This is how Apple wants you to wash your hands
Concerned to stay healthy? Washing your hands frequently? Wearing a mask because it’s better than wearing a ventilator? watchOS 7 is here to help you out with a new handwashing AI inside of your Apple Watch. Here’s how it works:
How watchOS 7 helps you wash your hands
Weirdly enough, washing your hands properly takes a little time and requires you to rub that soap into all the nooks and crannies of your hands.
If nothing else, the pandemic has taught us that a quick wipe together under a cold tap just isn’t enough – if more of us had only known this a few years ago, we’d probably have fewer flus and people would get colds less often.
Now we do.
Apple’s watchOS team has developed a Handwashing system for Apple Watch, which Apple VP technology, Kevin Lynch, has said has been in development for years.
How it works
The Handwashing feature uses the motion sensors, microphone, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds.
If it recognizes you are doing so it will start a 20-second countdown and let you know when you’ve washed your hands for that length of time. If you try to stop you’ll get a pester message telling you to wash those hands a little longer.
The feature is completely automatic, all you have to do is enable it.
How to enable Handwashing on watchOS 7
- Open Settings on your Watch – the easiest way is to ask Siri to open it up.
- Scroll through the list to find
- Tap Handwashing and then enable the Time option.
You can also set the feature up so that it reminds you to wash your hands frequently. Apple Watch can also conveniently remind the user to wash their hands when they return home.
The Health app on iPhone will show how often and for how long you wash your hands and shares information about the importance of doing so in order to protect overall health.