Having been a dedicated Fitbit carrier, I decided to switch to an Apple Watch for its nicer display, superior design and extras to continue my pedaling way.
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But after spending so much time with a Fitbit, I was disappointed to discover that the activity app fell off step counts. I quickly got used to checking out my current step count with a quick glance at Fitbit and didn't think my Apple Watch made me dig and tap and swipe to see the number I have come to take care of more than the time of day. I also had some questions about how accurate it was to count my steps.
Thankfully, I found a way to add a pedometer to my Apple Watch's face and some ways to get a more accurate account of my daily trips. Let us, if, go to it.
Enter your health data
If you are new to counting, the first thing you need to do is install the Health app with some information about yourself. It uses your age, height, weight and sex to appreciate things like burnt calories and steps taken.
On your iPhone ($ 949 at Walmart) open Watch app and on the My Watch tab, press Health and then press Edit . Enter your information, then press Ready .
The health application will share this information with the Activity and Training applications as well as third-party applications that support it.
Enabling Location Services
Your Apple Watch uses GPS tracking to get a more accurate reading of the distances you travel. Apple Watch Series 1($ 249 at Walmart) lacks GPS on the newer Apple Watch Series 3 or the discontinued series 2. It takes steps with only the accelerometer if you go for a walk without your iPhone and then you will synchronize with when returning within your iPhone.
Regardless of your Apple Watch model, you get better and more accurate results if you enable location services for it. On your iPhone, go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and make sure Location Services is turned on. And while you are here, you can enable location services for the two clock-related items on the long list of apps. Nearly the top of the list you should see Apple Watch Faces and Apple Watch Workout . Enter both to while using the app .
Enable fitness tracking
Location services are only half the battle. Your Apple Watch and iPhone use an accelerometer that measures your total body movement to track your activity. You want to let the accelerometer do its thing for times when GPS information is unavailable, whether you have a Series 1 and is without your iPhone or go where it's poor coverage. There are separate settings for your phone and clock.
For your iPhone, go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and browse all the way down the list of apps and tap System Services and make sure ] Motion Calibration & Distance is on. Then go to Settings> Privacy> Motion & Fitness and make sure Fitness Tracking is enabled along with Health and any third party apps you use to track your workout.
Then open Watch app on your iPhone and on the tab My Watch press Privacy and make sure Fitness Tracking is turned on .
Calibrate for increased accuracy
Without your own GPS, an Apple Watch Series 1 needs some help to learn how to walk or drive. You can calibrate the watch by comparing the data from the accelerometer with GPS data from your iPhone to better manage your stride and arm movements. How to calibrate it:
- Turn on your Apple Watch and go outside, preferably to a flat, open area under clear skies (so you get a good GPS reception).
- Bring your iPhone and carry it in your hand  Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch, tap Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run and Put it in a bracelet or on your waist. a goal in 20 minutes.
- Walk or run at normal pace for 20 minutes.
Add pedometer to look at face
After I got my Apple Watch Series 1 fine-tuned to count my steps, I was upset to discover that I couldn't add a pedometer to any of the watch's faces. Some of the watch's faces allow me to add information from Activity app, but only calories burned, train minutes or hours standing. After a little digging, I found an app that let me add my current steps to my watch's face, so it's just a look away, just like my Fitbit.
The app is Pedometer ++ and it's free. It was the only app on the handful of fitness trackers I tried with– that is, adding information to the face of the watch.
First, you need to give yourself permission to use your Apple devices to count your steps. On your iPhone, open the app Health tap the tab Sources tap on Pedometer (it releases ++ on iPhone for some reason) and press Turn on all categories on .
To add a complication to the pedometer, tap the face of your watch to dial the face gallery and select one that lets you customize it. Press Customize the button to edit the complications shown on the clock and use the digital crown to scroll through the options until you find the [+45450000] pedometer ++ . I found that the X-Large clock's face offered the largest, boldest step counter.
Now I have my Apple Watch set so it counts up my steps and shows my current bill on the watch's face. And with the X-Large clock's face, the number is easier to read than the small, narrow font on my. The only downside is that it updates less often than my Fitbit, which can be frustrating against a compulsory step counter. Or maybe it's good – it will force me to relax and not check my step count so often.
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