Did you wash your hands? Did you really wash your hands? You went home! It may be time to wash your hands well. Do you think your hands are clean enough now? In short, this is iOS 14.
Apple has released a ” Hand Washing Reminder ” for people who own iPhones and Apple Watches. I’m not jealous. I mean, we are in a pandemic after all. If we are all forced to wash more than usual in a day, this can bring some additional benefits to society.
However, my personal hygiene is still good and I definitely don’t need to remind myself to wash my hands every time I go home. I also tested the “countdown” feature of the Apple Watch to make sure it washes its hands for at least 20 seconds. Maybe it’s just me, but mine always stops after a few seconds, which makes this feature somewhat meaningless.
To turn off these different health reminders, you need to first open the Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down a bit until you see the new clickable ” Hand Washing Reminder ” section (in all other watch “Apps”) and click on it. You will see a screen like the following:
Turn off the “Hand Washing Timer” to eliminate the countdown that appears every time Apple Watch detects that you are washing your hands. You should also see the “Hand Wash Reminder” option below. If you don’t want to be reminded to wash your hands every time you get home from a certain place, you can disable this option.
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Unless you also have the “Hand Washing Timer” enabled, you won’t see the ” Hand Washing Reminder “, which seems a bit strange to me. I mean, maybe you want to make a quick buzzing sound on your wrist to remind you not to let your Apple Watch hold your hands (figuratively) to wash your hands while filling. However, this is how the hand wash notification now works. I have no rules for cleaning.
How to check your Hand Washing Reminder and stats
If you have been using this feature for a while, you can also check whether your hand washing habits are good. Open the “Health” app on your iPhone, tap “Explore”, and search for “Hand Wash.” Click on the result and you will get statistics on hand washing, including the number of times you wash your hands per day and the average time you spend soaking dirty hands covered with COVID19.