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How do I use multisport or exercise mode on my tracker?

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The Fitbit trackers below let you start and stop exercise tracking for precise results. Depending on the tracker you can see real-time stats on your wrist, and all trackers save your workout details to your exercise history. 

For instructions on how to change or delete an exercise, see How do I edit or delete an exercise or activity?

Multisport mode on Fitbit Blaze lets you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select, then saves the information in your exercise history. Certain exercises offer connected GPS tracking as described in Does my Fitbit tracker have GPS?

First-time Setup

If you plan to use connected GPS, verify the GPS-related settings on your phone:
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. First, make sure you can track your run, walk, or hike when you're out of Wi-Fi range:
      1. Open Settings 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 Settings 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 Settings 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.
  • Fitbit app for Android

    The verification steps for these platforms vary widely depending on the specific mobile device. If you're unsure how to verify anything mentioned, 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.

To change the Exercise menu or make sure the exercise you want to track is included, see How do I customize the Exercise menu on my tracker?

If you want to receive time or distance-based updates (splits) on your Blaze during a run, turn on run cues in the Fitbit app. To find run cues, from the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image) > Blaze > Exercise ShortcutsRun (on Windows 10 mobile devices, tap Free Run). 

Tracking an exercise

To use multisport mode:

  1. On your tracker, swipe to the Exercise screen and tap it, then swipe to find the exercise of your choice.

    If you see a gear icon in the lower left corner, that exercise offers connected GPS. Tap the gear to see an option for turning GPS on or off. Press the Back button (left) to return to your exercise.

  2. Tap the exercise to select. You’ll see the Let’s Go! screen.

    If you chose a connected-GPS exercise, you’ll see a phone icon in the top left. The dots mean your tracker is looking for the GPS signal. When the phone icon turns bright and the tracker vibrates, you know GPS is connected. Note that a weak GPS signal may cause your route and other activity data to be inaccurate.
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  3. Tap the screen’s Play symbol or press the Select button (lower right) to begin tracking your exercise. A stopwatch appears showing your elapsed time. Tap or swipe up and down to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day.
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  4. When you’re done with your workout or want to pause, tap the pause icon or the Select button (lower right).
  5. To see a summary of your results, tap the flag icon or press the Action button (upper right).
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  6. Tap Done or press the Back (left) button to close the summary screen.

Syncing your tracker stores the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used connected GPS. ​

To see the multisport steps in action, watch our video (English only):

Exercise mode on your Fitbit Charge works similar to the trip mode on a car’s odometer. For example, if you put your tracker in exercise mode and go for a run, once you stop exercise mode at the end of the run and sync your data, you’ll see the "Workout" in your exercise history. Details include a minute-by-minute graph and summary stats like duration and calorie burn.

To see stats like pace and distance in your exercise summary, recategorize the Workout to a specific step-based activity such as Run, Walk, or Hike.

To use exercise mode:

  1. Press and hold the button until a stopwatch icon appears. The timer starts counting immediately, and elapsed time appears.
  2. Press the button to advance through real-time stats:
    • Elapsed time
    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed
    • Time of day
  3. When you finish the activity, press and hold the button to end exercise mode.

    On your Charge, you'll get an immediate summary about your workout. The elapsed time scrolls across the tracker’s screen for about four seconds. After the elapsed time, the following summary stats appear in turn:

    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed
After you sync your tracker, you can go to your dashboard to see the summary stats and the activity's impact on your day.

Multisport mode on Fitbit Charge 2 lets you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select, then saves the information in your exercise history. Certain exercises offer connected GPS tracking as described in Does my Fitbit tracker have GPS?​ 

First-time Setup

If you plan to use connected GPS, verify the GPS-related settings on your phone:
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. First, make sure you can track your run, walk, or hike when you're out of Wi-Fi range:
      1. Open Settings 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 Settings 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 Settings 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.
  • Fitbit app for Android

    The verification steps for these platforms vary widely depending on the specific mobile device. If you're unsure how to verify anything mentioned, 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.

To change the Exercise menu or make sure the exercise you want to track is included, see How do I customize the Exercise menu on my tracker?

Tracking an exercise

  1. On your tracker, press the button until you get to the Exercise screen.
  2. Tap to find the exercise of your choice.
  3. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If you see a phone icon at the top, that exercise offers connected GPS and your device is connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon has a line through it that means your tracker is not connected to your phone or your phone is not connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon has an animated dashed line next to it, that means your device is trying to find a GPS signal.
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  4. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day.
  5. To pause your workout, press the button. Then press the button again to resume the exercise.
  6. When you’re done with your workout, press and hold the button to stop recording. You’ll see a flag icon and a congratulatory message.
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  7. Press the button to see a summary of your results. With each button press you’ll cycle to a different set of stats. You can view your exercise summary one time. 
Syncing your tracker stores the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used connected GPS. 

Exercise mode on your Fitbit Charge HR works similar to the trip mode on a car’s odometer. For example, if you put your tracker in exercise mode and go for a run, once you stop exercise mode at the end of the run and sync your data, you’ll see the "Workout" in your exercise history. Details include a minute-by-minute graph and summary stats like duration, calorie burn, and average heart rate.

To see stats like pace and distance in your exercise summary, recategorize the Workout to a specific step-based activity such as Run, Walk, or Hike.

To use exercise mode:

  1. Press and hold the button until a stopwatch icon appears. The timer starts counting immediately, and elapsed time appears.
  2. Press the button to advance through real-time stats:
    • Elapsed time
    • Current heart rate and heart rate zone
    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed
    • Time of day
  3. When you finish the activity, press and hold the button to end exercise mode.

    On your Charge HR, you'll get an immediate summary about your workout. The elapsed time scrolls across the tracker’s screen for about four seconds. After the elapsed time, the following summary stats appear in turn:

    • Average heart rate
    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed

After you sync your tracker, you can go to your dashboard to see the summary stats and the activity's impact on your day.

Use the timer on your Fitbit One to track a specific activity in greater detail. For example, if you put your tracker in exercise mode and go for a walk or run, when you sync your tracker after your exercise you’ll see a new entry on your fitbit.com activity log. The entry provides a summary of the activity's stats as well as a minute-by-minute graph.

To track an exercise:

  1. Hold down the button until you see the timer start. While your tracker is recording an activity, its icons will blink continuously and you will see a stopwatch for the duration of the activity.
  2. When you're done with your workout, hold down the button until you see the timer stop.
  3. Sync your tracker.
  4. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and go to Log > Activities to see the activity. Note that you can't view activity details from the One in the Fitbit apps.

With Fitbit Surge you can track several types of runs and exercises and use on-device GPS. 

To use your Surge during a run or other exercise:

  1. Press the Home button and then swipe to the Run or Exercise screens. To change your Exercise menu to see only the exercises you use, see  How do I customize the Exercise menu on my tracker?
  2. Press the Select button (lower right) or tap the screen, then swipe to find the type of run or exercise you want to track. You'll know whether the activity uses GPS if you see a GPS icon next to the heart rate icon. 
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  3. When you find what you're looking for, press the Select button (lower right) or tap the screen to start your activity.
  4. (GPS Only) If your run or non-bike exercise uses GPS, Surge will search for a GPS signal and vibrate when it is found. If a signal isn't found within a few seconds, a Quick Start option appears so you can start your activity immediately while Surge keeps looking for the signal. For more information, see Why isn't GPS Working?
  5. During your workout you can:
    • Swipe to see various stats or the time of day.
    • Press the Select button (lower right) to pause or resume your activity.
    • Press the Action button (top right) to view any call or text notifications Surge received from your mobile device while you were working out.
    • Double press the Home button to see the current song playing on your mobile device and pause or skip a track.
    • Receive time or distance-based updates (splits) on your Surge during a run. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image) > Surge > Exercise Shortcuts > Run (on Windows 10 mobile devices, tap Free Run). Turn on run cues and choose your interval. 
  6. Press the Select button (lower right) when you're done with your workout, then press the Action button to see a summary.
  7. Press the Action button (top right) once more to exit completely and return to the clock.

After Surge syncs your new data to the dashboard, you can see your workout details and assess their impact on your daily and weekly totals.

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Last updated: May 24, 2017
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