Use running track detection on Apple Watch

Apple recently added a Track Detection feature to the Workout app on Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models. Keep reading to find out what it does and how you can benefit from it.

With the release of watchOS 9.2, Apple introduced the promised Track Detection feature for supported Apple Watch models. With the software update, your watch can now tell when you’re on a track and ask if you want to pick a track.

Track Detection works by using a combination of Apple Maps data and your watch’s GPS to automatically recognize when you’re on a standard 400m World Athletics (IAAF) running track. At the time of writing, the feature is available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Follow the steps below to use the feature. Please note that Track Detection is not supported on Apple Watch Series 3 and older models as these devices cannot run watchOS 9.2. To check if your Apple Watch is up to date with the latest software, open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to General -> Software Update. To install new software, your Apple Watch must have at least 50 percent battery, be placed on a charger, and be within range of your iPhone‌‌‌‌‌‌.

How to start a running track workout

  1. Launch the training app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Crane Running outside.
  3. If your Apple Watch detects you’re on a track, it prompts you to choose a lane: Tap Choose Lane.
  4. Use the plus And minus to choose a lane, then tap To confirm.
  5. If this is your first time doing a track workout, choose a unit of measurement (miles or meters) and tap To confirm.

If you leave a trail during your workout, your Apple Watch displays a notification to let you know. If you change jobs while exercising, swipe right on the watch face and tap Roadwayand then enter your new lane.

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When you’re done running, you’ll get a route map in your workout summary that provides you with what Apple says is track-level precision. If you have an Apple Watch Ultra, which is equipped with dual-frequency GPS, it should be even more accurate.

Enable lap alerts

You can receive an alert that shows your distance, time, and pace when completing a lap of the course by following these steps.

  1. Launch the training app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Press ellipsis icon (the three dots) in the Outdoor Run map.
  3. Crane Warnings.
  4. Turn the Digital Crown up, tap Follow roundthen switch on Lap warning.

The impressive thing about Track Detection is that, unlike some dedicated running watches, it doesn’t require calibration. Apple Watch can even switch to track mode in the middle of a normal run if it detects you’ve arrived at a track.

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