How to use the handwashing feature on the Apple Watch

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Adding a handwashing timer to the WatchOS 7 encourages Apple Watch users to wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds. Here’s how to implement the feature to remind you to keep your hands clean.

With the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, healthcare organizations and governments around the world have come up with ways to encourage people to stay healthier. One idea that is universally accepted is to wash your hands regularly and do so for at least 20 seconds to reduce infection by touching.

Memes are left in circulation, people can wash themselves by presenting songs and other ways, social pressure helps to implement hand washing first.

With the handwashing feature of the WatchOS 7, Apple has added a functionality to the Apple Watch, which is a very simple concept, i.e. a timer that appears whenever a user starts washing their hands, which is calculated from 20 seconds. With the release of WatchOS 7, it is now available to run and use on supported devices.

Users will need to upgrade their iPhone to iOS 14 and upgrade their Apple Watch to WatchOS 7 for handwashing to work.

How To Turn On And Off Handwashing Detection Through Your iPhone

  • Open Take a look App on your iPhone.
  • Under my watch, scroll down and tap Hand washing.
  • Tap Next Hand washing timer.

Handwashing can be enabled in the Watch app on iOS.

How to enable and disable handwash detection via your Apple Watch

The handwash timer can be run directly on the Apple Watch in the Settings app.

The handwash timer can be run directly on the Apple Watch in the Settings app.

How to use a handwashing timer

  • Get started Washing your hands.
  • If the Apple Watch detects proper hand movements and the sound of running water, the The timer will appear. It will automatically adjust the timer start when it thinks hand washing has started and will show the countdown timer with the remaining time.
  • Continue washing Until the Apple Watch displays the “Thumbs Up” logo.

It is advisable not to bother to check the timer on the Apple Watch as this may cause the countdown to stop and the timer to stop altogether. AppleInsider The timer encountered abrupt stop conditions, i.e. water was recorded as a screen plate, which may be a problem for some users.

Along with the default timer, Apple has also added handwashing reminders, which use location tracking to determine if the user is out of the house, and back. Reminder Encourages users to wash their hands as soon as they get home and helps bring back other family members into the home to reduce any bacterial or viral transmission.

How to turn on and off handwashing notifications via your iPhone

  • Open Take a look App on your iPhone.
  • Under my watch, scroll down and tap Hand washing.
  • Make sure to switch next Hand washing timer Enabled to see handwashing reminders change.
  • Tap Next Reminders of hand washing.

How To View Handwash Data On iPhone

  • Open Health Processor.
  • If it does not appear on the summary page when entering the application, select it Browse.
  • Select Other data.
  • Select Hand washing.
The health utility will monitor how often and how often you wash your hands.

The health utility will monitor how often and how often you wash your hands.

User tracks can be used to measure how many times a day, week, month or year a person has washed their hands, as well as other measurements, including time, average and time stamped data. This feature is especially useful for families where parents can test whether their children are washing their hands adequately throughout the day.

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Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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