Apple Fitness+ experience is great when it works without any issues. For the most part, the Fitness+ works like a charm, and features such as the Burn bar are a powerful motivator. We have been consistently using Fitness+ over the last few weeks using several devices and for the most part, the experience has been great.
There are a few common Apple Fitness+ annoyances that some users have reported and we wanted to provide some tips and ideas around how you can fix some of these problems or work around them when trying out Apple’s latest service offering.
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- 1 Common Apple Fitness+ Problems
- 2 Fitness+ Workouts freezing during the middle of workout
- 3 Fitness+ app shows ‘Unable to access Fitness+ content at this time’
- 4 ‘Pairing Cancelled’ error message when trying Apple Fitness+
- 5 Unable to Find Fitness+ tab in the Fitness app
- 6 Too Many notifications while working out?
- 7 ‘Looking for Apple Watch’ error message
Common Apple Fitness+ Problems
Most of these reported issues can be categorized into two main categories. The first category is probably the easiest which is ‘Access’. Some users are unable to access Fitness+ or once they have updated their devices, they run into pairing issues.
This is easily addressed and you can check out our comments below. The second category of issues is more of an experience issue where users report freezing video on Fitness+ or sometimes they cannot access the Fitness+ content.
These experience related problems are probably more to do with Apple’s servers and you can overcome them by downloading the Fitness+ sessions and using the sessions offline.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the Common Apple Fitness+ issues that have been reported and what you can do to get a better Fitness+ experience.
Fitness+ Workouts freezing during the middle of workout
- Refrain from using your AirPods when you are trying Fitness+. Appears that there is a bug that interferes with the multiple Bluetooth connections in progress. One thing you can try is to toggle your Bluetooth on your iPad to OFF and then switch it back to ON and see if you can continue through the session.
- As always, check Apple’s system status report to make sure it’s not a server issue on their side. The Apple Fitness+ status should show a green status.
- Some users have had better luck overcoming the Fitness+ freezing issue by disabling the Subtitles on the screen. Tap on the captions icon at the bottom right of your screen and set Subtitles to ‘Off’.
- Switch on the Low data Mode on your Wi-Fi connection as well as use the ‘Renew Lease’ option before starting the workout via Fitness+. When low data mode is turned on, automatic updates and background tasks such as photos syncing etc are paused and that can help with the overall throughput of the Wi-Fi.
- If you have a strong cellular connection on your Apple device, tap on Settings > Cellular, scroll down and make sure Fitness app is enabled. Switch off the Wi-Fi and see if your cellular connection works better. If it works better, then it could be your Wi-Fi and a Reset Network connections on the device may be good action before you use the Wi-Fi for Fitness+
- The Freezing issue sometimes also occurs if you accidentally press on the Apple Watch button during the middle of the workouts. This is especially true when you are trying to do a push-up sequence or any other action where the wrist is pressing on the back of your palms. From your main screen on the Apple Watch, swipe right and tap on the ‘Lock’ icon. I also disable Siri on my Apple Watch when using Fitness+, so that it doesn’t get triggered by an accidental push of the side button.
- Lastly, if this continues to happen, you may want to download the Fitness+ workouts to your iPad or iPhone and do this offline and check if you run into any issues.
- We are hopeful that Apple will be able to address this bug when they release a new update soon.
Fitness+ app shows ‘Unable to access Fitness+ content at this time’
- This issue was not a common occurrence when Fitness+ was initially launched. Following New Years, some users have reported that they are seeing this message when trying to launch a workout session.
- We think that this issue shows up when the Apple servers are busy and many users are attempting to use the same Fitness+ workout.
- There isn’t too much you can do other than retrying Fitness+ at another time or downloading the workouts beforehand. The only caveat is that you can download the workouts to your iPhone or iPad. The workouts cannot be downloaded into your apple TV at this time. ( At least we couldn’t find a way.)
- If the Fitness+ server status is green on the Apple system report, Force quit the Fitness app on your iPhone or iPad, Reboot your device and then re-launch and see you are able to access the Fitness+ content
‘Pairing Cancelled’ error message when trying Apple Fitness+
- When Fitness+ was initially launched, this was an annoying issue for many customers. It appears that Apple may have fixed this issue. If you are still getting this error when trying to use Fitness+, you can check out Apple’s guidance around how to fix this issue.
- We also tried out a few things to find a resolution to this problem and you can find the details in our article.
Unable to Find Fitness+ tab in the Fitness app
- Some users have reported that they are unable to locate the Fitness+ tab at the center bottom of the Fitness app.
- Please make sure that you have updated your iPhone/iPad to iOS 14.3 and your Apple Watch to watchOS 7.2. This is a mandatory requirement for using Fitness+
- Apple’s Fitness+ is currently only available in six countries.
Too Many notifications while working out?
- If you get too many notifications on your Apple Watch, you may want to change your settings in order to get the best experience out of Apple Fitness+
- Go into your Watch app on your phone -> General -> Do Not Disturb -> make sure Workout Do Not Disturb is turned on while working out
- You can also use a shortcut to achieve this with ease. Use “Apple Watch Workout” as the trigger and be sure to set up a second one to turn off DND when you’re done.
‘Looking for Apple Watch’ error message
- Some users get the ‘Looking for Apple Watch’ error message when trying to connect their Apple Watch to Fitness+
- If you updated your iPhone and forgot to update your Apple Watch, chances are that you will see the error message. Make sure to update your Apple Watch to the latest watchOS update. This is the most common reason for this error. Following the update to the watch, unpair and re-pair it with your iPhone and give it a try.
- If your devices are up to date and you are still having this issue, we suggest resetting the bluetooth connections on both the iPhone/iPad and Apple Watch. Simply turn it OFF, wait for a few seconds and then turn it back ON starting with the iPhone or iPad
- Toggling the Bluetooth setting usually fixes it for most people whose devices are upto date but if you are still having the problem, you may have to unpair the Apple Watch from the device and then re-pair it and then try. Check the article below for a detailed step by step guidance.
- If your Apple Watch is not pairing with your iPad or iPadPro and all the devices have been updated, try these steps in sequence and see if it helps.
- Delete the Fitness App from your iPad
- Sign out of your iCloud account on your iPad
- Sign in back again into iCloud account
- Open App store on your iPad using your credentials
- Download Fitness app and now try connecting your Apple Watch
We hope that you found these ideas helpful and were able to fix your Apple Fitness+ problems.
The service is still new and we are sure Apple will be making additional improvements and bug fixes as it gets the new iOS ready for public release.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments or if you would like to share a tip or two that helped you with getting a better Apple Fitness+ experience.