Smartwatches are all the rage these days and various manufacturers are heavily promoting their offerings in an effort to become yet another staple of personal tech much like our mobile phones and tablets. Most devices offer fitness options and Android comes with a built in fitness app called Google Fit which can be quite useful for fitness tracking in addition to meeting fitness goals whether big or small.
Syncing up a smartwatch with Google Fit is quite common these days among enthusiasts and that’s what we will be focusing on. We will look at how to get your smartwatch device paired up as well as all of the wonderful features Google Fit offers to users.
Pair Up Your Watch With Your Phone
First you will need to pair your watch with your phone. The smartwatch I personally use currently is the Pebble Time but the process should be pretty similar across devices. For Android Wear, this will be done using the Android Wear app. Non Android Wear watches will have their own accompanying apps and the pairing will be done through these. For example with my Pebble Time, I needed to download the Pebble Time app in order to facilitate the pairing of it with my Nexus 5.
You will also have to do some configuration from within the settings of the Google Fit app itself.
Firstly, you should make sure to set your desired daily goal for activity as well as you favorite activities. There are several activities to choose from which are not limited to those displayed in the screenshot below .
You should also fill out the fields in the Basic Information section of the app’s settings since this information will help in your own goal tracking.
Based on the units you’re accustomed to using, you will want to select your desired options under Units. This will allow you to quickly read off data based on the measurement units you are comfortable with.
Under Google Fit data, you will want to check the option Body sensor as this will enable the app to collect data from your smartwatch device.
The Notifications section is pretty self explanatory and Active mode allows you to set the time interval you want announcements to be made at, if at all, when you begin an activity.
On the main screen you will be able to keep track of your daily goals as well as view your activity history, including sleep data if your smartwatch collects this information.
You can view your data from various days in a graph format which is useful for comparisons. In terms of the time period for which data is displayed. You can choose to display data for a single day, for a week or for an entire month and you can choose to display details for the following:
- Active time
- Heart Rate
So that’s Google FIt in a nutshell. If you have any fitness goals you want to achieve, give it a try if you haven’t yet and see how it works out for you.
Smartwatches are capable of collecting fairly accurate data such as the amount of time you have slept, as well as heart rate. Google Fit is a great hub for accessing, viewing and analyzing the collected data from your smartwatch device and is generally a great tracking tool which can help you realize your fitness goals.