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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 Fitbit devices except Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, and Fitbit Zip.

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Which exercises are tracked automatically?

SmartTrack recognizes continuous, high-movement activities such as:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Outdoor biking
  • Elliptical
  • Swimming (Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Ionic)

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 SmartTrack exercise detection. For more information on swim tracking, see How do I track my swims?

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 automatically detected exercise you'll find stats such as duration and estimated calorie burn. Distance and pace aren't 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 devices. If your account has more than one device with SmartTrack, modifying the settings changes the settings for all devices.

  • Fitbit app
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap or click the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. 
    2. Tap or click the gear icon, then tap or click 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 device, choose the one that supports SmartTrack.
    3. Find and change the option for SmartTrack minimum duration. 

Can I turn off automatic detection for one or more exercises?

You can stop your device from trying to automatically recognize one or more exercise types. Turn off Swim 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 off automatic recognition for Elliptical. For instructions, choose your platform below.

  • Fitbit app
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Exercise tile. 
    2. Tap or click the gear icon, and then tap or click the target exercise and turn off the auto-recognize setting.
  • 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.

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. 
    2. In your exercise history, tap the exercise to open the details and choose a different category.
  • Fitbit app for Android and Windows 10
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Exercise tile.
    2. In your exercise history, tap or click the exercise you want to categorize.
    3. Tap or click the pencil icon and search for the name you prefer.
  • 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: October 16, 2017
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