Apple Watch calories burned – see active, passive, total


An Apple Watch is a great device for tracking health and fitness goals, and one important aspect of that is how much energy you’re burning. Follow along for how to see your calories burned on your Apple Watch for active and passive metrics, as well as your daily total.

Your Apple Watch keeps track of your active calories burned, and your Move ring shows that progress compared to your daily goal. But your Apple Watch also tracks your total calories burned, which is your active plus passive calories.

Active calories are those you burn from movement. Passive calories are the set amount of calories your metabolism burns just being alive, even if you just sat on the couch all day. That’s called your base metabolic rate.

Let’s take a look at how to calculate your passive calories, along with where to see your overall numbers to get a better picture of your metabolism, assistance with meal planning, and more.

While the Apple Watch tracks and records your calorie metrics, you have to use an iPhone to see the most calorie data.

If you’re interested in measuring your real-time metabolic data, check out our full review of Lumen, which works with Apple Health and iPhones.

How to see Apple Watch calories burned – active, passive, and total

Apple Watch – active calories

  1. On your Apple Watch, head to the Activity app.
  2. Swipe or scroll down with the Digital Crown.
  3. You’ll see your active calories burned under the Move goal.
  4. You can also add the Activity complication to a variety of watch faces or use an Activity watch face to see active calories burned at a glance.

iPhone – active and passive calories

  1. The Fitness app on your iPhone allows you to see more calorie data.
  2. Once you open it, tap the Activity rings at the top.
  3. Just under the move data, you’ll see your total calories burned for the day in the bottom left of your screen.
    • To see the total calories burned for more days, choose another day from the top of your screen or tap the calendar icon in the top right corner.
  4. Subtract your active (“Move” goal) calories from the total to get your passive calories burned (base metabolic rate).

Here’s how these steps look on an iPhone:

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