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How to enable Permissions on the Apple Watch?

What happens after you track an activity with the Apple Watch?

How to pause, end and resume an activity on the Apple Watch?

How to enable the Voice Coach on the Apple Watch?

How to enable LIVE Tracking on the Voice Coach?

How to enable Auto Pause on the Apple Watch?

How to use the integrated Heart Rate monitor on the Apple Watch?

What do the displayed values mean on the Apple Watch?

How can the displayed values be changed on the Apple Watch?

How to change the activity type on the Apple Watch?

How to start an activity on the Apple Watch? 


Use your iPhone to change the language. Go to the Apple Watch General Settings, select “Language & Region” and “System Language”. Now select your preferred language from the list. Tap “Done” to save your settings. The language of the adidas Running app on your Watch will change automatically.

Enabling Permissions

Whether you wish to use the Standalone app (Watch Only) or the Second Screen function (Watch + Phone), there are some permissions you need to enable first on your iPhone. 

To enable the permissions and set up your adidas Running app on the Apple Watch, follow the steps below:

  • Open the adidas Running app on your iPhone

  • Tap the “Profile” tab

  • Tap the gear icon in the top right corner

  • Select “Apple Watch”

  • Follow the on-screen instructions

When you reach the Permissions screen, GPS Location, Motion & Fitness* and Apple Health** must be toggled on.

*If you are not able to toggle on Motion & Fitness, please navigate to “Privacy” in the Settings of your iPhone, tap “Motion & Fitness” and ensure that “Fitness Tracking” and “adidas Running” are activated. 

**All categories must be turned on for the adidas Running app in Apple Health.

Features such as Voice Coach, LIVE tracking and the Music Player are once again available to use with your Apple Watch — just select “Watch + Phone” in the Apple Watch settings.

However, you can still enjoy using the Standalone app by selecting “Watch only”.

Choose your preferred mode by following the simple steps below:

  • Tap the “Profile” tab

  • Tap the gear icon in the top right corner

  • Select “Apple Watch”

The following versions are required to use the Watch + Phone mode on the Apple Watch:

  • watchOS 5 or higher

  • at least iOS13

Note: GPS Location, Motion & Fitness, and Apple Health permissions must first be granted, in order for the app to work on the watch.

After your Activity

Once you have pressed “Stop” on your watch, there’s just a few final steps to follow to complete your activity.

For GPS-tracked outdoor activities:

You will be asked for your “Feeling” and “Surface”, which you can select by turning the Digital Crown on the side of the watch. Tap “Save” to complete your activity.

For Treadmill and Cycling (Ergometer) activities:

You’ll be asked first to input your “Distance”. Tap each value and use the Digital Crown on the side of the watch to enter the kilometers you covered. Press “Continue” and then follow the same procedure to input your “Calories”.  Tap “Save” to complete your activity. 

For all other indoor activities:

Select your “Calories” burned using the Digital Crown to input the correct value and then press “Save” to complete your activity.

If you stop the activity on your iPhone, the above steps must then be carried out on the phone instead of the watch. Your Activity Summary will always be displayed on the phone after your activity.

Note: A summary of the steps you took during your activity will only be displayed in the Activity Summary if you use the “Watch only” mode.

Pause/End/Resume an Activity

During an activity, there is an easy way to pause your session. Swipe right on the screen of your Apple Watch, then select “Pause” to pause your session. Use the same procedure to end or resume your activity.

Enable Voice Coach/ LIVE Tracking / Auto Pause

If you wish to use adidas Running app features, such as Voice Coach, LIVE Tracking and Auto Pause with your Apple Watch, simply activate the features within the adidas Running app on your iPhone before you start your activity:

Voice Coach, see here

LIVE Tracking, see here

Auto Pause, see here

Heart Rate

The Apple Watch OS allows you to access the integrated heart rate monitor. This means you are able to monitor and record your heart rate during an adidas Running activity using your Apple Watch.

You can view your heart rate either from the watch or the app on your phone. 

 If you are wearing a heart rate monitor strap, your heart rate will be measured using this device and not the Apple Watch.

Displayed Values

The following values will be displayed on your Apple Watch during a GPS-tracked outdoor activity: Distance, Duration, Pace and Heart Rate. During an indoor activity, Heart Rate and Duration will be displayed. The values displayed cannot be customized.

Click here to get more information on how to change the values of the app’s dashboard on your iPhone.

Change the Activity Type

In order to change the Activity Type on your Apple Watch, open the adidas Running app on the watch and tap the Activity Type icon at the bottom right of the screen. Now select an activity type from the list shown. (If your preferred Activity Type is not shown here, you can select it from the detailed list in the adidas Running app on your iPhone).

Start an Activity

In order to start an activity on your Apple Watch, open the adidas Running app on either your watch or your iPhone and press “Start”.

In wet weather, you can swipe right and toggle on the Water Lock feature. However, please note that this feature is only available to users with WatchOS 4.


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