How to Turn Off (or On) the Stand Up Reminder on Apple Watch
Apple Watch has a variety of fitness tracking and motivational features that are aimed at improving the wearers activity and health, or at least their awareness of it. One of the most notable features for Apple Watch users is the “Stand Reminder”, which, much as it sounds, is a gentle reminder to stand up every 50 minutes and move around for a bit. The Stand Reminder feature is aimed at combating the incredibly detrimental health consequences of sitting too much, something that nearly all of us with desk jobs do, and the gentle tap and chime can be quite effective to move around a bit.
While the “Time to Stand!” reminder can be an undeniably beneficial nudge in a healthier direction, not all users want the Apple Watch to tell them to stand up and move around for a minute every hour. Additionally, there are times where it’s not practical, if not impossible, to stand every hour, and thus some users may wish to disable the feature, or re-enable the feature again at a later time, even if on a temporary basis.
Enable or Disable the Stand Reminder on Apple Watch
Like many other settings on Apple Watch, you’ll use the paired iPhone to adjust the standing activity setting:
- Open the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone
- Go to “My Watch” and then choose “Activity”
- Toggle the setting for “Stand Reminder” to the ON or OFF position as desired, the effect will instantly carry over to the paired Apple Watch
- Exit out of Apple Watch app on iPhone when finished
With the setting off, the Apple Watch will stop nudging you to stand up every hour and ‘move a little for a minute’, but, and this is important to note, it will still track your standing activity. Thus, whether you have the reminder turned off or on, your stand count in the Activity Ring and elsewhere in the activity monitoring features of Apple Watch will continue to function and monitor your standing and sedentary behavior.
For most Apple Watch users who are able to regularly stand for a minute and have office jobs, spend a lot of time at a desk, or even the couch in front of a TV, they should probably leave the stand reminder turned on. The reality is that sitting is absolutely dreadful for our health, and studies have linked too much sitting to premature death, heart disease, diabetes, and general metabolic function, and there are no shortage of comprehensive studies to demonstrate this. So even though it’s a matter of user preference, if you’re able to, you should leave the stand reminder on, and work to fill the stand activity ring. The reminder is just one of the subtle but perhaps potentially very powerful health benefits of Apple Watch, whether you’re a fitness nut or an average nut.
Can I change the Stand Up reminder time? Why every hour? Why for a minute?
Currently, you can’t change the stand up reminder time, which is set to nudge you ever seated hour and tell you to move around for a minute. If that sounds arbitrary, and if you were wondering why Apple picked the Watch stand reminder to nudge you every hour and tell you to move around for about a minute, it could possibly be due to studies like this, which demonstrated that light activity every hour can help to ward off the most harmful effects of constant sitting.
Finally, if you don’t have an Apple Watch yet, do remember that iPhone has many fitness and health features built in as well, including the fitness and motion tracker and the pedometer features of Health app on iPhone, which work well on their own as well, even if you won’t get a little ‘stand up’ nudge, it’ll be up to you.