When does sitting register as standing?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pianoman88, May 13, 2018.

  1. pianoman88 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    First day with iWatch 3 and it shows 1,538 steps and 11 hours standing. The only problem is that the number of steps reflects my standing time and the hours walking are actually hours sitting.

    How can I fix this?
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    There is no way user can fix this, as I have several hours of sitting registered as standing or moving goals. Y’know, when you can wave your arm to complete “exercise”, the ultimate goal of having those activity rings is to keep you motivated and encouraged to do some form of exercise throughout the day.
  3. pianoman88, May 15, 2018
    Last edited: May 15, 2018

    pianoman88 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    This would be a valuable update to the OS. We all sit too much and it would be nice to know how much time we spend sitting.

    It already knows when we're sitting, sending reminders to exercise for a minute after one hour of seat time.
  4. AMTYVLE macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    Apple Watch
  5. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
  6. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    It doesn't as much KNOW that you're sitting, as registering that it is not moving much (IE, you're keeping your arms mostly still), and then interpret that as sitting. I suppose you could be a Queen's Guard standing rigidly on post, and it would still register that as sitting... :p

    It has no way to definitively know whether you're sitting or standing, there's no sensor short of a camera or the likes pointed at you from a distance which could help it determine that... :) Therefore, at times it will guess wrong in its interpretations of your movements.
  7. pianoman88 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    It could be based on pulse, I suppose. Watching TV or typing would have less affect on your pulse than walking.
  8. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Trust me, the last thing you want to do is waste your time inputting the time you were sitting, standing, walking, watching tv, etc. In my experience what the watch detects is pretty accurate. As indicated above sometimes it thinks your sitting if you haven't moved around too much and sometimes it thinks your standing if you've been doing a lot of gestures with your arms. But it's already doing as best it can based on how you are moving your arm.

    The red "move bar" graph in the activity app gives a pretty good approximation of how active you've been. If you want even more information (or information visually displayed differently) there are dozens of great apps which track that data in different ways.
  9. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    Arms down= Standing, arms horizontal= sitting/laying down. It has nothing else to go on

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