How to Fix iPhone Activity App Not Updating With Apple Watch

As someone who exercises on a daily basis, the Activity app on my iPhone and Apple Watch really help me keep track of my goals and progress. When you get going with your day, the app on your wrist will “automatically track your daily movements.”

Why is it useful?

  • You get to stay on top of your progress
  • Customize notifications based on given data
  • Create and meet goals

While I enjoy taking advantage of this application on both devices, it often gives me a headache by becoming unreliable.

Every once in awhile, there will be a delay in data between the Activity app on my Apple Watch and iPhone. In other words, same app but different progress and update. Sometimes one device provides the most accurate steps and movements while the other still stuck on yesterday’s report.



After doing some digging and trying out various methods, here are a few of my best attempt to fix the problem. You can follow along to resolve this issue as well.

How to get your Apple Watch Activity App to Sync

The first thing I did was rebooting my Apple Watch, this method works for a few hours and then it stopped. The problem re-appear again.

I turned on Airplane Mode on my Apple Watch so that it can disconnect from the iPhone then I turned it off. Once both iPhone and Apple Watch are connected again, the app automatically syncs with all the latest information.

I also visited the Apple Support forum to see if anyone else is having the same syncing issue. Surely, there was a bunch of complaints. Someone shared this method:

  1. Go on your Watch app, go to Activity > Progress Update > switch to None
  2. Restart your iPhone
  3. Turn off Wi-Fi and turn it back on

I hope one of the solutions above can fix the problem of your Activity app. And don’t forget to keep walking, keep moving, and achieve your goal.

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If Apple Watch Is Not Tracking Your Steps or Movements

I have noticed that the Activity app sometime won’t track my steps and other fitness activities that I’m involved in. This is also another existing problem that gets carry on even with the Apple Watch Series 2. If you find yourself not able to get the correct activity data or the tracker just stopped working altogether, some of the tips below may help.

How do I know if the Apple Watch is tracking my activities?

It’s fairly easy to tell if the activity tracker is functioning correctly. I would take a look at the Exercise Ring and Move Ring. These two features will only log your movements if you do physical activities that get your heart pumping above average and burning your calories like an actual fitness workout.

I would also check the Stand Ring and Resting Ring just to make sure. But then again, they’re not as accurate because they only track small activities such as walking around your room or office.

If you do a lot of workouts that you think are not “small” and yet the Activity app is not tracking them, it’s safe to say that the app is not working properly.

There are multiple ways to troubleshoot this issue on your Apple Watch.

Make sure the following features are enabled:

  • Open the Settings app > Privacy > Motion & Fitness > Turn on Fitness Tracking and Health (do the same with your watch)
  • On the same Privacy page, tap on Location Services > System Services > enable Calibration & Distance
  • Go to the Watch app on your iPhone > My Watch > Wrist Detection and turn it on if you havne’t done so

Those are a few things that I found useful when it comes to fixing the Activity tracker on my Apple Watch. I also suggest trying out some basic solutions such as restarting your device, hard resetting, and unpair/re-pair. Things like that can also help.

Everything else works except for Activity Sharing? Here’s the tutorial you’ve been looking for.


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