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

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If your device doesn’t have GPS, or you want to leave it at home, you can still generate maps of your activity and capture other GPS data using the Fitbit app on your phone. This feature is called MobileRun.

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How can I make sure my phone works with Fitbit MobileRun?

Note that a weak GPS signal may cause your route and other activity data to be inaccurate.
  • iPhones & iPads
    1. 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. Make sure 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's turned on.
    3. 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. If you choose the Always setting, MobileRun will automatically restart when unexpectedly interrupted.
  • Android phones and Windows 10 devices

    The verification steps vary depending on your specific phone. If you're unsure how to verify something, consult the instructions provided by your device manufacturer. Note that the Microsoft Lumia 1020 phone doesn't support MobileRun.

    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.

What data does Fitbit MobileRun track?

Working with the GPS sensors in your phone, MobileRun calculates distance, elevation, and pace for your walk, run, or hike. When the activity is done and you sync your Fitbit device, you'll find all the data and a GPS map of your route in your exercise history.

If you wear your Fitbit device while using MobileRun, the steps, active minutes, and calories burned that you see in the Fitbit app come from the Fitbit device. Otherwise your phone is used to calculate this data. During the workout, you can view your elapsed distance, time, and average pace as well as use the music controls in the Fitbit app.

How do I start and stop a Fitbit MobileRun?

  • iPhones & iPads
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the gray + icon on the Exercise tile User-added image
    2. Tap Track at the top.
    3. Choose your activity, either Run, Walk, or Hike.
    4. If you want your phone to provide voice cues during your activity, tap Cues to set the voice cues you want to hear, and the frequency and volume of the cues.
    5. If you want to control music from the Exercise screen during your activity, tap Music Control and choose your music settings. During your activity you can skip songs but you can't select a specific song.
    6. Tap Start. At any time during your activity, swipe left to see the GPS map.
    7. When you're done with your activity, tap the Pause button and then tap and hold the Finish button. An activity summary shows your steps, distance, active minutes, and calories burned as calculated by the sensors on your phone.​
  • Android phones
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap the gray + icon on the Exercise tile User-added image
    2. Tap Tracking at the top.
    3. If you're using Android 6.0+, make sure you grant the Fitbit app access to the requested features of your mobile device. For more information, see Why do I receive access requests from the Fitbit app on my Android mobile device?
    4. Choose your activity, either Run, Walk, or Hike.
    5. If you want your phone to provide voice cues during your activity, tap Use voice cues to set the voice cues you want to hear, and the frequency of the cues.
    6. Tap Start. At any time during your activity, swipe left to see the GPS map.
    7. When you're done with your activity, tap the Pause button and then tap and hold the Finish button. An activity summary shows your steps, distance, active minutes, and calories burned as calculated by the sensors on your phone.​
  • Windows 10 devices 
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the + icon.
    2. Tap Track Exercise.
    3. Choose your activity, either Run, Walk, or Hike.
    4. If you want your phone to provide voice cues during your activity, tap Voice Cues to set the voice cues you want to hear, and the frequency and volume of the cues.
      Note that voice cues won't work if music is playing.
    5. Tap Start and then tap Start again. At any time during your activity, swipe left to see the GPS map.
    6. When you're done with your activity, tap the Pause button and then tap and hold the Finish button. An activity summary shows your steps, distance, active minutes, and calories burned as calculated by the sensors on your phone.​

How do I edit or delete a Fitbit MobileRun?

For instructions, see How do I edit or delete an exercise or activity?
Last updated: August 13, 2019
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