Google Fit is no doubt one of the most useful apps for tracking your fitness activity. But, just like most apps out there, it also has its fair share of bugs and issues that can come out depending on the circumstances. If your Google Fit is not tracking activities, then that’s just one of the problems that can come up – and we’re here to help you fix it.
So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
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- 1 1: Fix your Permissions
- 2 2: Make Sure That “Track Your Activities” is Enabled
- 3 3: Google Fit Not Tracking Activities? Have you Tried Turning it Off and On?
- 4 4: Wait for an Update
- 5 5: Google Fit is Tracking Non-Existent Activities
- 6 6: Google Fit is Not Syncing
- 7 Google Fit is Not Tracking Distances Correctly
- 8 FAQ
- 9 Google Fit Not Actively Tracking Activities Fixes: Wrapping Up
1: Fix your Permissions
One of the most common causes of this particular problem is wrong permissions. When you first set up the app, it usually asks for certain permissions like GPS, notifications, and anything else like that.
If you refuse to grant one of these permissions, then that can create problems down the line with one of them being tracking activities correctly.
So, to fix it, you need to go back to the app’s settings and re-grant it all the permissions that it needs.
To do that on stock Android 10:
- Go to Settings
- Apps & notifications
- All apps
- Google Fit
Then give it access to everything it needs.
Now give it another try and, hopefully, it’ll now work correctly.
iPhone devices are a bit different. To change permissions you need to go to:
And once there, you need to find what permission is missing. Chances are it’s the GPS/Location, so, start with that.
2: Make Sure That “Track Your Activities” is Enabled
Under Google Fit’s settings, you should find an option that’s called “Track your activities”. This allows Google Fit to use your phone’s sensor in order to track steps and distance. If you somehow ended up accidentally turning that option off, then this is the root of the tracking issues for you.
To fix that, go to:
- Google Fit
- Profile (Bottom right corner of the screen)
- Settings (Gear icon at the upper right part)
- And toggle “Track your activities” to “On”
While you’re at it, if you have an issue with map tracking, make sure that “Include maps for all activities and the GPS are enabled as well.
If your GPS toggle is in the status bar, simply drag it down and tap on “Location”. If not, you need to go to:
- And toggle to “Use location”
And you also need to make sure that Google Fit itself has access to location permissions. That’s one of the main reasons when Google Fit is not tracking activities.
3: Google Fit Not Tracking Activities? Have you Tried Turning it Off and On?
Software/apps are extremely complicated. The slightest thing goes wrong and they can stop working for seemingly no reason.
And while there is a plethora of possible solutions to every problem, one of the most common ones to try that often works is just turn it off and on. In this case, you can try rebooting your device.
The exact process can differ from device to device. But, more often than not, all you have to do is:
- Hold down the power button
- And tap on “Reboot” or “Restart” or anything similar
After that, try using Google Fit again, and, hopefully, this time you’re not going to run into any tracking issues.
4: Wait for an Update
Sometimes, Google Fit is not tracking activities due to wrong settings or anything similar to that. However, there are also times when the app is just bugged. In which case, you can’t much more than sit back, wait, and hope that the next update fixes Google Fit.
If the issue came up immediately after updating the app, then there’s a good chance that this is what’s going on. And you can’t revert to an older version of the app without looking outside of Google Play, in which case, you’re also risking installing malware. So, we can only recommend waiting for another update which fixes the problem that the previous update introduced.
It’s ironic – that much is true. But that’s a modern technology for you.
5: Google Fit is Tracking Non-Existent Activities
Sometimes, you may notice that Google Fit is tracking activities correctly – but it also tracks activities that were never done in the first place.
This often happens when you accidentally press “Add activity” through the app’s home screen. And the same goes if you forget your phone unlocked while it’s in your pocket.
The simple fix to that is to, well, be more careful.
And if you want to remove an activity that was added by accident, you can do so if you:
- Open Google Fit
- Go to “Journal”
- Find the activity which you think was accidentally added
- Select “Options” (3 dots at the upper right corner of the screen)
- Then tap on “Delete”
Do also check your connected devices as they may be adding tracking data. But, that should be the correct data since step trackers like the MiBand or anything similar are fully automated anyway.
6: Google Fit is Not Syncing
If you see different data on your tracking app and different data on Google Fit, then you’re most likely dealing with a syncing issue.
To fix that, you need to make sure that your 3rd party apps and devices are connected and synced properly. And while we’d love to guide you through it step by step, the exact process can greatly differ from device to device.
For a point of reference, to sync MiFit with Google Fit, you need to:
- Make sure that MiFit is connected with your Mi device
- Head over to “Profile”
- Add accounts
- Google Fit
Then log-in to your account and you should be good to go.
Sometimes it only syncs everything that happens after the first sync – not before that. And even after successfully syncing, it can take some time before you start seeing the same data.
Again, the exact process will differ depending on the app that you want to connect. So, refer to your own manual for this.
Google Fit is Not Tracking Distances Correctly
If you go cycling or running and the distance covered looks odd, then this is probably not a problem with Google Fit but with your GPS signal instead.
GPS signal strength and stability can greatly differ depending on your phone, location, tall buildings, satellite location, and even the weather. So, there’s not much you can do about it in this case.
You could try working out away from buildings and when the weather is sunny if you can. But, that’s about it.
What Works With Google Fit?
Google Fit works with almost everything that has to do with health and well-being. Step trackers, heart-rate monitoring tools, and anything like that. If you own anything that has to do with health, chances are there is an option for connecting it with Google Fit.
Some of the most popular apps and devices include:
- MiFit/Mi Band
- Mobvoi TicWatch pro
- Samsung Galaxy Watch
- RayTour Tape Measure
- Jabra Elite 75t
- Glow: Fertiliti Calculator
How Does Google Fit Count Steps?
Google Fit uses your phone’s/watch’s sensors and GPS to count how many steps you take and how much distance you cover.
Other than that, you can also rely on 3rd party apps and devices for even more accurate readings or additional features too. For example, MiBand devices, apart from being able to accurately count steps, can also monitor your sleep quality and heart rate.
If you own multiple such devices, Google Fit can be a particularly good choice as it brings everything under a single place.
Is Google Fit Accurate?
Google Fit tracks distance covered in two different power modes:
- Active tracking
When the app is working in the background, it keeps up with your location at a relatively low frequency. That’s the only way for it to conserve battery or your battery would die in no time.
However, when you’re manually tracking an exercise and the GPS signal is good, Google Fit can be extremely accurate.
Google Fit Not Actively Tracking Activities Fixes: Wrapping Up
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