What is Google Fit and How Does It Work?

Google joins with major health organizations to create fitness goals

Google Fit is a fitness tracking app for Android smartphones and Wear OS by Google smartwatches. It can track walking, running, and cycling automatically, and you can manually track workouts such as strength training, circuit training, boxing, and even curling.

If your wearable has a heart rate monitor, Google Fit will also track that. In 2018, Google collaborated with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization to gain an understanding of the science behind physical activity and translate into fitness goals.

Google Fit's Science-Based Goals

These two goals, called Move Minutes and Heart Points, are based on the AHA's recommendations for activities that can have a positive effect on your overall health. The AHA recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, or some combination of both. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes per day, you'll meet the goal.

Google Fit app.

These translate to Move Minutes and Heart Points in the Google Fit app, each of which has a daily goal. Heart Points also have a weekly goal, so if you miss your mark one day, you can make up for it the next.

Move Minutes are precisely that; a tally of your movements throughout the day, whether it's an intensive workout or a short walk. Having a daily goal could mean that to reach it, you'll do things like take the stairs instead of an elevator.

You earn Heart Points by doing moderately intense activities such as briskly walking. For both goals, you get one point for each minute of physical activity. You can earn double Heart Points for running and other more intense actions.

Tips For Managing Your Google Fit Goals, Data & More

Your Google Fit profile includes your fitness goals as well as your gender, birthday, weight, and height.

By default, your initial goals will be 30 Move Minutes and 10 Heart Points per day, which Google Fit will continually adjust based on your activity. You'll get alerts about lowering or raising your goals based on how often you meet, exceed, or fall short of your goals.

You can see your stats on the main screen of the Google Fit app on your smartphone or smartwatch. You can also download a Google Fit watch face so you can see your goal progress every time you check the time.

  1. Tap Profile to view and adjust your personal information and goals.

  2. To adjust your goals, tap the down arrow next to Move Minutes or Heart Points.

    Google Fit profile and goals.
  3. Use the plus and minus symbols to adjust the goal. Tap Set Goal to save.

You can connect Google Fit with a range of other apps, including Nike+, Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Sleep as Android, and more. There's a section on Google Play of apps that work with Google Fit so you can see if your favorite one is among them or discover a new one.

To connect an app to Google Fit, open that app, and go to its settings. Look for an option related to connecting other apps.

Connecting the Endomondo app to Google Fit.
These screens show how to connect the Endomondo app to Google Fit.

Every app is different. Consult the app's help page or use Google to find the right setting .

To see connected apps or disconnect an app:

  1. Tap Profile and then the Settings symbol.

  2. Tap Manage connected apps.

  3. You'll see Google Fit apps & devices.

    Google Fit connected app settings.
  4. To stop sharing data between Google Fit and another app, tap on the app name in the list and then Disconnect.

  5. Tap Disconnect again.

There are also a handful of notifications you can opt into, including when you complete a goal, goal progress and activity tips, and alerts about new features.

You can also turn on spoken announcements at various increments from every mile or half a mile to every 10 minutes or even 30 seconds.