Step count too high for last several days

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  1. convergent macrumors 68030

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    I've been using my iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch for about 6 months, along with Pedometer++ to get better presentation of my step counts from day to day (and complication). Up until a few days ago, its been working great. Since then, my step count is way too high from day to day. I'm not positive when I installed iOS 9.2 and WatchOS 2.2, but it was within the last week... so possibly something is wrong there.

    Has anyone else experienced a big increase in your step count in the last week?
     
  2. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    No. Have you compared the steps that the health app/glance shows on watch?
     
  3. convergent thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I should have been more clear... the Pedometer++ app uses the health app data... so its the same.
     
  4. nicho macrumors 68000

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    i think what he's getting at, is maybe something is broken in the app?

    it may use the same health app data but it uses an algorithm to prioritise certain pieces of data to avoid double counting... in the same way that the health app itself will "less intelligently" prioritise your watch or phone or other input depending on it's position in the source list.

    so again, have you compared it to both the watch activity app (which takes data purely from the watch, so it is not the same) and the health app in iphone, to rule out an error in the pedometer++ algorithm?
     
  5. convergent thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ah... I took a look at the steps in the Health app and compared to Pedometer++ and going back in time the numbers are different every day. Sometimes more, and sometimes less. I must not have understood how this works. I thought that watch automatically took the step count from itself and the watch and kind of magically merged them into a single count. So then I wonder were Pedometer++ is getting the different data... it says it uses the data from the phone and is listed by Apple in the Health app along with others.

    The counts seems to have come back down to normal again... so to sure if maybe I was doing more walking around than I realized on those days that seemed really high.
     
  6. nicho macrumors 68000

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    There's one app I remember reading a blog by the maker; they had a "better algorithm" to decide which steps to count (to puff up the numbers basically and make people feel better about themselves) for times when maybe you're carrying bags etc. I'm pretty sure it's that app. It explained how it worked quite well; take a look (I can't find it from where I am right now) it should be Google-able
     
  7. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    Are the steps for Pedometer++ drastically different than the Health app? You can look at the numbers in the iPhone health app and see steps counted by either the watch or the iPhone to compare.

    I hadn't seen large numbers myself, although this morning they seem to have jumped up for me (in another step app, not Pedometer++.) I've been moving around a lot, but I don't usually see 2000+ steps early in the morning... Have to watch it and see if something odd is going on.
     
  8. WeemanWise macrumors 6502

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    I don't see my step count as being to high. What I'm seeing is that the health app isn't adding my steps together from my Apple Watch and iPhone properly or even at all.
     
  9. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    The Health app only seems to use iPhone steps if you are not using the watch at the same time. From what I can tell it ignores iPhone steps if it has watch steps with similar time stamps. I saw some comments saying that you could change the priority by changing the order of the sources for health data, although I have not tried this.
     
  10. WeemanWise macrumors 6502

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    I was running solely off my phone last night and I was noticing that it was listing my iphone steps in the recorded data but not adding them to the total steps for the day at all. It seemed to be completely ignoring them.
     
  11. robotic. macrumors newbie

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    I've had a similar problem... Usually the watch is pretty stingy, but apparently I managed 500-some steps between 6:50 and 7:00AM this morning! Which is pretty amazing, considering that I didn't wake up until 7:15.

    Oh, and I also recently updated to watch OS2 (though my phone is still on 9.2, not 9.3.)
     
  12. nicho macrumors 68000

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    Where are you actually seeing this? In the health app or in the activity app?

    The activity app on watch and phone will indeed ignore them. It only counts steps counted on the watch.

    If it's In the actual health app on iPhone, there's a number of reasons you could be seeing what you are, least likely of which is that it's actually ignoring your phone steps when it should be counting them.
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    Do you wear the watch to bed?
     
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    Do you wear the watch to bed?

    Yep. Actually, the primary reason I bought it is for sleep tracking. So I'm not saying I wasn't moving at all... it was just a really extreme spike, especially since the Watch has been pretty good about not picking up random movements like that. (Especially compared to my previous Fitbit HR, which considered playing violin to be a really good run.)
     
  14. nicho macrumors 68000

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    Well there's your answer signed sealed and delivered. You must have had an odd dream.
     
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