How to select between miles and kilometers in Workout app on Apple Watch

By , May 19, 2015

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Regardless of whether you’re a modestly active type or a true fitness buff like Tim Cook, chances are you spend some time in the Activity app on your Apple Watch.

If so, you must have noticed that Workout displays the distance when walking, running or cycling in miles or kilometers, your default unit being dependent on the country where you bought your device.

Not everyone thinks in kilometers, or miles for that matter, the latter even more so if you live outside the United States.

Thankfully, it’s possible to change units in the Workout app though not many people take advantage of this setting because it’s somewhat hidden in the Workout interface. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can easily switch from miles to kilometers, and vice versa, when working out with your Apple Watch.

How to switch units in Workout app

Step 1: Open the Workout app by tapping its icon on the Home screen of your Apple Watch. Now choose the workout type you’re going for. In this example, I’m going to select an outdoor walk. You can just turn the Digital Crown to scroll the available workouts and then simply tap to select one that suits your workout routine.

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Tip: You can also tap and hold the Digital Crown to invoke Siri and ask her to “Start a workout”. It’s also interesting that as you use the Workout app and choose workouts, it will reorder the workouts to reflect your preferences.

Step 2: Now swipe to the screen that shows the distance.

Apple Watch Workout Outdoor 002

Step 3: Force-tap the screen until you feel taptic feedback. The hidden option to choose between miles and kilometers should pop up.

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Step 4: Make your choice by tapping MI (miles) or KM (kilometers) and you’ll be taken back to the previous screen.

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Having changed units from kilometers to miles, my distance screen has immediately switched from using kilometers to miles, as evidenced on the screenshot above.

How do you like this nifty little trick?

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  • Dany Quirion

    Miles lol so 70s

  • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

    Countries that use metric system in green.
    Stubborn countries who refuse to use metric in black. The only countries who wouldn’t need to change the default option on the watch.

    Thanks Obama.

    • Styx

      It’s not actually Obama’s fault. Reagan disbanded the United States Metrics Board (or something like that) in the early 80’s which basically spelled doom for the conversion efforts.

      In general as well, it’s the Republican camp that resists change of progressive nature. They are opposed to gun control, recognizing g@y marriages, allowing better access to @bortion facilites and legalizing weed (this is what I really hate them for!). They’re (regular Republican Joes) also known for coming up with ridiculous statements like:

      “What? Everyone else is on the metric system? Wait till we invade their country!”

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        dude…LOL
        I referred to the Thanks Obama meme…
        knowyourmeme(dot)com/memes/thanks-obama

      • Styx

        Fafda, I read a bit about your history in your reply to Pavithra. Sorry, bud. You deserve better.

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        Thanks man, it happens. I’m happy I got out so soon. Better to have faced it now than later.

    • Styx

      Do you know what ICD is?

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        Nope.

      • Styx

        International Classification of Diseases. Think of it as a dictionary for diseases and their symptoms. Maintained by the WHO and there are 100+ countries that participate in developing and using this convention.

        The current version of ICD in use is ICD-10 and was adopted in the early 90’s. ICD-11 is in beta and will be released in 2017.

        The US is on ICD-9. Perhaps the only developed country to be using a convention developed in the late 70’s and adopted in the early 80’s.

        Whenever the topic of “India-this-India-that” comes up here, I ask my gore brothers: Does it not bother you that when you visit the doctor, your migraine may be mis-typed as m3nstrual cramps? (That is, of course, a stretch of imagination but cht!yapa begets chut!yapa.)

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        Interesting…but in their defense I’d say they have mandatory health insurance. I’d go with mandatory health insurance any day vs not being able to afford health care like in our glorious country. And oh yeah, interesting info which you might be aware of..
        timesofindia(dot)indiatimes(dot)com/budget-2015/union-budget-2015/Budget-2015-Experts-slam-government-for-slashing-health-budget/articleshow/46414052.cms

      • Styx

        The mandatory health insurance is a very recent thing and Obama had to bend over backwards to get the PPACA passed- think back to the Federal government shutdown of 2013. And there is a still a significant portion of the population that is without health insurance- call it ignorance (not knowing their options) or obstinacy (not wanting to support reforms introduced by a Democrat POTUS). What I will concede in this context is that having choices (US) is better than not having them (India).

        I was aware of the reduced allocation of $$$ for health in the FY ’15 budget and did not support* it. What I also disagree with is the appointment of Nadda as the Health Minister. Harsh Vardhan had some decent ideas but this guy, IMO, is clueless.

        *One can be at odds with the present GoI without the mention of cow sussu, you know.:-)

        Further reading (stuff I haven’t yet read through in entirety myself):

        www(dot)livemint(dot)com/Opinion/X4F3daIPrtCj3uxyzrpSVN/Financing-universal-healthcare-in-India(dot)html

        www(dot)dailymail(dot)co(dot)uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3067811/In-sickness-health-review-NDA-s-healthcare-schemes-fared(dot)html