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

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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

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.

Apple Watch Outdoor Walk

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.

2) Tap the three-dot icon on the top right corner of the workout you choose.

3) Select Distance from the menu.

Apple Watch Outdoor Walk Distance

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

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

Apple Watch Outdoor Walk Distance Change

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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