How to View Apple Watch Activity Trends on Your iPhone

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The Activity app records all your Apple Watch workouts, including steps taken and time standing, but it does much more than that. As of iOS 13, it also offers a big-picture view of your health with Trends and Highlights. It learns your activity habits and offers tailored suggestions just for you. Let’s take a look at how to use Trends to keep track of your health, set goals, and get motivated to go the extra mile.

Related: How to Add a Custom Workout on the Apple Watch

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How to View Activity Trends with Your iPhone & Apple Watch

The Activity app requires an Apple Watch. Your iPhone can track your steps per day and distance traveled, and you’ll find that data in the Health app, but it’s not as detailed as what can you get with the help of an Apple Watch. To see the big-picture view of your daily Apple Watch activity:

  1. Open the Activity app.
  2. Tap the Trends icon at the bottom of the screen. It looks like an up chevron in a red circle. 

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  3. Under Trends, you'll see suggestions and details. If you don’t see your trends, you may see a message saying that the app needs more data. It takes a few months for the Activity app to gather enough information about your habits to make useful suggestions. Check back later.
  4. In the Trends tab, there are three sections.
  5. Keep it Going shows what you’ve been doing well. 
  6. Worth a Look lists goals for improvement. Note the goal suggestions in the Worth a Look section. They’re tailored to you based on your activity.

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  7. Tap on a section to get more information. I’ll demonstrate with my Move trends.
  8. Here you can see your averages over the past year, as well as by day, and a modest goal for turning the trend from a negative to a positive. 
  9. Tap the left arrow Trends to go back.

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  10. Back in Trends, scroll down to find Needs More Data. Listed here are the trends the app could be measuring if it had enough information.
  11. Tap one to find out how to get the measurement going.

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Now you know how to use the Trends tab in your Activity app. I for one am motivated to go take a brisk walk!

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Cullen Thomas is a Writer and Producer at iPhone Life, creating tips and guides to help users unlock the full potential of their iOS and iPhone. In addition to writing countless tip-of-the-day articles and many detailed guides, Cullen has spent nine years as an instructor in media and communications at Maharishi University, lecturing on technical and artistic subjects ranging from camera and audio hardware to story-plotting to how to manage a film crew. Cullen answers questions daily about iPhones and iOS as part of the Ask an Editor insider service, and designs curriculum for iPhone Life’s online classes. As a frequent contributor to iPhone Life magazine and occasional guest on the iPhone Life podcast, Cullen likes to talk about security and privacy news, tech, gadgets, and apps, even if nobody asked.

Cullen holds a master’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts. Cullen also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Maharishi University, one in literature with an emphasis in writing and the other in Communications and Media. Cullen’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies from Amphibian Press and TANSTAAFL, and Cullen co-owns a game design company, Thoughtspike games, which builds thought-provoking puzzle games. Cullen is also a sci-fi author, a coffee connoisseur, and an iPhone expert.