2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-06-04 23:58
Fitness bracelets, activity trackers, smartwatches and other accessories and gadgets that allow you to track user activity 24 hours a day are still in trend. For the most part, if tracking heart rate (pulse) and the smart wake-up function (the bracelet tracks sleep phases) is not necessary for you, then the capabilities of the iPhone will be enough. In this article, we will tell you all about the "movement and fitness" feature in the iPhone and how much it can replace the capabilities of separately purchased devices and applications.
Starting with iOS 8, every user with a more or less current version of the iPhone has the opportunity to track their activity. The pedometer does not require the purchase of any accessories, and its accuracy is at a fairly high level.
Which iPhones have a built-in pedometer?
- iPhone 11 Pro Max;
- iPhone 11 Pro;
- iPhone 11;
- iPhone XS Max;
- iPhone XS;
- iPhone XR;
- iPhone X;
- iPhone 8;
- iPhone 8 Plus;
- iPhone 7;
- iPhone 7 Plus;
- iPhone 6s;
- iPhone 6s Plus;
- iPhone SE;
- iPhone 6 Plus;
- iPhone 6;
- iPhone 5s.
That is, all devices running iOS 8 and newer have a built-in M coprocessor, which is responsible for activity and ensures the energy efficiency of the device. And also, starting with the iPhone 6, the smartphone has learned to count the number of floors passed.
In fact, you can use older "iPhones" to track activity, but here you have to be content with third-party software (in fact, it is often better than the "Health" application coming "out of the box") and tearfully watch the rapidly decreasing battery charge, so how the GPS will be involved for accuracy, not just the gyroscope.
How to turn on iPhone pedometer (steps, distance and calories)?
First you need to activate the tracking function, which is turned on by default, but many turn it off to save battery power.
1. Go to Settings → Privacy → Movement and Fitness.
2. Activate the switch next to the item "Fitness Tracking" and allow access to the Health application.
How do I use a pedometer in the Health app on my iPhone?
Run the stock application "Health". In the "Favorites" section, click on the "Steps" card. This section will collect all information about this activity.
If the pedometer has not been added to Favorites, click on the Change button and on the screen that appears, mark the required activities.
For a convenient analysis of the steps taken, distance and calories burned, add the following activities to the "Favorites":
- Steps - indicates the number of steps taken.
- Walking and Running Distance - Indicates the distance traveled while walking or running.
- Energy of activity - indicates the number of kilocalories spent during activity.
- Rest energy - indicates the number of kilocalories spent at rest.
By clicking on the tab of the activity added to the "Favorites", you can get detailed statistics for the day, month, week or year.
For a detailed report, click on the orange schedule calendar.
Should you buy a fitness tracker or should you go with the iPhone?
The desire to own a fashionable accessory can merge into your purchase of an often expensive wrist gadget, which you may not even use in the future.
To get started, walk around with your iPhone and see if in 2-3 weeks you will be interested in the collected information or if you will lose interest in it. Moreover, the smartphone error is very, very small. It will not be superfluous to test various third-party applications, free copies of which are a dime a dozen (Runtastic, Argus, Runkeeper and others).
The iPhone will not be able to track two interesting enough things - heart rate (this data may be needed by athletes who want to work to the limit of their capabilities and constantly expand their range) and sleep phase tracking (a smart alarm clock is an interesting enough feature that really works and allows you to wake up most comfortably).
If the budget is limited, then pay attention to the Xiaomi product - Mi Band. And it is relatively inexpensive, and there is a heart rate monitor.
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