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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

How to add, replace, and delete trackers in the Fitbit app

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The more, the merrier! Add Fitbit trackers to your Dashboard or replace old ones for shiny new ones!

You may have more than one Fitbit device, depending on the day. Or, you may have recently upgraded and are chucking out the Flex for the heavy duty Surge. Either way, you'll want to pair your new device with the Fitbit app and maybe even replace your old device. The Fitbit app lets you do both and we're here to walk you through it!

How to add a tracker in the Fitbit app on Android

If you have a second Fitbit device or you're sharing your Fitbit account with someone else, like your child, you may want to add another device to your Fitbit app. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button button on the top left of the screen. It looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Devices.

    Launch Fitbit app, tap menu, tap devices

  4. Tap the add button on the top right of the screen. It's the plus sign.
  5. Tap Add a new Device.
  6. Tap the Fitbit model you wish to pair with your Fitbit app.

    Tap add button, add a new device, Fitbit model you wish to add

From here, setting up your new device is the same as it was the first time. Thankfully, we've got a complete guide on how to set up and start using your Fitbit.

How to replace trackers in the Fitbit app on Android

The replace function in the Fitbit app is for when you have replaced your specific Fitbit model with another of the same model. So, maybe your Flex finally gave out or you were working out so hard, that you didn't notice it fly out of your wristband and you crushed it with your energy legs. You loved the Flex, so you bought another one. Here's how to replace it in the Fitbit app:

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button button on the top left of the screen. It looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Devices.
  4. Tap the add button on the top right of the screen. It's the plus sign.

    Tap menu, devices, add button

  5. Tap Replace (device name).
  6. Tap Replace Your Old (device name) at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Tap Next at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap replace, replace your old device, next

From there you'll have to set up and start using your new Fitbit.

How to delete trackers in the Fitbit app on Android

Uh-oh. You've worked out so much that you can now crush coal into diamond between your thighs. You drop your Fitbit, but it falls between your legs, so you squeeze to stop it from falling. Bye-bye Fitbit. What I'm getting at here is that your Fitbit is busted and you have no need for it in your Fitbit app anymore. Here's how to delete it:

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the top left of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Devices.

    Launch Fitbit app, tap menu, tap devices

  4. Tap and hold on the device that you want to delete.
  5. Tap unpair.
  6. Tap unpair again.

    Hold and tap the device, tap unpair, unpair

That's it. Your device is removed. If you had synced said device just before removal and realize you want to re-pair it at a later date, that data will be there waiting for you.

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2 months ago

How to set up and start using your Fitbit

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Track your way to your fitness goals using Fitbit!

Whatever your reason, you've to decided to track your fitness. Depending on your model, Fitbit lets you track steps, sleep, heart rate, and more. The handy app also helps you out with nutrition and meeting weight goals. All you need to do is download the Fitbit app and set up your account. And away we go!

How to download the Fitbit app for Android

The first step with any fitness tracker is to set things up and get connected. Your Fitbit connects to your Android device via Bluetooth and the Fitbit app, which you can use to track your progress, set alarms, and follow friends.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves; let's just start with downloading the Fitbit app. Here we go!

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search bar.
  3. Type Fitbit into the search field.
  4. Tap the search button on the bottom right of your screen. It's the magnifying glass.

    Tap the search bar, type Fitbit, tap search.

  5. Tap on the listing for Fitbit. It should be the top result and will list "Fitbit, Inc" as the developer.
  6. Tap Install.
  7. Tap Accept to allow Fitbit access to the listed information

    Tap Fitbit, Fitbit Inc., install, accept

There you have it! Fitbit, on your phone. Now you'll be able to sync your progress and keep track of your fitness goals on the go.

How to set up your Fitbit account on Android

You've got your Fitbit. You've got the Fitbit app. You haven't started exercising yet because you don't have a Fitbit account and no one's holding you accountable. Oh, you don't know how? Well, no more excuses, because here's how!

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or from the app drawer. It's a black circle filled with white and teal dots.
  2. Tap Join Fitbit.
  3. Tap the Fitbit device in the list that you have. The list includes all available Fitbit trackers with a thumbnail and brief description of each one.

    Launch Fitbit, tap Join Fitbit, tap your device

  4. Tap Set up your (device). There will be a picture of your particular Fitbit and the specific name will be shown.
  5. Enter your email address and create a password.
  6. Tap the checkbox next to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy agreement.

    Tap set up your device, enter email address and password, tap to agree

  7. Tap Create an account.
  8. Enter your information in the fields provided.

    Note: If you need to change your units of measurement, tap on the unit to the right of the entry fields.

    Tap create account, enter your information, tap dropdowns to change units of measurement

  9. Tap the Gender bar.
  10. Tap your gender.
  11. Tap Done.

    Tap the gender bar, tap your gender, tap done

  12. Tap Save at the bottom of the screen.
  13. Tap OK if you are prompted to turn on your Bluetooth. Fitbit requires a Bluetooth connection in order to sync.
  14. Tap Next at the bottom of the screen, to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

    Tap save, OK, next.

You now have an account with Fitbit. You'll still have to pair your device with the app, which is a process that continues directly from the account setup, so follow along with the next few steps!

How to pair your Fitbit with the Fitbit app

  1. Tap Next through the setup screens. These will show you how to charge and care for your specific Fitbit. Read through the information on each screen to learn more about your device.
  2. Wait for the Fitbit app to search for your Fitbit device.

    Tap next through the set up screens, wait for Fitbit to search

  3. Verify your Fitbit tracker.
    • Enter the code that appears on your Fitbit's screen, if you have a Zip, Charge, Charge HR, Surge, Blaze, Alta, or One (shown below).
    • If you have a Fitbit Flex, tap the band when prompted.
  4. Tap Install Update Now if the Fitbit app prompts you. Chances are, if you've just bought your Fitbit, there will be a software update.

    Enter the code, tap install update

  5. Wait while your device pairs with the app.
  6. Tap Done at the bottom of the screen.

    Wait while your device pairs, tap done

Just like that, your Fitbit is paired with the Fitbit app and you're ready to conquer the world or fitness… Or, be shamed into doing so by a rubber device on your wrist! Either way, get out there and try it out. You just might like it!

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2 months ago

Root for your team in Super Bowl 50 with these custom Android themes

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February is here, and that means it's time for the biggest game of the year.

Yep, it's Super Bowl time! You've got the big screen, you've got the snack foods, you've got the booze. But you're still missing something. Sure, you've got the body paint and jerseys ready to wear on game day, but what does your phone have? Well, you can douse it in a winning coat of team spirit to and show your support for your team, be it the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers.

Here's our game plan:

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3 months ago

How to customize Samsung Email

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Let your personality shine!

Samsung Email lets you change your experience to fit your personality. You can edit your signature, change how your name appears on the messages you send, and even change the sounds that play when a message arrives.

How to change your signature in Samsung Email

You're not stuck letting everyone know that you're sending a message from your Samsung device. You can make your signature anything you like.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Tap on the email account you want to edit.

    Launch email app and select account

  5. Tap on signature.
  6. Tap on edit signature.
  7. Type whatever you want for your signature.
  8. Tap done.

    how to edit your signature

How to change your display name in Samsung Email

The display name is how your name appears to others on your outgoing messages. You can have your nickname as your display name, your work job title, or whatever else you want.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.

    Launch email app and select account

  4. Tap on the email account you want to edit.
  5. Tap on more settings at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Tap on your name.
  7. Enter your name however you want it in the pop-up.

    how to change your display name

How to change the email notification sounds in Samsung Email

Notification sounds are sounds that play when you receive an email. There are settings in Samsung email that let you change these sounds.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the email account you want to edit.

    Launch email app and select account

  5. Make sure that email notifications is checked.

  6. Tap on notification sound under notification settings. It's about halfway down the screen.
  7. Select the sound you want from the choices in the pop-up and tap ok.

    how to change your notification sounds

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3 months ago

How to download, reply, forward, and delete emails with Samsung Email

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Replies, forwards, and attachments, oh my!

Your grandmother sent you an electronic birthday card. You want to say thanks, but your Samsung Galaxy phone is brand new and you can't figure out what the symbols in Samsung email do. It's simple once you know what they mean.

How to download an attachment in Samsung Email

Your friend is on her honeymoon in Cancun and she just emailed you a bunch of photos of her and her new husband parasailing. How do you view these photos and take in their matrimonial bliss? Easy:

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it..
  2. Open the email message with the attachment.
  3. Tap on the view attachments button. It's an arrow to the right of the attached file. Attached files are located near the top of the email, right under the sender's name.
  4. Tap the download button.

    how to download attachments

The attachment is saved in your downloads folder.

How to reply to to an email with Samsung Email

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Open the message you want to reply to.
  3. Tap on the reply button. It is a curving arrow that points to the left in the left corner of toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Enter your message in the message field.
  5. Tap the send button. It looks like an envelope with a small arrow in its lower right corner and it's in the upper right corner of your screen.

    how to send a reply

How to forward an email with Samsung Email

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Open the email message you want to forward..
  3. Tap on the forwarding button. It is an arrow pointing to the right, in the middle of the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Fill in the To field with the recipient's email address.
  5. Tap the send button. It's in the upper right corner and looks like an envelope with a small arrow in its lower right corner.

    Alternatively, you can tap the contacts button in the top right corner to choose a recipient from your contacts list. It looks like the silhouette of a person's head and shoulders.

    how to forward a message

How to delete an email in Samsung Email

Samsung gives you two ways to delete emails: the first is from your inbox, and the second is from within the email message.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. From your inbox: Swipe your finger to the left or right over the message you want to delete. The words "deleted" and "undo" will appear where the message information had been displayed previously.
  3. From an open email message: Tap the delete button. It looks like a garbage can in the upper right hand corner. The entire message will disappear and the next message in the list will be shown.

    how to delete a message

Your deleted messages are kept in the recycle bin folder (it has a garbage can beside it). If you delete an email from the recycle bin, it will be permanently deleted, disappearing into the ether, never to be seen again.

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3 months ago

How to send emails with Samsung Email

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Send messages faster on the go with Samsung Mail.

Samsung Galaxy phones make it easy to stay in touch with your family, friends, and co-workers while you're on the go. Whether you need to email your boss yesterday's reports on your way into work, or you want to forward silly cat videos to your friends from the bus stop at 4 a.m., you can do it from Samsung Email.

How to compose and send a new email with Samsung Email

You can create and send email messages with just a few taps.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the compose button. It's a picture of a sheet of paper with a pencil on its right side. You'll find it on the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  3. Fill the To field with the recipient's email address. Alternatively, you can tap the contacts button in the top right corner to choose a recipient from your contacts list. It looks like the outline of a person's head and shoulders.
  4. Enter your message in the message field.
  5. Tap the send button. It's in the upper right corner of your screen and looks like an envelope with a small arrow in its lower right corner.

    Launch email app tap compose button tap send button

How to send an attachment with Samsung Email

Helpful for sending annoying memes to your friends, attaching a file to your message is simply a matter of selecting the file you want to send from elsewhere on your device.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the compose button. It's a picture of a sheet of paper with a pencil on its right side. You'll find it on the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the attach button. It looks like a paperclip and is the first icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

    Launch email app tap compose tap attachment

  4. Choose where the file you want to attach is located from the dialog box.
  5. Tap on the file to select it.
  6. Tap done.

    choose file location, select file tap done

  7. Fill in the To field with the email address of the person to whom you want to send the file.
  8. Fill in the Subject line with whatever you want. (Optional)
  9. Tap the send button. It looks like a little envelope with an arrow pointing to the right in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

    how to send a message with an attachment

The attachment appears under the To and Subject fields and marked with the attachment symbol, which is a paperclip. If you decide that you don't want to send an attachment, or you want a different file, simply tap the delete button, which is the red minus sign to the far right of the attached file.

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3 months ago

How to add email accounts to Samsung Email

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Have more than one email address? Samsung Email has got you covered.

Samsung Galaxy phones help you keep your home and work life separate with Samsung Email. You can add multiple email accounts and keep track of them with just one app — no more juggling multiple web browsers to stay on top of your emails.

How to add an IMAP account to Samsung Email

Check with your internet service provider for the server's security type and the port number for incoming and outgoing messages. Most providers post this information online.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the add button. It's a plus sign on the upper right corner of your screen, next to the garbage can.

    launch email app and add account

  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box.

  6. Enter your password.
  7. Choose IMAP for the server type.

    enter email password and pick IMAP server type

  8. Enter your settings per your internet provider for the incoming server.
    • Your username is usually the same as your email address.
    • The IMAP server usually appears in this format: something.somedomain.com/org/net et al. Get this information from your internet service provider.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port is the location where data, email messages in this case, ends up. Ports are denoted as numbers and, again, your internet service provider will tell you which ports to use.
  9. Tap next at the bottom of the incoming settings screen.
  10. Enter the settings per your internet provider for the outgoing server.
    • SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol and is the server used for outgoing messages. It usually takes the form of smtp.somedomain.com/net/org et al. Your internet service provider will have this information as well.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port number is the location from which messages are transmitted. Your internet service provider can give you this information.
  11. Tap next at the bottom of the outgoing settings screen.
  12. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

    enter server settings

The final screen has several options that you can edit, which you can do any time by going into manage accounts and selecting your email address.

How to add a POP account to Samsung Email

Check with your internet service provider for the server's security type and the port number for incoming and outgoing messages. Most providers post this information online.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the add button. It's a plus sign on the upper right corner of your screen, next to the garbage can.

    launch email app and add account

  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box.

  6. Enter your password.
  7. Choose POP3 for the server type.

    Enter email address password and choose pop server

  8. Enter your settings per your internet provider for the incoming server.
    • Your username is usually the same as your email address.
    • The POP3 server usually appears in this format: something.somedomain.com/org/net et al. Get this information from your internet service provider.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port is the location where data, email messages in this case, ends up. Ports are denoted as numbers and, again, your internet service provider will tell you which ports to use.
  9. Tap next at the bottom of the incoming settings screen.
  10. Enter the settings per your internet provider for the outgoing server.
    • SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol and is the server used for outgoing messages. It usually takes the form of smtp.somedomain.com/net/org et al. Your internet service provider will have this information as well.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port number is the location from which messages are transmitted. Your internet service provider can give you this information.
  11. Tap next at the bottom of the outgoing settings screen.
  12. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

    enter server settings

The final screen has several options that you can edit, which you can do any time by going into manage accounts and selecting your email address.

How to add a Microsoft Exchange account to Samsung Email

You'll need information from Microsoft about your account settings. If you can't find this information, contact Microsoft or your IT manager (presumably you have one of those if there's an Exchange account in your life).

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the add button. It is a plus sign located in the upper right corner of your screen.

    launch email app and add account

  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box.
  6. Enter your password in the password field.
  7. Tap next.
  8. Choose Microsoft Exchange for the server type.

    Set up ms exchange account

  9. Read and tap ok to accept the user agreement.
  10. Enter your username and settings. You will likely receive these from your network administrator.
    • Your username is whatever was designated when your Microsoft Exchange account as set up.
    • The server is designated by Microsoft and was assigned when your Exchange service was purchased.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption Microsoft uses. If you don't have this information, check online. Microsoft has this information on their Office support website
  11. Tap next at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

    agree to terms of service

How to delete an account from Samsung Email

If you delete an email account, all of your messages will be erased as well. There is no way to recover this data, so it's a good idea to backup anything important.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap and hold the email account you want to delete.
  5. Tap the delete button. It looks like a garbage can in the upper right corner.

    Delete email account

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3 months ago

How to set up your email in Samsung Mail

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Tired of Gmail? Have a Samsung phone? Try Samsung Email.

You have the latest Samsung Galaxy phone in your hands. Yeah! You're itching to try it out. You swipe your finger across the screen and the shiny new icons sparkle across the screen. What's this, you wonder as you notice the Samsung email app. You launch it, but you stop there because you don't know what to do next. Fear not! Here's how you set it up.

How to set up Samsung Email

You'll need your email address and your email password. You might also need some information from your internet service provider about the type of email account you have (POP3, IMAP, or Microsoft Exchange,) security type, and port number. Most providers have this information online.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Tap on the add account button. It's a plus sign in the upper right corner beside the garbage can.
  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box
  6. Enter your password in the password field.

  7. Tap next.
  8. Choose the type of email account. Samsung mail supports POP3, IMAP, or Microsoft Exchange accounts.
  9. Enter your username. This is usually the same as your email address.
  10. Enter your password.

    The next screens ask for information about your email server, such as the security type and port number. Your internet service provider usually posts this information online. Before tapping next on the steps below, make sure that this information is filled in correctly.

  11. Enter your settings per your internet provider for the incoming server.

    • Your username is usually the same as your email address.
    • The IMAP server usually appears in this format: something.somedomain.com/org/net etc.. Get this information from your internet service provider.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port is the location where data, email messages in this case, ends up. Ports are denoted as numbers and, again, your internet service provider will tell you which ports to use.
  12. Tap next at the bottom of the screen.
  13. Enter the settings per your internet provider for the outgoing server.
    • SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol and is the server used for outgoing messages. It usually takes the form of smtp.somedomain.com/net/org etc.. Your internet service provider will have this information as well.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port number is the location from which messages are transmitted. Your internet service provider can give you this information.
  14. Tap next at the bottom of the screen.
  15. Enter a name for your email account. It defaults to your email address.
  16. Enter how your name will be shown on your outgoing messages.
  17. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

If you skip some options, you can go back and change them any time by going into manage accounts and selecting your email address.

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3 months ago

Galaxy App store settings you need to know

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Important settings in Galaxy Apps, the Samsung app store

Downloading all the apps that'll fit on your phone or tablet is probably the best part of owning a Samsung mobile device. It's great to pump it full of games and other apps that interest you and it's great to keep these apps up-to-date and working at full capacity. Here are some settings that you should take into account when using Galaxy Apps.

Galaxy App store settings you need to know

Accessing the Samsung store's settings is quick and easy. Here's how:

  1. Launch Galaxy Apps from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a rounded, white square with an upside-down rainbow and the word "Galaxy" on it.
  2. Tap Galaxy Apps on the top left of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings on the list.
  4. Toggle the switch next to each setting to turn them on or off. Green is on; grey is off.

From here you can change all of the settings within Galaxy Apps. Here are a few that should matter to you.

Auto update apps

By turning this setting on, you can have the apps you've downloaded update automatically, which will help keep your apps as up to date and bug-free as possible.

You have the option to have them update over wi-fi only or to update whenever an update is available, which could lead to data charges. There's more to this, so you should check out our guide to downloading and updating apps through Galaxy Apps.

Purchase Protection

When turned on, Purchase Protection will prompt you to enter a password prior to buying paid content.

This can be extremely handy when you have a credit card registered with Galaxy Apps and you also have little kids with itchy trigger fingers using your devices. Keep Purchase Protection turned on and your password a secret and you shouldn't have a problem only making the purchases that you choose to.

App update notifications

If you like keeping track of application updates, this can be managed easily by toggling App update notifications on and off in the settings menu.

If left on, you'll get a push notification every time an app updates. If you're waiting for a text from that special someone, only to rush to your phone to discover that S Health has been updated, you may be a little like a pig that's lost its voice (disgruntled). In that case, save yourself the hassle and just turn them off.

Push Notifications

Push Notifications, when left on, will notify you of promotions and other information from the Samsung app store.

If you've been wanting a paid app for quite some time, but don't want to shell out the full cost, then it may be wise to leave Push Notifications turned on, so that you can keep up to date on sales and that sort of thing. If you really don't care and get phone rage whenever arbitrary notifications pop up, turn them off.

Save recent searches

Turned on by default, this option logs your searches in the Samsung app store so you can come back to them later.

This is a convenient setting for when you've been searching for days for the perfect app, you've finally found it, but it's $1.99, and you haven't yet registered a credit card. By leaving this setting on, you can search for apps, close the Samsung app store, and come right back to where you were at a later time.

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