Great guide on Fitbit Apps and how to use them

Great guide on Fitbit Apps and how to use them

Fitbit brings one of the best fitness platforms out there when it comes to presenting how much or how little you move in an easy-to-understand way.

It not only delivers the data, but it does so in a simple and user-friendly way so you aren't bogged down with too much detail.

The Fitbit app is comprehensive and while the basic features it offers might be obvious, some of Fitbit's best functions are a little harder to find.

Fitbit app Dashboard tips and tricks

Edit what you see in Fitbit Dashboard

Scroll down and tap edit at the bottom of the screen > tap the cross on the metrics you don't want to see appear > tap done at the bottom.

Edit the order of the Fitbit Dashboard

Scoll down and tap edit at the bottom of the screen > drag the wobbling metrics into the order you want them in > tap done at the bottom.

How to see a different day's activity on Fitbit

Tap the arrows in the main section of the Dashboard, under the Fitbit logo at the top. The information you see there will be what will be available for each day you go back.

How to manually log food, exercise, weight, sleep and water on Fitbit

Tap on the "+" at the bottom of the screen > select the metric you wish to manually log.

How to track a walk, run or hike with connected GPS on Fitbit

Tap the "+" at the bottom of the screen > select Track Exercise. Ensure the Track tab at the top is selected > choose run, walk or hike > press start at the bottom of the screen. The Fitbit app will then use your phone's GPS to track your run, walk or hike.

How to setup voice cues during exercise on Fitbit

Tap the "+" icon at the bottom of the screen > select Track Exercise > select the Cues menu > set which ones you want to hear, if you want to hear them at all, at what frequency you'd like to hear them and at what volume. You can also get to the voice cue settings through the Account tab by heading into the Exercise Tracking menu under the Settings section.

How to control your music from the Fitbit app

Tap the "+" > select Track Exercise > tap the Music Control menu. From here you can turn shuffle on or off and select what music you want to play with options including Last Playing, All Music and Recently Played.

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How to see a breakdown of your daily activity on Fitbit

Select the metric you want to see more information on from the Dashboard, such as steps. This will bring up a summary in a list format of your entire history by day of that particular metric.

The graph at the top presets a weekly summary but a further tap on any of the days listed will give you an hourly summary for that day in a graph. You can also hold down on a particular hour to see the information in number format for 15-minute intervals.

How to see a breakdown of exercise on Fitbit

Tap on the Weekly Exercise tile and you'll see a breakdown of all the various exercises you've done, from walking to elliptical workouts.

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How to change an exercise that has been categorised wrong on Fitbit

To change an exercise that has been wrongly categorised on Fitbit, tap on the exercise you want to change > Categorise Exercise at the top of the screen > select the correct category.

How to set a silent alarm on your Fitbit device

If your Fitbit supports silent alarms, you'll be able to set it up by tapping the "+" at the bottom of the Dashboard > Set Alarm. From here, you can either turn on an alarm if you have already set one, or set up a new alarm.

How to turn notifications on or off on your Fitbit device

If your Fitbit supports notifications, these can be turned on or off by selecting your tracker in the top left of the Dashboard tab and tapping the Notifications menu. It will depend on which device you have as to what options appear here, if any.

How to see your Fitbit's battery level

Tap on your tracker icon in the top left of the Dashboard to see when it last synced, as well as what software build and battery level it is on. There is also a colour-coded battery indicator next to the tracker icon of your tracker at the top of the Dashboard.

How to select your main goal on Fitbit

Fitbit offers the choice of five main goals - steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and floors climbed. To choose the one you want to concentrate on, tap on your Fitbit tracker at the top of the Dashboard > scroll down to Main Goal.

Note that floors climbed will only be an option on the Fitbit trackers featuring an altimeter.

How to manually sync your Fitbit

To force your Fitbit activity tracker to sync, click on it in the top left corner of the Dashboard > scroll down until you see Sync Now. You will also see All-Day Sync above it, which if you turn on ensures your Fitbit syncs automatically.

How to Set Reminders to Move on Fitbit

To ensure you take 250 steps each hour between certain times in the day, click on your activity tracker in the top left of Dashboard > scroll down to the Reminders to Move option. From here, set a start time, end time and which days you want the reminders.

You can choose anywhere between five and 14 consecutive hours in a day.

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How to see how well you slept on Fitbit

Most Fitbit trackers automatically monitor sleep if you wear them to bed. To see the data collected scroll down to the sleep section on the Dashboard.

Like the other metrics, you'll see a history if you tap on the sleep section and a further tap on a particular day will pull up a sleep graph with more information. You can also swipe across on the top graph to see other statistics.

How to change your sleep goal and set a sleep schedule on Fitbit

Tap on the sleep tile within the Dashboard > tap the settings cog in the top right of the screen. You can then change your time asleep goal, as well as set a bedtime reminder and a target sleep schedule. You can also choose whether you want to receive sleep insights or not.

How to manually add a sleep log on Fitbit

Click on the sleep tile in the Dashboard > tap the "+" in the top right corner next to the settings cog. You can manually add a sleep log here, or force your Fitbit into starting a sleep log.

How to manually edit or delete a sleep log on Fitbit

Click on the sleep tile in the Dashboard > tap on the sleep log you want to edit or delete > tap on the three dots in the top right-hand corner. From here, you can edit or delete the log.

How to add or edit a period cycle on Fitbit

Click on the female health tracking tile in the Dashboard > tap and hold on the respective date you want to log your period starting or ending > drag the pink bar to present the length of your period.

How to add symptoms to female health tracking

You can add various systems to the female health tracking element of the Fitbit app, such as headaches, cramps, fluids, flow intensity and sex. To log a symptom, click on the female health tracking tile in the Dashboard > tap on the "+" in the bottom right where it says "Log Details" > click on the symptom you want to log > then hit save in the top right.

How to add or edit your period and cycle length

Click on the female health tracking tile > tap on the settings cog in the top right corner > add your period length and cycle length.

How to see your cycle trends on Fitbit

Click on the female health tracking tile > tap on the Trends tab at the top > view a breakdown of your average period length, average estimated ovulation and average cycle length. You'll also be able to see the cycles you've logged.

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Fitbit app Account tips and tricks

How to change your Fitbit profile picture

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > click on your name. From here, you can change profile picture and cover picture by tapping on the pink camera icon on either.

How to change your Fitbit profile information

Click on your name within the Account tab in the top right corner > Personal. From here you can change your display name, birthday, height and weight, as well as add a location and add an about you section.

How to manage privacy settings on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > scroll down to Privacy. From here, you can close what personal information is available to your Fitbit friends, or publicly available.

You'll also be able to change the privacy settings of various 30-day graphs including calorie intake, sleep graph, steps and distance graph and weight graph.

How to see your Fitbit badges

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > tap on your name > tap on Badges and Trophies. Clicking on each badge will show you when you last earned it and allow you to share it.

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How to see all your Fitbit badge and trophy collection

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > tap on your name > tap on Badges and Trophies > Badge Collection or Trophy Collection. Tapping on either will show you all your achievements and again, you can click on each one to see when you earned it and share it.

How to make your Fitbit more accurate

Make sure your profile information is accurate and that the app knows which wrist you're wearing your Fitbit on. In the Account section or Dashboard tab, click on your activity tracker > select your handedness > then select which wrist you're wearing your tracker on.

How to change your activity goals on Fitbit

Within the Account section, scroll down to Goals > tap Activity > change your step goal, distance goal, calories burned goal, active minutes goal, floors climbed goal and hourly activity goal. Again, as we mentioned above, floors climbed will only be available on devices with an altimeter.

How to set an exercise goal on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > select Exercise under the Goals section > choose the number of days a week you are aiming to exercise for.

How to set a sleep goal on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > select Sleep under the Goals section > choose a Time Asleep and a Sleep Schedule goal. This can also be accessed through the Dashboard, as we mentioned previously.

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How to set a weight goal on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > select Nutrition and Body under the Goals section > select your overall goal, such as lose weight or maintain weight, as well as your goal weight, start date and starting weight.

How to set a goal body fat percentage on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > select Nutrition and Body in the Goals section > scroll down to Goal Body Fat percentage > choose your goal. Fitbit offers you an indication of what a normal range would be based on your gender, but you can choose whatever you want to aim for.

How to remove weight and body fat goals altogether from Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > go into the Nutrition and Body Goals section > tap the three dots in the top right hand corner > choose to remove the weight goal or the body fat goal, or both.

How to set a custom heart rate zone on Fitbit

Not all Fitbit trackers have heart rate monitors, but for the ones that do, it is possible to set a custom zone. Click on the Account icon in the top right corner > scroll down to the Settings section > tap on Heart Rate Zones > toggle on the Custom Zone > set an upper limit and a lower limit.

How to change the metric units your Fitbit registers your activity in

Head to the Advanced Settings menu under the Settings section in Account > select Units > choose between centimetres and kilometres or feet and miles, kilograms, pounds or stone, ounces or milliliters and metres or yard for swimming. It's worth noting that only the Flex 2, Inspire trackers, Charge 3, Versa trackers and Ionic are swim proof.

How to change your Fitbit's sleep tracking sensitivity

Scroll down to Advanced Settings in Account > select Sleep Sensitivity > choose between normal and sensitive.

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How to change which day your Fitbit starts the week on

Head to Advanced Settings in Account > tap on the Start Week On menu > choose between Sunday or Monday.

How to get an accurate step count on your Fitbit

Head to Advanced Settings in Account > scroll down to Stride Length > manually enter it for walking and running, or set it automatically.

Which apps are compatible with Fitbit?

There are several apps that will link up to Fitbit, including MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers, Strava, MapMyRun and RunKeeper. To find out all the compatible apps, head to Account > scroll down to Compatible Apps. It will take you to the Fitbit website page that lists them all.

How to change your email or password on Fitbit

Head to Account in the top right corner > scroll down to Security and Login > change Email or Password.

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How to manage the devices with Fitbit Account Access

Head to Account in the top right corner > scroll down to Security and Login > click on Manage Account Access > click on device you want to revoke access for.

Fitbit app Challenge and Community tips and tricks

How to set yourself a challenge on Fitbit

For a little extra motivation, tap the Challenges tab at the bottom of your app screen > select one of the four challenges you want to take on.

How to set yourself an Adventure on Fitbit

For those after a tougher challenge, head to the Challenges tab > choose from Adventure Races, which allows you to virtually race against your Fitbit friends or Solo Adventures that sees you challenge yourself.

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How to find Fitbit friends

Head to the Community tab at the bottom of the app screen > click on the Friends tab at the top of the screen > click on Add Friends at the bottom or the icon in the top right corner > search through your contacts, Facebook and email. To add a friend, tap the add button on the right once you have found them. You can also add a friend in the Dashboard by clicking on the "+" at the bottom of the screen > Add Friend.

How to send a message to a Fitbit friend

Open the Community tab > click on the friends tab at the top of the screen > click on friend you want to message, cheer or taunt > select what you want to do. You'll also be able to see their top badges and a click on each badge will show you how many times they have earned it and when it was achieved.

How to see how you're doing compared to your friends on Fitbit

To see the step leaderboard, head to the Community tab > click on the Friends tab at the top and you'll be presented with how you are doing compared to your friends. It's a rolling leaderboard so no slacking or you'll be heading for the bottom.

How to see your Fitbit messages

To see all your messages from your Fitbit friends, head to the Notifications tab at the bottom > tap messages on the top bar. 

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