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9 months ago

How to use Samsung Email

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Samsung Email is the default email application that ships with all Samsung phones and tablets. What's really great about it is that it can handle multiple email accounts so that you can manage your work and personal emails from one client, rather than having to switch programs around.

The downside is that it takes a little set-up before you can start using it. That's where this guide comes in. From setting up Samsung Email for the first time to adding different email accounts, this guide will walk you through the process step by step.

So, what are you waiting for? Let's dive into the wonderful world of Samsung Email and see how you can make it work for you.

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9 months ago

Using folders on your home screen and how to make the most of them

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Not every home screen has to be a grid of individual icons.

When building your home screen and getting things laid out the way you want, we tend to talk about widgets and wallpapers and icon packs. That overlooks a simple but powerful tool when it comes to organizing our apps: folders. Folders are by no means a new concept for launchers, but they come with no small amount of stigma, especially when it comes to their looks. Thankfully, there are a few tricks for both using them and theming them that might help you learn to bite the bullet and fill up some folders.

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9 months ago

How to use Samsung Galaxy Apps, the Samsung app store

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Get all you can out of your Samsung experience with Galaxy Apps!

Galaxy Apps is Samsung's app store, housing all the Samsung apps that are available only to Samsung users. Through Galaxy Gifts, Samsung users have access to free premium apps that enhance their Samsung experience.

This is Samsung's alternative to Google Play and you may want to create a Samsung account, since Samsung will update a lot of their system apps from there.

Here's how to get started!

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9 months ago

What the HTC One A9's 'decrypt storage' boot prompt is about

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The HTC One A9 may boot up a little differently than your previous Android phone. There's a new step to take between turning your phone on and it fully booting up. That's another feature of Android Marshmallow — or, rather, a feature being re-enforced in Marshmallow: Encrypted storage. And while HTC could do a better job of making it sound less scary the first time you see it, you should be happy it's there.

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9 months ago

Home screen layouts and how to theme them

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Even if you don't actively theme your phone, you do actively lay out your home screen.

While we've spent a fair amount of time talking about themes and how to build them these last few months, there is one aspect of home screen launcher theming that we've been mum on: layouts, the way you arrange the apps and widgets on your home screen. This is in part because layouts aren't always a part of theming, in fact I try to avoid specific layouts in my themes so it's more accessible to users of varying tastes. But layouts are important, whether you intend to theme your phone or not.

Some people like their home screen to have as little on it as possible. Others want everything on the home screen they possibly can squeeze in there. Some of us are a little of column A and a little of column B, because we believe that the space on our home screen is meant to be used, but we don't need/want to cover up every inch of it. But all of us can benefit from seeing the differences and the benefits of each approach.

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9 months ago

How to use multiple accounts in Instagram for Android

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Instagram multiple accounts

Instagram finally has added the ability to easily switch from one account to another without logging out, making life — or at least our social media life — easier for those of us who run Android blogs, have personable pets or suffer from alter egos.

And it's a pretty simple measure. Here's how to set things up to use multiple accounts on Android.

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9 months ago

Wade Wilson doesn't give a sh*t about this Deadpool Theme for Android

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Hide the children and the chimichangas! Deadpool is coming!

The Merc with the Mouth is finally getting the screen time and saucy treatment he deserves! And in honor of our favorite fourth-wall-breaking super-powered anti-hero, we at AC want to help you deck your phone in Deadpool awesome. Today's theme is a little refined, a little playful, and all Android amazingness. Here's what you'll need for today's theme:

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10 months ago

How to customize the units of measurement in Fitbit for Android

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Imperial or metric or British; what's your measure of choice?

Fitbit lets you decide how you want to measure things. So, whether you love inches and pounds and miles system, or you think that measuring weight in kilograms and distances in kilometers is where it's at, Fitbit has a setting for you. Let's take a look.

How to change switch between Imperial and metric length measurements in Fitbit for Android

If you hate the metric system, you aren't stuck with it on Fitbit. Here's how to change it.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Units.
  6. Tap Units.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap units

  7. Tap Length.
  8. Tap the measurement system you want to change to.

    • Centimeters, Kilometers: All length units will be shown in the metric system.
    • Feet, Miles: All length units will be shown in the Imperial system.

      tap length then type length units

How to change between Imperial, British, and metric weight measurements in Fitbit for Android

Kilograms, pounds, and even stones are available as weight measurements in Fitbit. Change your settings by following the steps below.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰.
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Units.
  6. Tap Units.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap units

  7. Tap Weight.
  8. Tap the measurement system you want to change to.

    • Kilograms: All weight units will be shown in the metric system.
    • Pounds: All weight units will be shown in the Imperial system.
    • Stones: All weight units will be shown in the British system.

      tap weight, type in weight units

How to change between Imperial and metric liquid measurements in Fitbit for Android

Would you prefer to measure how much water you drink in terms of cups? You can do that in Fitbit.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Units.
  6. Tap Units.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap units

  7. Tap Water.
  8. Tap the measurement system you want to change to.

    • Fluid Ounces (oz): All water Units will be shown in the Imperial system.
    • US customary cup (cup): All water units will be shown as United States customary cups.
    • Milliliters (ml): All water units will be shown in the metric system.

      tap water, type in water units

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10 months ago

How to manage your body weight and nutritional goals in Fitbit for Android

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Eat healthier, move healthier, and be healthier with Fitbit.

Fitbit projects that it will have 40 million users in 2016. That's a lot of people who are using it to get healthier. Are you one of them? You are? That's great! Here's how you can get the most out of your Fitbit.

How to create a food plan in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit helps you keep track of how many calories you eat every day according to the food plan you choose. Here's how to set one up.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap Food Plan.

    tap settings, then nutrition, then food plan

  7. Type your current weight in the Starting Weight field.
  8. Type your goal weight in the Goal Weight field.
  9. Tap Next.

    type start weight then goal wieght then tap next

  10. Tap the food plan you want to set. You have a number of choices, depending on how extreme you want to go:
    • Easier: Lose 0.5 pounds per week with a deficit of 250 calories per day.
    • Medium: Lose 1 pound per week with a deficit of 500 calories per day.
    • Kinda hard: Lose 1.5 pounds per week with a deficit of 750 calories per day.
    • Harder: Lose 2 pounds per week with a deficit of 1,000 calories per day.
  11. Tap Next to confirm intensity.
  12. Tap Next when you have read the information.

    tap plan, then next then next

  13. Tap Next.
  14. Tap Save Plan.

    tap next, then save plan

How to change your water goal in Fitbit for Android

You can log how much water you drink in Fitbit and it will tell you if you have reached your goal for the day. Here's how you change your target goal.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap Water.

    tap settings then nutrition then water

  7. Type the Water Goal you want.
  8. Tap OK.

    type water goal then tap  OK

How to set a weight goal in Fitbit for Android

When you want to lose weight, keeping track of the numbers can help. Read on to find out how to set a weight loss goal in Fitbit.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on Settings.
  5. Tap on Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap on Goal Weight.

    tap settings, then nutriton then goal weight

  7. Tap Lose, Gain, or Maintain.
  8. Swipe left or right on the meter until your goal weight/current weight is displayed above the vertical red arrow.
  9. Tap Next.

    tap loose, then swipe left or right , then tap next

  10. Swipe left or right on the meter until your desired body fat percentage is displayed above the vertical red arrow. (Alternatively, tap the dashes in the center of your screen to type it in.)

    Note: you can tap on Skip to skip entering a body fat percentage goal and set your goal weight.

  11. Tap Next.

    Tap skip or swipe left or right then tap next

How to set a body fat goal in Fitbit for Android

A healthy body fat percentage falls into a range dependent on your age and gender. Let's see how you set up a body fat percentage goal.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on Settings.
  5. Tap on Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap on Body Fat.

    tap settings, then nutriton, then body fat

  7. Swipe left or right on the meter until your desired body fat percentage is displayed above the vertical red arrow. (Alternatively, tap the dashes in the center of your screen to type it in.)
  8. Tap Next.

    swipe right or left, then tap next

How to remove a weight or body fat goal in Fitbit for Android

If you decide that you don't want Fitbit to keep track of your weight anymore, you can remove the goal with a couple of taps.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Nutrition and Body.

    tap settings then nutrition goals

  6. Tap the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen.
  7. Choose a goal to remove.

    • Tap Remove weight goal to remove your weight goal.
    • Tap Remove body fat goal to remove that goal.

      tap more options then remove weight goal

Now you'll be able to manage all of your body weight goals and make sure you're staying hydrated all the while! Keep in mind that Fitbit collects relatively limited information when it comes to calculating caloric intake and burn, so be sure you're in the right physical condition for your goals.

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10 months ago

How to manage time zones and locations in Fitbit for Android

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Fitbit gives you all of the options — not only can you tell it where you are, you can tell it when you are.

Do you travel a lot? Changing time zones and locales mess with the body's circadian rhythms, and when you're jet lagged the last thing you want to do is work out. However, Fitbit can still keep on track to your fitness goals with a few adjustments.

How to turn automatic time zone on or off in Fitbit on Android

By default Fitbit will keep its time zone synced up with your phone's, but if you travel a lot and want to keep your Fitbit on your home time zone, that's a thing you can do. Here's how.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰.
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Tap the switch to enable it. It turns red when on and gray when off.

    tap settings, tap switch to enable or disable

How to change your time zone in Fitbit on Android

If you've disabled automatic time zone switching, then you'll have to manually change your time zone in Fitbit if the need arises.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Tap Select time zone.
  6. Tap your time zone in the menu.

    tap settings, then select time zone, then tap time zone

How to turn automatic location tracking on or off in Fitbit on Android

Automatic location is enabled by default. If you disabled it, here's how to enable it.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.

  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Automatic location.
  6. Tap the switch to enable it. It turns red when on and gray when off.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap switch to enable

How to change your location in Fitbit on Android

If you want to tell Fitbit where you are in the world yourself, you need to disable this setting. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Select location.

    tap settings, then swipe up

  6. Tap Select location.
  7. Tap your country in the menu.

    tap location then tap country

How to change the food database in Fitbit on Android

Want to change the Fitbit's food data base to match your local cuisine? Yes, that's a thing you can do — here's how to do it.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu, on the left side of your screen.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Food database.

    tap settings then swipe up

  6. Tap Food database.
  7. Tap your country in the menu.

    tap food database, then tap country

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10 months ago

How to customize the activity goals in Fitbit for Android

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Set your own goals for your Fitbit fitness tracking.

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone take 10,000 steps per day, but you want to challenge yourself to do 20,000 steps in a day. Good on you! With Fitbit, you can customize your goals for steps and more. Let's get started.

How to change your steps goal in Fitbit for Android

This setting measures how many steps you take each day. The default goal is the American Heart Association's recommended 10,000, but you can set it for whatever you want.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Steps.

    tap settings, then acttivity, then steps

  7. Type in the number of steps you want for your new goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit number of steps

How to change your distance goal in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit measures how far you travel during the day. That is, how far you walk or run. No, driving your car around doesn't count!

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Distance.

    tap settings, then activity, then distance

  7. Type in the distance you want for your new goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit distance goal

How to change your calories goal in Fitbit for Android

Weight control is about more than exercise — you need to pay attention to what you're eating too. Fitbit can help you keep track of how many calories you eat every day, and you can set your own daily calories burned goal.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Calories.

    tap settings, activity, and then calories

  7. Type in your calorie consumption goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit calorie consumption goal

How to change your active minutes goal in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit awards Active Minutes for every minute that your MET is at 3 or above. MET stands for metabolic equivalent and measures your energy expenditure based on your weight.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Active Minutes.

    tap settings, then activity, then active minutes

  7. Type in the Active Minutes you want for your new goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit active minutes goal

How to set a weekly exercise goal in Fitbit for Android

Exercise is key to losing weight and especially to maintaining a successful weight loss. Here's how you can set a daily exercise goal in Fitbit.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Exercise.
  6. Tap the current Weekly Exercise Goal.

    tap settings, then exercise, then weekly goal

  7. Tap the weekly goal you want. Your choices run from 1 day a week to 7 days a week.

  8. Tap SAVE.

    Tap goal, then save

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10 months ago

How to manage your Fitbit account for Android

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Get your profile info up-to-date and get a handle on your Fitbit notifications.

Fitbit is an awesome tool for keeping track of your fitness goals. Here's how you can keep your account up to date.

How to edit your profile in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit is only as accurate as the data that you give it. Here's how to change the information in your profile.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app tap menu button then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS
  5. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
  6. Tap Edit Your Profile.

    tap settings swipe up and tap edit profile

  7. Edit your personal information, if necessary. Your options include:

    • Name
    • Birthday
    • Weight
    • Height
    • Gender
  8. Tap SAVE.

    edit profile and tap save

How to disable push notifications in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit can send you messages throughout the day, such as letting you know when you've reached your goal. These notifications are enabled by default, but if you want to you can turn them off. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app tap menu button then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
  6. Tap the switch to disable Push Notifications. It will turn gray.

    tap settings, swipe up, then tap switch disable

How to enable push notifications in Fitbit for Android

If you disabled push notifications, and you want them back, we can do that too.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app tap menu button then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
  6. Tap the switch to enable Push Notifications. It will turn red.

    tap settings, swipe up, then tap switch enable

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10 months ago

How to manage friends in Fitbit for Android

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Fitbit friends make getting fit and healthy more fun!

The friendly rivalries you form often become the best encouragements for staying on track with your health and fitness goals. This is especially true on those chilly winter days when you would rather stay at home, toasty and warm under your blankets, instead of going on your morning run. Let's review the ways that friends can make your journey to a longer and healthier life more enjoyable.

How to add friends in Fitbit for Android

So, your best friend finally convinced you to get a Fitbit. They've been after you for months about it, and you've finally given in. Since they're the one who convinced you this was a good idea, there's no way you're doing this alone — you want to add them as a Fitbit friend. You've heard that you can taunt them and other stuff, and you're excited to do that. Worry not, adding friends in Fitbit is easy.

Fitbit comes with a Friend Finder interface that lets you add friends in three ways: from your phone's contact list, Facebook, and by email. Here's how to do it:

How to add friends from contacts in Fitbit for Android

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Friends.

    launch, tap menu, tap friends in menu

  4. Tap the add button to launch the Friend Finder. It's in the bottom right corner of your screen and looks like a plus sign in the middle of a red circle.
  5. Tap appropriate tab:
    • CONTACTS: This pulls names from your device's contacts list.
    • FACEBOOK: This pulls names from your Facebook account. You might be required to log in.
    • EMAIL: This lets you search for other Fitbit users by email address.
  6. Tap the add friend button beside the person's name who you want to add.

    how to add friends

After you tap add friend, you'll have to wait for your friend to accept your request before they are added. While you're waiting for your best friend to add you, why not bug your other friends to add you, as well? What, they don't all have Fitbits? For shame! Pester them until they do--the will thank you for it later.

How to send messages to your Fitbit friends for Android

It's Sunday night and you've just returned from your evening run. It's a beautiful night out, the crickets are singing, and you're jazzed because you've just surpassed your steps goal for the day. You want to tell your friend about it. It's simple. Just follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Friends.

    launch, tap menu, tap friends in menu

  4. Tap on the friend you want to message to bring up the Friends screen.
  5. Tap on the message button. It looks like a white speech bubble and is in the upper right corner of your screen, next to the smiley-face.

    tap friend to send message to

  6. Type your message in the message box.
  7. Tap the Send button.

    send message

After you tap the send button, you'll be returned to the Friends screen. You won't see the message you sent. However, be assured that it's on its way to them on the wings of butterflies. No, not really, but don't worry; it will get to them.

How to receive messages in Fitbit for Android

You're at your desk eating lunch when you hear your phone buzz on the table beside you. You grab your phone and swipe the screen to see what it is. You smile. You have a message from a Fitbit friend. Here's how you receive it.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background. If you have a new message, a notification box will overlay the app.
  2. Tap VIEW to display the message.
  3. Type a response in the message box, if you want.

    launch and receive message

  4. Tap the Send button. It looks like an arrow and is in the upper right corner of your screen.
  5. Tap the MESSAGES tab in the Friends screen to see any messages you've received.

    tap send, tap messages tap to see all messages

From there, you can tap on any message in the list to message the sender. However, you'll never see your part of the conversation, only the other person's responses.

How to interact with friends in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit is about challenging you to reach your health and fitness goals in a fun and sometimes playful way. It gives you a few little interactions you can have with your friends to motivate them, and you, too! Let's review them.

How to taunt a friend in Fitbit for Android

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Friends.

    launch, tap menu, tap friends in menu

  4. Tap on the friend you want to Taunt.
  5. Tap the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right corner of your screen, next to the smiley-face.

    tap friend to choose them for taunting

  6. Tap Taunt in the drop-down menu.

    tap taunt, then see taunted message

A confirmation will pop up at the bottom of your screen with the following message: You taunted [person's name!]

How to cheer a friend in Fitbit for Android

You know that a Fitbit friend of yours is feeling low. Something's happened and they are struggling with their health and fitness goals. Why not give them a cheer to motivate them?

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Friends.

    launch, tap menu, tap friends in menu

  4. Tap on the friend you want to cheer.
  5. Tap on the cheer button. It's the smiley-face in between the message button and the more options button in the upper right corner of your screen.

    Cheer a friend

A confirmation will pop up at the bottom of your screen with the following message: You cheered [person's name!]

How to remove a friend from Fitbit for Android

You know how it is. Some friends stay active with their Fitbits, while others slowly fade away. They stop syncing their Fitbits, they stop responding to your taunts, they stop participating in challenges. There's no sense in keeping someone as a Fitbit friend if they aren't going to stay active, so excise them from your life! Or at least from your Fitbit friends, we'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not you're still real-life friends. Here's how you do it:

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Friends.

    launch, tap menu, tap friends in menu

  4. Tap on the friend you want to remove.
  5. Tap the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right corner of your screen, next to the smiley-face.
  6. Tap Remove friend in the drop-down menu.

    remove a friend

That's it. Of course, if they happen to become active again, you can add them to your Fitbit friends again without a problem.

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10 months ago

How to use challenges in Fitbit for Android

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Compete with your friends with challenges from Fitbit!

Challenges are a great way to motivate you to complete your goals in Fitbit. Most of the challenges only work with two or more people, but there's one challenge where you can complete against just yourself. Whether you're the fiercely competitive type or you just enjoy challenging yourself, there's an option for you. Let's take a look at Fitbit challenges, shall we?

How to create a new challenge in Fitbit for Android

Are you ready to challenge your Fitbit friends? Here's how you can do that.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Challenges.

    launch, tap menu button, then challenges

  4. Tap on the challenge you want to create. You have several choices here:
    • Goal Day: This challenge is about meeting your step goal for the day.
    • Weekend Warrior: This challenge is about competing with your friends to see who can take the most steps over the weekend.
    • Daily Showdown: This challenge is about competing with your friends to see who can take the most steps in a 24 hour period.
    • Workweek Hustle: This challenge is about competing with your friends to see who can take the most steps Monday through Friday.
  5. Tap the friends you want to add to select them.
  6. Tap the send button. It looks like an arrow in the bottom right corner of your screen.

    tap challenge, then add friend, then send

How to accept a challenge in Fitbit for Android

A friend has thrown down the gauntlet in Fitbit. Here's how you can accept their challenge.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap VIEW in the Notification popup to view the challenge.
  3. Tap Join the Challenge.

    launch, tap view, then join challenge

How to add friends to an existing challenge in Fitbit for Android

The more the merrier, they say. Well, at least it's true with Fitbit challenges. Read on to find out how to add friends to challenges you're already in.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Challenges.

    launch, tap menu button, then challenges

  4. Tap on the challenge that you want to add friends to.
  5. Tap the more options button. It looks like three vertical dots and is in the top right corner of your screen.

    Tap challenge, then tap more options

  6. Tap Invite More People from the drop-down menu.
  7. Tap on the friends you want to add. Selected friends will have a magenta checkmark to the right.
  8. Tap the send button. It looks like an arrow in the bottom right corner of your screen.

    tap invite more people, then select friend, then tap send

How to quit a challenge in Fitbit for Android

Being a quitter isn't always a bad thing. Here's how you can quit a Fitbit challenge:

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Challenges.

    launch, tap menu button, then challenges

  4. Tap the challenge in progress that you want to quit.
  5. Tap the more options button. It looks like three vertical dots and is in the top right corner of your screen.

    Tap challenge, then tap more options

  6. Tap Options in the drop-down menu.
  7. Tap Quit This Challenge.
  8. Tap OK in the confirmation popup.

    Tap options, then quit challenge, then ok

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10 months ago

How to use the Dashboard in Fitbit for Android

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Track and log your fitness goals at a glance with the Fitbit dashboard.

Fitbit understands that you're busy and don't have time to hunt for information. That's why the Dashboard exists: it's the first screen you see when you open the app and it's got all your important numbers in one place. Even better, Fitbit lets you customize which goals the Dashboard shows you. Let's take a look.

How to navigate the Dashboard in Fitbit for Android

Are you counting your calories? Fitbit's Dashboard helps you keep track of calories eaten and much more.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Swipe up or down to scroll through the categories. Tap each one for more details.

    • Tracker
    • calories burned
    • active minutes
    • miles
    • steps.
    • Track your exercise
    • Weight
    • Water
    • Start a Food plan

    launch app, then swipe up or down to scroll through categories

Now you have total control over your fitness goals, thanks to the Fitbit app. There's no excuse now for missing your calorie count or step goals! You'll be able to check on every stage of your progress and update your Fitbit app as you go.

How to hide Dashboard categories in Fitbit for Android

Maybe you hate counting calories and could care less how many you ate today. Instead, maybe you're all about how much water you drink every day, or you care more about how much exercise you're getting. Let's take a look at how you can customize your Dashboard so that it shows only the information you want to know.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap and hold the category that you want to hide.
  3. Drag the category over the hide button. It's an 'x' in a white circle.
  4. Hover over the hide button and release.

    launch app, then tap and hold category to hide it

Now you can get rid of the Fitbit categories that don't matter to you, so you can focus on the aspects of fitness that truly do. A cluttered Fitbit dashboard may be overwhelming and a bit of a deterrent. Don't let it be and just hide some stuff!

How to show hidden Dashboard categories in Fitbit for Android

Did you hide the steps taken category by mistake? Maybe you've decided that calories are important, after all. Fear not, you can reveal all hidden categories with a single tap. Here's how to do it:

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap SHOW HIDDEN.

    launch app, then swipe up, then tap show hidden button

Now you can bring all those once-thought arbitrary categories back into the fray, as your fitness goals expand and become more involved!

How to rearrange Dashboard categories in Fitbit for Android

If tracking your water intake is a matter of life and death for you, you're not relegated to swiping down all the time to see it. Here's how you can rearrange your category however you want in your Fitbit Dashboard.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap and hold the category that you want to move.
  3. Drag the category up or down on the screen.
  4. Release the category when it is positioned where you want it.

    launch app, then tap and hold category, then drag it to move it

Now you'll be able to prioritize the Fitbit categories so that aspects that are most important to you stand out above the rest. You can constantly rearrange Fitbit categories on your dashboard, so if you fitness goals change from day to day, Fitbit will assimilate smoothly.

How to log your exercise in Fitbit for Android

You know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. You probably work out every day, too. Let's find out how Fitbit can support your decision to move, even a little, every day.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap Track your exercise.
  3. Tap the Track button. It looks like a stopwatch with a plus sign next to it.

    launch app, tap track exercise, then tap track button

  4. Type the first letter of the activity name for a list of options.
  5. Tap the activity from the menu. You can also type to search to narrow down your activity choices.
  6. Tap Duration if you want to edit the duration of your exercise. It defaults to 30 minutes.

    Type letter to pull up drop down menu, then select exerecise, then tap duration

  7. Set your exercise time in hours and minutes.
  8. Tap OK.

    Tap time, then tap OK

  9. Swipe up to scroll to the bottom of the screen.
  10. Tap LOG IT.

    swipe up, then tap log it

Accountability is the name of the game and if you're not staying true to Fitbit, you're not staying true to yourself. Now you can log your activities in order to help your Fitbit be as accurate as possible.

How to track a run, walk, or hike in Fitbit for Android

You don't have to go to the gym to get a healthy workout. Making the decision to take a walk every day is a great choice, and with Fitbit following along, it can be fun. Here's how it works.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap Track your exercise.
  3. Tap the Track button. It looks like a stopwatch with a plus sign next to it.

    launch app, tap track exercise, then tap track button

  4. Tap the TRACKING tab.
  5. Tap the arrow next to Run.
  6. Tap on Run, Walk, or Hike in the drop-down menu.

    tap tracking tab, then tap arrow and choose from type of activity

  7. Tap the Use voice cues switch if you want to turn on voice cues.
  8. Tap the arrow next to miles to edit the type of voice cue.
    • miles: Voice cues will play per mile.
    • minutes: Voice cues will play per minute.
  9. Tap the start button. It looks like a red circle with a white arrow in the center.

    tap switch to turn on voice cues then tap on arrow to select type

  10. Tap the PAUSE button to pause tracking.
  11. Tap the RESUME button to resume tracking.
  12. Tap and hold on the FINISH button to finish.

    tap pause to pause to pause, resume to resume, and finish to finish timing/tracking

Now you'll be able to track your distance and your pace on any walk or epic hike you may undertake. Make every stroll a Fitbit stroll and see just how much work you're actually doing when you head up the road for a Slurpee.

How to log your water intake in Fitbit for Android

Staying hydrated does wonders for your hair and skin and overall health. Here's how you can log all those water bottles you drank today.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the Water category.
  3. Tap the Add Water button. It's the plus sign in the top right corner of your screen.

    launch app, then tap water, then tap add water

  4. Type the amount of water you want to log. Alternatively, tap the Quick Add buttons.
  5. Tap SAVE.

    type water amount then tap save

Water intake is rather important, especially if you're constantly on the go and not taking the time to hydrate properly. Let Fitbit help you track your daily water intake so that you're keeping up on that sweet, sweet homeostasis.

How to log your weight in Fitbit for Android

Some people swear by weighing themselves every day for weight maintenance. Whether you do that or only weigh yourself once or twice a week, Fitbit can keep track for you.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the Weight category.
  3. Tap LOG WEIGHT.

    launch app, then tap weight category, then tap log weight

  4. Tap Today to change the date, if necessary.
  5. Type your weight in the Weight field.

    tap today then type weight

  6. Type your body fat percentage in the percentage of Body Fat field.
  7. Tap SAVE.

    Type body fat percentage and tap save

Keep yourself accountable and up-to-date, so that you're not cheating yourself out of true fitness. Log your weight with Fitbit so that your experience is as accurate as possible. Your goals may end up being unrealistic or ridiculously easy and your workouts are just wastes of time. Log it!

How to manage the sync settings for your tracker in Fitbit for Android

The Fitbit app syncs with your tracker according to the settings you input here.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap your Fitbit model on top of the dashboard.
  3. Tap your Fitbit model on the devices screen.

    launch app, tap device, and tap device

  4. Tap the the following settings to edit them:

    • Sync Now: This syncs your device immediately.
    • All-Day Sync: This setting syncs your device periodically throughout the day.
    • Always Connected: This setting improves reliability of device syncing.

    Tap device and settings

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