What you need to know
- Google Fit will be rolling out sleep tracking this week.
- The app will not track your sleep automatically, but will allow you to connect third-party sleep-tracking apps.
- iOS users will also be getting the ability to map their workout routes.
Last August, after working with the American Heart Association and Worth Health Organization, Google incorporated Move Minutes and Heart Points into the a radically redesigned Google Fit app. However, staying healthy is about more than just how much activity you do each day, it's also about how much you rest. That's why Google is adding the ability to track your sleep to Google Fit.
That's big news for Google Fit fans, but there is a bit of a twist. The app itself will not track your sleep. Instead, you'll need to use another third-party app to record your sleeping habits and connect it to Google Fit.
The good news, however, is that once it's connected, you'll have one central dashboard to get an overview of your daily exercise and sleep patterns. You'll also have the ability to add or edit your sleep history manually using the journal feature.
While using Google Fit to keep track of your sleep, you might also want to enable the dark theme as well. Not only will it be easier on your eyes, but dark themes help save battery life on phones with OLED displays.
Along with sleep tracking, Google Fit is also adding the ability to map your workout route into the iOS app. This has been available for a while in the Android app, and soon iPhone users will be able to see a map displaying the route they took during their workout. The data will be based on actively tracked workouts, such as walking, running, or biking using your Apple Watch, Wear OS watch, or other connected apps.
According to the blog post, these new features will be rolling out over the next week.
Will it finally work Fitbit? The lack of integration between Google Fit and Fitbit is very annoying. I currently have to use an app (FittoFit) to sync my Fitbit data with Google Fit.
Well, it may (in the future). If the acquisition of Fitbit by Alphabet is completed.
They're going to have to up their battery game in Wear devices to properly do this I think. Most of the Wear watches I've owned really struggled to get through a long day without recharging.
Anyone know which sleep trackers they will sync too? I have Huawei watch and their app doesn't sync to anything. It's a sad joke.
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