When walking around with the iPhone and not the Apple Watch the iPhone records steps. However when looking at the Apple Watch activity app the previously recorded steps are not shown there. Why is that?


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The activity recorded on the Apple Watch is separate from the activity recorded on the iPhone. As such each is recorded as a separate source in health.app. Also only activity recorded on the Apple Watch is reflected in activity.app.

Source: @pbur - Apple Software Engineer


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    So there's NO integration between Health and Activity?
    – orome
    May 7, 2015 at 23:14
  • @raxacoricofallapatorius There is. Measurements from the watch flow to the health app and measurements from the phone flow to the health app. Then only measurements where the source is the watch flow to the Activity app. May 10, 2015 at 22:30
  • So no flow of information from tracking on the phone to the Activity app (on Watch or iOS), right?
    – orome
    May 11, 2015 at 17:50
  • @raxacoricofallapatorius correct May 11, 2015 at 17:51
  • Thanks. Just one more clarification: You say that all the flow (from both watch and phone) goes through the Health app first, and only then from the Health app to the Activity app (and only if they come from the Watch). Do I have that right?
    – orome
    May 11, 2015 at 17:57

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