There is a big focus on exercise, wellness, and other health-related activities on the Apple Watch. The device includes several built-in features that specifically target your health by encouraging you to move, or to minimize the toll that some common activities can have on your overall physical state.
One of these features is a type of notification that encourages you to get up and walk around if the Apple Watch senses that you have been sedentary for a while. These are called “Stand Reminders” and they are part of the device’s Activity app. If you find these notifications to be problematic, or simply in conflict with your daily schedule, then you can choose to disable them. Our guide below will help you find this option so that you can stop your Watch from sending you these reminders.
Turning Off the Apple Watch Stand Reminders
These steps were written using an iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10, and an Apple Watch running Watch OS 3.0. This is not going to disable any of the other Activity settings on the device. It will only stop the Stand Reminders that the Watch’s Activity app sends if you have been sitting for the first 50 minutes of an hour.
Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Touch the My Watch option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and open the Activity menu.
Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Stand Reminders to turn it off. The setting is disabled when there is no green shading around the button. Stand Reminders are turned off in the picture below.
One of the other types of Watch notifications that you might like to adjust are the Breathe reminders. Click here if you would like to disable them, or if you would simply like to change the frequency at which they occur.
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