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How to calibrate your Apple Watch for workouts

On Nov. 20 I wrote how that my Apple Watch is not accurate or consistent in measuring my running distance. Reader S.M. Syler helped me out by pointing me to an Apple support article for calibrating the smartwatch for workouts and activities. 

Read the complete article details, but here are the highlights:

How to check your settings

To make sure that your Apple Watch can get the information it needs, check these settings on your iPhone:

On your iPhone, open the Settings app.

Tap Privacy > Location Services. 

Make sure that Location Services is turned on.

Scroll down, then tap System Services. 

Make sure that Motion Calibration & Distance is turned on.

Continue with the steps below.

Calibrate your Apple Watch

  1. While wearing your Apple Watch, go to a flat, open outdoor area that offers good GPS reception and clear skies. 
  2. If you have Apple Watch Series 2 or later, you just need your Apple Watch. If you have Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier, bring your iPhone for GPS. Hold your iPhone in your hand, or wear it on an armband or waistband.
  3. Open the Workout app. To start, tap Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run. To set a goal before starting, tap the circle with three dots.
  4. Walk or run at your normal pace for about 20 minutes.
Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.