watchOS 11 Lets You Schedule Activity Goals for Each Day of the Week

In the watchOS 11 beta, the Activity app for Apple Watch lets you schedule custom activity goals for different days of the week, and also lets you pause your goals if you need to rest up.

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If you tap the +/- button when viewing your Move, Exercise, or Stand goals in the Activity app, a new Change Daily Goal option takes you to a schedule list for the days of the week, allowing you to set each one individually.

So if you want to set custom workout goals for, say, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with lower goals during the weekend, you'll soon be able to do that.

This schedule can also be managed through the Fitness app in iOS 18. The Move, Exercise, and Stand activity summaries include the same +/- button that lets you adjust the goal for just today, or adjust your schedule for each day of the week.

In addition, if you tap the main Activity Rings display on Apple Watch, there's also a new Pause Rings option that mutes coaching and goal tracking while maintaining your Move streak. So if you're aiming for a streak and something unexpected upends your efforts (if you fall ill, for example) you can pause tracking without losing out and having to start again.

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You can initiate a pause for just today, until next week, for the whole month, or until a date of your choosing. Currently, you can pause your rings for up to 90 days and resume at any time.

watchOS 11 is in developer beta, so it's worth noting that some features could always change or be removed completely before Apple releases the new Apple Watch software in the fall.

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Top Rated Comments

tedwill Avatar
4 weeks ago
You mean, I can finally take a break? I have a 2600 day streak going. Lots of personal stuff happened during that time, including medical issues, graduations of kids, etc.

Hitting pause would be great.

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WeatherWeasel Avatar
4 weeks ago
It would be nice if it would track food eaten, such as amount of carbs , etc
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vertsix Avatar
4 weeks ago
Thank god. As an athlete, the rings streak and grind is cool but it's nice Apple understood that priorities differ from day to day and life isn't always tied to a schedule.
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jonblatho Avatar
4 weeks ago

How about a setting to make the stupid rings go away?

Not everybody is an exercise freak.
You are able to delete the Fitness app on both the watch and iPhone. You can also disable fitness tracking altogether — that is, disable the sensors — in privacy settings, and you can disable Fitness notifications while keeping the Fitness app.

The options are there if you choose to look instead of complain.
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bookcase Avatar
4 weeks ago
I think this will be a great feature.
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DocMultimedia Avatar
4 weeks ago
A superb addition for those that do marathons and other sports where you need certain rest days. And so I can be really lazy on football Sundays. Lol
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