How to Fix Fitness Activity Sharing Not Working on Apple Watch

If you’re experiencing problems with Activity sharing in the Fitness app on your Apple Watch, such as:

  • Unable to see friend’s workout activity
  • Not receiving notifications for workouts
  • Unable to add a contact to activity sharing

I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help anyone else facing similar problems. Here’s how you can troubleshoot and fix Activity sharing issues on your Apple Watch.

#1 Fitness App Not Showing Friends Activity

If you’re unable to see any activity from your shared contacts (friends and family) on your Apple Watch, follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

Check Software Updates

Make sure both your iPhone and Apple Watch are running the latest software versions. This can often resolve compatibility issues. Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone and the Watch app > General > Software Update on your Apple Watch to check for and install any available updates.

Restart Devices

Restart both your iPhone and Apple Watch. This can help resolve temporary software glitches that may be affecting the Activity sharing feature.

Reset Sync Data

On your iPhone, open the Watch app, go to the My Watch tab, tap on Privacy, and then tap Reset Fitness Calibration Data. This can help reset the data sync between your devices.

Re-Invite Contacts

If the issue persists, try removing and re-adding the contacts with whom you’re sharing activity. On your iPhone, open the Watch app, go to the Activity section, tap Sharing, and then remove and re-invite the contacts.

#2 Not Receiving Notifications for Workouts

If you’re not receiving notifications for your friends’ workouts on your Apple Watch, try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue:

Check Notification Settings

Don’t forget to have notifications enabled for Activity sharing on your Apple Watch. Go to Settings > Notifications and make sure that Activity notifications are turned on.

#3 Data Flow Issues Between Devices

Are you seeing data discrepancies between your iPhone and Apple Watch? The Fitness app will sometimes show that you have no friends on your list, or the health data shows differently on each device.

Reset Apple Watch

Consider resetting your Apple Watch and setting it up as new. This can help resolve data flow issues and give you a clean setup.

Contact Apple Support

If none of the above steps resolve the issue, consider reaching out to Apple Support for further assistance. They can provide personalized guidance and troubleshooting for your specific issue.

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  1. My sister and i have both unpaired and we still cant get each other on the activity app. It wont delete the request that i sent her 2 months ago. She doesnt have the request and we both are stuck… help

  2. Thank you for your advice about Apple Watch fitness app. It suddenly quit working and following your advice it worked again

  3. I also had an issue sharing. I tried unpairing, do a reset, everything suggested and nothing worked.

    What did finally fix my issue was going to my phone and login out of iCloud and then logging back in. Once i did that i was able to share and accept people in the Activity app.

    • This worked for me as well. Having problems adding people and also accepting invites. I signed out and then signed back in to iCloud and it fixed this issue.

  4. I have tried it all, reloading my phone my watch and signing in and out of icloud. I only have one email address and one iPhone listed. But everytime I send a request “There was an error sending your Activity Sharing invitation. Try sending it again. But it never works. Any more ideas before I head to the apple store? Also to note it was working fine for months and I started not seeing friends progress, people could see mine but I could not see theirs.

  5. I can see all of my friends activities and they can see all of my activities. I was friends with one of my friends but it would not let me see her activity I unfriended her and when I try to re-friend her he gave me “There was an error sending your Activity Sharing invitation. Try sending it again.” I did all the stuff web pages told me to do with restarting repairing and nothing helped. We can both still friend other people but not each other. Even deleted contacts and put contacts back in. Still can’t friend each other.

  6. How come I can add everyone except my daughter in the activity sharing. I’m signed into iCloud. Heck my phone even suggested me to add her and my brother everyone else’s goes through but when I go to add her it says, There was an error sending your Activity Sharing invitation. Try sending it again.

    • I have had my watch since May. I have 4 friends I share activity with. Randomly last week I was u able to see any activity. I have tried all of the above ‘fixes’. The only thing that happened was o grew more frustrated. Idk what to do from here

  7. Out of nowhere I had a problem with workout notifications not being sent from my watch to person i was sharing with, even though we’d had no issues previously and I was receiving theirs. In the end I went into settings in activity and “muted” then “unmuted” notifications and it fixed the problem.

  8. I updated to Watch OS 5 qand IOS 12 yesterday prior everything was fine, now I can see friends on my apple watch that I share with but when I go to the activity app on my phone nothing shows not even myself. I had friends remove me and I tried to send and I get the same error “There was an error sending your activity sharing invitation, Try sending it again” They have also tried sending and nothing shows up.

    I called apple and they are dumbfounded

  9. I changed my Apple ID email to update my phone. Since then, I can’t share and compete with friends. The watches now won’t sync up. If I add them, it does not appear and vice versa.

  10. My problem with the activity app doesn’t have anything to do with sharing – it has to do with the hiking app. The outdoor walk, pool swim, indoor walk…all those work just fine. But as a hiker, each time I use it an head out for a hike (up a mountain for several hours) it stops and says “are you done with your workout”. Now hiking in the White Mountains sometimes you have to slow down to scramble over boulders, take your time going up steep rocky trails and that buzz on my wrist “are you done with your workout” is MOST annoying as I am in the middle of a rigorous workout. How to get the app to just Stay ON? Is there an adjustment?

  11. do you have to send the invitation to their email? or phone number? or does it have to be iCloud email? my app suggests people with watches but only lists the cell numbers and nothing happens when i try to share

  12. When I try sending a request to share my activity with others its not sending. I am not showing up on others sharing. I am not for sure why the request is not sending. i tried logging out of my Icloud, unpairing the watch, and turning my phone off and on. Still no luck. Help!

  13. My competition has ended but it says it’s still tallying for two days now. Waiting on the other persons info? Can’t end this competition to start a new one.

  14. My daughter removed my shared contacts from her phone and it removed them from mine as well. Is
    there a way to get them back?

  15. 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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