How to Add a Workout Complication to Your Watch Face

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The Apple Watch Workout app is a fantastic assistant for those of us who like to count calories, paces, or heartbeats. If you work out as often as doctors recommend, then you might want to add a shortcut on your watch face so you can reach the app with a single tap. Such shortcuts are called "complications," a word taken from the ancient and honorable trade of watch-making, where it means any function of a watch face besides time-keeping. The Workout complication allows you to open the Workout app right from the watch face. To get started, all you need is your Apple Watch. Follow these simple steps:

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How to add a Workout App Shortcut to Your Apple Watch Face:

  1.  On your Apple Watch, 3D touch the face.

  2. Tap Customize.

  3. Swipe left on the face until you reach the Complications menu. This is the last one as you swipe left.

    Apple Watch with indicators suggesting the user hard press on the screen's centerApple Watch screen with the customize button highlighted
     

  4. Tap one of the complication locations on the watch face to select it. It will be highlighted with a green outline.

  5. Rotate the Digital Crown until you find the Workout complication.

    Apple Watch customize screen with the top-right complication highlighted
     

  6. Press the Digital Crown again to exit the customization menu and then press it again to finish.


    Apple Watch screen indicating that the complication has been changed
     

Now you can go straight to the Workout app from that watch face.

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Cullen is a coffee-powered staff writer at iPhone Life, a game designer at Thoughtspike Games, and a proud nerd.