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WatchOS 7: Handwashing detection enabled and how to use

One of the new features of the WatchOS 7 highlighted at WWDC 2020 Hand wash detection, Which helps users to wash their hands properly to eliminate germs. This feature is disabled by default, so read on to learn how to enable and use handwashing detection in WatchOS 7.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hand washing for at least 20 seconds to ensure that most germs are eliminated. Hand washing is extremely important in any situation, this practice became even more urgent during the COVID-19 epidemic because hand contact can cause a virus infection.

The Apple Watch now shows a countdown to help you wash your hands for 20 seconds. There are also haptic feedbacks and words to make the process more intuitive, so users don’t have to look at the screen when washing their hands.

The best part of WatchOS 7’s hand washing feature is that it works automatically, so you don’t need to open any app to get started. The system can detect sounds of water and soap when you rub your hands. The combination of these sounds with hand movements triggers a hand washing countdown.

Apple has chosen not to enable handwashing detection by default, but if you already have WatchOS 7 running on your Apple Watch, here’s how to enable it:

  1. Open Settings Apple Watch app
  2. Scroll down and tap Hand washing
  3. Turn on Time is of the essence Toggle
  4. Turn on Haptics Toggle

Once you enable handwashing detection, you can check in more detail when you wash your hands once in the health app on your iPhone. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Open Health IPhone app (it requires iOS 14)
  2. Tap Browse Tap
  3. Search For hand washing
  4. Tap Hand washing Likes

Personally, the feature worked as a promise most of the time with my Apple Watch, although it was enabled randomly in some situations. Keep in mind that WatchOS 7 is still a beta software and hand washing detection is likely to improve until the final release.

WatchOS 7 is available as a developer beta and is expected to be released to everyone this fall. A universal beta version will be available later this month.

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