Apple Fitness Sharing Not Working: Here's What To Do

Having trouble with Activity Sharing not working on your Apple Watch and iPhone? Here's how to get back on track.

How to Fix Apple Fitness Sharing Not Working​

1. Update iOS and watchOS​

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app, navigate to General, and then tap on Software Update.
  2. If an update is available, tap Update Now. Wait for the update to complete.

  3. For your Apple Watch, ensure it's connected to Wi-Fi. Open the Settings app on your Watch.
  4. Go to General, then tap on Software Update.
  5. If an update is available, follow the prompts to install it.
This ensures your devices are up-to-date, potentially fixing the Activity Sharing issue.

2. Check and Adjust Fitness Sharing Settings​

  1. Open the Fitness app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Sharing tab at the bottom.
  3. If your friend is not added, tap on the account icon in the top-right corner, then choose Invite a Friend.
  4. Select the friend you wish to add and tap on Send.
This step makes sure you've correctly set up Fitness sharing with your friends.

3. Unpair and Re-pair Apple Watch​

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab.
  2. Select All Watches, then tap the "i" icon next to the watch you want to unpair.
  3. Choose Unpair Apple Watch and confirm.
  4. To re-pair, keep your iPhone and Watch close. Follow the on-screen instructions to pair your Watch again.
Resetting the connection between your devices might solve the sharing issue.

4. Force Restart Devices​

  1. iPhone: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button. Press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
  2. Apple Watch: Press and hold both the Digital Crown and the side button until the Apple logo appears.
A force restart can fix temporary glitches affecting the Fitness app.

5. Sign Out of iCloud and Sign In Again​

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your name.
  2. Scroll down and select Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password if prompted.
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  3. Choose the data you want to keep a copy of and tap on Sign Out.
  4. Sign back in by opening the Settings app and following the on-screen instructions.
Refreshing your iCloud settings can potentially fix syncing issues with Activity Sharing.

6. Contact Apple Support​

If none of the above solutions work, contacting Apple Support for further assistance is the next move. They can offer additional troubleshooting steps or escalate the issue if necessary.

By following these solutions, you should be able to resolve issues with Activity Sharing not working properly, letting you and your friends continue to motivate each other through shared fitness achievements.
Mar 31, 2021
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This thread was a lifesaver! I followed the steps and now my Apple Fitness sharing is back on track. Thanks for the clear instructions, really appreciate it!

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