Explanation: This is how the built-in pedometer works on your iPhone

At the end of the day, your iPhone can tell you exactly how many steps you’ve taken. How does he measure this, and what should you do if the number is incorrect? Here’s everything you need to know about the pedometer in your iPhone.

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Pedometer iPhone: How it works

Many people find it interesting to know how much they walk daily. Now you can of course download a separate pedometer app for this from the App Store, but you don’t have to. The iPhone has a built-in pedometer, although the function is a bit hidden. This is how you turn on the function:

  1. Open the Settings app;
  2. Go to ‘Privacy’ and choose ‘Movement and condition’;
  3. Slide the switch at ‘Track condition’ so that the box turns green.

Then your iPhone keeps track of how much you walk daily in the background. You can view this data via the Health app:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone;
  2. Go to ‘Data’ and tap on ‘Activity’;
  3. Tap ‘Steps’ and filter here by day, week, month or year to see how many steps you have taken;
  4. Add ‘Steps’ to your favorites by scrolling down and tapping ‘Add to Favorites’.

    This way you can immediately see how much you have already walked in the home screen of the Health app.

Under the heading ‘Highlights’ you can see all kinds of interesting statistics about the number of steps you have taken. For example, they are compared to last week’s number of steps. You can also see what your average was in the past seven days. By tapping ‘Show all’ you get more statistics.

This is how a pedometer works on your iPhone

The iPhone is full of sensors that keep track of anything and everything. One of these chips is the so-called Motion sensor, which registers how fast you walk and in which direction. The sensor uses the built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and compass for this.

By combining all this data, the iPhone knows whether you are walking, running, driving or cycling, and in which direction you are going. Thanks to the GPS sensor, your phone also knows exactly where you are doing this.

Also read: Opinion: 10,000 steps as a fitness goal is old-fashioned

What should you do if the pedometer is not working properly?

Although the iPhone pedometer is good enough for most people, it is not a professional equipment. For example, research showed that Apple smartphones sometimes fail to register up to twenty percent of all steps taken. Incidentally, this is not due to the company from Cupertino, but to users.

A pedometer only works if you carry it with you all the time, and that is usually not the case with iPhones. For example, many people leave their phone on the table when they go to get a cup of coffee, so that these steps are not registered. The solution is therefore simple. Always carry your iPhone with you to keep a good record of your steps.

If your steps are not (properly) registered after this, there may be something wrong with your Motion sensor, accelerometer or other sensors. You can easily test how this works with the free app TestM, available in the App Store.

After downloading you will arrive at the home screen after which you have to scroll down until you come across the heading ‘Motion’. Tap ‘Check Group’ to measure both your speedometer, gyroscope and compass and follow the directions on the screen. When something is not right, TestM indicates this.

TestM - Check phone & Report

TestM – Check phone & Report

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View the number of kilometers

It’s nice to see how many steps you’ve taken, but you might also want to know how many miles you’ve covered. You do this as follows:

  • Open the Health app;
  • Go to the ‘Data’ tab;
  • Tap ‘Walking and Running Distance’;
  • Filter the graph by day, week, month or year to see how many steps you have taken.

More about moving with your Apple device

The iPhone therefore has a built-in pedometer. This one offers enough features for most people, but not for avid hikers. They can visit our overview of the best pedometer apps for iOS.

These apps are more extensive, show more statistics and are more precise in recording your steps. It is of course even easier to keep track of your steps if you have an Apple Watch on your wrist. Do you use a watch to track your steps? This is how you calibrate the Apple Watch for more accurate sports results.