Earn Medals with Apple Watch Challenges

The Apple Watch Challenges allow you to earn badges and iMessage stickers. Learn how to participate in the latest challenges and what it takes to earn the rewards. We also have a timeline of past Apple Watch challenges.

Latest Challenge: National Parks Day on August 27

Earn a badge and stickers by pulling on them in honor of the national parks on Saturday, August 27. You must walk, run, or use your wheelchair for a distance of one mile (1.6 km). This can be done with any app that passes the measurements to the Health app. Apple often organizes some extras during the same period, such as books, podcasts, and other content related to nature.

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Sporty Apple Watch Challenges

Apple regularly organizes challenges that you can participate in as an Apple Watch user. You will then earn a special badge and iMessage sticker, as proof that you have completed the challenge. In this article, you can read what the next Apple Watch challenge is and how you can participate.

Below you can read about:

  • Latest Challenge
  • how & what
  • Participate
  • Medal not visible
  • Regional Challenges
  • Challenges in 2022
  • Challenges in 2021

Apple Watch Challenges: How & What

Apple organizes two types of challenges: the personal challenge that is different for everyone and the general challenge. Sometimes these challenges only apply in a certain region.

Join an Apple Watch Challenge

To earn the promised badge and sticker, you must complete an achievement consisting of a workout on the indicated day. Sometimes you have to cover a certain distance (for example 5 kilometers), but it also happens that a certain time applies (for example 30 minutes of exercise). You can usually perform the workout by walking, running, or wheelchair rolling.

Join an Apple Watch Challenge

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You must register the effort via the Workout app on the Apple Watch or a third-party app that shares data with the Health app.

You will see the challenge in the Activity app on the iPhone just before the mentioned date. All you have to do now is perform the indicated workout. Can’t see the challenge or does the badge logo stay grey? Then you have to restart your Apple Watch.

In addition, Apple also offers personal challenges on the Apple Watch, which vary from person to person.

Help, my medal doesn’t appear! What can I do?

Have you achieved your goal, but the medal does not appear in the overview screen of the Activity app on your iPhone? Apple’s own support article states that it can take up to 9 days for the medal to appear. So it is a matter of being patient until the medal appears.

Can’t wait? Then it often helps to reboot your Apple Watch. Also, make sure that both your iPhone and Apple Watch are up to date. Also, check if your Apple Watch can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Join Regional Apple Watch Challenges

Some challenges are only available to residents of a specific region, especially in the US. However, you can also participate if you live in the Netherlands, Belgium, or another country.

You need to change your region format:

  1. On the iPhone, open the Watch app and go to General > Language & Region.
  2. Set the Region to the United States. The Apple Watch will now adjust the region format and that may take a while. Don’t worry: the clock will stay on Dutch time, but the distance is unfortunately in miles.

Do you hate that the distance is in miles? Fortunately, you can also set it back in kilometers:

  1. Open the Workout app and browse to the desired workout.
  2. Tap the three dots.
  3. Choose Distance.
  4. Press and hold the screen.
  5. Select KM and start the workout.

In regional challenges, sometimes the badges and medals may no longer be visible. Usually, it goes well, but you have to be prepared that you can lose a medal again.

Past challenges in 2022

Past challenges in 2022

These challenges were earlier in 2022:

National Fitness Day in China

You could earn a badge by doing a 20-minute workout on August 8 on National Fitness Day in China. This was a regional challenge. National Fitness Day is a national sports day that has been implemented since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

World Yoga Day

On June 21, you could earn a badge and stickers by doing 20 minutes of yoga on World Yoga Day. You could record this with the Workout app or with another suitable app. There were also special 20-minute workouts at Fitness+.

International Dance Day

On April 29, you could earn a badge and stickers by doing a 20-minute dance workout on International Dance Day. You could record this with the Workout app or with another suitable app.

Earth Day

Get moving! You could earn a badge and stickers by exercising for half an hour on Earth Day (April 22). It didn’t matter which workout this was, so sloths could also opt for ‘Prepare and Recovery’.

International Women’s Day

On March 8, 2022, you could earn a badge and stickers by exercising for 20 minutes on International Women’s Day. You could choose from all sports, including ‘Preparation and Recovery.

heart month

On February 14 was the Heart Month Challenge, where you had to exercise for 30 minutes to earn awards and stickers. There was also a special section on 30-minute workouts on Fitness+ that day.

Black History Month 2022

Black History Month 2022

Earn a Black History Month Unity award by closing your movement ring seven days in a row in the month of February.

Chinese New Year on January 1, 2022

For the Chinese New Year, you had to do a workout of at least 20 minutes between February 1 and 15.

January Challenge 2022

The traditional New Year’s Challenge of the Apple Watch took place again this year. You have the whole month of January to do it. The goal is to complete your movement ring, training ring and standing ring for seven days in a row. As a reward, you will receive a medal and a set of five animated iMessage stickers.

Past challenges in 2021

These challenges were previously in 2021:

Veterans Day Challenge on November 11

It was quiet for a long time, but in November another Apple Watch challenge arrived: this time for Veterans Day. On November 11, you could earn an award and stickers by doing an 11-minute workout. This can be any type of workout. Apple has been celebrating this day for many years and now again.

National Parks Challenge on August 28

National Parks Challenge on August 28

On August 28, we celebrated the existence of National Parks. By walking, running, or rolling 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) in a wheelchair, you could earn the National Parks award and associated stickers. Apple celebrates this almost every year. This year you can also participate by doing a workout with Fitness+, namely the Time To Walk walks.

Day of Physical Education on August 14

Day of Physical Education on August 14

On August 14, you could earn the badge for Physical Education Day in Russia. For this, you had to exercise for 30 minutes with a suitable app. It was the first time that Apple organized a challenge around this day. You had to change your region to do this.

National Fitness Day on August 8

In China, August 8 was National Fitness Day – a great opportunity to earn a badge with 30 minutes of exercise. Apple pays attention to this for the third time. This is also a regional challenge.

International Yoga Day on June 21

June 21 is International Yoga Day and that means Apple is hosting another challenge. This has been happening since 2019. You can earn stickers and a badge by doing a workout of at least 20 minutes. This must of course be a yoga workout.

International Yoga Day on June 21

You can capture it using the Workout app on the Apple Watch or any of the other supported yoga apps that write their data to HealthKit. The badge you can win looks like previous years, but now with the year 2021 in it. There are also stickers for the Tree Pose, Crow Pose, and Warrior 2.

International Day of Dance on April 29

Apple challenged you to dance for at least 20 minutes on April 29. Since watchOS 7, the Apple Watch has an optimized Dance workout that you can use for this. It is the first time that Apple is organizing something as part of International Dance Day.

International Day of Dance on April 29

Earth Day Challenge on April 22, 2021

On April 22 you could participate in the Earth Day Challenge: exercise for 30 minutes and you will receive a medal. Apple picked up the tradition again this year. From 2017 to 2019, there was also a challenge on Earth Day, but last year Apple skipped a year because of the corona pandemic. Now the challenge was back, so just like before, you have to do a 30-minute workout with the Workout app or an app that works together with the Health app.

Earth Day Challenge on April 22, 2021

International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021, was International Women’s Day, so Apple organized a challenge: you had to do a workout of at least 20 minutes. This could also be a yoga workout.

International Women's Day on March 8, 2021

Heart Month Challenge on February 14, 2021

Apple hosted the Heart Month Challenge again this year, but the conditions for earning the new medals are different than before. This year, on Valentine’s Day, you had to fill your green workout ring twice. That means you’ll need to get a whopping 60 training minutes to get the medal and iMessage stickers.

Heart Month Challenge on February 14, 2021

Unity Challenge in February

The Unity Challenge is a special one: it’s the first time a ‘Unity Challenge’ has been organized in honor of Black History Month. Between February 1 and 28, you must complete your Move ring for seven days in a row. This makes the challenge slightly easier than in January when you had to complete all the rings for seven days in a row.

Unity Challenge in February

New Year’s Challenge January 2021

With ‘Ring in the New Year’ the idea was to fill your rings for seven days in a row between January 1 and 31. This concerns all rings, so for standing, calories, and training. It is the third year that Apple has organized such a challenge.

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