Steps count on Activity Watch Highly Inacurate

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by sananpx, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. sananpx macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2015
    My experience with step counter is not so good. I calculate my steps very regularly on iPhone. But there is lot of discrepancy in the steps counted by phone and watch. It is about 15 to 20 % difference, watch count less. I can understand calibration difference in two devices but this is a huge number.

    Can you please share your experience.
  2. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2006
    I have never found the iPhone to produce accurate results for steps. Compared to my fenix 3, the iPhone tends to significantly over count.
  3. mkruck macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    On day 2 with the watch, and my experience has been the exact opposite. I'm wearing my FitBit Charge as well as the watch for the first week or so to gauge accuracy, and as of now there's only a 25 step difference between the two. I got a 3.75 mile run in this morning and hit the mall, so the activity is fairly constant.

    I'm looking forward to ditching the FitBit permanently.
  4. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    LOVE my fenix 3!
  5. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2006
    I think you are just confirming what the OP is suspecting. The iPhone is not accurate, but the watch should be as accurate as any other step counter. They all vary, but most are within the same ballpark.
  6. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    It's the phone that is inaccurate not the watch.
  7. lokey macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2003
    Total Steps and Distance Inconstencies

    Anyone else find the Total Steps and Total Distance numbers in Activity to be inaccurate? My wife and I walked very similar distances while wearing our Sport Watches (she has a 38mm, I have a 42mm) and she has nearly double the steps and distance.

    I'm not sure which is more accurate, her results or mine, but they shouldn't be this inconsistent. Could it how tightly we wear the band? I wear mine a bit more snug than she does.

    Anyone else seeing this?
  8. Tammster macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    S Florida USA
    My husband doesn't have the watch yet but I can say that ALWAYS happens to us with our Fitbit ones.
  9. dotnet macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
  10. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    Don't rely on iPhone for an accurate step count.
  11. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    I work in retail and customer told me her FitBit Charge HR had the same issues. She works as a hair stylist and moves her arms around a lot, which messes up the pedometer. At the end of the day, Fitbit said she walked 1,000s of steps. :O
  12. menace3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Are you two the same height? We have different strides. My other half is shorter than me and walks faster to keep up with me. Therefore, more activity than me.
  13. rdavis41 macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2009
    I'm in the exact same boat as you. I'm also more impressed with the HR measurement than the Fitbit. The Apple Watch does a nicer job with HR for a weight lifting workout when compared to Fitbit charge HR and Basis Peak. Very surprising.
  14. lokey macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2003
    My wife is a full foot shorter than me so I thought the same, but our Total Distance should fairly consistent even if our steps are wildly off.

    I did go back in and change my personal information. I found that I made myself an inch taller than I intended during initial setup. Guess I was so excited to get the watch setup that I scrolled down too far. :) With that corrected I hope to see more consistent results.

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