After the recent watchOS 5 update, Apple's wearable can now track more types of workouts than ever before - however, it's still running that takes front and center on the device. And, if you're anything like us, your runs are filled with mini-stops for road crossings, pedestrian traffic and maybe even the odd break to catch your breath.
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Naturally, though, you don't want to have to tell your Apple Watch to pause or restart tracking every 30 seconds. That's where the auto-pause feature comes in handy, and below are instructions on how to enable/disable it and details on how it works.
How to enable auto-pause on Apple Watch
Unfortunately, you can't change this on the Apple Watch itself, with the only way to currently toggle auto-pausing workouts coming through the iPhone's Watch app.
Here are the steps:
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone
- Tap the My Watch tab in the bottom left of the screen
- Scroll down to the Workout tab
- Toggle 'Running Auto-Pause' on or off
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 workouts will automatically pause when you stop moving and resume when you start moving.
Should you use auto-pause?
We've ran the Apple Watch 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 a 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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