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How to calibrate your Apple Watch for more accurate data

O Apple Watch it has several sensors and software resources that allow it to calculate and detect physical activities, encouraging the user to maintain a healthy life, but this is not really a novelty.

The fact is that, although it does the job, it is sometimes necessary to calibrate it to obtain more accurate data according to its use precisely to adjust the clock meters and obtain more reliable activity data, as we have already commented.

Calibrating your Apple Watch

More specifically, Apple uses user data such as age, height, gender and weight to help define some training and activity settings. Therefore, these data also contribute to the calibration of the gadget, so it is important to always keep them updated.

To check this information, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In the "My Watch" tab, tap on Sade.
  3. Touch Edit in the upper right corner of the screen and set the correct information.

To continue with the calibration, it is necessary to check other iPhone settings this time, related to the device's ?Location Services?:

  1. On the iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Touch Privacy Location Services. If the Location Services option is disabled, tap the slider to activate it.
  3. Select System Services (bottom, last option) and verify the Move / Distance Calibration option. is enabled.

Apple recommends that, for the calibration of the Apple Watch, owners of the Series 1 or earlier models use the iPhone next to the watch, something that is not necessary for anyone who owns the Series 2 or later model. Then, go to an open environment that has a good GPS signal and follow the next steps:

Calibrating your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Exercise app and select "Outdoor Running" or "Outdoor Walking" (no need to set a goal).
  2. Walk or run at your normal pace for at least 20 minutes.

If you are unable to complete the training, you can complete it in other sessions. In addition, if you regularly practice activities with different intensities (for example, faster or slower runs and hikes) you will need to calibrate your Apple Watch in each of these activity modes.

To reset the calibration data, just open the Watch app on the iPhone and, in the ?My Watch? tab, tap Privacy Reset Calibration Data.

In addition, to get the most accuracy from the data obtained with Apple Watch apps, be sure to:

  • Do not over-tighten or loosen the Apple Watch strap. It is necessary to leave space for the skin to breathe, but on the other hand, the sensors cannot lose contact with the skin. During exercises, it is possible to tighten the watch strap a little more and then release them when finished.
  • For more accurate heart rate measurements, make sure your Apple Watch is on your wrist. The heart rate sensor should be close to the skin. If this is not possible, you can connect the watch to heart rate readers.
  • When using the Exercise app, always set the option that best matches the activity you are doing. If you are running on a treadmill, choose "Indoor Run". If your training is not listed, choose the "Other" option.

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