Fitbit and Samsung Health are essential tools for keeping yourself fit and healthy.
However, several users struggle to understand whether they can sync Fitbit to Samsung Health in order to get all their fitness activities displayed on the Samsung Health app, which offers comprehensive health and fitness data analysis.
Discussions about the topic have not yielded any viable solutions. Does Fitbit really work with Samsung Health?
Yes. Fitbit works with Samsung Health. But since there are currently no plans to integrate Fitbit with Samsung Health, you have to work around it by installing third-party applications such as Google Fit: Activity Tracking, Health Sync, Strava, or Fitbit. These can be downloaded from Apple Store, Google play store, or from the Samsung Galaxy store. The data that will sync to Samsung Health will vary by app. For example, whereas Google Fit will sync most of your health information from Fitbit to Samsung Health, Strava and Health Sync apps will share only your exercise data.
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Samsung Health Compatible Devices
You may also be wondering whether Samsung Health is compatible with your device. You don’t have to worry about compatibility since Samsung Health is supported by several devices.
The Samsung Gear series including Samsung Gear S2, S3, and S4, Galaxy A series, and Galaxy Z works perfectly with Samsung Health. Samsung Health is also compatible with Galaxy Fit Series such as Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit2, and Galaxy Fit E.
If you still haven’t spotted your device from this list, Samsung Health still allows compatibility with Gear Fit2, GearFit2 pro, Galaxy Watch Active2, and Galaxy Watch 3 only.
Similarly, Fitbit comes in several product types and versions. Fitbit trackers and smartwatches include Fitbit Inspire, Fitbit Ace, Fitbit Charge, Luxe, Versa, and Fitbit Sense.
With any of the mentioned devices, you will be able to receive your fitness and health analysis and metrics very easily on Samsung Health in conjunction with other third-party applications. Fitbit also has an app for iPhone and Android phones and tablets, which you can use to pair your Fitbit to most if not all mobiles.
But if you are using Huawei P8 Lite, Huawei P9 Lite, Huawei P20 Lite, or Xiaomi Mi 6, Fitbit reports that you may run into compatibility issues and instructs on how to resolve them. Just ensure that your phone operates on Android OS 8.0 or higher, or Apple iOS 13 and above. This way Fitbit will work seamlessly with Samsung Health through the applications we have mentioned.
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How To Pair Fitbit with Samsung Health
Once you are certain of your Fitbit and Smartphone’s compatibility, it is time to pair Fitbit with Samsung Health.
If you don’t have the preinstalled version of Samsung Health, you will have to start by finding it on Apple Store, Play Store, or Galaxy Store, depending on the device you intend to pair with Fitbit.
Ensure that your Fitbit’s wireless connection and that of your phone are active because S Health is programmed to connect across various apps and services, and interacts with them through data exchange.
Although the process involved may be tedious to some people, it is actually these steps that will help you to sync your fitness and health data across Fitbit and Samsung Health.
Step 1: Download and install Google Fit: Activity Tracking on your Samsung Smartphone.Step 2: Download and install the third-party application, FitToFit, which will allow you to sync your fitness information from Fitbit to Google fit.
Step 3: Sync FitToFit to Google Fit: Activity Tracking
Step 4: Sync Google Fit: Activity Tracking to Samsung Health.
Alternatively, you may consider using other third-party applications such as Health Sync or Strava instead of FitToFit. In both cases, you will be able to sync your activity and health information across Fitbit and Samsung Health.
All your exercise information recorded by the Strava app is registered on their server, meaning you can also access it through the web to have a detailed analysis of your efforts.
The Samsung Health app can then be synced to Fitbit by going to the settings tab of the app, navigating to connected services, and enabling Strava. You will have to allow various permissions in order for the two apps to exchange information effectively.
Limitations of Using Third-Party Applications to Sync Fitbit with Samsung Health
Currently, there is no direct option to link Fitbit with Samsung Health.Fitbit Moderator
Strava app, for example, comes built-in to Fitbit Ionic to pick up you’re cycling and running data, but does not transmit all that information to Samsung Health.
Your Fitbit will display your recorded exercise data including cycling and swimming, and sleep data. The most significant limitation of using third-party applications like Strava is that other critical information from your Fitbit such as heart rate and resting heart rate data does not sync with Samsung Health. Nevertheless, you get to see and analyze all your fitness data
Why Sync Fitbit with Samsung Health
There are several reasons why one should sync their Fitbit with Samsung Health. First, Samsung Health gives you basic but very crucial features to help improve your health.
The application will track, record, and analyze various aspects of your daily life. You will also be able to compete online against each other’s health and fitness milestones. For example, take a look at how accurate is Fitbit Charge 3 is in burning calories?
Secondly, personal data collected through Fitbit and Samsung Health will keep you connected to the Samsung Health and Fitbit communities where you can share your experiences, track your steps and exercises, measure heart rate, stress, and oxygen saturation levels, and upload images. Also, your contact information is significant for signing in to your Samsung Health account. So, you will not miss out on product updates and the latest brand news.
Most importantly, the app is free for installation on any compatible device. Between 2015 and 2017, Samsung Health was made available to all Android users and iPhone users operating on iOS 9, and their later versions. Fitbit is generally meant for tracking your fitness and health.
Every year Fitbit releases new and upgraded versions of existing fitness trackers. For instance, since 2018, Fitbit has released the Fitbit Ace range, Inspire, Charge, Luxe, and Versa, all created based on user requests and improvement in technology.
Finally, you should sync Fitbit with Samsung Health because it’s cool, It’s entertaining, and offers considerable flexibility in analyzing your stats. But before you get the Fitbit to work with Samsung Health, it is essential to know how safe your information is in their databases.
User Information Required for Fitbit to Work with Samsung Health
We are living in times when data privacy is valued at the individual, company, and federal levels. It is important to know and understand what kind of information is required by Fitbit and Samsung Health to ensure that your information would never be used in ways you never anticipated. Or worse, lose everything.
Fitbit asks for your personal information such as age, gender, weight, and height when you create an account with them. It is this information that Fitbit uses in order to effectively communicate with and transfer your personalized data to Samsung Health. With this personal information in their databases, Fitbit will give you accurate exercise and activity statistics.
- When you ask Fitbit to share it,
- When it involves a company or companies that help Fitbit in their mission of providing you with the best experience, and
- For legal reasons when sharing your information may provide justice and provide harm
Samsung Health is also very careful with your personal information with nearly the same shared exceptions as Fitbit. The app asks for your full names, gender, birth date, weight, height, and level of activity.
Additionally, Samsung Health will require that you permit your phone, location, body sensors, storage, contacts, camera, and physical activity information.
Data obtained through these means will help to keep you connected to the Samsung Health and Fitbit communities where you can share your experiences, track your steps and exercises, measure heart rate, stress, and oxygen saturation levels, and upload images.
If you are satisfied with sharing your information with Fitbit and Samsung Health, you can install Samsung Health (mandatory), Strava, Google Fit: Activity Tracking, Health Syn, or FitToFit (optional), and sign up for a user account then allow them permission to access your information.
Since the two manufacturers have not directly integrated the two apps just yet, use any of the third-party applications to sync your health and fitness data between Fitbit and Samsung Health.
Ensure that all your devices operating systems are compatible with the applications. Check also that your data connection is active to get the best experience out of Fitbit and Samsung Health.
Our ears will be out for any new developments on this discussion and we will update you once Fitbit and Samsung Health decide to make the syncing even simpler.
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