– Apple Watch, a renowned name in the world of smartwatches, has always been associated with its unique “Rings” feature, emphasizing Move, Exercise, and Stand minutes. However, many users still yearn for the basic yet essential metric: daily steps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a healthy individual should aim for at least 10,000 steps daily. While Apple’s strategy diverts from basic step counting, the watch does track daily steps and incorporates this data into its core metrics.

For those who wish to see their ongoing step count on the Apple Watch home screen, there’s a bit of a process. By default, the Apple Watch doesn’t display your step count. To have it on your watch face, you need to select a watch face that supports third-party complications. After setting up the desired watch face, users need to download a pedometer app, like StepsApp, and integrate it into the watch face. This allows the daily step count to be displayed directly on the Apple Watch face.

However, if you’re not keen on downloading a third-party app, the Activity app on the Apple Watch provides step counts, albeit with a few extra taps and swipes. The Apple Fitness app on iPhone also displays steps on its main page, and for a more detailed analysis, the Apple Health app logs daily steps, offering a comprehensive breakdown of your step activity.

Apple’s approach to not emphasizing steps as a primary metric is intriguing. Not all steps are of the same value. For instance, 5,000 steps taken during a cardio workout could potentially burn more calories than 10,000 regular steps. Thus, basic steps don’t necessarily provide a complete picture of one’s health and fitness. Nevertheless, for those who use the 10,000-step benchmark as a personal goal, the data remains crucial. While Apple doesn’t offer a built-in complication for step counting, users can easily integrate one using third-party apps like Pedometer++ and StepsApp.

While Apple Watch might not prioritize step counting in its default settings, it offers users the flexibility to customize their experience. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just someone looking to meet daily step goals, the Apple Watch ensures you have all the necessary tools at your disposal.

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