Fix: Why Does Apple Watch Keep Pausing During Workout

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Tanja Gadgets / Apple Watch

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One of the many Apple Watch features is the Workouts app, which comes quite handy if you work out regularly. Ever since the Apple Watch device rolled out, the Workouts app was a crucial part of it, and it kept getting improved with each update.

However, the question ‘Why does Apple Watch keep pausing during workout?’ seems to be showing up more and more among users.

Luckily, there are things that can be done, and there are several reasons why this issue keeps happening.

If you’re experiencing this issue as well, check out the methods and solutions listed below to get the best experience out of your Apple Watch.

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How do I stop my Apple Watch from pausing during a workout?

Before we dive into fixing methods, make sure you have downloaded the latest watchOS. With each update released by Apple, bugs and software glitches are regularly being fixed.

However, if your smartwatch is already running on the latest watchOS, move on to the fixing method below.

The ‘Auto-Pause’ feature on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has a feature named ‘Auto-Pause’ in the Workouts app. This feature does exactly that - it automatically pauses some workouts once inactivity is detected, and gets back on track when activity is detected.

However, as useful as this feature might be, especially for indoor and outdoor running workouts, it might cause issues due to some glitch or bug.

Hence, the best option to resolve this issue is to turn the feature off completely. This can be done from the Apple Watch Workouts app, or it can be done from your iPhone’s Workouts app.

Turning ‘Auto-Pause’ off from the Apple Watch app

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the ‘Settings’ app.
  2. Under ‘Settings’, tap on ‘Workouts’.
  3. Scroll down, and tap on the ‘Auto-Pause’ feature.
  4. Toggle the button on and off next to ‘Auto-Pause’ a few times, and make sure to disable it.
  5. Restart your Apple Watch.

Note: Many Apple Watch users use the Workouts app to pause their activity automatically when running. Bear in mind that turning this feature off means you'll need to pause your activity manually.

Turning ‘Auto-Pause’ off from the Watch app on your iPhone

  1. Open the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone.
  2. In the lower-left corner of the screen, tap on ‘My Watch’.
  3. Scroll down, and click on the ‘Workout’ feature.
  4. Tap on ‘Auto-Pause’.
  5. Toggle the button next to the feature to turn it off.

Note: According to the user reports about this issue, it is most common for the workout ‘Running’ for ‘Auto-Pause’ to cause issues.

Removing the ‘Finished your Workout?’ message on your Apple Watch?

Once the ‘Finished your Workout?’ prompt appears, the workout gets automatically shut down. Based on wrist detection.

After, you’ll have three options to choose from:

  • End Workout
  • Pause
  • Dismiss

Since the first two option are easily seen on the screen of the watch, users often click on the wrong options, which shuts down their workout.

However, if you scroll down on the screen when this prompt shows up, you’ll see the ‘Dismiss’ option, which will allow you to continue monitoring your activity.

Additionally, even if you clicked ‘Pause’ accidentally, as long as your Apple Watch has permission to keep track of your heart rate, this information will still be processed in the background.

Wrapping up

Disabling the ‘Auto-Pause’ features with the steps mentioned above will surely help you to get rid of the issue you’re having.

Bear in mind, that turning off the ‘Wrist Detection’ feature will turn off many features implemented by Apple, so make sure to keep that feature ‘On’.

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