Apple Watch Series 3 Not Tracking Calories? Here’s the Fix

Many Apple users have a complaint that their Apple Watch 3 not tracking/recording calories on the workout. And it is not showing calories information on the Apple watch. Here I am going to tell you some solutions to fix this issue. If you have the same problem, then this article will definitely help you to solve it.

Solution 1: Make sure to choose the Calories option On the Apple Watch app Settings

If the calories option is not selected in the workout section, then you won't get or calculate the calories in the workout section.

  1. On the Watch app settings, tap on Workout.
  2. And scroll down the screen, find the Units of Measure option.
  3. Then make sure that you have selected Calories.
  4. Now again go back to the Workout screen and tap on Workout View.
  5. Make sure that the Multiple metric options are enabled, then select the Outdoor Walk in the workout menu.

multiple metric option in iphone

6. Check the Active calories and Total calories are in the Metric section or the Do not include section.

7. If it is in the Do not include section, then tap on Edit on the top right corner of the screen to change this option to Metric.

Solution 2: Update your iPhone and Apple Watch

To update your iPhone,

  1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi or Cellular Data.
  2. Go to Settings->General->Software Update.
  3. Check if there is any update is available, then tap on the “Download and Install” option.

To Update your Apple Watch,
Update your Apple Watch after updating your iPhone.

  1. Connect your Apple Watch to power. Make sure that your Apple Watch has at least a 50% charge. Don’t disconnect your Apple Watch from power while updating.
  2. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
  3. And keep your Apple watch to your iPhone.
  4. Open Watch App on your iPhone.
  5. Then tap on My Watch tab->General->Software Update.
  6. Tap “Download and Install” if an update is available.
  7. Enter your passcode if required.
  8. Now click “Agree” to agree to the Terms and Conditions.

update the apple watch app

Solution 3: Enable Wrist Detection

Skin changes may affect wrist detection. So make sure that your skin is clean and dry.

  1. Open Apple Watch App on your iPhone.
  2. And tap on My Watch tab->General->Wrist Detection.
  3. Make sure that “Wrist Detection” is turned on.

enable the wrist detection on iphone

Solution 4: Enable Fitness Tracking and Heart Rate

Make sure to enable the fitness tracking and heart rate on iPhone settings and also the Apple Watch app.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings->Privacy->Motion & Fitness.
  2. Make sure that “Fitness Tracking” and “Heart Rate” are turned on.
  3. If not, then turn it on.
  4. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  5. Go to My Watch tab->Privacy.
  6. Make sure that “Heart Rate” and “Fitness Tracking” are enabled.

enable the heart rate and fitness tracking on iphone

Solution 5: Update your Health Personal Details On Apple Watch App

The Apple Watch app will use your personal details to calculate your Activities like calories that you burn, the distance that you cross, steps that you walk through, and more. To maintain your details up to date.

  1. Launch the My Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch tab->Health->Health details->Edit.
  3. There you can see your health personal details like Birthdate, Sex, Height, etc. Select the item that you want to change.
  4. After the changes, tap done.

Solution 6: Unlock your Apple Watch when it is on your wrist

This method helps to lock your device automatically when you remove the wrist. Try this one. For that,

  1. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch tab->Passcode.
  3. Make sure that “Wrist Detection”, “Unlock with iPhone”, and “Passcode” is enabled.
  4. Do either unlock your iPhone or unlock your Apple watch manually to unlock your Apple Watch after wearing it on your wrist.
  5. Your Apple Watch will remain unlocked until you removed it from your wrist.
  6. It will lock automatically when you remove it from your wrist.

Enable the unlock with iphone, wrist detection, passcode on iphone

Solution 7: Try to wear the Watch on top of the wrist

  1. Don’t wear your Apple Watch too loosely or tightly. Wear it comfortably on your wrist.
  2. Keep your skin clean and dry while using the watch and also keep your Apple Watch bands.
  3. And wear your Apple watch on the top of the wrist. Then the only sensor can do its job perfectly.

Solution 8: Enable Location Services on iPhone

To calculate the calories, then you enable the location service on iPhone. It will help to calculate the calories with accuracy.

  1. Go to Settings->Privacy->Location Services.
  2. Make sure that Location Services is on.
  3. Make sure that Apple Watch Workout is set to “While Using”.


Enable the location service option on iphone


Solution 9: Enable Motion calibration & distance options under System Services

  1. Go to Settings->Privacy->Location Services.
  2. Scroll down to find “System Services” and tap it.
  3. Turn on “Motion Calibration & Distance”, Wi-Fi Networking”, “Setting Time Zone”, and “Mobile Network Search”.

Enable Motion calibration & distance options under System Services


Solution 10: Restart your iPhone and Apple Watch

A common restart method will fix any problem on your iPhone. Try this one. First, force close apps on your iPhone and then restart your iPhone & Apple Watch.

To restart iPhone,

  1. Press and hold the Power Button (Sleep/Wake) until the slide to power off screen appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off your device.
  3. To turn on your device, press and hold the Power Button until the Apple Logo appears.

restart the iphone

To restart Apple Watch,

  1. Press and hold the Side Button until the Power Off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off.
  3. Then again press and hold the Side Button to turn on the device.

Solution 11: Calibrate your Apple Watch

Calibrating your Apple Watch will improve the accuracy of your step, calorie, and distance measurements. so make a try.

  1. First, wear your Apple Watch on your wrist
  2. Go to an open outdoor place to receive good GPS.
  3. And launch the Workout App on your Apple Watch.
  4. Tap Outdoor Walk/Outdoor Run depends upon your workout.
  5. Tap 3 dots at the upper-right corner.
  6. Walk or run how you actually walk/run for 20 minutes.

Solution 12: Reset Calibration Data

Reset Calibration Data won’t delete your Activity history. Many Apple Watch users said that that it is the perfect solution for this issue.

  1. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. And tap on My Watch tab->Privacy.
  3. Then click the “Reset Fitness Calibration Data”.

enable the reset fitness calibration data

Solution 13: Unpair and Re-pair your Apple Watch

If you have still a problem that exists on your device, then try this method to resolve it. When you unpair your Apple Watch, then the iPhone will automatically take a backup of your Apple watch. 
Before doing this process, connect it to WiFi.

  1. Make sure that the distance between your Apple Watch and iPhone is not too far. Keep them as close as possible.
  2. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap the My Watch tab.
  4. Tap your Apple Watch when it shows on top of the screen.
  5. Click the info symbol that is next to your watch to unpair it from your iPhone.
  6. Then tap on “Unpair Apple Watch”.
  7. After unpairing, you can see the message to repair again. Then repair your Apple Watch with iPhone.

unpair the apple watch

Solution 14: Enable “Power Saving Mode”

Turning on the Power Saving Mode will help to accurate the calories.

  1. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Then select My Watch tab->Workout.
  3. Enable the “Power Saving Mode”.


  1. Use Bluetooth chest strap instead of built-in heart rate sensor.
  2. Disable unnecessary push notifications.
  3. Make an Apple genius bar appointment.

Guys, now check your Apple watch tracking calories is working properly on your device. And if you have any doubts regarding this article, feel free to tell me in the comment section below. Thank you.

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