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What should I know about SmartTrack exercise detection?

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The SmartTrack feature automatically recognizes select exercises to ensure you get credit for your most active moments of the day. It is available with all trackers except Fitbit Charge, Flex, One, and Zip.

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Which exercises are tracked automatically?

SmartTrack recognizes continuous, high-movement activities such as:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Outdoor biking
  • Elliptical
  • Swimming (Flex 2 only)

It also recognizes two general categories:

  • Sport—Includes high-movement sports like tennis, basketball, soccer, and others. Sports that might not be recognized include those without continuous movement or that vary in intensity level, like golf.
  • Aerobic workout—Includes aerobic activities with continuous movement, such as Zumba®, cardio-kickboxing, and other dance classes.
Note that GPS data is not included in automatic exercise detection For more information on swim tracking, see How do I track my swims with Flex 2?

Where do I see my exercise stats?

On your Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile to see your exercise history. (On fitbit.com, go to your activity log.) For each auto-detected exercise you'll find stats such as duration and estimated calorie burn. Distance and pace are not included.

How long do I need to exercise?

By default, SmartTrack recognizes an exercise that lasts at least 15 minutes. You can lower this setting to 10 minutes, or increase it as high as 90 minutes. For example if you only want SmartTrack to detect your longer walks, you might change your duration settings to a 30-minute minimum. For instructions on how to modify your minimum exercise duration, choose your platform below.

Note that SmartTrack settings apply across all trackers. If your account has more than one tracker with SmartTrack, modifying the settings applies to all trackers.

  • Fitbit apps for iOS or Android
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" if you haven't worked out today. If you've already worked out, you'll see the exercise category on the tile instead (for example, Run or Hike).
    2. Tap the gear icon in the top right corner, then tap the target exercise and adjust the duration.
  • Fitbit apps for Windows
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" if you haven't worked out today. If you've already worked out, you'll see the exercise category on the tile instead (for example, Run or Hike).
    2. Tap the gear icon at the bottom, then tap the target exercise and adjust the duration.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right corner.
    2. Click Settings > Devices. If you have more than one tracker, choose the one that supports SmartTrack.
    3. Find and change the option for SmartTrack minimum duration. 

Can I turn off autodetection for one or more exercises?

You can stop your tracker from trying to auto-recognize one or more exercise types. We recommend turning Swim off when you're not at the pool to preserve battery life. You may want to turn SmartTrack off if it sometimes mistakes your movements. For example, if Elliptical workouts appear in your exercise history and you don't use an elliptical machine, turn auto-recognition for Elliptical. For instructions, choose your platform below.

  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right corner.
    2. Click Settings > Devices. If you have more than one tracker, choose the one that supports SmartTrack.
    3. Find and modify the option for automatically recorded exercises.
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
    2. Tap the gear icon (not the stopwatch) in the top right corner. Tap the exercise you're looking for and turn off the auto-recognition setting.
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise” or if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
    2. Tap the gear icon in the top right corner. Tap the exercise you're looking for and turn off the auto-recognition setting.
  • Fitbit apps for Windows
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard,open the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
    2. Tap or click the gear icon at the bottom. Find the exercise you're looking for and turn off the auto-recognition setting.

Can I change what the exercise is called?

You can change how your activity is labeled. For example SmartTrack might detect a “walk” but you prefer your exercise history to show that it was a “hike.” For instructions, choose your platform below.

  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
    2. In your exercise history, tap the exercise to open the details and choose a different category.
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
    2. In your exercise history, tap the exercise you want to categorize.
    3. Tap the pencil icon in the top right corner and search for the name you prefer.
  • Fitbit apps for Windows
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
    2. Tap the gear icon at the bottom and tap the activity you want to change.
    3. Look for an option to categorize the activity.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard
    2. On the menu bar at the top, click Log and then click Activities.
    3. Click the pencil icon next to the name of the activity you want to categorize.

How do I edit or delete an exercise?

You can edit or delete any entry in your exercise history. For step-by-step instructions, see How do I change or delete an exercise or activity?

What if I'm not wearing my tracker on my wrist?

If you're wearing your Flex 2 in a pendant (necklace), automatic exercise detection is disabled. 

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Last updated: March 28, 2017
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