
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