How to Enable or Disable Handwashing on Apple Watch

The latest update to watchOS 7 has brought with it a series of striking news regarding the health and physical activity of users with Apple Watch. An update in which a function called “Handwashing” has been highlighted that tries, among other things, to improve the current situation after the pandemic. The thing is, according to quite a few users, this new setting is completely draining the battery on their smartwatches. For this reason, today we explain everything you need to know about this new function and how you can deactivate it on your Apple Watch to avoid problems with its autonomy.

Apple Watch: the utility of “Handwashing”

Enable or Disable Handwashing on Apple Watch

The truth is that, being in such a complicated situation, the movement of Apple taking out this functionality in its Watch to “keep safe” its users has been very successful. How does it work? In two different ways:

  • On the one hand, and its main functionality, the watch detects when we are washing our hands and establishes a countdown of 20 seconds during which we must continue to carry out this action. In the event that you do not complete this timer, the Watch will encourage you to continue your cleaning task. Even from the settings of this novelty, you can configure it to notify you with vibrations on your wrist when the time has ended.
  • On the other hand, as a complement to the previous one, we can activate the menu settings, a function that will remind us with a notification when we get home that we must wash our hands .

As you may be thinking, and more in the situation in which we currently find ourselves, having this functionality on our wrist is something very interesting to keep our health a little safer. Where is the problem? Well, in that said detection of hand washing, together with the sending of the notification when arriving home, are processes that constantly need the use of sensors . This, according to many users who have already upgraded to watchOS 7, is causing the battery of their smart watches to drain at a much higher rate than usual . That is why today we want to show you how you can do so that this function stops consuming your autonomy, despite the fact that it is recommended to have it activated.

Compatible Apple Watch

Something essential is to know if your smart watch is compatible with this novelty. When arriving with the rest of the watchOS 7 changes, the automatic detection of “Handwashing” will only be compatible with those watches that have updated to this new version except for one exception , the Apple Watch Series 3.

Therefore, if you have an Apple Watch Series 4 onwards , you can activate this function both from your own watch, and from the Watch app on your iPhone. Let’s now see how this process is carried out in detail.

How to activate “Handwashing” on your Apple Watch

Disabling this new functionality is extremely simple and, as we mentioned a moment ago, you can do it both on the watch itself and from the phone:

  • Deactivation from Apple Watch : go to the section of applications installed on your watch and go to Settings. Here you need to go down until you find the option “Handwashing”, which you must press. Once inside, you must deselect the setting called “Timer to wash.”

  • Deactivation from iPhone : access the “Watch” app on your phone. Now go down until you find the “Handwashing” menu, enter it. Now deactivate, as in the previous process, the setting called “Timer to wash”.

And it would be. By carrying out either of these two procedures, you will “eliminate” the timer that this setting gives you when washing your hands and, therefore, all the consumption to which it leads.

Receive notifications when you get home

If you want to keep the timer for 20 seconds while washing your hands, you can save a little extra battery by simply turning off notifications when you get home . You will find this setting within the “Handwashing” menu in the Watch app from your iPhone. By eliminating these notifications you will notice that the consumption is somewhat less excessive but, even so, what uses the most battery is the detection process.

Now that you know how you can deactivate this new functionality, it is up to you never better said if you want to keep it active or cancel it to extend the autonomy of your smart watch from the apple company. IF you have any questions about it, do not hesitate to leave us a comment and we will try to solve it for you as soon as possible.