How to change the Move goal on Apple Watch

A guide to upping (or lowering) the activity stakes on your smartwatch
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The Apple Watch is a brilliant smartwatch, and a pretty formidable job as a fitness tracker.

If you already own one of Apple's smartwatches, you're probably already familiar with trying to close those rings. If you don't know the ins and outs of tracking steps and more from your Watch, definitely take a look out our in-depth guide to the Apple Watch Activity and Workout apps.

The red ring is your Move ring. This is all about active calories you've burned during the day. Those are calories that you burn from moving around. Think of it as reflecting your step count for the day.

If you're starting to notice that you're closing those rings with ease, or that actually you're finding it a struggle to complete those goals, there's a way to adjust your Move, Stand and Exercise goal.

Here's how you do it.

How to change your Move goal on Apple Watch

How to change the Move goal on Apple Watch

1. On your Apple Watch, press on the digital crown (physical button on the side) to launch the app drawer

2. Tap the Activity app (It's the one with the rings) to open up and view your rings

3. On the screen displaying your rings, press down firmly on the screen to reveal options to view Weekly Summary or Change Move Goal

4. Tap the Change Move Goal option and you'll launch a screen that will show you your current Move goal represented by number. This is your active calorie number.

5. Tapping either the + or - beside that number will let you increase or decrease that active calorie number

6. Tap Update and the new Move goal will now be saved.

How to change your Exercise goal on Apple Watch

If you want to change your exercise goal, well, you can't.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow you to do that. While it doesn't explicitly explain why you're unable to, it's likely to do with that goal of hitting 30 minutes of exercise a day being in line with the World Health Organization's recommendation for daily physical activity.

How to change your Stand goal on Apple Watch

It's a similar story as your exercise goal we're afraid. Apple doesn't allow you to adjust your Stand goal as it (ahem) stands. Again, Apple doesn't offer an explanation, so for now, you'll need to continue trying to stand and move around for at least 1 minute during 12 different hours in the day to close this ring.

Any questions? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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