Flights climbed variance

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  1. Gatnus, Jun 5, 2019
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    Gatnus macrumors newbie

    Gatnus

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    Two people about the same height - both wearing Apple Watch 4s with iPhones in pocket. We take a 12 mile hike with a lot of climbing - probably 2000-2500 ft elevation gain. At the end of the day, one watch reads about 150 floors climbed. The other about 250. Any idea why there is such a variance?
    How does the watch / phone calculate "floors climbed"? Arm motion? Pressure changes? GPS? Combination???

    I just looked at my sources....
    AW4 shows 276 flights climbed
    iPhone XS shows 183 flights climbed
    ...my hiking partner shows
    AW4 153 flights climbed
    iPhone X 140 flights

    There may be a very small variance pre-hike, each of us walking around, but that would be no more than 5 flights done at home.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Flights are recorded per barometric pressure and movement/activity.

    It can vary and is seldom exact. Gained over 150 flights when a hurricane came through my neighborhood.
     
  3. Gatnus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can understand it being "off" from reality, but two users, both wearing AW4 doing the same hike. One shows 153 and the other shows 276 - We're both in the same barometric conditions....and my phone showed 183 while the watch showed 276 - not even close and both were on me the entire day.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Every Apple watch I have owned has recorded differently from the previous one. I am enjoying a move streak like no other time on my current series 4 where my series 3 and 2 did not credit me once or twice a week, all on the same settings.

    I do agree that your case is excessive with out a doubt. Maybe drop by the Apple store and have them take a look.
     
  5. Gatnus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good idea to stop by a store. Not sure what they can do about it. I have had days with 30k+ steps and only about 5 floors for the entire day when I go on long runs in an extremely flat area, so I know it's not just glitching....but maybe it's overly sensitive or something. I definitely did not do over 2500 feet of climbing...but then we definitely did more than ~1500 the second watch showed.
     
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    Let us know if you get it resolved.
     

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