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How do I switch Apple Watch from km to miles?

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When using the Activity app on Apple Watch you may find yourself frustrated with its assumption that you want to know your distance in kilometers (km) instead of miles. Or vice versa. Can you switch the Apple Watch from km to miles? Yes, you can, but it’s not immediately obvious how to do it.

We’re going to show you how with a step-by-step guide.

Time needed: 2 minutes

How to switch Apple Watch Activity distances from km to miles

  1. Open up the Health app on your iPhone

    Rather than this being managed by the Activity app, it’s actually done via Health

  2. Head to the Walking & Running Distance screen

    Click on the “Browse” tab at the bottom, then select “Activity” and then the “Walking & Running Distance” card

  3. Find the options

    Scroll to the bottom of this screen, where there is a section named “Options”.

  4. Change the units

    At the bottom is one named “Unit”. Click on this, and change from “km” to “mi”.

  5. Check Activity

    Head into the Activity app information and you should now find your distances show as miles.


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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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