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Steps count on iPhone and Apple Watch



  iPhone with the number of steps in the Health app.
Khamosh Pathak

According to conventional wisdom, 1

0,000 steps per day equates to a healthy life. Whatever your goal, you need a reliable way to count your steps. The good news is that you can do this on your iPhone or Apple Watch!

Counting steps in the Health app on iPhone

Your iPhone has an advanced built-in pedometer. It uses the accelerometer to calculate the steps you take. All this data is stored in the Health app, which you can also backup and sync with iCloud.

Strangely, Apple doesn't really advertise this feature. If you've never used the Health app, you may not know about it.

Open the Health app to view your step count of the day. You can swipe down on the home screen to open Spotlight Search and then search for it if you can't find it on your phone.

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 Tap the Health app to open it from Spotlight search the iPhone.

As soon as you open the app, you will see an overview of the activities of the day (on iOS 13 and higher). Find the & # 39; Steps & # 39; section here to see the steps you've taken throughout the day.

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You can tap the item to expand the section. Here's a chart of your all-day step count. You can also switch to the weekly, monthly or yearly data via the tabs at the top.

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Add a pedometer widget to the iPhone

While the Health app shows your step count for the day, it takes a few taps to get there. Wouldn't it be better if you could see the number of steps directly from the lock or home screen on your iPhone?

You can do this with the Pedometer ++ widget. After installing and enabling the widget, just swipe right on the lock or home screen to see your current step count.

After downloading the Pedometer ++ app, open it and allow the app to access your fitness data. Once the app is set up, you will see the number of steps in the top section.

 The Pedometer ++ app shows a number of steps.

Now go to your iPhone home screen and swipe right to display the "Today View" screen. Swipe all the way down here and tap "Edit".

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Now tap the plus sign (+) next to the "Pedometer" widget to add the infographic to the widgets screen.

 Tap the plus sign (+).

You can now use the Handle icon to reorder the widgets. We recommend placing Pedometer ++ at the top of the list. Tap "Done" to add the widget to your lock and home screens.

 Tap to reorder the widgets and then press

Now when you swipe right on the lock or home screen, you will see the number of steps directly from the "View Today" widgets screen ".

 The pedometer widget on an iPhone.

Counting Steps in the Activity App on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch helps you count the calories you've burned during the day and it's great for tracking workouts. However, it can also count steps.

If you wear your Apple Watch all day, this is a better source of your step count than your iPhone, which you sometimes store.

To find your step count in the activity app, press the Digital Crown button on your Apple Watch to open the app launcher.

 Press the Digital Crown button.

Select the "Activity" app here. Scroll down to the & # 39; Total Steps & # 39; to see your step count.

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Adding a Pedometer Complication to Apple Watch

The fastest way to get information about your Apple Watch is on the watch face. Fortunately, you can add mini widgets called complications to the watch face. These can contain data from both third-party and third-party apps.

This means that with the correct complication, you can see your current step count when you raise your wrist to view the time. Therefore, using your Apple Watch to monitor your steps is much faster than when you look at the lock screen widget on your iPhone.

 Two Apple Watches showing the number of steps on the dials.

To do this, we will again use the Pedometer ++ app. If you already have the iPhone app, it will be automatically installed on your Apple Watch. However, you can also install the app on your Apple Watch from the new App Store app introduced on watchOS 6.

After installing the app, open it once to see if it works. From there, go to the watch face on the home screen of your Apple Watch. Press and hold the screen, then tap "Customize".

Now swipe left to switch to complication editing view. Here, tap the complication you want to change and then turn the Digital Crown until you see the Pedometer ++ complication. You can now press the Digital Crown to save the layout and return to the watch face.

 Three Apple Watches with the pedometer ++ complication on the dial.

The next time you check your Apple Watch, you will see your steps count right on its face!


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