The official Pokémon GO app for Apple Watch was released on December 22, 2016 to much excitement and joy of Apple Watch owners. According to the release notes, you are able to use the following core features of Pokémon GO on Apple Watch:
|Track nearby Pokémon||You can’t catch Pokémon, just see what’s nearby|
|Hatch Pokémon Eggs||You can hatch and track progress as a watchface|
|Receive Buddy Pokémon Candy||Distance tracking is much better than on a phone|
|Collect PokéStops||Notifys you of nearby Stop, works very well|
|Collect Medals||Just notifies you when you achieve a medal|
Pokémon GO on a Apple Watch tracks egg distance using steps
After the app for Apple Watch was released, several users reported interesting finding in regards to egg distance tracking. Initial research showed that the Pokémon GO Watch app used workout tracking and steps to calculate distance. Further research done by redditors and dracoy.com proved that is true and not only that: you can track distance on a treadmill!
Here’s a quick chart about the app distance tracking:
|Tracks distance in the background||YES|
|Tracks distance using steps||YES|
|Pokémon GO Plus overrides the Apple Watch app||NO*|
|The watch tracks distance better than the phone app||YES|
|Activity that is tracked like “steps” is counted towards egg progress (treadmills, shaking your wrist, strapping the Watch on your cat)||YES|
* As proven by dracoy, the Apple Watch will override the GO Plus distance when used together.