How to fix a “pairing canceled” error when attempting to use Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV

If you’re greeted with an Apple Fitness+ “pairing canceled” error message when attempting to connect the Workout app on your Apple Watch to an Apple TV, you’re definitely not alone. As highlighted on Reddit, some Apple Fitness+ enthusiasts are seeing a “pairing canceled” message when trying to connect the Workout app on an Apple Watch to their Apple TV.

Apple Fitness+ is a fitness subscription service with professionally created workout videos on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and more. The service became available on December 14, 2020 and costs ten bucks per month or $80 for a full year. Apple Fitness+ is also included in the Apple One Premier subscription bundle, which costs $30 per month.

According to Apple’s support document, you may see this error message if your Apple TV hasn’t been properly added to the Home app. It also provides steps to help fix the issue. Without further ado, follow along with our step-by-step tutorial below if you’re seeing a “pairing canceled” error message upon attempting to connect Apple Fitness+ to your Apple TV.

Apple Fitness+ pairing canceled - hero image

How to fix Apple Fitness+ “pairing canceled” error on your Apple TV

If you see a “pairing canceled” error message on an Apple TV when trying to connect your Apple Watch, adding your Apple TV as a smart home device in the Home app should resolve it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.
  2. Choose “AirPlay and HomeKit” from the root list.
  3. If you see “1” in a red badge next to “AirPlay and HomeKit,” select “Finish Home Set Up”.
  4. Unlock your iPhone and hold it close to your Apple TV.
  5. Follow the steps on your Apple TV to add it to the Home app and finish the setup.

If you don’t see a red badge next to “AirPlay and HomeKit” or an option to add your media streamer to the Home app, you should contact Apple Support. Apple is likely to provide a permanent fix for this error via upcoming software updates. Until then, however, you’ll need to rely on this fix if you’re unable to connect Apple Fitness+ to your Apple TV.