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How to Fix Apple Watch Activity Sharing Not Working

One of the great ways to compete with your friends is through the Apple Watch Activity Sharing. This is one in a million features that many will love to have. The new features come in handy letting you share your activity with anyone. The big problem here is that many people find it not to be working anymore. So if the activity sharing is not working on your Apple Watch, below is how to fix it.

Activity sharing not working

You can use this method to fix it on any Apple Watch series even on the Watch Series 3, 4, 5, and 6.  Here you will learn how to fix the following issues.

  1. Unable To Add A Friend To Activity Sharing
  2. Unable to Remove Friend From Activity Sharing
  3. User must own and be using an Apple Watch” Error
  4. Activity App Only Sharing One Users Daily Activity
  5. Sharing Only Showing “Me” and Not My Friends

How The Activity Share App Work And How to Use it

When you wear the Apple Watch on your wrist, it will start tracking how much you “move, exercise, and stand from day to day.” The best of it all is that this is done automatically as long as you wear the Apple Watch throughout the day.

The most interesting part is that you can share your activity data with other people like friends and family. As long as you have their number on your contact list and they have an Apple watch as well. Now when you connect someone on the Activity App, fitness information will be shared among you.

You will then be able to see their daily stats and they will be able to see yours. This in effect will surely motivate both parties. For those that love competition, you can set up 7-day competitions to see who can get the most points by filling their Activity rings.

Unfortunately, you can’t enjoy all of these if the activity sharing app has stopped working. Well, seems we have the solution below.

How to Fix Unable to Add Friend to Activity Sharing

To add a friend, the first thing is to make sure their contact is on your iPhone and then send them an invitation to share an activity with you. Remember, in other for them to share their activity with you, they need to have an Apple Watch.

Their contact needs to be on your iPhone. And if you text without adding their phone number, you won’t be able to add them and share activity.

So the easy fix is to add them as a contact by saving their name and number in your iPhone’s contacts. However, if you encounter an error with a similar text like this “There was an error sending your Activity Sharing invitation. Try sending it again.” Just tap on the Ok and re-send it again. It should go this time around.
However, if the same error appears again, try this.

  • Upgrade to the latest watchOS 5 version
  • Make sure you are on the latest iOS 13 or 14.
  • If your software is running on the latest version, unpaired the Apple Watch and iPhone and then sync them again.

After this, your friend should be able to see your invitation now on their phone.

How to Fix Unable to Remove Friend From Activity Sharing

Sometimes, you may no longer want to continue sharing your activity with your friend but still unable to remove them. If you have tried removing them and it’s not working, try the following methods below.

  • Make sure your iPhone and Appl Watch are running on the latest software.
  • Close all apps on your iPhone and then restart the device.
  • Turn off both your Apple Watch and your iPhone and then turn them on again.
  • Unpaired and Repair your Apple Watch again.

How to Fix User Must Own and Be Using Apple Watch Error.

This particular error is from the Apple side not really from your side. This thing does happen and when that error occurs, it can be confusing, and at the same time frustrating. The best solution to fix this is to ask the person you are trying to add and let him open the Health app and let it load completely.

Another solution is for the person to remove any older or previously owned iPhones from your iCloud.

How to Fix Activity Sharing Only Sharing One User Daily Activity

This is not just fair when you are seeing your friend’s activity and he can’t see yours. There is no point in sharing the activity anymore. Yes, such things do happen on the Apple watch and the best solution is to unpaired and repairs the Apple Watch to the iPhone.

Both the two persons involved can do it. An additional solution to fix this is to restart the Apple Watch or hard reset it.

Another solution is to ensure you are not hiding your progress. If your friend complains to you that they are not seeing your activity, make sure you haven’t hidden it from them.

How do you do that, go to the sharing screen on your phone and then click on the friend’s name. Now make sure that the option here shows as sharing. You should see something like this “Hide my Activity” Otherwise, you may have hidden your activity. Just tap on it to start showing it again.

How to Fix Activity Sharing Showing Only Me, not My Friend

When viewing the activity, you should see your name and that of your friends on the list. However, if you see just your stats, then there is a problem somewhere. The best working solution to fix this problem is to reset your iPhone.

Before doing that, make sure you have a complete backup of your files, and then you can restore it using iCloud.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Tap your name at the top > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Backup your phone

Step 2: Next, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings

Step 3: Once the iPhone has been reset, you will set it up starting from the white hello screen.

Step 4: Now when asked if you will like to restore your phone, choose “from iCloud backup” and select the file that you just created.

It can take a while for the backup to be completed and after that, you can then start sharing your activities again on your Apple Watch.

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Comments (5)

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    Wagner Antunessays:

    July 9, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    This issue has appeared on my apple watch since I switched from iphone 6s to 12. Since then I can’t share activities with anyone anymore and my fitiness app is stuck with people I can’t delete. I’ve already contacted Apple and still has no solution for the case. I am extremely upset about this situation.
    help me please

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      Miracle .Osays:

      July 10, 2021 at 6:23 am

      Have you tried all the methods and none of them work for you. Try to update your iPhone 12 to the latest iOS 14.6 and also reset your Apple Watch. Go to General > Reset, tap Erase All Content and Settings, then enter your passcode. If you have an Apple Watch with a cellular plan, you’re offered two options—Erase All and Erase All & Keep Plan. To completely erase your Apple Watch, choose Erase All.

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        July 14, 2021 at 7:44 pm

        I’ve already done these actions, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for nothing. Until the 8 beta version of IOS and Watchos I installed it to see if it would fix, but nothing works. I have already opened a tick in apple, and so far they just returned to me that they have identified this problem with other users, but no solution for now. I ended up discovering that the problem is my ID, not the devices. Grant that I am extremely disappointed with Apple’s service

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          August 16, 2021 at 2:01 am

          I’m having the same problem. Apple service wasn’t able to solve either. What did you mean by “the problem is my ID, not the devices”? I tried all of the recommended fixes and still can’t see my friends activity anymore, just me.

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