How to Use the Stand Tab in Apple Watch’s Activity App - dummies

How to Use the Stand Tab in Apple Watch’s Activity App

By Marc Saltzman

Many people have jobs where they sit for a good chunk of the day. This isn’t doing much for those love handles. Apple Watch knows when you stand and move around at least for one minute — and this all goes toward your Stand ring.

Even if it’s just to get up from your computer and go get a glass of water, a small stretch, or a walk down the hall to say hello to a coworker, all this Stand time adds up. You’ve completed the default Stand ring requirements if you move at least one minute in 12 different hours during the day. The app also reminds you to get up if you’ve been idle too long (about an hour).


To use the Stand tab in the Activity app, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Digital Crown button to go to the Home screen.

  2. Tap the Activity app.

    You can also raise your wrist and say “Hey, Siri, Activity.” Either action opens the Activity app, taking you to the main Activity screen with a summary of all three rings.

  3. Swipe to the left three times to find your Stand information. Or tell Siri “Show me Stand information” to go right to this screen — no matter what you’re doing on your watch.

    The first part of the Stand screen shows a large number in the middle of the screen. This shows how many hours you’ve stood up for (at least one minute per hour). The smaller number underneath the large number is the total goal hours (such as 12). The blue ring visually shows you how you’re doing for the day.

    Regardless of which Activity screen you’re in — the summary page, Move, Exercise, or Stand — you always see a clock in the top-right corner, so you always know the current time without having to leave the Activity app. Smart, no?

  4. Swipe down to open the History graph.

    You should see the day laid out chronologically and a full vertical bar for any hour you stood (for at least a minute per hour).


    It doesn’t matter if it’s consecutive hours or spread out throughout the day — the idea is to get up at least once per hour during the day (unless you sleepwalk, which means you won’t have to worry about this overnight)!

  5. Twist the Digital Crown button to obtain more information on your activity, such as a numeric summary of your day’s progress — including total steps, total distance, and more.

    Be proud! You’re getting your move on.