With watchOS 7, Apple has introduced a new feature called Washbasin detection. After activating it, when you wash your hands and use the Apple Watch, an automatic timer of 20 seconds starts. If you stop washing your hands within 20 seconds, it will ask you to continue. Apple calls it the first innovation for a laptop.In addition, it can also remind you to wash your hands when you get home. Let’s learn how to turn it on, use it, and view your handwashing data.
List of Apple Watch that supports hand washing
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
How to enable the washOS function in watchOS 7
- Print digital crown and press Settings appikon
- Scroll down using touch or digital crown. Press Hand wash.
- Turn on the switch for Timer to activate the handwashing feature on the Apple Watch.
- Haptics is enabled by default. I love it. However, you can choose to turn it off
Now the Apple Watch will use the motion sensors, the microphone (to detect water-flowing sounds) and machine learning on the device to automatically know when you start washing your hands.
How to test handwashing on Apple Watch
Start washing your hand and this feature will automatically come into action. A 20-second timer is displayed on the screen.
If you stop before twenty seconds, the Apple Watch will prompt you to continue. When it’s over, you’ll feel haptic feedback (in case you leave it enabled) and hear a sound.
How to check wash data in the Health App on iPhone
The health app on the iPhone syncs and also displays hand washing data. How to see it and add it to your favorite.
- To open Health app on your iOS 14 device
- Press Scroll through
- Press Other data.
- Press Hand wash. Here is your data.
- To see this information under Summary on the main screen of the Health app, scroll down and click Add to favorites.
This way you can activate, use and know if you have washed your hands properly or not.
In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s great for Apple to introduce this feature. When the world is out of COVID-19, I’ll still love this feature on my watch. In fact, more portable companies should do the same. Washing your hands properly must be a habit in everyday life. Most bacteria and diseases are transmitted in us through our own hands.
Finally, on the privacy side, Apple mentions that the sound used to detect handwashing is not recorded or stored in the Health app or the watch itself.
I would not recommend it, but if you want to turn off Handwash, follow the same steps and disable the Timer switch.
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