Is Fitness+ not showing up on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Apple Watch? Apple’s new workout service is live, since almost a day now, but you’re not seeing the Fitness+ tab, in the Fitness app on your Apple devices? You’re not the only one. Here is what you can do to fix it.
6 Ways To Fix Apple Fitness+ Not Showing Up
1. Update Your Device
Fitness+ won’t show up if you don’t upgrade to iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2 respectively tvOS 14.3. The new software version is available over-the-air on all compatible devices in Settings -> General -> Software Update.
Fix: If you’re running iOS 14.3 RC 2 or iPadOS 14.3 RC 2, you won’t need to update to the public version of iOS 14.3. However you need to reboot your iPhone or iPad for the Fitness+ tab to display in the Fitness app.
2. Check The Requirements
Make sure that Apple Fitness+ is supported by your device:
- iPhone 6s or later
- iPad Air 2 or later
- Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K
- Apple Watch Series 3 or later
3. Download Fitness app
The Fitness app isn’t pre-installed in iPadOS 14.3. You have to manually download it on your iPad, before being able to access Apple Fitness+.
Fact: In the first hours after the release, an App Store problem was preventing users from downloading the Fitness app on iPad. It has been fixed, in the meantime. However, some users are still not finding the Fitness app when searching for it in the App Store.
Fix: Use this direct link to download it on your iPad!
4. Use Apple Watch
An Apple Watch isn’t mandatory for playing Apple Fitness+ workouts on iPhone and iPad. However, doing so without the wrist-worn gadget, will result in completed workouts without activity metrics.
More: If you attempt to workout with Fitness+ using an Apple TV, you do need to wear a compatible Apple Watch to be able to play the routine!
5. Use The Same Apple ID
Some readers have reported that they have subscribed to Apple Fitness+ but aren’t seeing an active subscription when trying to connect from a different device. This happens when different Apple IDs are used across devices. Please use the same iCloud account on the devices that you intend to use with Fitness+.
6. Geographical Restrictions
Unfortunately, Apple Fitness+ isn’t available worldwide. Apple has only unlocked it for users located in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
In this case the Fitness+ tab won’t show up in the Fitness app no matter what you do.
Why Is Apple Fitness+ Country Restricted?
Many users are intrigued by the fact that Fitness+ is location restricted. Here might be some of the main reasons:
- Reviewing all the Fitness+ available countries highlights the fact that all of them are English speaking nations.
Apple has rushed Fitness+ to be released by the end of 2020, to complete the Apple One service bundle just before the Holidays.
It seems that there hasn’t been enough time to translate the workouts in other languages. Apparently, fitness exercises demoed in a foreign language can be considered dangerous, because they can lead to injuries and health risks if the user doesn’t fully understand what he has to do. Ultimately, this can lead to lawsuits that any company wants to stay away from.
- Secondly, we’re talking about a new product and Apple might aim to test it out first on a smaller case before releasing it worldwide.
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Is Apple Fitness+ not showing up on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Apple Watch after performing the steps described above. Do you encounter problems even if Fitness+ is available in your country? Use the comments section and share your feedback.
Related: Here is how to perform your first Apple Fitness+ workout!