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Does my Fitbit device have GPS?

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Select Fitbit devices can capture GPS data including route, distance, and pace in your exercise history.

II your device isn’t compatible with GPS, you can use the Fitbit app to capture GPS data during your workouts (known as MobileRun). For more information, see How do I use the Fitbit app to capture GPS data?

Does my Fitbit device have GPS?

The following devices offer GPS functionality:

  • Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Surge have built-in GPS. Select an exercise to see whether it captures GPS data. 
  • Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Charge 2 work with the sensors on your nearby phone to track GPS data (known as "connected" GPS). Choose an exercise to see if it includes connected GPS. For information on how using connected GPS can improve your stride length calculation, see How do I measure and adjust my stride length? 

For more information about tracking exercise, see How do I use exercise apps and modes on my Fitbit device?

How do I allow the Fitbit app to use my phone's GPS?

  • iPhone
    1. First, make sure your phone can track your location when you're out of Wi-Fi range:
      1. Open iOS Settings app and tap Cellular.
      2. Make sure Cellular Data is turned on.
    2. Next, ensure that your GPS can continue tracking when your phone is locked:
      1. Open the iOS Settings app and tap General.
      2. Tap Background App Refresh, find the Fitbit app, and make sure it is turned on.
    3. Lastly, make sure your phone can identify your location:
      1. Open the iOS Settings app and tap Privacy.
      2. Tap Location Services and make sure it’s turned on.
      3. Find Fitbit in the app list and make sure it's set to While Using the App or Always
    4. If the Fitbit app doesn’t appear in the Location Services app list:
      1. From your Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile.
      2. Tap the stopwatch icon (User-added image) in the top-right corner.
      3. When the window pops up asking for access to your location, tap the Allow button.
      4. Return to step 3 to make sure your phone can identify your location.
  • Android or Windows Phone
    The verification steps for these platforms vary widely depending on the specific mobile device. If you're unsure how to verify any settings, consult the instructions provided by your device manufacturer.
    1. Make sure your phone can track your activity when you're out of Wi-Fi range. This is usually achieved by making sure Cellular Data is turned on.
    2. Make sure GPS can continue tracking while your phone is locked.
    3. Make sure your phone can identify your location. This is usually achieved by enabling Location Services within your privacy settings.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. Make sure your phone can track your run, walk, or hike when you're out of Wi-Fi range:
      1. Open Settings and tap Network and wireless.
      2. Tap Cellular & SIM.
      3. Turn on Data connection.
    2. Make sure your phone can identify your location:
      1. Open Settings and tap Privacy > Location.
      2. Turn on Location service.
      3. Under Choose apps that can use your precise location, find the Fitbit app and make sure it can use your location.

Can I see a larger GPS map?

After you complete a GPS activity and sync your device, the activity is saved to your exercise history in the Fitbit app. To find details on your route map that might be hard to see on your phone's screen, look at the map on a computer instead. To do so, log into fitbit.com. At the top of the dashboard, click Log > Activities to see your activity log (known as your exercise history in the Fitbit app). You can expand any workout to see more details.
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Last updated: December 13, 2017
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