Fitness bracelets, activity trackers, smart watches 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 you do not need tracking heart rate (heart rate) and the smart wake function (the bracelet tracks sleep phases), 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 up-to-date 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.
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Which iPhones have a built-in pedometer?
- iPhone 13 Pro Max;
- iPhone 13 Pro;
- iPhone 13;
- iPhone 13 mini;
- iPhone 12 Pro Max;
- iPhone 12 Pro;
- iPhone 12;
- iPhone 12 mini;
- iPhone 11 Pro Max;
- iPhone 11 Pro;
- iPhone 11;
- iPhone SE 2;
- 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 the 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“Coming” from the box “) and tearfully observe the rapidly decreasing battery charge, since for accuracy the GPS will be involved, and not just the gyroscope.
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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 → Confidentiality → Movement and fitness…
2… Activate the switch opposite the item “Fitness tracking“And grant access to the application”Health“.
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How do I use the pedometer in the Health app on my iPhone?
Run the standard application “Health“And go to the section “Activity”…
The following menus will be displayed at the top of the screen:
- Distance of walking and running – indicates the distance taken while walking or running.
- Steps – indicates the number of steps taken.
- Energy of activity – indicates the number of kilocalories spent during activity.
- Rest energy – indicates the number of kilocalories spent at rest.
In each of the menus, all information about this activity will be collected.
Here you can get detailed statistics for the day, month, week or year.
For a detailed report, click on the orange graphical calendar.
For a convenient analysis of the steps taken, distance and calories burned, add the necessary activities to Favorites. For this:
Go to the Summary tab and click the Edit button. Place an asterisk next to the required activity point.
After the performed actions, the selected activities will appear in “Chosen One” in the tab “Summary”…
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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, try walking with your iPhone and see if in 2-3 weeks you will be interested in the collected information or if you lose interest in it. Moreover, the error of the smartphone 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).
Unfortunately, the iPhone will not be able to track two sufficiently necessary things – heart rate (this data may be needed by athletes who want to work at 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 most comfortable to wake up).