How do you properly use Google Fit?

Both Android 5.0 and iOS 8.0 have a lot of features that support some really important health tracking apps – Google Fit and Apple Health.

The Google Fit is a simpler app that is not focused so much on the medical issues, using some progressive sensors in your smartphone to gather information while you are waking, running or cycling. There are also third party devices you can use with the Google Fit app.

1. Get the app

The first step you have to do is to install the app. You can find it in the Google Play Store but if you bought a device with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop you will see that you already have Google Fit installed.

Google also thought about the idea of making it compatible with iOS devices because let's face it: Google Maps, Gmail and any other Google app are working really nice on any iPhone or iPad.

2. Switch to the web

As you probably don't know this, but Google also has a web platform for Google Fit so that if you want to log in you will be able to see all the recorded data about your activities, change any information you want, adjust your goals and so on.

3. Enter your details

It is not mandatory to register all the data about you, but it would be really helpful so that the app can make the best evaluation about your general state, based on your age, gender, weight, height, and so on. You can do that by tapping the Menu button and change the information in the Settings menu.

4. Set your goals

After installing the app you will be able to set your goals. You will see that there are already some goals set up but you should modify them after your own will and performance.

5. Connect Android Wear

If you have an Android Wear device and you installed the Google Fit on your smartphone, it was automatically installed on your Android Wear as well. That means that you can now start your activities without having to carry your smartphone around, because all the information will be registered via Android Wear devices.

6. Start moving

The Google Fit will automatically detect your movements so that you don't have to constantly change your activity. This happens only if you don't have an Android Wear device, that will take over the tasks from your smartphone.

7. Check your progress

You can check your progress from your smartphone, your watch and even your browser. When you are starting the app, the first thing that will appear is the progress from that day, and what do you need to do further in order to complete your targets.

8. Configure the app

If you look in your Settings menu you will see that you can change there a lot of things to make the app more accurate. But more than that, also from the Settings menu you can choose what notifications you want to receive, disable or enable the automatic tracker and also see that devices are paired to the app.

9. Edit your activities

If your smartphone was not as accurate as it should have been when tracking an activity, you can edit the events manually.

10. Connect a fitness tracker

For better results and more information about your health but also your overall well being, you should get a fitness tracker as well. Google is compatible with great fitness tracking producers such as Basis and Withings.