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How to track steps on Android?

Tracking steps on your Android smartphone is really easy and can make physical activity more fun.

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If you’re trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle, keeping a track of your physical activity can be helpful in charting your progress. You can start by tracking your steps on your Android smartphone. Most Android smartphones do not have a native step counter, and you will need to download an app to track your steps. In this article, we show you how to track your steps on an Android smartphone using Google Fit.

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Here’s how you can track your steps on an Android smartphone

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Step 1: Download and install the Google Fit app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Sign in using your Google Account and set up your profile.

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Step 3: Set up a daily goal for step counter and heart activity points.

Set up a daily goal

Step 4: Start walking. As long you have your smartphone on you, Google Fit will track your step count.

Google Fit will track your step count.

Step 5: Click on ‘Steps’ to see your step count. You can also select ‘Track Workout’ to see a live count of your steps.

Click on ‘Steps’ to see your step count.

You can even add a Google Fit widget to your phone’s home screen so you don’t have to open the app every time you want to check your progress. Apart from tracking your steps, Google Fit also measures the calories burned, distance covered, and elevation gained. You can even manually enter your weight periodically and track your progress. You can even use Google Fit on your smartwatch, although it isn’t totally necessary if you’re tracking your steps. Wearing a smartwatch can be beneficial since you’re wearing it most of the time, which allows Google Fit to record every activity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Google Fit measure calories burned?

Google Fit uses a combination of your activity, gender, height, and weight to estimate how many calories you burned in one session. The ‘calories burned’ counter includes the calories you burned during your workout as well as your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). While the results aren’t totally accurate, it still provides a good estimate. 

Does Google Fit track steps if you’re travelling in a car?

No. Google detects when users are doing activities that shouldn’t contribute to their step count and removes these from the final step count.

Will Google Fit track additional steps if I’m using it on my smartphone and smartwatch simultaneously?

No, Google Fit will remove any duplicate data from the final metrics. You can wear your smartwatch and keep your smartphone in your pocket without worrying about any additional steps being added to the step count.

This is how you can track your steps on an Android smartphone. If you do not want to use Google Fit, there are other step tracking apps you can use, like StepSetGo, Pedometer, and Step Counter.

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