If you've got an Apple Watch, you can build motivation to stay active and stick to your fitness routine by sharing your activity with your friends and family. Read on to learn how.
One of the great things about Apple Watch is that Apple has built in a social aspect to its activity tracking features that makes it easier to promote camaraderie in pursuit of a shared exercise goal.
By sharing your activity, you can boost your resolve to achieve that ideal weight or improve your fitness. If you want, you can receive notifications when your friends meet their goals, finish workouts, and earn achievements, all in just a few steps. You can even challenge friends to a competition in which you earn points based on the percentage of your Activity Rings that you close.
How to Share Your Activity With a Friend
If this is the first time you will have shared your activity, open the Fitness app on your iPhone, then tap Sharing. Tap Get Started, then follow the steps below:
After your friend has accepted your invitation, you'll both be able to see each other's activity. If a friend hasn't accepted your invitation, you can nudge them to do so by tapping their name in the "Invited" section of the Sharing screen and tapping Invite Again.
You can also add a friend using the Fitness app on your iPhone. Launch the Fitness app, tap the Sharing tab at the bottom, then tap the Add Friend icon (the profile of a person next to a plus button) in the top-right corner of the screen.
Tap the + icon and select a friend from your contacts to send an email invitation. You can also optionally tap the chat bubble icon to send an invitation over Messages.
How to Check Your Friend's Activity
Once your friend has accepted your invitation to share activity, you can check on their activity at any time by following these steps.
How to Compete With Friends
Why not challenge a friend to a competition in which you earn points based on the percentage of your Activity Rings that you close? Here's how it works: You get a point for every percent you add to your rings each day, the competition lasts seven days, and you can earn up to 600 points a day for a maximum of 4,200 points for the week. Whoever has the most points at the end of the seven days wins the competition.
You can also open the Fitness app on your iPhone, tap Sharing, tap a friend, then tap Compete with [your friend's name].
How to Change Activity Sharing Settings
You can change your activity sharing settings for friends in just a few quick steps, so if you want to mute notifications, hide your activity, or remove a friend, do the following:
Did you know that you can change your activity goals on Apple Watch? Check out our dedicated guide to learn how.