Pokémon GO on Apple Watch didn't properly count my distance traveled

Investigating

Occasionally, Pokémon GO may record a different distance traveled than Apple Activity. Apple Activity uses a different method for counting distance, so slight variations are normal. Distance tracking in Pokémon GO is determined using a few factors, including the speed at which you are moving and your GPS location. In certain cases, the distance you walked will differ from what’s recorded in Pokémon GO:

  • We only track distance traveled at a walking pace.
  • Exercise and physical activity while staying in the same location is not recorded. As a result - activity on elliptical trainers, treadmills, and similar exercise machines are not counted.
  • GPS distance is recorded on your iPhone so always bring your phone with you when walking.

We are continuing to investigate methods to improve distance tracking while using Apple Watch.