iPhone not counting steps in activity when don't wear watch.

MrMister111

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I don't wear my Apple Watch sometimes when working. I always have my iPhone 7 with me.

However when I look in activity app for the days I don't have my watch on, the activity app on my iPhone is blank.

Shouldn't my iPhone register my steps etc, as a friends does who doesn't own an Apple Watch, when I'm not wearing my watch?
 

swordfish5736

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I believe the activity app is only going to show information from your watch. Check the health app for steps recorded by your phone
 
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MrMister111

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I believe the activity app is only going to show information from your watch. Check the health app for steps recorded by your phone
Yeh seen them in the health app, your correct it records them there. But although as I have my iPhone all the time it records, it's a little disjointed to not show in activity then?

I then have to check both on the days I don't have my watch on. Why can't the health app copy to the activity app. Seems strange to me...?
 

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They are in the health app. A dumb decision, IMO, mainly because the main "motivator" Apple has are streaks...and there are just times when you can't wear the watch and it breaks every streak. For example, went on a backpacking trip this past weekend and there is no way I was going to waste space/time carrying my AW charger just to count steps. And so even though I had about 10x my normal activity the Activity app has 3 zero days.
 

MrMister111

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They are in the health app. A dumb decision, IMO, mainly because the main "motivator" Apple has are streaks...and there are just times when you can't wear the watch and it breaks every streak. For example, went on a backpacking trip this past weekend and there is no way I was going to waste space/time carrying my AW charger just to count steps. And so even though I had about 10x my normal activity the Activity app has 3 zero days.
Yeh that's exactly what I mean, I have the same. Blanks in activity, not because of doing nothing but as I can't wear my watch! Daft!
 

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Yeh seen them in the health app, your correct it records them there. But although as I have my iPhone all the time it records, it's a little disjointed to not show in activity then?

I then have to check both on the days I don't have my watch on. Why can't the health app copy to the activity app. Seems strange to me...?
When you first pair an Apple Watch the activity app appears. The app is meant to interface with the Apple Watch and not the iPhone. Health and activity apps are separate and do not interface.
 

MrMister111

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When you first pair an Apple Watch the activity app appears. The app is meant to interface with the Apple Watch and not the iPhone. Health and activity apps are separate and do not interface.
That's fine, but there is, as above, times when you can't wear the watch, so then you have "holes" in the activity app, and so then have to look on health app. Just seems so disjointed to me. If no watch, then use iPhone and copy to activity?
 

Irock619

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That's fine, but there is, as above, times when you can't wear the watch, so then you have "holes" in the activity app, and so then have to look on health app. Just seems so disjointed to me. If no watch, then use iPhone and copy to activity?
Not sure if you can copy activity. I agree that it's very inconvenient. I know the phone collects its own data, why it's not recorded in the activity app is puzzling. I know in the "MyFitnessPal" app there's an option to record steps via phone, Watch, or both. Not sure why apple couldn't include this in their native app.
 

MrMister111

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Not sure if you can copy activity. I agree that it's very inconvenient. I know the phone collects its own data, why it's not recorded in the activity app is puzzling. I know in the "MyFitnessPal" app there's an option to record steps via phone, Watch, or both. Not sure why apple couldn't include this in their native app.
Don't use myfitnesspal but there you go! A 3rd party app can do it, must have access then so Apple can do it then.
 

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Using pedometer++ app from 2 years now,quite simple and useful small app
 
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MrMister111

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View attachment 666349 Using pedometer++ app from 2 years now,quite simple and useful small app
I can imagine there is numerous apps that work great, I'm happy with inbuilt tbh rather than another app, it's just why it doesn't integrate properly, in my opinion, is frustrating.

Out of interest using that app for steps how accurate is it to the inbuilt health app for steps?