AppleWatch lock out when jogging outdoors

Hi forum,


My work requires that my iPhone have a passcode, and it appears that having a passcode on my iPhone means having a passcode on my AppleWatch.


One of the primary reasons I got the watch was to track my jogging stats (without being tethered to my iPhone). However, when I'm out for a run, my lock screen kicks in ~30 seconds after I start the outdoor run activity. So in order to see my progress mid-run, I have to put my passcode in, which is really inconvenient.


Is there any work around here? I'm pretty sure that the passcode requirement and not being tethered to my iPhone is locking me out of seeing my stats on the fly, but I don't know how to fix it.





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Hi Christopher


If you are not yet doing so, then I suggest that you use these settings, including ensuring that Wrist Detection is enabled:


  • On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch > Passcode.
  • Turn on each of Wrist Detection, Passcode and Unlock with iPhone.


After putting it on your wrist, your Apple Watch will then unlock after whatever you do first: either unlocking your watch manually (by entering the passcode) or unlocking your iPhone. It will then remain unlocked (including when the screen is asleep) until you remove it from your wrist. When you remove your Apple Watch, it will lock automatically.


The behaviour that you described may have been caused by your Apple Watch losing contact with your wrist during your workout, causing it to conclude that it had been removed from your wrist.


During exercise, Apple Watch should be worn snugly on the top of your wrist. Apple suggests that you consider tightening your band before workouts and loosening it again afterwards.



Sensor performance can otherwise be affected by temporary or permanent skin changes, such as by some wrist tattoos.


The behaviour can also be caused by accidental screen interactions, potentially including caused by clothing. To avoid accidental interactions with the screen during workouts - which may include pausing workouts or ending them early - the screen can be locked by following the instructions here:



With the Running Auto Pause option selected, the Workout app on Apple Watch also pauses running workouts automatically if you stop running and then resumes when you start moving again. To enable or disable this option:


  • On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch (tab) > Workout - turn on / off Running Auto Pause.

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