How to turn on the hand wash reminder on Apple Watch


The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has reminded us of the importance of handwashing. This harmless gesture, too often forgotten, drastically reduces the transmission of viruses. To encourage people to keep their hands, Apple decided to add a handwashing reminder to its smartwatch. Prodigemobile explains how it works.

Implement handwashing detection

Many people ignore it and yet the hands are the main vector of contamination by germs. According to the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES), the majority of microbes are transmitted through the hands.

No wonder, then, that health organizations around the world recommend washing your hands several times a day. This hygienic gesture limits the spread of viruses and diseases (flu, gastroenteritis, etc.). But for it to be effective, hand washing must be done every time you touch everyday objects.

The grab bars in public transport, door handles, escalators are all nests for bacteria responsible for diseases. But how often should you wash your hands? And how long does an effective wash take?

Turn on handwashing on Apple Watch

The period of the Covid-19 epidemic highlighted the role of the hands in the transmission of viruses. The problem, it is quite easy to forget this essential daily hygiene gesture. This is why Apple has set up a handwashing reminder on its Apple Watch.

  • Open the settings section on your Apple Watch
  • Place your finger on the Handwashing section
  • Activate the handwashing timer function

Now each time you wash your hands, the connected watch will automatically detect this action and display a 20-second countdown. The length of the timer was not chosen by chance. This is the minimum time recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for proper handwashing.Effective hand washing should last at least 20 seconds

This should be done at critical times, such as before cooking, after using the toilet, or after touching the trash. Of course, there are other times when it is important to wash your hands.

Also, remember that you absolutely need to use clean running water and soap. Then create a lather by rubbing your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry them with a clean towel.

Personalize hand washing reminders using your iPhone

As you now know, simple things like washing your hands can help you stay healthy. But we still have to think about it. Now let’s see how to set up hand washing reminders from your iPhone.

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  • Click on the My Watch tab
  • Scroll down until you see the Handwashing section
  • Click on this heading
  • Press the switch to activate the handwashing timer
  • Click allow notifications
  • Activate the handwashing reminder by sliding the switch to the right

This system will allow your Apple Watch to notify you to wash your hands every time you return home. Important detail, washing detection is based on hand movements. Like any system, the latter is not infallible.

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