Step count different to iPhone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ajo, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. ajo macrumors 6502

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    Im very happy with my Apple Watch, hadn't worn a watch in a long time but didn't take long to get used to it.

    Anyway, my step count is always different to the count on my iPhone, is there a reason for this?

    Thanks
     
  2. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    The watch and the phone each keep their own step counts. In addition, how you view the step counts may show you different numbers as well. You can see the raw data that Apple is recording by looking in the health app on the phone, and then going down in to the detail to see what the phone or the watch reported.

    The steps should be pretty close, for the times when you had the watch and the phone on your person during all activity. But depending on how you move and where you wear/carry them, you'll probably get some differences in count.

    How far apart are your counts?
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    For me, walking a 1/4 mile lap on a track with my phone in my pocket had 20% more steps than if I walked the same distance with the phone held in my hand.

    My Watch is about the same as holding my phone. So for me, the phone in my pocket counts too many steps.
     
  4. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Only about 50ish more steps on my iPhone so not loads, I just thought they would be merged somehow.
     
  5. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    They will not agree. Even two watches would not agree. Use as a guide only, something to compare daily.
     
  6. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand that, I just thought perhaps the count could be merged somehow for an average.
     
  7. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Only way is for you to add both and device by two.
     
  8. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    The biggest difference I see is all the false steps recorded for shaking your arm or scratching you head or similar. Those get recorded as steps and really can't be completely avoided.
     

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