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How do I use GPS on my Fitbit device?

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Elevate your workouts by capturing GPS data with certain Fitbit devices. If your device doesn’t have GPS, use the Fitbit app to record GPS data.

Note: To use connected GPS with your iPhone, make sure that Allow Location Access is set to Always for the Fitbit app. 

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Does my Fitbit device have GPS?

Device NameGPS Type
Fitbit IonicBuilt-in GPS
Fitbit Blaze
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Inspire HR
Fitbit Versa series
Connected GPS*

*Devices with connected GPS use the sensors on your nearby phone to capture GPS data. Keep your phone close to your device during an activity.

How do I start a workout with GPS on my Fitbit device?

  1. Open the Exercise app User-added image on your device, and tap an activity. Only activities where you cover physical distance, like a run, walk, hike, or bike ride, offer GPS tracking. 
  2. If necessary, turn on GPS for certain activities such as an interval workout. For more information, see How do I turn on GPS for an exercise on my Fitbit device?
  3. Wait a few moments for GPS to connect. You can begin the activity as your device tries to find a signal. (Note that your device uses your step count to calculate distance until GPS is connected).

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  4. Tap the play icon to start the activity. If the GPS signal disconnects, your phone or device searches for a signal while the activity is in progress.

For more information, see How do I track my workouts with my Fitbit device?

How do I see GPS data captured by Fitbit device?

After you complete a workout with GPS, sync your device and open your exercise history in the Fitbit app to see your route, distance, and pace. For additional stats, such as elevation climbed and split times, log into your account on fitbit.com. Click Log > Activities > View Details.
 

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How do I turn on GPS for an exercise on my Fitbit device?

  • Blaze
    1. In the Fitbit app, open Exercise Shortcuts. For more information, see How do I track my workouts with my Fitbit device?
    2. Tap the exercise you want to track, and make sure Connected GPS is turned on.
    If GPS doesn't connect, confirm GPS is enabled on your device:
    1. On Blaze, tap the Exercise screen, and find the exercise you want to track.
    2. Tap the gear icon, and make sure Use Phone GPS is on.
  • Charge 2
    1. In the Fitbit app, open Exercise Shortcuts. For more information, see How do I track my workouts with my Fitbit device?
    2. Tap the exercise you want to track, and make sure Connected GPS is turned on.
  • Charge 3
    1. Open the Exercise app User-added image  and swipe to find the exercise you want to track.
    2. Swipe up, and make sure Use Phone GPS is On.
    3. Press the button to return to the activity screen.
  • Inspire HR
    Open the Settings app User-added image  and make sure Phone GPS is On.
  • Ionic & Versa series
    1. Open the Exercise app User-added image and swipe to find the exercise you want to track. 
    2. Tap the gear icon User-added image and make sure GPS (Connected GPS for Versa series) is On. 
    3. Press the back button to return to the activity screen.

How do I use the Fitbit app to capture GPS data?

Capture your route, distance, pace, and more using the GPS sensors on your phone. Your Fitbit device calculates your steps taken, active minutes, and calories burned during the activity.
  • iPhones
    1. Confirm that the Fitbit app can use your phone's GPS sensors. For more information, see How do I allow the Fitbit app to use my phone's GPS sensors?
    2. Tap the Today tab User-added image and tap the gray + icon on the Exercise tile. 
    3. Tap Track at the top.
    4. Choose an activity: run, walk, or hike.
    5. To hear cues during your activity, tap Cues and set the type, frequency, and volume.
    6. To control music during your activity, tap Music Control and choose a playlist.
    7. Tap Start. During the activity, swipe left to see a GPS map.
    8. When you're done, tap Pause, then tap and hold Finish
    9. Review your workout summary.
  • Android phones
    1. Confirm that the Fitbit app can use your phone's GPS sensors. For more information, see How do I allow the Fitbit app to use my phone's GPS sensors?
    2. Tap the Today tab User-added image  then tap the gray + icon on the Exercise tile. 
    3. Tap Tracking at the top.
    4. For Android (OS 6.0+), make sure you grant the Fitbit app access to the requested features of your phone. For more information, see What should I know about using the Fitbit app on my Android phone?
    5. Choose an activity: run, walk, or hike.
    6. To hear cues during your activity, tap Cues and set the type, frequency, and volume.
    7. Tap Start. During the activity, swipe left to see a GPS map.
    8. When you're done, tap Pause, then tap and hold Finish
    9. Review your workout summary.
  • Windows 10 phones
    1. Confirm that the Fitbit app can use your phone's GPS sensors. For more information, see How do I allow the Fitbit app to use my phone's GPS sensors?
    2. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the + icon.
    3. Tap Track Exercise.
    4. Choose an activity: run, walk, or hike.
    5. To hear cues during your activity, tap Cues and set the type, frequency, and volume. Note that cues won't work if music is playing.
    6. Tap Start, then tap Start again. During the activity, swipe left to see a GPS map.
    7. When you're done, tap Pause, then tap and hold Finish
    8. Review your workout summary.

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

  • iPhones
    1. Confirm your phone can track your location when you're out of Wi-Fi range:
      1. Open SettingsCellular.
      2. Make sure Cellular Data is turned on.
    2. Confirm that your phone can continue tracking your location when your phone is locked:
      1. Open Settings > General.
      2. Tap Background App Refresh, find the Fitbit app, and make sure it's turned on.
    3. Confirm that your phone can identify your location:
      1. Open Settings > Privacy.
      2. Tap Location Services and make sure it’s turned on.
      3. Find Fitbit in the app list, and make sure that Allow Location Access is set to Always
  • Android & Windows 10 phones
    Steps to verify these requirements depend on your phone model. If you're not sure how to complete a step, see the instructions provided by your phone's manufacturer. 
    1. Confirm that your phone can track your activity (usually by making sure that Cellular Data use is turned on).
    2. Confirm that your phone can continue to track your location while it's locked.
    3. Confirm that your phone can identify your location (usually by turning on Location Services in your privacy settings).

How accurate is my GPS data?

For more information, see How accurate are Fitbit devices?

Can I download my GPS data?

For more information, see How do I export my Fitbit account data?

Why isn't GPS working on my Fitbit device?

There are a few reasons why GPS might not connect. Review the information below, then check the requirements and troubleshooting steps.
  1. Environmental factors, including tall buildings, dense forest, steep hills, and even thick cloud cover, can interfere with your device’s or phone’s ability to connect to GPS satellites. If the signal is blocked—either because you're underground or due to another reason—GPS won't work. 
  2. Confirm that GPS is enabled on your device. For more information, see How do I turn on GPS for an exercise on my Fitbit device?
  3. For connected GPS, turn off Wi-Fi on your phone so that your phone doesn’t try to connect to available networks along your route. 
  4. For connected GPS, verify the following requirements; then try the troubleshooting steps if necessary.

Requirements

  1. Bluetooth on your phone is turned on, and your device is connected under your phone’s Bluetooth settings. 
  2. Your phone is within 30 feet of your device.
  3. Your device can sync with your phone. For more information, see How do Fitbit devices sync their data?
  4. Your phone can identify your location and can track your location. For more information, see How do I allow the Fitbit app to use my phone's GPS sensors?
  5. (Android only) The Fitbit app is allowed to run in the background on your phone. For more information, see What should I know about using the Fitbit app on my Android phone?

Troubleshooting steps

  1. Force quit, and reopen the Fitbit app to refresh the connection with your device. If GPS won’t connect, try step 2.
  2. On your phone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth off and back on. If GPS still won’t connect, try step 3.
  3. Restart your phone.
Last updated: October 28, 2019
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