How to Enable or Disable Fitness Tracking on the Apple Watch

The steps in this article are going to show you where to locate the Fitness Tracking setting in the Watch app on an iPhone. We cover these steps briefly at the beginning of this article, then go more in depth below with additional information and pictures.

  1. Open the Watch app.
  2. Choose the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and select the Privacy option.
  4. Tap the button to the right of Fitness Tracking to turn it on or off.

The Apple Watch can do a lot to help you with exercise and general health. Much of this is accomplished by tracking your movement and your heart rate. One setting that can affect this is called “Fitness Tracking.”

The Fitness Tracking feature lets the Apple Watch determine your step count, calories burned, and fitness level. This is a very useful feature that can improve the information in many of the apps you use, as well as many of the default Apple Watch features. If the setting is turned off, or if you would like to disable it, then out guide below will show you how.

How to Change the Fitness Tracking Setting on the Apple Watch

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.3.1. The Watch being affected is an Apple Watch 2 using the 5.3.1 version of WatchOS.

Step 1: Tap the Watch icon on your iPhone.

open the Watch app

Step 2: Select the My Watch tab.

select the My Watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Privacy option.

open the Privacy menu

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Fitness Tracking to toggle it on or off. I have Fitness Tracking turned on in the picture below.

how to turn Fitness Tracking on or off on an Apple Watch

There are a lot of settings on your Apple Watch that you may not like, or may not use. Find out how to turn off the Breathe reminders, for example, if you find that you aren’t performing the Breathe activities and would prefer not to be disturbed by them.

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