How to Enable and Disable Automatic Workout Detection in watchOS 5

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's watchOS 5 update includes a new automatic workout detection feature, which is designed to make sure you never miss out on getting credit for one of your workouts.

    Automatic workout detection is a setting that's enabled by default once you upgrade to watchOS 5, but if you don't want the feature, it can be turned off using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone or on the Apple Watch itself.


    Enabling/Disabling Automatic Workouts on Apple Watch

    1. Open the Settings app on Apple Watch.
    2. Choose General.
    3. Select "Workout."
    4. Scroll down to "Start Workout Reminder" and "End Workout Reminder."
    5. Set the toggles to your personal preferences.
    Enabling/Disabling Automatic Workouts on iPhone

    1. Open up the Watch app on the iPhone.
    2. Choose "Workout" to access the settings for the Workout app.
    3. Scroll down to "Start Workout Reminder" and "End Workout Reminder."
    4. Set the toggles to your personal preferences.
    Automatic workout detection for starting a workout and ending a workout are two separate settings, so you can control them individually if so desired.

    Start Workout Reminder

    Automatic workout detection is designed to let the Apple Watch remind you to start a workout if you forget to do so, which it will do through a notification that pops up on the Apple Watch asking if you want to begin a workout.


    Automatic detection when your workout starts is compatible with running, walking, swimming, elliptical workouts, or rower workouts.

    Even if you initially forget to start a workout in watchOS 5, this new workout detection feature will give you credit for the exercise you've already done.

    End Workout Reminder

    With automatic detection for when a workout ends, which is labeled as "End Workout Reminder" the Apple Watch will remind you to end a workout if it looks like you've finished up. This too works through a notification that directs you to the workout app.

    Unlike automatic workout detection for starting a workout, automatic detection for ending one works with all workouts aside from those in the "Other" category.

    Article Link: How to Enable and Disable Automatic Workout Detection in watchOS 5
  2. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    What this new feature really needs is a talking paper-clip!
  3. dmylrea macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
    I hope the "auto-pause/resume" feature is there, too. It would be convenient to have the workout time pause briefly if I stop to chitty-chat with someone along the way (or for stop lights, stop to tie shoe, etc.).
  4. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2015
    Arlington, Texas
    PLUS... auto-pause/resume should apply to virtually all exercise types. Right now - best I can figure out - it only applies to running. My knees can't handle running so I walk... a lot. IMO it just makes sense to pause a workout when you stop the associated movement regardless of the type.
  5. inkhorn macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2009
    What would be great would be a stop workout on pairing with car Bluetooth / CarPlay, so I don't forget and log vehicle miles onto the route of my workout if I'm driving home.

    Especially as there's no way to easily trim the start or end of workouts. :(
  6. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    We need a new update that erases everything on the watch except a clock mode.
  7. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I wonder why automatic workout startup is limited to these modes...
  8. daflowerz macrumors newbie


    May 24, 2017
    I totally agree. Just works for running now. I really need it for bicycling when stopped at lights, etc..
  9. PM macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2011
    Is the app supposed to seal the Apple Watch when I jump into the water and start swimming, at which point?
  10. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008

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