I have a Watch 5 and iPhone 7 running the latest software on each. I hadn’t really been paying attention until recently, so this may have been going on during the entire year since I received my Watch.
As I understand it, the Watch records various data points and synchs them to the iPhone. The Watch doesn’t keep long term data which the iPhone is supposed to record. Recently I’ve enrolled in several health monitoring programs that give credit for achieving certain goals, and I’ve been noticing that the numbers recorded in the Activity app on the Watch are not always reflected in the Health app on the iPhone. For example, right now on the Watch Activity > Total Steps says 1332 while on the iPhone Health > Steps says 1162 and quite frequently, for instance while out walking, Total Steps does not have the same data on both devices with the iPhone recording sometimes 1000’s fewer steps than what’s displayed on the Watch.
On the other hand, at the moment the three Activity Ring data points are the same on both devices. And, the Fitness app on the iPhone does appear to have the same data as the Watch. Unfortunately, the health monitoring programs are tied to the Health app not the Fitness app.
Does anyone here have any idea what’s going on and how to fix it so the iPhone accurately records what’s on the Watch?