How to Enable Running Auto Pause for the Apple Watch Workout App

The fitness functions and capabilities on the Apple Watch are a deciding factor for many people that choose to buy one. The Workout app is able to track lots of different metrics for several different types or workouts. If you perform an outdoor run, for example, it can track your distance, pace, time, and more.

But if you do a lot of running in cities or neighborhoods, you may need to occasionally stop for traffic lights or passing vehicles. These stops can extend the length of your run, and make your pace seem worse than it actually is. If you would like to be able to evaluate your running workouts based solely on when you were actually running, then learn how to enable the auto pause feature for running workouts so that the watch will pause your workouts when it senses that you have stopped moving.


How to Set Your Apple Watch to Auto Pause a Running Workout

The steps in this article were performed through the Watch app on an iPhone 7, in iOS 10.3.3. The watch is an Apple Watch 2 using WatchOS 3.2.3. Once you complete these steps your watch will automatically pause your running workout if it senses that you have stopped moving. It will automatically resume when you start moving again.

Step 1: Open the Watch app.

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Step 2: select the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

my watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Workout option.

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Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Running Auto Pause to enable it.

how to auto pause running workouts on apple watch



Some of the features on your watch are something that you may not end up using after a few weeks or months. One such feature is the Breathe reminders, so learn how to turn them off if you have found that you are dismissing them more than you are performing the breathing exercises.