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How to track your steps without an Apple Watch in iOS 16

Here is how you can check how many steps you have taken each day without an Apple Watch.

The latest iOS update has brought many updates to the iPhone. Users can now translate text from photos in their Photo Library, edit iMessage after they’ve been sent and even connect a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller to their iPhone to game with.

Anyone with an iPhone 8 or later can update to the new operating system from 12 September, and we recommend that you do. Not only will you be getting new features, but it’s also important to make sure that your device is up to date in terms of bug fixes and security.

And another new feature that has been added is the ability to track your steps and exercise without needing an Apple Watch. This is ideal for users who want to get a better view of their health and how much they’re moving.

If you want to see how you can check your steps using an iPhone, make sure you keep reading.

What you’ll need: 

The Short Version 

  • Open the Fitness app
  • Click on your Profile picture
  • Press Health Details
  • Enter your details
  • Go back to the home screen and click on the circles
  • Check your stats
  1. Step

    Open the fitness app

    Unlock your iPhone and open up the fitness app. It will be automatically downloaded onto any iPhone running iOS 16. The Fitness app in iOS 16

  2. Step

    Click on your Profile picture

    Click on the small profile picture in the top right-hand corner.Profile picture in Fitness app

  3. Step

    Press Health details

    Press the button called Health details.Health details button in Fitness

  4. Step

    Enter your details

    Enter your details into the app. You can enter as much or as little information as you are comfortable with, but more accurate information will help the app give you more manageable goals. Fitness details in iOS 16

  5. Step

    Go back to the home screen and click on the circles

    Go back to the home screen and click on the large widget with circles. If you have been moving today, the circles may be already slightly filled in. Rings button on Fitness

  6. Step

    Check your stats

    You can check the stats of every day you’ve been using the app. It will show a Move, Exercise and Stand ring, and once you are looking at a specific day, it will show how many steps you took as well as how much distance you covered. The more you move around with your iPhone the more accurate your step count would be, and gathering more stats will give you a more holistic view of your movement. Stats of how much you have moved


Is the iPhone fitness app as accurate as an Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch will be more accurate since you wear it on your wrist all day. The iPhone is unlikely to be as accurate as you are less likely to be holding it throughout the entire day, although it does give you an idea of how many steps you take a day.

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