Tracking And Viewing Your Steps On An Apple Watch

The Apple Watch allows users to easily track their steps and activity while going about their day. This is a handy feature when you want to know how active you real are, but you might be wondering how to access it or adjust the settings.

The Apple Watch will automatically track your steps whenever you’re wearing it after successfully pairing it with your iPhone. You can view your steps from the Activity app on your Apple Watch or iPhone. You can also view your steps from the Health app on your iPhone.

But what do you do if you need to manually adjust or enter new steps for the day? Don’t worry. We cover that and everything else you need to know in the article below. Read on for more information.

How Do You Track Your Steps on Apple Watch?

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The Apple Watch will automatically track your steps whenever you have it on after successfully pairing it with your iPhone.

The standard Activity app on the Apple Watch allows you to see your steps, distance, and stairs climbed. The iPhone Fitness app reveals your day-to-day, month-to-month, and annual distance trends, alongside all the information from your Apple Watch.

  1. Launch the Fitness app on your Apple Watch. The icon has three red, green, and blue circles on it.
  1. After launching the Fitness app, scroll down by swiping up on the Watch’s face. You can view your total steps for the day. Scrolling down will also reveal your movement, exercise, and standing progress for the day.

    You can also see how you’ve improved in each of the metrics, your total distance, and how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed.
  1. You can scroll down to the bottom of the app and click Weekly Summary to see your weekly progress. This page will show your current progress throughout the week and the total number of steps you’ve taken thus far.

How Do You View Your Steps on Apple Watch?

You can view your daily steps and more information on the Apple Watch in several ways. Some ways can include:

  • Use the Activity app on your Apple Watch: Launch the activity app and scroll to the bottom of the screen to see your information.
  • Use the Activity app on your iPhone: Launch the Activity app on your iPhone. Choose to view a day’s results. Afterward, scroll to the bottom of the app to locate Steps and Distance.
  • Use the Health app on your iPhone: Launch the Health application on your iPhone. Navigate to Health Data, then Activity, and then Steps. You can also add steps to your Favorites to add it to the top of the Today screen and the Favorites section from the Activity category.

Can You Manually Add Steps to Your Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch pedometer can run into bugs and glitches that result in inaccurate steps. Thankfully, you can manually add steps to your Apple Watch by following the steps below:

  1. Launch the Health app.
  1. From the Health app, click Browse.
  1. Click Activity.
  1. Click Steps.
  1. Select Add Data located on the top-right-hand corner of the screen.
  1. Now, you can enter the number of steps you want to add. You can adjust the date and time of your entry as well.
  1. Hit Add located at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  1. A pop-up menu will open, asking you to confirm your changes. Select Confirm once satisfied to finish.

Note: You can only add a maximum of 90,000 steps at once. These steps may not sync up accurately and appear on your Apple Watch screen, depending on your step counter app. You can also manually add a workout to Apple Watch.

How to Delete Unearned Steps

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There might be a situation where your Apple Watch recorded unearned steps, like when you’re moving your wrist or playing a game. Thankfully, you can delete unearned activity by following the steps below:

  1. Launch the Health app.
  1. Select the Today section in the lower left corner.
  1. Click the Steps box to launch the steps tracking screen.
  1. Click Show all Data to launch the All Recorded Data screen. You’ll see a list of entries with logged steps.
  1. Locate the date you want to edit and click on it.
  1. You’ll notice a timesheet of the steps, including icons notifying you if those steps were from your iPhone or Apple Watch. You can click on a log to see more detailed information. More detailed information might help you determine which logs to delete.
  1. After you know which entries to remove, select Edit. Swipe left on the entries and click Delete to remove those steps from your total step count,
  1. Click Done once you’re satisfied.
  1. Finally, when you launch the Today screen on the Health app, you’ll notice your step count has been adjusted.