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Can you manually log steps in the Fitbit app?

Log missed exercises and workouts on the Fitbit app with ease.
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August 10, 2022
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Reaching your daily activity goals on your Fitbit is a great feeling, especially if your step and calorie goals are set particularly high. But what happens if you forget to wear your Fitbit while out and about? Is there a way to manually log your steps on the Fitbit app? Well, it’s complicated. We will detail the issues with Fitbit’s manual exercise logging system and how you can include a workout that your Fitbit may have missed.

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There's no way to log missed steps in the Fitbit app. However, you can log the exercises you have done.

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Why can’t you manually log steps on Fitbit?

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Fitbit does not allow users to manually log steps in the Fitbit app. This is a minor problem if you took a walk but forgot your band at home. Fitbit doesn’t want its users guessing how many steps they took and adding it to the app. This could result in lopsided data or help users cheat to achieve their Fitbit goals.

However, the app does allow users to log exercises that your tracker may have missed. It’s a straightforward process, and here’s how to do it.

See also: A guide to workouts and exercises on Fitbit

How to manually log exercises on Fitbit

  • Open the Fitbit app on your phone.
  • Tap the Exercise section on the Today tab.
  • Tap the stopwatch icon in the top-right corner of the screen to open the Track screen.
  • Select the Log Previous tab.
  • Enter your exercise’s details, then tap Log It. You can select one of nine exercises, including Run, Golf, Hike, Swim, Walk, Sport, Outdoor Bike, Aerobic Workout, and Fitstar: Personal Trainer.

Be as accurate with your exercise duration as possible. With the inputted details, the Fitbit app will then estimate the calorie burn based on the exercise duration and the type. It’s not accurate, but it will help users keep abreast of their energy intake and expenditure.

See also: How to use your Fitbit to lose weight


FAQs

Yes. It’s the best reason why you should log missed exercises manually in the Fitbit app.

No. Unfortunately, the Fitbit app can’t be used as a replacement for your tracker, so it does not count steps when you aren’t wearing your device.

Yes. You can set up a two-way sync between Strava and Fitbit. Read our extensive guide on the topic for more details.