Accelerometer/Activity Monitor question

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by hologram, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. hologram macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    How does the accelerometer work? if I’m carrying a box with both hands and my arms aren’t moving like they would when walking normally, does that affect how the watch tracks activity? Or walking a dog when holding the leash in the watch hand and keeping that arm stationary?

    It’s my first AW, and I was just wondering if it makes any difference.
  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Accelerometers work by measuring acceleration forces from a change in direction to another direction. Like an arm swing from front to back.
  3. hologram thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    So in other words, it doesn’t measure movement if you walk a mile carrying anything that keeps your watch arm from moving? Maybe I should strap it to my ankle ;)
  4. millerj123 macrumors 65816

    Mar 6, 2008
    You'll still get GPS and heart rate for movement, but it won't be able to measure steps. My wife and I no longer hold hands when exercise walking, and only hold our dog's leash in our dominant hands for this very reason. We could put our watches on our other hand, but I never have.
  5. hologram thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Thanks, that’s what I wanted to know. :)

Share This Page

4 October 20, 2018