A New Year rings in the promise of a fresh start. For many, that includes a goal of being more physically active. At first, it’s easy to ride the high of a new goal. Of course, staying motivated — and consistent — can become a challenge.
Sharing your movement stats with a friend or relative can not only keep you accountable, but motivated to accomplish your activity goal all-year ’round. Apple Watch’s Activity Share feature is a convenient, easy way to foster your own mini exercise community and some friendly competition amongst your Apple Watch with friends. Going into 2022, I started sharing with my mom and we have a daily competition to see who can get the most steps in — which I would totally win every day.
This guide quickly walks you through the process of how to share your activity with other Apple Watch users. We also show you how to challenge them to a 7-day Apple Watch Activity competition.
Note that when you share your activity, you and the recipient will see a subset of your full stats. That will include:
- Being able to see each other’s daily Activity rings
- Receiving notifications after your friend completes a workout
- Viewing the workout metrics (calories burned, miles walked, duration, etc.)
How send an Apple Watch Activity Share invite
Initiating the sharing process is easy, but just be sure that both you and the recipient(s) both have an iPhone and Apple Watch before you send an invite. Also, to ensure the smoothest sharing process, make sure you and your sharing counterparts have recently updated your phones and watches to the latest iOS software.
How to accept an Apple Watch Activity Share invite
Accepting an invitation is even simpler than sending one. Just make sure you actually want to share your Activity profile before you accept.
How to compete with someone in your Shared Activity ring
Once you have people in your shared ring, engaging in some healthy competition may be the incentive you need to close your three rings.
How to send a challenge invite
While you can unofficially compete just by looking at a friend’s workout stats, here’s how to challenge a friend to an official 7-day Activity showdown from both your iPhone and Apple Watch.
How to accept a challenge
If you’re not actively checking your phone or watch for a challenge invite, it can be easy to miss. Here’s how to ensure that you won’t miss a chance to out-shine your competition.
No matter how you choose to accept, the challenge will last a week and you can earn up to 600 points a day based on your percentages to your three goals (Move, Exercise, and Stand). At the end of the challenge, the person with the most Activity “points,” will be crowned the winner with an Award in their Apple Activity Library, and, of course, ultimate bragging rights.
Can you tell if someone stopped sharing Activity on Apple Watch?
If someone stops sharing their activity with you, their name will no longer appear under the Sharing tab.
If someone hasn’t stopped sharing, but is just hiding their fitness data from you, their rings will be grayed out and their name will be last on the Sharing tab.
What does sharing mean on Apple Watch?
Apple Watch’s Activity share feature can help you and your fellow Apple Watch friends to stay motivated by sharing Activity. You’ll receive notifications when your friend has completed a workout or reached their goal(s) and have access to their workout details.
How do I hide Activity on Apple Watch?
If you’ve decided that sharing your Activity profile isn’t for you, but want to bow out of sharing in a subtle way, you can hide your progress by going to the iPhone’s Fitness app > tapping the Sharing tab > tapping on the friend(s) name you want to hide your activity from > select “Hide my Activity,” option from the menu below the chosen friend’s workout data.
Note, that if you’re currently competing with a friend, you’ll have to wait until the competition is over to hide your Activity.