What is Google Fit and How It Can Help You

Learn how Google has joined with major health organizations to keep you healthy

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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.

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.

These translate to Move Minutes and Heart Points in Google Fit, 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 exactly 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 in order to reach it, you'll do things like take the stairs instead of an elevator.

Heart Points are earned 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.

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.

Google Fit's main screen showing number of Move Minutes, Heart Points, and other data

Your stats are displayed 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.

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. Tap on Profile at the bottom of the main screen to view and adjust any of this information.

To edit your goals:

  1. Tap Profile.

  2. Tap the down arrow next to Move Minutes or Heart Points.

  3. Use the plus and minus symbols to adjust the goal.

    Google Fit screens with goals for Heart Points and Move Minutes

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. There's no standard naming conventions (at least not yet) so look for "connect other apps", "link services, apps & device," or something like that. When in doubt, just use Google to find the right setting for the app you are using.

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.

  4. To see the full list of connected apps, tap the drop down arrow and then All apps & devices.

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

  6. Tap Disconnect on the pop-up message.

There are also a handful 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 mile to every 10 minutes or even 30 seconds.