Fix Apple Watch Workout Route Not Showing in the Activity App/Fitness App

Last Updated on Sep 26, 2020

Every new iOS, and WatchOS update targets to improvise the Activity and Health features, between the Apple devices. This tutorial stats the solutions to fix the workout maps on your iPhone, if the Activity App won’t show workout maps on iPhone, this might be a severe issue for you. For instance, when you are riding, hiking, walking, or jogging around the streets, in the end, the iPhone should show you the workout route/map of the places where you’ve visited. It’s like a Summary Report generated by the coordination of the Apple Watch and iPhone, with the distance, of your outdoor run.

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A workout map should automatically appear in the Activity App if everything is set perfectly, however, if you can’t find the workout route on the iPhone, we have few suggestions for you. Make sure to follow them, and see if the workout map is showing after trying each solution.

Maps Not Showing in Workouts on Apple Watch and iPhone

How to Check Apple Watch Workout Route on iPhone Activity App

  1. Navigate to the “Fitness App” in iOS 14 or “Activity App” on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Workouts.

    Open your Workout from Fitness or Activity app on iPhone

    Open your Workout from Fitness or Activity app on iPhone

  3. Then, choose the Workout that you want to see.
  4. In the end, a Map Route of your workout should appear in a small thumbnail.
  5. Tap on it to enlarge it.

    Open your Route of Workout on Fitness app on iPhone

    Open your Route of Workout on Fitness app on iPhone

  6. If you don’t see the Map Thumbnail, try the below solutions to fix the Maps route not showing on Activity App iPhone.
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Solution 1: Update iPhone and Apple Watch

First of all, check the iPhone and Apple Watch are up to date and running the latest software. Due to outdated firmware, many devices face compatibility issues and results in a random glitch. To make sure, your Apple Watch Workout Route not showing in Activity App isn’t due to the software problem, verify the software from the below steps for both Watch and iPhone.

Note: Connect the iPhone and Apple Watch to Wi-Fi before proceeding with the steps.

For iPhone:

  1. Navigate to the Settings App.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Hit Software Update.

For Apple Watch:

  • Press the Digital Crown to launch the app menu, locate the Settings app > General > Software Update.
  • Alternatively, Apple Watch can be updated from the iPhone too, open the Watch app on iPhone > General > Tap Software Update.
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Solution 2: Is your Apple Watch Compatible?

The earlier versions of the Apple Watch were not capable to support advanced workouts, likewise, if you don’t have Apple Watch Series 2 or later, then Activity App won’t show route or not work at all. Here’s Apple’s Official Guide on how to Identify the Apple Watch Model.

Prefer the given steps, if you don’t know how to what Apple Watch you are wearing. In short, Apple Watch 2 or newer is necessary to use this feature.

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Solution 3: Make Sure Bluetooth is Turned ON and Airplane Mode is Off

Bluetooth establishes the connection between the iPhone and Apple Watch, the same is used to track your health and activities, in the Activity App.

Meanwhile, the Airplane mode is totally opposite to the Bluetooth, when the Airplane mode is enabled, it disconnects the phone from all wireless connections, therefore, disable the Airplane mode.

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Solution 4: Keep iPhone with your during Workout

Activity App and its related features work correctly when the Apple Watch and iPhone are closer to each other. Do you keep the iPhone with you while jogging, riding, cycling, hiking, or doing any activity? If no, then make sure the next time you go for walking, running, or performing any outdoor activity, the iPhone and Apple Watch stays nearer to fix Maps not showing in workouts.

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Solution 5: Make sure Location Services is Enabled

The Activity App takes the help of Location Services of iPhone and Apple Watch to make workout route, say, they are the most crucial settings that play an important role in detecting your workout path and session. Here are a few changes that you must make on Apple Watch and iPhone to use the Activity App.

Follow the below steps, one by one, and turn them on. If already enabled, then disable and restart the iPhone, and later re-enable by preferring the same procedure.

Enable Location Services in iPhone

  1. Go to the Settings App.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Next, go to Location Services.
  4. Toggle ON Location Services.

Enable Location Services for Apple Watch Workout

  1. Navigate to the Settings App.
  2. Find and open Privacy.
  3. Tap Location Services.
  4. Turn On Location Services.
  5. Scroll down the list, and tap Apple Watch Workout.
  6. Set it to While Using.

Enable Location Services for Maps

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Location Services and toggle it ON.
  4. Under that, locate Maps.
  5. Select While Using.

Enable Motion Calibration & Distance

  1. Go to Settings App. 
  2. Then, Privacy.
  3. Open Location Services and turn it On.
  4. Tap System Services from the list.
  5. Toggle On Motion Calibration & Distance.
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Solution 6: Reboot iPhone and Apple Watch

Refresh the iPhone and Apple Watch by force restarting them.

For iPhone 8 or later:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7/7Plus:

  • Press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button until the Apple logo displays.

For iPhone 6S/6SPlus or earlier:

  • Press and hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

To Restart Apple Watch:

  • Hold down the side button and drag the POWER OFF slider to turn the Apple Watch off.
  • Wait until the watch turns off.
  • To boot the Watch, press and hold the Side button.
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Solution 7: Unpair and Pair Apple Watch

Lastly, if none of the above solutions troubleshoot the Apple Watch Workout App, then unpair the Watch from the iPhone and re-connect it.

On Apple Watch:

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  1. Go to the Settings App.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select Reset > Erase All Content & Settings.

On iPhone:

  1. Launch the Watch App on iPhone.
  2. Select the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on the Apple Watch.
  4. Then, tap on (i), and hit Unpair Apple Watch.

After doing that, pair the Apple Watch with the iPhone.

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Solution 8: Contact Apple Support

Unpairing and Repairing the Apple Watch is the last thing you can do to fix any issue. I presume, nothing did trick for you, no worries, the Apple Technician will definitely fix the problem. Make Apple Genius Bar Reservation and head over to them.

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