2 Ways to Turn Off Apple Watch Workout App Countdown

Whenever you start a workout on your Apple Watch, a 3-second countdown automatically kickstarts to help you get ready. While this is well thought out, at times, you may want to get rid of the countdown and directly get started with the activities. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to turn off the Apple Watch Workout app countdown and start activities immediately. Here is how you can do it:

Turn Off Apple Watch Workout App Countdown and Start Activities Immediately

Notably, the process for stopping the workout countdown on a standard Apple Watch model and Apple Watch Ultra is different.

Disable Workout App Countdown on Any Apple Watch Model

Thanks to a pretty neat gesture, disabling the workout app countdown on a standard Apple Watch is dead simple.

  • Just start any activity on your Apple Watch. When the countdown kickstarts, tap on the screen to skip the countdown and go ahead with your activity as usual.
  • Yeah, you got that right! It’s just as simple to disable this feature.

Disable Workout Countdown on Apple Watch Ultra

Surprisingly, the above gesture does not work on Apple Watch Ultra due to the hardware limitation.

  • On your Apple Watch Ultra, open the Settings app.
  • Now, scroll down and tap on Workout.
  • Finally, make sure that the toggle next Precision Start is enabled.
  • Note that, you can also enable this feature using your Watch app from the paired iPhone. To do so, open the Watch app on your iPhone > Workout > Precision Start.
  • Going forward, whenever you start an activity, you will be presented with the main screen. Then, you need to swipe from left to right and hit Start when you are all set.
  • Keep in mind that you will need to kick-start your workout manually or with the side button of your Apple Watch Ultra.

Sticky Note:

  • It’s worth pointing out that if you use Siri to start a workout, the countdown will still trigger even with Precision Start enabled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1. Is Apple Watch Ultra worth it?

Apple Watch Ultra is primed for pros such as ocean explorers, outdoor adventures, and endurance athletes. If you are one of them, Apple Watch Ultra will live up to your expectation with aplomb.

Q 2. How long does Apple Watches last?

On normal usage, Apple Watch can deliver up to 18 hours of battery life, while the Apple Watch Ultra’s battery can run up to 16 hours. Notably, Apple Watch Ultra can deliver up to 60 hours of battery life with the special power-saving mode enabled.

Wrapping up…

So, that’s how you can disable the workout countdown on your Apple Watch. I wish Apple made the gesture work on the Apple Watch Ultra as well. Considering how simple and effective it is, the tech giant must find a way to bring it on Ultra. What do you think?

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Founder/CEO: Rashmi Mishra is a new-age entrepreneur and a die-hard tech lover. Though Rashmi has a special liking for iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch, she loves to take the hottest Android smartphones and Windows laptops for a spin. When she is not reading stories that are breaking the Internet, you will find her either crafting designs or fixing lives for good!

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