You could be forgiven for thinking that wearing a watch is a fairly simple affair. Strap it to your wrist and you are good to go, right? Well, normally, yes, but with Apple Watch and its array of sensors, things are slightly more complex.
Apple is acutely aware that not everyone is strapping up correctly and has issued some guidance on getting it just right.
A lot of Apple Watch owners think it is merely a case of slipping the watch onto their wrist and using it just like any other watch. They are then confused why their workout Activity isn’t exactly representative of the truth or why those Activity Rings get closed or why it tells them that the standing up Activity has been achieved even though they’ve been lying down on the couch for the last two hours. It’s all a little bit confusing for a lot of people but can ultimately come down to how the wearer is wearing Apple Watch.
First of all, Apple recommends that Apple Watch should be “snug and comfortable” with the wearer’s wrist and should definitely not be “too loose.” If the Apple Watch doesn’t stay in place, or wiggles around on the wearer’s wrist, then it isn’t tight enough and likely doesn’t allow the requisite contact with the skin to allow the underlying sensors to be working correctly. If that is all very confusing, Apple has even published a nice little picture to show what “just right” means from a tightness perspective.
The Cupertino-based company also recommends keeping the rear of the Apple Watch and the watch band clean and free from any dirt or debris. This is particularly relevant when using the Apple Watch for workouts, meaning that it should be cleaned regularly with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. It also seems to be good advice to tighten the Apple Watch band during workouts and then loosening it again to a slightly more comfortable tightness when that workout has concluded.
For a lot of people, it will be down to trial and error. Finding the correct band offering the correct tightness that suits not only their sense of fashion but which also comes with the practical element of being able to be tightened enough to have the sensors work correctly.