How Does Your Smartwatch Knows Whether You’re Sitting or Standing?

how smartwatch know you are sitting or standing

Whether it’s a budget or premium smartwatch, it can measure the heart rate, SpO2, and track footsteps too. Along with that feature, you may have noticed that the smartwatch can also give you alerts on whether you Sitting on standing but how does a smartwatch know that?

That’s what we gonna find out in a simple way, with no complex data whatsoever.

How Does Your Smartwatch Knows Whether You’re Sitting or Standing?

Almost all smartwatches have an accelerometer sensor that tracks the movements of your body, so let’s say you’re sitting for hours on a chair then your smartwatch will alert you that you’re sitting for a long time because there was no body movement for an hour. In the same way, if your hands are moving then your watch will have an idea that you’re standing or doing some kind of activity.

The accelerometer sensor checks all the data and by measuring everything, it tells you on the smartwatch display whether Sitting on standing.

Using Smartwatch for outdoor run

Some of the premium smartwatches also use an accelerometer sensor and a gyroscope sensor to provide accurate data to show whether you Sitting on standing.

A gyroscope sensor also monitors your body movement too but more specifically, it knows whether you sitting, sleeping, or even running.

Now, you may have used the Raise to Wake feature on a smartwatch, the same feature is made possible because of the Gyroscope sensor.

How to Check if Your Smartwatch has Sitting and Standing Tracking Features

Looking at Mountain Wearing Smartwatch

Most smartwatches will enable Idle Detection or Sedentary Reminders by default but if you’re not getting any alerts even after sitting for 30 or 60 minutes then you can go to the Smartwatch Setting or companion app Setting to see whether the watch has the feature or not.

If you don’t see the Idle Detection or Sedentary Reminders or even Inactivity Alerts options then there is a chance that your smartwatch doesn’t have the Sitting and Standing Tracking Features.

What’s the Benefit of Sedentary Reminders

Sitting on a chair for hours continually is not good for your health, so it’s good to have a feature that reminds you whether you standing or sitting.

If you’re using a smartwatch then you may have gotten the notification that you have completed this number of steps today, it also shows you by default that you should walk for at least 10000 steps every day.

So for better health, be active, and don’t forget to enable the Sedentary Reminder.


How Does a Smartwatch Detect Movement?

Smartwatch mostly uses the accelerometer sensor to detect hand movement but some the premium brands like Samsung, Apple, and even Fitbit also use the gyroscope sensor to provide accurate data.

Can a Smartwatch Detect That You Are Sitting or Resting?

A smartwatch can have up to 20 sensors out of which the accelerometer detects the hand’s movement, so for hours if there is no movement then the smartwatch can detect whether you’re sitting or resting, further, it can also tell whether you’re sleeping or not.

Does Standing Count as Being Active?

No, standing doesn’t count as being active. Altho, Apple Watch does have a standing feature that can tell for long you have been standing.


There you go, today you learned something new and I hope you got the answers to all the questions you had but still if you’re curious then feel free to drop a comment and I will see you there…

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