How to Sync Fitbit (& Other Fitness Trackers) to iPhone & Apple Health App

How to Connect a Health or Fitness Tracking Device to Your Health App

Syncing your Fitbit or other health and fitness tracker to Apple’s Health app makes it easy to keep all of your general health information in one place on your iPhone. You can integrate your fitness trackers and other health accessories with all of your Health app information to keep a running log of measurements, nutrition, blood pressure, and much more. Since we have wearable fitness monitors that can track everything from exercise to sleep to weight and even blood pressure, it’s nice to connect your Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, Misfit, Withings, or other wearable tracker to a single Health app. However, connecting a Fitbit to the Health app requires a third-party app.

We'll go over how to sync Fitbit to the Apple Health app below; even though Fitbit doesn't technically work with Apple Health, it's possible to connect your health information anyway using a Fitbit sync app. Misfit is another device that will need a separate app to sync with Health. If you're asking, "does Fitbit (or any other brand of fitness tracker) work with Apple Health?" we've got the answer. We'll cover how to connect Apple Health to the most popular fitness trackers below. Here’s how to sync Fitbit (and Garmin, Polar, Misfit, or Withings) trackers to the Apple Health app.

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Why Use the Apple Health App?

Health and fitness tracking has come a long way from the days of the little pedometer we would clip on our waistband. We have wearable fitness monitors now that track everything from steps to exercise and even sleep—and now our smartphones can do the same. Health monitors include blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, and scales. The Apple Health app is your go-to place for tracking all of it—from exercise and sleep to blood pressure and temperature. You can even export your Health data from the app for sharing with doctors or counselors.

The Apple Health app connects with most fitness wearables, and if you take your iPhone (5s and newer) with you everywhere you go, it can act as a fitness tracker by tracking your steps, activity, and even sleep with its motion coprocessor. Don’t have a wearable device? You can use the Nike+ Fuel app to track steps without a physical wearable. With all fitness trackers to date, you'll have to download and open the app that comes with the fitness tracker to pair it with Apple's Health app. The Fitbit is the biggest exception. The Ftbit app for iPhone won't sync to the Apple Health app without a third-party app workaround.
 
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How to Connect the Most Popular Wearable Devices to Apple Health 

How to Sync Fitbit to iPhone & Apple Health

Fitbit has stated that it is not ready to approve direct syncing with the Apple Health app yet. This has, of course, been a customer request for years now. So third-party app developers have seized the opportunity and created apps that sync the Fitbit app with the Apple Health app. Our favorite is Sync Solver ($2.99). For Fitbit users, Sync Solver is the best solution for syncing your Fitbit with the Apple Health app. To connect Fitbit to Apple Health:

  • From the App Store, install the Sync Solver app.
  • Open the Sync Solver app and tap Sync Now. 
  • A message will pop up, tap Continue.
  • Your Health app will open, turn on all categories. 

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  • Next, it will redirect you to Fitbit.com. Log into your account.
  • Sync Solver will ask permission for info from Fitbit, tap Allow. 
  • Your iPhone will want to open Sync Solver. Tap Open. 

  • Your Fitbit info will then sync with Sync Solver. 
  • Anytime you want to update your Health app information with your Fitbit's data, return to this app and tap Sync Now. 
  • Sync your Fitbit with the Sync Solver app.

One small problem with this is that your data could be duplicated by the iPhone. The developers of the app offer these steps as a fix:

  • From the Health app, select the Health Data from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap Activity.
  • Choose Steps.

  • Tap Data Sources & Access.
  • Select Edit.

  • Tap and hold the three horizontal lines then drag Sync Solver to the top of your list.

Moving Sync Solver to the top of your list of data sources will tell your iPhone that Sync Solver is most important and that the Health app should consider data from it first. Sync Solver also recommends, “be sure to not sync the same data types as this will result in a data duplication loop.”

How to Sync Misfit to Apple Health

As with the Fitbit, Misfit wearables require a third-party app to track your data with the Health app. The app is called Health Sync ($2.99), and it costs the same amount as the app used to connect Fitbit to Apple Health. This app, like the one used for Fitbit, also has a problem with double counting steps and the developer recommends the same process of moving Misfit to the top of your Sources list within Apple Health. We’ll go over how to do that after we cover how to sync Misfit to Apple Health using the Health Sync app. To do this:

  • Install the Misfit & Health Sync app from the App Store, if you haven’t already. Log in or create a Misfit account.
  • Open Health Sync and sync your Misfit with the app. You will do so by logging into your Misfit account within Health Sync then granting Health Sync permissions with the Health app. Follow the on-screen instructions; they will lead you through the process.

Again, as mentioned above, your data could be duplicated by the iPhone. To fix this:

  • From the Health app, select the Health Data from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap Activity.
  • Choose Steps.

  • Tap Data Sources & Access.
  • Select Edit.

  • Tap and hold the three horizontal lines then drag Sync Solver to the top of your list.

Moving Health Sync to the top of your list of data sources will tell your iPhone that Health Sync has priority and the Health app should consider data from it first.

How to Connect Withings Devices to Apple Health

Withings has a wide variety of products from fitness wearables and blood pressure monitors. The company makes syncing Withings devices to the Apple Health app easy by using its app Withings Health Mate. To connect Withings devices to Apple Health:

  • Download the Withings Health Mate app from the App Store.
  • Log-in or create an account.
  • Tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
  • Tap Settings.

  • Under Manage Users, tap your name.
  • Toggle on Health.

  • The Health app will ask for permissions. Toggle on the categories you want to share, or tap Turn All Categories On.
  • Tap Allow.

How Do I Sync the Health App with a Garmin or Polar Tracker or other Device or App not Listed Here?

In general, it’s smart to check the settings of any app or device app you want to sync with the Apple Health app. Once you’re within settings, you’ll likely see something along the lines of Health App Syncing. From there, you should be able to grant permissions to the app or device app. When you request permission, you’ll be able to select what specific information is synced or you can choose to sync all available information. Later on, if you decide you no longer want that information shared with the Apple Health app, you can visit the Sources tab in Health and turn off any apps you want to, as well as delete any information from connected devices.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t figure out how to sync an app or device to the Health app, make sure you’re logged into the app or device app. Then:

  • Open the iPhone Settings app.
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Select Health.
  • Choose the app you want to give permission to.

  • Toggle on the permissions you want to give.

 
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Becca is a blogger, freelance writer, and iDevice addict. She lives in the middle of the Arizona desert with her husband and two boys, and can't imagine life getting any better. Read about her crazy life at MyCrazyGoodLife.com, or connect with her on twitter @BeccaLudlum