How to automatically track workouts on Apple Watch with watchOS 5

WatchOS 5 introduces a new feature that automatically recognizes when you start exercising. This simple function detects when you start a workout and tracks it. This happens automatically, but it still requires your participation. Your workout tracking will not start automatically, you will still need to tap on the notification that appears on the display.


This is a useful feature for those who constantly forget to start exercising on their smartwatch. Now you will not lose activity points. Even if you start your workout later, you will still receive points for the minutes lost.

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How auto start workouts works in watchOS 5

The function is enabled by default, but if you have disabled it for some reason, it can be enabled in Settings -> General -> Workouts. Here you need to click on the radio buttons next to Start Workout Reminder and End Workout Reminder.

At the moment, the function only works with the following types of workouts:

  • Run
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Elliptical Trainer
  • Bicycling

When you start moving, Apple Watch will automatically detect movement and determine what kind of activity you are doing. After a couple of minutes of training, your watch will know for sure, and you will receive a notification reminding you to start tracking your training.

You will also see several options available for the same workout. For example, when running, you can choose to run outdoors or in the gym. Clicking on the notification will open the Workouts screen.

Also read: How to turn off notifications on Apple Watch with watchOS 5

How to automatically end workout tracking

You will receive a notification and when you finish exercising if you suddenly forget to turn off exercise tracking. After a few minutes of inactivity, a notification will appear on Apple Watch by clicking on which you can stop training. In addition, you can change the type of workout using a notification.

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