The Pedometer on Apple Watch is one of the great fitness tools that are available from Apple. The Apple Watch was presented to the world in 2015, and now, starting at about $400, the Watch allows you to make calls, send messages, set reminders, stream music and other things.

Created to augment your iPhone, the Apple Watch has an awesome display and has become increasingly popular for its health and exercise applications. This tutorial will show you how to use the Pedometer app on your Apple Watch to count your steps.

Pair and Set Up Your Apple Watch

Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or later to set up. Apple Watch with 4G connectivity requires an iPhone 6 or later. If your Watch is not connected to WIFi or your cellular, it will disconnect. Thus, you need the iPhone to manage the Apple Watch. If you have trouble pairing the two, take these steps first to make sure that your Apple Watch and iPhone can successfully be paired:

  • Pair only one Apple Watch with iPhone at one time
  • Keep the iPhone and the Apple Watch close together while pairing
  • Make sure both devices are charged and powered up at the time of pairing. Your Apple Watch should provide up to 18 hours of battery life.
  • Make sure the Apple Watch and iPhone share the name account phone number
  • You must use an iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus series, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X/XS/XS Max
  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to your iPhone cellular network
  • Turn Bluetooth option ON
  • Turn LTE Voice and Data option ON
  • Make sure the iPhone has the WiFi connection ON

Note: Apple Watch doesn’t pair to iPad or Android. The pairing must be with an iPhone.

Now set up your Apple Watch by adding your personal health information:

1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app and go to My Watch > Health > Edit

2. The information will go to the Activity app and the Workout app.

3. You can now enable location tracking and fitness tracking. On iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Scroll down and select System Services

4. Check to see that Motion Calibration & Distance is ON.

5. Go to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness.

6. Check to see if Fitness Tracking and Health are turned ON.

7. Go to the Watch app on iPhone and then go to My Watch. Select Privacy and make sure Fitness Tracking is ON.

Now, you can calibrate your Apple Watch to get more accurate results. Calibrate the Apple Watch with GPS:

1. Place the Apple Watch on a flat surface with open skies

2. Have the iPhone in close proximity to the Watch, perhaps on the wrist or an armband

3. Open the Workout App on the Apple Watch. Select Outdoor Run or Outdoor Walk and set the goal to complete the run o walk for 20 minutes.

4. Run or walk at your normal pace for the 20 minutes

5. Your Apple Watch is calibrated. You can use your pedometer to count steps!

Use the Pedometer On Apple Watch To Count Steps

The pedometer is a built-in step counter app on your Apple Watch that allows the user to track the number of steps taken, distance, and calories during a certain period of time. To access and use the pedometer, follow these steps:

1. Open the Activity app on your Apple Watch (a multi-color circle)

2. On the Activity screen, scroll down until you see the digital crown – a rotating dial located on the side of the Apple Watch.

3. The Pedometer should update your step count. The Total Steps and Total Distance is updated on the Watch. You should be able to see the update in step count when you are disconnected from your iPhone. If you can’t see the update, go to step one and pair your Watch with your iPhone.

Contact the Genius Bar or Apple Support

If you were not able to use your pedometer on your Apple Watch with or without the iPhone, you can contact the Genius Bar, or Apple Support for more help.