Pairing new watch & saving all health/workout data

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by GC251114, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. GC251114 macrumors 6502

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    Good afternoon all.

    Hoping someone can just ease my concern before I press the button.

    Have updated to new series 3 watch & will be pairing it soon. Now I have all my health data & fitness workout data etc on my current watch/phone.

    Now I don’t want to lose all this info, so what do I do to my current watch/phone to make sure that when I delete it from my phone & pair my new series 3, all my activity data is saved.

    Cheers for info.
     
  2. area52 macrumors member

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    I just upgraded from series 2 to 3 keeping the
    same phone. I had health data backup to iCloud selected. All I did was unpair the old watch and pair the new one. I actually selected the option not to load backup on initial pairing (forget what it's called specifically). Once it was up and running all my previous health data was still there on the phone. I did this in the evening and all the info recorded earlier that day appeared on my watch within a few mins.

    I think the information storing is more phone based than watch based. The watch is only the recording tool for the daily measures.
     
  3. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68000

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    Last statement is true.
     
  4. GC251114 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That’s perfect guys. Many thanks for your help.

    Cheers
     
  5. nicho macrumors 68020

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    There's nothing to stop you from pairing your new watch first, by the way.
     
  6. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Either way, make sure you pair the new watch first thing in the morning, or at the end of the day. I've noticed that the Move ring is weird when the data is split between two watches.

    For instance, if your Move ring is set for 700, and you have 650 on one watch and 75 on the other, Activity/Health should understand this and give you credit for filling the ring and update your streaks accordingly. This messed me up once on a long streak when I unpaired my watch due to a GPS bug. Even though I filled my Move ring, I didn't get credit, nor did my streaks continue.

    I was able to fudge the data after the fact (needed to add about 25 calories), but it was a PITA.

    BTW, I've never read anything indicating this is/was a problem for anyone else. It could have been something specific to my situation. In any event, I will always do stuff like this at the end of the day, after I've closed my rings.
     
  7. nicho macrumors 68020

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    I had something kind of similar. One of my watches stopped talking to the phone at about 8.30, I didn't notice til 11.40 - too late to switch watches and catch up the missing data.

    Luckily though unpairing the watch forced it to sync, restoring my missing data and not affecting my move streak.
     
  8. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Nicho,

    Can you confirm that splitting the Move activity to 2 different watches during the day, keeps your move ring/streak intact? Mainly, if I put 600 calories on one watch, then switch to another one and put 200. Will my Move ring fill (set at 700)?

    I wonder mainly due to the issue I had with my unpairing attempt.
     
  9. nicho macrumors 68020

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    Yes. The 2nd watch will load up the rest of the calories for the day (maybe not instantly, it can take up to 10 minutes, and wont work if you're not near your phone) and so the 200 would be added on to the 600.

    for me personally my target was 500, i had 450 from my first watch when the battery died at 7 (i'd worn it since the day before). switched, everything looked good, easily added the other 50 walking the dog... little did i realise it stopped talking to the phone (no other apps that talk to the phone like Waterminder would work either)

    but pretty much every day I switch and it works fine.
     
  10. JackieInCo Suspended

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    For the most part this is true. About a month ago, all my health data suddenly deleted itself from the cloud and so it was deleted from the iPhone as well and luckily, I had made a backup using my computer very early on the previous day. I restored my iTunes backup and it was missing most of the previous day and what I had in for the current day. Because my watch was current, it synced the missing health data back to my phone to fill in the missing bits so it ended up being current on the phone.

    I did not have to repaid the watch to my phone since the restore was from the previous day and the watch had already been paired. Both went on functioning 100% as if nothing happened.
     
  11. DamFu macrumors regular

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    I do this on a daily basis. I wear my Series 3 mainly during the day but put my Series 2 on when I go to the gym at lunch, nightly walks, or any other type of exercise activity (mainly because i don't like to wear my leather band when I am sweating). All the metrics synch between the 2 and the phone. I can confirm that it takes about 10 minutes or so for each watch to synch up when I put it on and I do not seem to lose any information. It works rather well. My only issue would be that I wish the synch was faster.
     
  12. JackieInCo Suspended

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    I switch between three series 3 watches. I sometimes have to close the watch app, open it again, switch off auto switching, turn it back on, close the app again and then reopen it to get everything to sync to the watch I just put on. This happens a few times a week at least. It's not perfect but it works. Sometimes, I even have to reboot the watch and phone.
     
  13. nicho macrumors 68020

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    It takes a while whatever you do. You might be making it worst by actively trying to "speed up" the process.
     

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