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Frequently asked questions

Your questions answered

Take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about getting an Apple Watch through Vitality.

Getting started

Before you can buy an Apple Watch through Vitality, you'll need to have an eligible plan: a VitalityHealth Personal Healthcare plan with a minimum monthly premium of £35; a VitalityHealth Business Healthcare plan excluding members with Vitality Essentials; a VitalityHealth Corporate Healthcare plan or trust scheme administered by VitalityHealth with the benefit of Vitality Plus; a VitalityLife plan with Vitality Plus or a VitalityInvest Retirement Plan in drawdown with Vitality Plus for an additional fee of £4.50 per month. Vitality Plus is not available on other VitalityInvest plans. The fee is subject to change. To find out about the VitalityLife charges please read our reward terms and conditions.

The reward is limited to one Vitality member aged 18 and over per household, and it’s not available to members in the Channel Islands.

Once you’ve joined Vitality, register on the Member Zone. Then visit the Apple Watch page in the ‘partners and rewards’ section. Follow the instructions to order your Apple Watch from there.
You can buy selected Apple Watch Series 5 GPS and Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular.

Prices may vary depending on plan type. VitalityLife/Invest members can find out about pricing here, VitalityHealth members find out here.

Details correct as of October 2019.

You don’t need an Apple ID when you buy an Apple Watch, however you will need an Apple ID to activate and use both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Yes, you’ll need an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 13 or above to use Apple Watch Series 5 and for Apple Health to track your steps activity. You need an Apple Watch if you want to track your heart rate workouts activity.

Apple Watch GPS + Cellular require a separate monthly data plan from the same provider as your iPhone service. Current networks supporting this are EE, O2 and Vodafone. Please contact your network provider for more details.

No, only one Vitality member on each plan, aged 18 or over, can have an active Apple Watch benefit at any point in time. If the loan is paid off early, you’ll still need to wait until the last payment date of the original payment schedule. 

You must buy your Apple Watch under your own Vitality membership number within Member Zone. You cannot gift it to someone else on your Vitality account and it can’t be transferred to anyone else on your Vitality account at any time.

Earning Vitality Activity Points

You can use Apple Watch to track your steps and heart rate. Take a look at our ‘Track steps with Apple Watch’ guide and ‘Track heart rate workouts with Apple Watch’ guide to find out how to sync your workout data with the Vitality Member app to earn Vitality activity points.
You can see how many activity points you’ve earned on your Vitality points statement on our Member Zone. Once you’re eligible to start earning Vitality contributions towards your variable Direct Debit, you'll also be able to track your activity points on the sidebar on the Apple Watch page.

You can view your tracked activity within the Apple Health app.

Simply open the Apple Health app and tap ‘Health Data’ then ‘Activity’ to set up and view information that the Apple Health app tracks – it will automatically count your steps, walking, and running distances.

No, if you own another Apple Watch you can connect it to Vitality and use that to earn activity points instead. However you’ll only be able to earn Vitality contributions towards your monthly Direct Debit on an Apple Watch purchased through the Vitality Member Zone.

To earn Vitality activity points, you need to use the Apple Health app on your iPhone.

It can take step data from your iPhone (if you're using an iPhone 6s or later) or steps and heart rate workouts from your Apple Watch.

The Vitality Member app, as well as giving you easy access to your Vitality Plan points statement, Vitality Age and Active Rewards if your plan is eligible, is also able to take some data from Apple Health and use that to award Vitality activity points for your workouts.

Apple Health is the app on your iPhone that aggregates data from various health sources, such as a fitness tracker, exercise logger or food diary app. It aggregates steps data taken from your iPhone (if you are using the iPhone 6s or later) and steps plus heart rate workouts from Apple Watch – providing you’ve linked your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

The Vitality Member app takes your step and heart rate workout data from Apple Health and uses that data to reward Vitality activity points. If you’re tracking multiple activities a day (i.e. both steps and heart rate workouts), the Vitality Member app will only reward activity points for the ONE daily activity with the highest points earned. Opening and refreshing your Vitality Member app is the only way to send Apple Health data to Vitality to sync your activity.

Please note: for heart rate workouts to count towards Vitality activity points, you need to have exercised for at least 30 minutes and your average heart rate must be 60% of your heart rate maximum (HR Max) or higher for the entire workout. Your HR Max is the greatest number of times your heart should beat in one minute during maximum physical exertion. We use the most common estimate of HR Max, which is 220 minus your age.

For more information on heart rate workouts and HR Max calculations, check out our Guide to track steps and workouts on Apple Watch.

We recommend that you sync your Apple Health data daily so we have your latest activity points.

If your plan is eligible for regular Active Rewards, you need to consistently earn 12 activity points each week for them to be available.

To be able to get a Starbucks handcrafted drink, you need to have synced your Apple Health data by the end of Sunday to be rewarded with your handcrafted drink for the following week. If you hadn’t synced in time to qualify, you’ll be able to redeem your handcrafted drink the week after.

To be able to get a regular Cineworld or Vue cinema ticket, you need to have synced your Apple Health data by the end of Sunday.

Apple Health sends us the average heart rate and the time spent working out over the whole exercise session, including the extra time spent exercising at a lower heart rate.

Your workout must be at least 30 minutes and your average heart rate must be 60% of your HR Max or higher for that entire workout before you can start earning Vitality points.

Exercising at 60% of your age related maximum heart rate for 30 consecutive minutes - 5 Vitality points
Exercising at 60% of your age related maximum heart rate for 60 consecutive minutes – 8 Vitality points
Exercising at 70% of your age related maximum heart rate for 30 consecutive minutes – 8 Vitality points
For example, if you’re 40 years old, your average heart rate would need to be 108 beats per minute to earn Vitality activity points for a workout:

Heart Rate Maximum (HR Max) would be 220 – 40 = 180 beats per minute (BPM)
60% of your HR Max would be 108 BPM.

The Apple Health app will take data from both your iPhone and Apple Watch. If you track your steps whilst carrying your iPhone and wearing your Apple Watch at the same time, whichever source takes priority in the Apple Health app will count towards your daily step total.

Sometimes you might find that the number of steps recorded on your Apple Watch is different to the number of steps recorded on your phone. This can be because Apple Watch is more accurate or because the Apple Health app syncs with your iPhone more regularly.

To check your Apple Watch device is prioritised:

  1. Open the Apple Heath app
  2. Tap 'Health Data'
  3. Tap 'Activity'
  4. Scroll to and tap on 'Steps'
  5. Tap 'Data Sources & Access'
  6. Under 'Data Sources', ensure Apple Watch is at the top of the list
  7. To move it to the top, simply tap ‘Edit’, then hold and drag to the top and then tap ‘Done'
If you’re tracking multiple activities a day (i.e. both steps and heart rate workouts), the Vitality Member app will only reward activity points for the ONE daily activity with the highest points earned.
If you leave the Workout app running after you finish your workout, your average heart rate might drop below the threshold for us to be able to award you Vitality activity points.
Your HR Max is the greatest number of times your heart should beat in one minute during maximum physical exertion. We use the most common estimate of HR Max, which is 220 minus your age.

You can view your average heart rate within the Apple Watch Activity app. 

Simply open ‘Activity’, tap ‘Workouts’, select a workout and view your average heart rate.

No, the Vitality Member app will only take automatically collected data recorded by an Apple device – such as an iPhone 5s or Apple Watch – or another eligible device or app. It will not take data recorded from ineligible devices or apps e.g. Strava or Nike – even if you’ve linked them to Apple Health. 

Current eligible devices or apps include: Apple Health, Garmin, Polar, Fitbit, and Withings.

We’ll reward Vitality activity points based on your daily steps total within the Apple Health app. Your daily steps total is calculated as follows:

a) When only one device is actively recording step data, that device will contribute towards your daily step total 
b) When two devices are actively recording step data, only your prioritised device will contribute towards your daily step total

For example, when your Apple Watch is the prioritised device, if you track 4,500 steps on your Apple Watch and 4,000 steps on your iPhone, then later on that day track 3,000 steps solely on your iPhone, we’ll reward Vitality activity points for 7,500 steps.

Your total steps for the day will be taken as a combination of steps from your prioritised device and any secondary devices. 

To find out your individual device steps:

  1. Open the Apple Heath app

  2. Tap ‘Health Data’
  3. Tap ‘Activity’
  4. Scroll to and tap on ‘Steps’
  5. Tap ‘Data Sources & Access’
  6. Then under Data Sources, choose either your Apple Watch or iPhone.

Orders and returns

Upfront payments and monthly contributions differ, depending on your plan type and whether you have previously taken out the Apple Watch offer with Vitality. Please visit Member Zone for more details.

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch is an insurance product that provides up to two years of expert telephone technical support and hardware coverage, including up to two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a £49 excess fee. In addition, you’ll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone.

AppleCare+ benefits are separate from a consumer’s right to a free-of-charge repair or replacement, by the seller, of goods that do not conform with the contract of sale.

Vitality do not offer this option, but if you wish to purchase AppleCare+ for Apple Watch, you can buy it directly from Apple.

Please note that AppleCare+ is not available for members in the Isle of Man.

If you accidentally close the window during the Apple Watch order process, before you've clicked ‘Proceed to payment’, you’ll have to start again.

Once you’ve clicked ‘Proceed to payment’, you won’t be able to make any changes to your Apple Watch order.

If you click ‘Proceed to payment’ and close the window before registering for or logging into PayBreak Limited, you’ll have 48 hours to register or log in to continue the order.

After 48 hours, if you’ve not registered or logged in to PayBreak Limited, you’ll have to start again.

To start again, select the 'Choose your Apple Watch' button on the Apple Watch page in Member Zone.

An order will not be placed until you’ve made a payment.

If you want to speak to Vitality customer services about your Apple Watch order, you’ll need your Vitality reference number.

Please note: the Vitality reference number is not your Vitality membership number.

You’ll be able to find the Vitality reference number on your order confirmation and dispatch emails.

Once you’ve started earning Vitality activity points, you’ll also be able to find your Vitality reference number on the right hand sidebar of the Apple Watch page under ‘Partners and rewards’ within Member Zone online.

We'll send you an email with an estimated delivery date when your Apple Watch is ready for dispatch.

Once your Apple Watch has been dispatched, you’ll get a text message giving you the option to change the delivery date, arrange delivery to a safe place or neighbour or to collect your Apple Watch from a local depot. 

Please note that you can’t amend the delivery address once your Apple Watch has been dispatched. 

Apple Watch are only able to deliver to a UK business or residential address. They’re unable to deliver to BFPO (British Forces Post Office) addresses.

For any other queries on delivery, you can contact UK Mail on 0871 221 1341. Calls to this number will be charged at 15p per minute. Simply provide your tracking or consignment number so they’re able to locate your delivery details. 

If you think that your Apple Watch has been damaged in transit, for example the box is crushed or the screen is cracked, please contact us within 48 hours of delivery.

You can do this by sending us a secure message via ‘Contact us’ in the footer in Member Zone or by calling us on one of the following numbers:

  • Personal Healthcare plans, VitalityLife plans and VitalityInvest plans: 0345 602 3523
  • Business Healthcare plans: 0345 602 3437
  • Corporate Healthcare plans: 0345 279 8865

Our lines are open between 8am - 7pm Mondays to Fridays, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Please note that you will need to pay for the return postage.

Damaged within 90 days of delivery:

Dead on Arrival:
If your Apple Watch is non-operational upon first use, you can contact the AppleCare team for a free diagnosis over the phone. If confirmed dead on arrival, Vitality can request a return of the unit. Your AppleCare Case ID must then be provided. Full credit will be given once the watch has been received. 

Not dead on arrival: 
If the issue appears after the first use, the Apple one year Warranty applies. You can contact the AppleCare team for a free diagnosis over the phone. A physical inspection may be required by an approved Apple service provider – just so you know, fees may apply. If the examination reveals that it is a manufacturer defect, the unit will be repaired or exchanged for free with AppleCare.

Apple also offer a 90-day Complimentary Support on their new devices. You can visit Apple support at support.apple.com

Damaged between 90 days to one year from activation:
If your Apple Watch is damaged between 90 days to one year from activation, the Apple one year warranty may apply. You can contact the AppleCare team for a phone diagnosis or visit an approved Apple service provider where a physical inspection may be required – just so you know fees may apply.  

If the inspection reveals that it is a manufacturer defect, the unit will be repaired or exchanged for free with AppleCare. 

If the issue is revealed as non-manufacturer related defect, a quote for repair costs will be provided to you.

Damaged more than one year from unit activation: 
If your Apple Watch is damaged more than one year from activation, the device will not be covered by AppleCare and must be inspected by an official Apple service provider – just so you know fees may apply. 

If the inspection reveals that there is a manufacturer/software defect which is covered under the Consumer Law Claim, the unit will be repaired or exchanged for free by the approved Apple service provider who will then seek reimbursement from Apple. 
If the issue is revealed to be non-manufacturer related or not covered under the Consumer Law Claim, a quote for the repair cost, including parts, will be provided to you.

 
We’d encourage you to visit the Apple Store first to try on different models and find your preferred design before buying one through Vitality. However, you can cancel your Apple Watch benefit and receive a full refund for your initial upfront payment at any time during your 14 day cooling off period, which begins on the day your Apple Watch is delivered. You can find more details on this and how to return your Apple Watch on the Member Zone.

If you need to return your Apple Watch, please get in contact with us as quickly as possible.

You must ensure the box your Apple Watch came in is unopened if you wish to return your Apple Watch within the 14 day cooling off period.

Please either send us a secure message via ‘Contact us’ in the footer in Member Zone or call us on one of the following numbers:

  • Personal Healthcare plans, VitalityLife plans and VitalityInvest plans: 0345 602 3523
  • Business Healthcare plans: 0345 602 3437
  • Corporate Healthcare plans: 0345 279 8865

Our lines are open between 8am - 7pm Mondays to Fridays, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Please note that you will need to pay for the return postage.

Monthly Direct Debit payments

For the Apple Watch Series 4 VitalityHealth members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £12.50 each month for 24 months and VitalityLife/VitalityInvest members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £10 each month for 24 months.

For the Apple Watch Series 3 VitalityHealth members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £11.25 each month for 24 months and VitalityLife/VitalityInvest members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £8.75 each month for 24 months.

Upfront payments and monthly contributions differ for members who have previously taken out the Apple Watch offer with Vitality. Please visit Member Zone for more details.

You’ll be able to track the amount we will contribute to your payment on the Member Zone, or by using the Vitality Member app.

Once you’ve started earning Vitality activity points, towards your Apple Watch reward, you’ll be able to check them in the Vitality Member app and in Member Zone online.

You can view your Vitality points statement from the Vitality Member app by tapping on ‘My Weekly Activity’ and then ‘View Plan Points Statement’.

In Member Zone online, simply log in and navigate to ‘Partners and rewards’, click on Apple Watch and your progress so far will be shown in the right hand sidebar.

To view a detailed breakdown of your Vitality activity points, you can navigate to your Vitality points statement from the right hand sidebar of the homepage in Member Zone.

As monthly payments for Apple Watch with Vitality are dependent on how many Vitality activity points you earn each month, you will start with a “payment holiday” from the date you purchased your Apple Watch until the end of one full calendar month.

In the second calendar month, you’ll start earning Vitality activity points towards your first payment.

Your first Direct Debit payment will then be taken at the end of the third calendar month.

Here’s an illustrative example:

  • 15th April – order your Apple Watch
  • Rest of April plus May – payment holiday
  • June – first month earning Vitality activity points
  • 1st August – first Direct Debit payment
Yes, you’ll enter into a 0%APR credit agreement for the value of the Apple Watch, minus the initial upfront payment. Your credit agreement will be with PayBreak Limited, the lender for this offer.
Yes you can pay your loan amount with PayBreak Limited early. However, that will mean your Direct Debit is cancelled and you won't be eligible for any more Vitality contributions. You also won’t be able to buy a further Apple Watch until the last planned payment date for the original Apple Watch has passed. You can view your account balance and payments to date by visiting the PayBreak Limited website.

If you cancel your plan or leave your company scheme, your credit loan agreement for your Apple Watch will continue with PayBreak Limited.

As you won’t be earning Vitality activity points, your monthly Direct Debit payments will switch to the maximum amount per month for the remaining period of your credit loan agreement.

You don’t need to worry, because we’ll count all the activity points for the last four full weeks.

However, if you’re tracking multiple activities a day (i.e. both steps and heart rate workouts), the Vitality Member app will only reward activity points for the ONE daily activity with the highest points earned.

If you’ve checked your Vitality points statement and you believe there has been an error, please send us a secure message within Member Zone and we will investigate for you.

To send us a secure message, navigate to your Vitality points statement from the right hand sidebar of the homepage in Member Zone, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click ‘Query points’.

Please note: If you’re tracking multiple activities a day (i.e. both steps and heart rate workouts), the Vitality Member app will only reward activity points for the ONE daily activity with the highest points earned.

For the Apple Watch Series 4 new VitalityHealth members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £12.50 each month for 24 months and new VitalityLife and VitalityInvest members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £10 each month for 24 months.

For the Apple Watch Series 3 new VitalityHealth members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £11.25 each month for 24 months and new VitalityLife and VitalityInvest members will set up a variable Direct Debit for up to £8.75 each month for 24 months.

Upfront payments and monthly contributions differ for members who have previously taken out the Apple Watch offer with Vitality. Please visit Member Zone for more details.

Vitality offers you the opportunity to earn Vitality activity points to reduce your contribution to £0 a month. 

The Vitality contribution therefore refers to the payment made towards your monthly Direct Debit with PayBreak Limited, which is earned from your Vitality activity points.

You can view the Vitality contribution to your Apple Watch payments in the ‘Partners and rewards’ section of Member Zone, or in the Apple Watch area of the Vitality Member app.

  • Let’s take an example:
    The maximum monthly payment for a VitalityHealth member for Apple Watch Series 4 is £12.50
  • If the VitalityHealth member has earned 100 Vitality activity points in the month, they will pay £7.50
  • The Vitality contribution is therefore £5.00 (the balance)

To reduce your Apple Watch Series 4 monthly payment to £0, the Vitality contribution would need to be £12.50 if you’re a VitalityHealth member and £10 if you’re a VitalityLife/VitalityInvest member, based on you earning 160 Vitality activity points in the month.

Please note: Your first Direct Debit payment will be taken a month after your activity month, e.g. if you’re a VitalityHealth member and earned 160 Vitality activity points in February, your Vitality contribution is £12.50 and your Direct Debit from PayBreak Limited will be £0 on 1st April.

You’ll need to sync your Vitality activity points by the 5th of every month for us to calculate your Vitality contribution towards your Apple Watch payments.

We recommend that you sync your activity to the Vitality Member app once per day and don’t leave it longer than 14 days.

Yes. Any eligible device or app that is linked to your personal Vitality account can earn Vitality activity points to help track activity and contribute to Apple Watch payments.

No, only Vitality activity points tracked on your Apple Watch will count towards your Apple Watch payments.

Each member with an Apple Watch on your Vitality account will need to track their own Vitality activity points to contribute to their Apple Watch payments.

No, as long as you complete an online Health Review in the first year, you’ll continue to be eligible for Vitality activity points towards your Apple Watch payments in the second year.

Troubleshooting

Check to see if the Apple Health app is now included on the ‘Data Sources & Access’ page and remove it if it is, detailed in step 4 of the Apple Watch troubleshooting user guide.
Follow the Apple Watch troubleshooting guide to resolve any difficulties.
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