How do I track my swims with my Fitbit device?

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Which swim stats can I track with my Fitbit device?

Automatically track your swim duration and pool lengths completed with your Fitbit device. Enter your pool length to track your distance and duration. Note that heart-rate tracking is disabled during your swim workout.

What are my options for swim tracking with my Fitbit device?

Depending on your device, choose to automatically track your swims, or use the Exercise app to start and stop your swim workout.

For automatic tracking, sync your device with the Fitbit app to review your results in your exercise history.

Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit Charge 3
  • Use automatic tracking to capture swim lengths, duration, distance, and pace.
  • Use the Exercise app to see the real-time duration of your swim on your device. Note that the Exercise app doesn't capture other swim stats.
  • Set your pool length on your device. For instructions, see How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device?
Fitbit Ionic & Fitbit Versa

How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device?

Enter the pool length in meters or yards before you start your swim. Keep in mind the pool length you enter remains the default length until you change it. If you swim in the same pool often, you don’t need to input the length each time.

  • Fitbit app
    First, turn on swim tracking:
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image). 
    2. Under Goals, tap Exercise.
    3. Tap Swimming and then tap Auto-recognize.
    4. To change the amount of time required to record your swim, tap Swim Longer Than and choose a time.
    Next, enter your pool length.
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image).
    2. Scroll down to Settings and tap Advanced Settings.
    3. Tap Swimming Settings.
    4. Enter the pool length and unit of measurement (meters or yards).
  • On-device
    On your device, open the Exercise app > Swim:
    • For Charge 3Swipe up from the exercise screen, and then tap Pool Length.
    • For Ionic and VersaTap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left > Pool Length.

Which strokes can I use to swim?

While you can choose to swim using any of the 4 most common strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), we recommend swimming freestyle for the best results.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to track my swims with my Fitbit device?

Your device records your swims even if you’re a novice swimmer, meaning you can swim about 6 to 12 lengths of the pool without stopping to rest. If you’re unable to swim this distance, you may notice inconsistencies in your swim data including some lengths not counted. As your swimming ability improves, you’ll likely notice fewer inconsistencies in your data.

Why do I see a length count after an open water swim?

Your device tries to identify lengths each time you swim, so you may still see an estimated number of lengths after your open water swim.

Why is my swim data incorrect?

In addition to completing only a handful of laps or stopping to rest often, inconsistencies in your swim data may be caused by any of the following:

  • Stopping to rest midway across the pool
  • Resting for longer than 60 seconds after completing a pool length
  • Changing stroke type midway across the pool
  • Swimming with a kickboard or not using your hands
  • Swimming less than the minimum duration set to be auto-recognized
  • The units for the pool length setting don't match the units you use for your Fitbit settings. For example if you measure length in feet and inches, and specify a pool length in meters. For more information, see How do I update my Fitbit settings?

Can I swim in deep water with my Fitbit device?

Your device is water-resistant up to 50 meters.

Does swimming count toward my step goal?

While you don’t earn steps for swimming, the exercise counts toward your active minutes and calories burned goals. By default, your device’s primary goal will be steps taken, but you can choose a different goal. For more information, see How do I track my fitness goals with Fitbit?

Last updated: March 11, 2019
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