Set up Handwashing on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch can detect when you start washing and encourage you to keep going for 20 seconds, the time recommended by global health organizations. Your Apple Watch can also notify you if you haven’t washed your hands within a few minutes of returning home.

Turn on Handwashing

  1. Open the Settings app  on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Handwashing, then turn on Handwashing Timer.

When Apple Watch detects that you’ve started washing your hands, it starts a 20-second timer. If you stop washing in fewer than 20 seconds, you’re encouraged to finish the job.

The handwashing counter, counting down from 8. The words “Almost Done” are at the bottom of the screen.

Receive Handwashing notifications

Apple Watch can remind you to wash your hands shortly after returning home.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch, tap Handwashing, then turn on Handwashing Reminders.

Note: On an Apple Watch set up for a family member, you can also turn on handwashing reminders. Open the Settings app  on the managed Apple Watch, tap Handwashing, turn on Handwashing Timer, then turn on Handwashing Reminders.

To receive handwashing reminders, you must set a home address in your My Card in the Contacts app on iPhone.

To see a report of your average handwashing times, open the Health app on your iPhone, go to Browse > Other Data, then tap Handwashing

Reprinted from Apple



I have used Apple Devices since the Apple IIe, which I used to create my Master's Thesis. Later, I worked on California Technology, Math and Science Grants, using Apple computers

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