How to sync Fitbit data into iOS HealthKit

Last year, Fitbit devices were pulled from Apple Stores due to Fitbit’s refusal to share fitness tracking data with iOS 8’s Health app after the App was revealed in WWDC. And most recently, as you might have been aware of the news about Apple removing Nike and Jawbone fitness devices from the shelf of their online marketplace right ahead of the time they announced the Apple Watch. It appears to many that Apple tries best to ask their potential customers to focus only on the fitness capabilities instead of still having a glimpse on competing brands.

Obviously, this may not cause a bit of concerns as long as Apple still accepts the companion apps of these fitness trackers on the App Store. But if you do like to view the data right from the iOS Health App, there are some workarounds and no jailbreak required

A side note on the advantage of using this workaround is that, there have been reports on battery drains in iOS 8.2 due to fitness tracking always running the background (I don’t know why it gets worse in iOS 8.2 as this feature has been there since M7 chip was baked into iPhones). Now you can turn it off in the Settings App and so you can see purely the third-party tracking data once you clean up the original iPhone fitness histories.

The app that I currently use is called Wristband Manager from developer Sunny Studio. It syncs data to HealthKit that requires iPhones running iOS 8+. It allows you to select which data to sync with HealthKit and syncing is simply by tapping one button and complete within seconds.

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You can also view the other tabs that visualize your health related data in formats of monthly/yearly statistics and weekly trend charts, without leaving the app itself

Additionally, Wristband Manager downloads data correctly all the time as far as I use. Some other alternatives that I tried cannot perform as good as that.

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Actually, the first app that I used is Sync Solver. It syncs all you data from Fitbit to Apple Health. Usage is straight forward, just login your fibit account and press Sync. But Fitbit currently provides access to daily data only so it will not be painful that you schedule to sync the data every night or after workouts. The app also has a handy feature that there is a Sync button shortcut that you can turn on in Notification Center Today view.

In terms of data types, Sync Solver supports Steps, Flights Climbed, Walking + Running Distance, Weight, Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index, Sleep Analysis, Dietary Calories, Resting Calories and Active Calories. You can view the last sync details in the app by data type.

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However, there was one problem for Sync Solver in last month. They announced that their server was temporary suspended from connections from China due to hacking attacks. Although the service has been restored after a month time, that seriously discouraged me on using this app for syncing my data over their server looks shady and potentially fishy. The App itself performs really well by the time I was using it. But with such track record, I cannot really wholeheartedly recommend this app for usage and I did look for alternatives like Wristband Manager.

If interested, you can download the apps from the App Store from the following direct links:

Wristband Manager – Fitbit & Jawbone UP companion and sync to HealthKit ($1.99)
Sync Solver for Fitbit ($1.99)Updated for iOS 9

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Stephen Chan

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8 thoughts on “How to sync Fitbit data into iOS HealthKit

  1. magnificent post, very informative. I’m wondering why the
    other experts of this sector do not realize this.
    You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

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  2. Es muy simple ver de forma inmediata dos zonas distintas en las que centrarte y también ignorar todo lo demás.

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  3. As per your suggestion I have the app
    https://appsto.re/in/AGHfS.i installed. So now my question is, will it not have double entries, one from the iPhone sensor and another from data sync.

    That’s what it did the today when I installed the app. Health already had the entries and after installing it installed the entries from Fitbit and then it had double the number. Any way to manage this?

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  4. Just a heads up – I think you may have misread the tweet about the server provider. They stated “Our server provider has temporarily disabled connections from China due to several hacking attempts. Will update when we have more info.”

    I believe this means they blocked any/all attempts to connect to the server FROM China, not that the server is hosted IN China, as your article mentions.

    Just my two cents. Thanks!

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