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

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If your tracker doesn’t have GPS or you just 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 mobile device. This feature is called MobileRun.

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How can I make sure my phone works with MobileRun?

Choose your app below for instructions on checking the GPS-related settings on your mobile device. Note that a weak GPS signal may cause your route and other activity data to be inaccurate.
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. First, 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. Next, ensure 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 is turned on.
    3. Lastly, 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.
  • Fitbit app for Android and Windows 10

    The verification steps for these platforms vary widely depending on the specific mobile device. If you're unsure how to verify anything mentioned, consult the instructions provided by your device manufacturer. Note that due to a Microsoft driver issue, the Lumia 1020 does not 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 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 tracker, you'll find all the data and a GPS map of your route in your exercise history.

If you wear your tracker while using MobileRun, the steps, active minutes, and calories burned that you see on your Fitbit dashboard come from the tracker. 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 MobileRun?

Choose your app below for instructions.
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the + icon.
    2. Tap Track Exercise, and then tap Track at the top of the screen.
    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.​
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the + icon.
    2. Tap Track Exercise, and then tap Tracking at the top of the screen.
    3. If you're using Android Marshmallow, 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.​
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    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 MobileRun?

For instructions how to change or delete a MobileRun, see How do I edit or delete an exercise or activity?
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Last updated: March 8, 2019
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