How to Adjust Your Calorie Goal in Activity on Your Apple Watch

One of the great features of the Apple Watch is the Activity app.  It is an app that keeps track of your movement calories, your exercise and the standing you do each hour in one easy-to-use app.  It is the measurement of these activities that allow you to complete the now well known rings each day.

When it comes to calorie targets, it is the one metric that users can adjust.  The standing once per hour and 30 minutes of exercise, at least for now, are fixed and can’t be adjusted.  The calorie one however is probably the more important one anyway.  Depending on your lifestyle and even your profession, you may want to set your calorie burn goal higher than the minimum 300 calories target.  You’ll know this is the case if you are consistently going over your current target by two or three times in a day.  One day is a one-off but consistently blowing through that target means it needs to be adjusted up.

In this How To I’ll show you a quick way that you can adjust your calorie target in the middle of a day or week.  Once you adjust it, it will be your goal going forward until you adjust it again and it will be reflected in your target measurements for the week you are in.

First, open up the Activity app on your Apple Watch.  You can get to it from the digital crown and finding it in Apps or if you are using one of the Activity watch faces, just tap the rings to open it.  You’ll know you have it open when the rings are what are displayed on your watch like you see below.

Activity on Apple Watch
Activity on Apple Watch

Now firmly press on the rings.  You will get a haptic feedback and you will see a two option menu pop up on the screen:  Weekly Summary and Change Move Goal.  For this How To, you will want to tap on the Change Move Goal option.  If the menu doesn’t pop up, you are likely not giving your watch a quick, firm press.  If you put your finger on your screen and then press, it likely won’t work.  The trick is a quick, firm press.

Summary and Goal Change Menu
Summary and Goal Change Menu

Once you tap the Change Move Goal, you will get a display like the one below that shows you your current calorie goal with a – and + button to move your goal up or down.  Once you set the goal you want, press the Update button and your new goal is set.

Adjust Your Activity Calorie Goal
Adjust Your Activity Calorie Goal

Now with your new goal active, you will see both in the Activity app on your iPhone as well as on your Apple Watch the new goal in pace and the Move ring will be adjusted to reflect the correct percentage that you have completed of the new goal for the day.

Look for more iOS and Apple Watch How To’s coming soon.