Apple Fitness is designed for Apple Watch users. If you donâ€™t have an Apple Watch, you can kind of use the app â€¦ a little bit. But not really, hereâ€™s why.
Apple Fitness+ Needs an Apple Watch to Sign Up
To sign up for Apple Fitness+, you need an Apple Watch paired to your iPhone. Itâ€™s impossible to sign up for Fitness+ without an Apple Watch. However, once youâ€™re signed up, you donâ€™t strictly need an Apple Watch to do a workout.
You Donâ€™t Need an Apple Watch to Start a Workout
If your Apple Watch is out of battery, left at your parentsâ€™ house, or otherwise not connected, when you go to start a workout on your iPhone or iPad (but not an Apple TV), youâ€™ll see a pop up explaining that without it, you wonâ€™t be able to see your heart rate and calorie burn on the screen.
Tap â€œWork Out Without Watchâ€� to start the workout anyway.
Note: Any workout you do without an Apple Watch way wonâ€™t count towards closing your Activity rings as thereâ€™s no recorded calories burned.
Fitness+ Is Designed Ffor the Apple Watch
Fitness+ is clearly not really designed to be used without an Apple Watch. It tracks your workout metrics and shows them on screen. For example, this makes it easy to check your heart rate. You can see how your effort compares against other people in the same workout. Apple Fitness is all about this integration.
But, if you donâ€™t have your Apple Watch on you and you want to start a workout, Apple Fitness+ wonâ€™t stop you from getting your sweat on.
If you donâ€™t have an Apple Watch and you want to get started with Apple Fitness+, consider buying an Apple Watch. You can get an Apple Watch Series 3 for less than $200, and it works with Apple Fitness+
In theory, if you really wanted to sign up to Fitness+ but donâ€™t own an Apple Watch, you could borrow one, pair it with your iPhone, sign up, then reset the watch and give it back. However, that seems like a lot of work to go to so you can pay Apple $10/month for exercise videos without the extra features.
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