Having your Apple Watch automatically pause workouts is one of the smartwatch's best features.
If you're anything like us, your running or cycling workouts are filled with mini-stops for road crossings, pedestrian traffic, and maybe even the odd break to catch your breath.
It can be frustrating having to manually pause and restart tracking every 30 seconds, however, and that's where Auto Pause comes in handy.
Below are instructions on how to enable it, and details on how it works.
How to enable Auto Pause on Apple Watch
Here are the steps to enable Auto Pause on your Apple Watch:
1. Open the 'Settings' app.
2. Scroll down to and tap 'Workout'
3. Find 'Auto Pause' and toggle it to on.
What does Auto Pause do?
As you can imagine, this is fairly self-explanatory.
According to Apple, when this is on, indoor and outdoor running and cycling workouts will automatically pause when you stop moving and resume when you start moving.
Should you use Auto Pause?
We've used the Apple Watch in running and cycling workouts extensively over the past few years, and Auto Pause is definitely worth turning on if you're prone to having workouts interrupted.
Accuracy is generally spot on, and you'll receive a light vibration automatically when it detects you've stopped moving.
The only real instance when we preferred to have auto-pause turned off was on the treadmill for HIIT training, where keeping the clock running as you take brief rest periods is essential.
Really, even if you're out running where there are no roads, having auto-pause on is handy just for the odd occasion when you may forget to end your workout.
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