How to track your sleep with Google Fit

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Many of us who wear fitness trackers to monitor our steps, heart rate, or other health metrics are also likely interested in measuring our sleep. Did you know that there’s a way to track your sleep with Google Fit?

Like Samsung Health or Apple Health apps, Google Fit offers an easy-to-use dashboard where you can see all your health and fitness information in one place. This includes an overview of your daily sleep habits and patterns.

Though Google Fit can’t directly monitor your sleep, you can take a few steps to sync the correct devices or apps that allow you to track your sleep with Google Fit.

In this article, we provide an overview of what you need to do to track your sleep with Google Fit and then provide you with some troubleshooting tips if you are having difficulty getting Google Fit to track your sleep. 

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How can you track your sleep with Google Fit?

The first thing to know is that Google Fit does not track your sleep directly. However, Google Fit offers many sleep analyses and features once you connect it to other apps and devices that track sleep, such as a smartwatch.

To track your sleep with Google Fit, you need to connect a supported device and/or a third-party app with Google Fit OR use Google Fit’s option to manually log sleep.

Once you connect Google Fit to a supported sleep tracking device or app, all your sleep stats sync directly into Google Fit.

We’ll go more in-depth about linked smart devices and apps, but we wanted to quickly walk you through how to log your sleep within Google Fit manually.

When you manually log your sleep, Google Fit can only track your sleep schedule and your sleep duration. It cannot show you any other information about your sleep quality.

To manually log sleep within Google Fit:

  1. Open Google Fit and tap the Browse tab at the bottom. Browse tab Google Fit
  2. Choose Sleep.
  3. Tap the (+) symbol at the top right corner. Add sleep duration and schedule manually to Google Fit
  4. To Add sleep, input the time you went to bed and the time you woke up. Tap Save. track sleep with google fit
  5. To review your sleep information, tap the Home tab and look at Last sleep.  Last sleep info in Google Fit
  6. Tap to open Last sleep to see more details. Last sleep details in Google Fit

As you log more nights and accrue more data, Google Fit offers you various charts and graphs that show your sleep trends over time, usually by week and month.Google Fit sleep schedule

While manually entering your sleep each night is a simple way to track your sleep with Google Fit, you will likely forget to add your sleep bed and wake-up times on some days.

And there are some additional downsides to logging sleep manually.

Since you don’t capture any heart rate information, Google Fit cannot show a sleep score, any sleep stages, won’t show any time awake or restless, and cannot track your sleeping heart or respiratory rate.

That’s why we recommend using a device or app that pairs with Google Fit and works automatically, in the background so you don’t have to remember to add in your sleep.

In the next section, we discuss which devices and apps pair with Google Fit to provide seamless data sharing when monitoring your sleeping habits and patterns. 

What smart devices sync sleep data with Google Fit?

That’s a big question because many devices allow you to sync your data with Google Fit. 

In general, all Wear OS and Wear OS 3 devices like smartwatches or trackers sync with Google Fit because it’s either the default fitness app or a featured app for these wearables. 

Some non-Wear OS watches, trackers, and other devices like a sleeping mat also work with Google Fit, usually by connecting their companion app to Google Fit.

To get sleep data, make sure you purchase a device that includes tracking your heart rate.

Some popular brands of sleep tracking devices that work with Google Fit include:

Wear OS smartwatches with Google Fit apps like the TicWatch Pro (must also use TicSleep for Wear OS) or Fossil Gen 5 or 6 (must also use Fossil’s Wellness app.)

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Wear OS 3 smartwatches with Google Fit apps like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.

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Withings smartwatches and its flagship Sleep Tracking Mat using the Health Mate app and connecting it to Google Fit.

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Xiaomi Mi Bands connecting the Zepp Life (formerly called the Mi Fit app) to Google Fit.

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All Polar smartwatches connecting the Polar Flow app to Google Fit.

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Google’s own Nest Hub tracks sleep from your nightstand!

Another of Google’s cool gadgets we want to mention is the Nest Hub (2nd gen). It’s really cool and doesn’t require you to wear anything to get your sleep analysis along with some personalized insights into getting a good night’s sleep.

Using its Sleep Sensing feature, your sleeping data automatically syncs from the Nest Hub directly into Google Fit. 

nest hub gen 2

The Nest Hub analyzes the sleep of the person closest to the device. It does this by using low-energy motion sensors to detect your movements and breathing (including coughing or snoring) and also analyzes other environmental factors such as the light and temperature in the room.

It truly is a smart device that records the duration and patterns of your sleep and the quality. Plus, you can ask Google Assistant questions about your sleep!

And the best part is that you don’t have to wear anything on your wrist, chest, or finger to get all these insights!

For Android users, the Oura ring works with Google Fit too! oura ring

One last smart device we wanted to highlight is the new(ish) Oura ring. The Oura ring is a tiny and fascinating smart device packed full of features, including the ability to track your sleep.

The Oura Ring uses incredible technology to sample your pulse 250 times per second to track your respiratory rate, heartbeat, and heart rate variability.

It offers advanced sleep monitoring, including showing a sleep score and your sleep stages using algorithms to gain insights into your sleep quality. All this information helps you discover your ideal bedtime.Sleep data in Oura app for Oura Ring

To track your sleep with Google Fit using Oura, you’ll need to pair the two. During the initial setup of your Oura account, you should be asked to enable Google Fit. From there, you’re good to go.

Oura’s Google Fit integration is bi-directional, meaning data flows both ways (exporting and importing) between the Oura app and Google Fit.

In particular, Oura exports your sleep measurements including your bedtime, wake-up time, sleep duration, nightly resting heart rate data, and more to Google Fit!

If for some reason, you aren’t prompted to do this with the initial setup, you can pair Oura and Google Fit within the Oura App. 

To pair with Google Fit from the Oura App:

  1. Go to the menu icon in the upper left corner.
  2. Tap Settings > Google Fit. Google Fit connection to Oura app for Oura ring
  3. Toggle on all listed settings, including Connect to Google FitImport Workouts from Google Fit, and Moments to Google Fit.
  4. Open Google Fit to double-check this connection by going into Google Fit > tap the Profile tab at the bottom > Settings > Manage connected apps. Connected apps and permissions for Google Fit in Settings
    1. Ensure that Oura is listed as a connected app and that its access is set to “has some account access.”

Many other fitness wearables and devices can also be used indirectly with Google Fit if you are using a third-party app to log stats. We’ll talk more about these apps in the next section.

What third-party apps allow you to track your sleep with Google Fit?

There are dozens of well-known and lesser-known apps that you can connect with Google Fit. 

Some popular apps include:

  • Sleep as Android
  • Sleep Cycle
  • Noom
  • Oura
  • Polar Flow
  • Withings Health Mate
  • MyFitnesPal
  • Strava

Some of these are more geared towards fitness, but many have sleep tracking features. Head to the Google Play site to see the comprehensive list of current apps that work with Google Fit

The key to getting these apps to work with Google Fit is to connect the apps together so they share data. You do this inside the third-party app’s settings, not inside Google Fit. You also need to keep both apps installed on your device to maintain this connection.

Two notable sleeping apps frequently recommended on forums that allow you to track your sleep with Google Fit are Sleep as Android and Sleep Cycle.

Sleep as Android

sleep as android app

One of the biggest names in sleep tracking that you can find on the Google Play Store is Sleep as Android. It’s been around for years and is still a highly-rated app for measuring your sleep patterns.

Sleep as Android installs its app on your phone as well as any connected smartwatches or trackers.

But a wearable isn’t required! The beauty of this app is that it can track sleep by placing your phone on your bed or bedside table, near your body.

This contactless sleep tracking uses an ultrasonic signal that reflects from your body and measures movement and breath rate. It can even detect snoring and make a sound or vibrate to help you stop.

To connect Sleep as Android with Google Fit:

  1. From the Sleep as Android Home Screen search bar, tap the Settings icon (gear.)
  2. Scroll down to the Integrations category and tap Services. Sleep as Android app set up on phone
  3. Check the box for Google Fit. Connect Google fit and Sleep with Android app
  4. Follow the steps on-screen to agree to share data between the apps, choose your Google account, and Allow the app permission. Allow Sleep as Android and Google Fit to share data
  5. Once allowed, Sleep as Android starts synchronizing your past sleep data up to a limit of 3 years. Any new sleep records are automatically synchronized with Fit.

When you’re ready to go to sleep, Sleep with Android offers several ways to track your sleep by updating the settings in Sleep Tracking > Start sleep tracking.

  • Automatically when your bedtime starts or automatically after you fall asleep (not all phones offer this option.)
  • Manually by hitting the Start-Sleep Tracking button. You’ll also need to select Stop and Save in the morning when you wake up. 

Once you’ve completed this data logging for the previous night, you’ll be able to see a sleep graph with different components (e.g., quality of sleep, duration of sleep, etc.) in both the Sleep as Android app and Google Fit. 

Sleep Cycle 

sleep cycle app

Sleep Cycle is another super-cool app that can be used to analyze your sleeping habits and patterns. A feature that many have come to love is the app’s Smart Alarm.

The app can determine when you are in your lightest sleeping phase and chooses to gently wake you up within a 30-minute window that you select. 

To connect Sleep Cycle with Google Fit:

  • Go to your Sleep Cycle Profile > More > Select Google Fit to enable and follow the steps on-screen to grant all the permissions to access and share data. Sleep Cycle and Google Fit app share and sync data

That’s it! You can always go into Google Fit > Profile tab > Settings > Manage connected apps to double-check that Sleep Cycle or any of your preferred sleep tracking apps is listed. apps connected to Google Fit

How to view your sleeping data in Google Fit

Once you entered your sleep manually or you connected a wearable, sleep tracking device, or a third-party app to Google Fit, you’ll want to know how to find your sleeping info in Google Fit. Fortunately, it’s very simple.

Right from the Google Fit Home Screen:

  1. Choose the Home tab at the bottom.
  2. You may see the tabs titled Last Sleep, Weekly Recap, or Trends. Google Fit sleep data in Home tab
  3. You can select any of these tabs to open up a more detailed report of your sleep. For example, these are reports from the Google Nest Hub 2nd generation. Sleep report from Google Nest Hub in Google Fit app
  4. If using a connected app, Google Fit pulls your sleep data from the connected app, and inside Fit, the Sleep tile features information from that app’s chart of your sleep on the homepage.
    1. To view more info: tap the listed sleep chart.
    2. At the top, tap the sleep time frame you’d like to view.
    3. Choose the data you want to see (e.g., bedtime schedule or duration.)

What do I do if Google Fit isn’t tracking my sleep?

In most cases, the two apps may not be talking to one another because of an issue with permissions or disruption in syncing because of a software upgrade. 

Here are a few troubleshooting tips you can try if you find that your sleep info isn’t syncing with Google Fit.

1. Fix Google Fit’s permissions App permissions on Google Fit

Sometimes with the initial app set up, these permissions get skipped, or for whatever reason, you may not be prompted to set them up.

To make sure permissions are turned on for Android:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > All apps.
  2. Select Google Fit > Permissions.
  3. Allow all permissions, including location, physical activity, and storage.

To change permissions on iPhones:

  1. Settings > Privacy. Make sure Location Services is on.
  2. Go back to Settings and scroll down to choose Google Fit. background app refresh and other settings for Google Fit app on iPhone
  3. Toggle on Background App Refresh. 

2. Uninstall, reinstall, and re-pair your desired app with Google Fit

Sometimes we don’t need to know why this works, but it can at times. Perhaps the app has issues running in the background, or an update is lagging.

If this still doesn’t fix it…

3. Check for any software and app updates Google Fit app update in App Store

Either on your phone itself or within either of the apps you are pairing. This may require a phone restart, but an update to software can often resolve any misconnections. 

Final thoughts on how to track your sleep with Google Fit

The tools that we have today to allow us to track our health and fitness are widespread. It’s up to you to pick which smartwatch, smart device, or app works best for you when trying to track your sleep with Google Fit.

We hope this article gave you an overview of some options that allow you to sync sleep data with Google Fit and how you can go about setting this up. 

Do you use one of the smart devices or apps we mentioned in this article? If not, which app or smart device is your go-to for monitoring your sleep? 

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I am an occupational therapist and kinesiologist with a long history in the health and fitness industry. Plus, I'm also an avid cyclist with a passion for writing and travel that have helped shape my interest in the fitness tech world. You can catch me in a nearby cat café planning for my next road route or bucket list destination!


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