How to Connect an Activity Tracker to the M Challenge App?
July 26, 2022

The M Challenge App pulls your Step Count data from Apple Health (iOS) or Google Fit (Android). Apple Health and Google Fit have their own step counter that will track your steps when you have your device on you. 

The limitation is that you may not have your phone on you all the time. A solution is to sync an Activity Tracker (e.g. Smartwatch) to either Apple Health or Google FIt. You cannot sync your Activity Tracker directly to the M Challenge App. 

Each brand of Activity Tracker requires a different set-up when syncing to Apple Health or Google Fit. Below are some resources on how to set-up your Activity Tracker to Apple Health or Google Fit, but you may need to consult your device’s manual, or the manufacturer directly for more advice. 

Apple Health

Follow these instructions to sync the following devices: 

  • Apple Watch
  • Garmin
  • Samsung Wearable

From - https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204351 

Add information from other apps

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right-hand corner. 
  3. Under Privacy, tap Apps. You can see apps that you already own that are compatible with Health. If you can't see an app, it may not be compatible. 
  4. Tap an app and turn on the health categories that you want that app to track.

You might also need to open the app and adjust its settings to allow it to share data with Health. 

Prioritise data sources

Here's how to choose the sources that Health uses first:

  1. Open the Health app, then tap the Browse tab.
  2. Tap a category, then tap a subcategory.
  3. Scroll down, then tap Data Sources & Access.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Touch and hold the Change Order button next to a data source, then drag it up or down in the list. 
  6. To turn off a data source so that it doesn't contribute any more data for that category, tap the checkmark next to the source.
  7. Tap Done.

If multiple sources contribute the same data type, then the data source at the top will take priority over other sources. Any new apps or devices that you add go to the top of the list automatically, above your iPhone or iPod touch. 

Note on Garmin

From - https://support.garmin.com/en-AU/?faq=lK5FPB9iPF5PXFkIpFlFPA 

How Is Data Transferred From Garmin Connect to Apple Health?

Once Garmin Connect sharing is enabled in Apple Health, data will begin syncing to the Apple Health app after each successful device sync with the Garmin Connect app. Data will only be sent to Apple Health while the Garmin Connect app is open in the foreground. If the app is closed or sent to the background, the transfer of data to Apple Health will not complete until a successful sync of the device while the Garmin Connect app is open.

Note on Fitbit & Withings

Syncing a Fitbit to Apple Health requires a 3rd app. There are a number of apps on the App Store that can support Sync, with some being free and others being a paid service. 

Some 3rd apps include:

  • Sync Solver for Fitbit app
  • Fitbit to Apple Health Sync
  • Health Mate

Note on Huawei

You can connect your Huawei to the Huawei Health app, and connect the Huawei Health app to Apple Health.

Note on Polar

From - https://support.polar.com/au-en/support/connecting_polar_flow_with_apple_health 

You can connect Polar Flow app to Apple Health with these steps:

  1. Open Polar Flow app, tap More bottom right and go to General settings.
  2. Tap the Apple Health toggle to enable the connection.
  3. Select which categories to sync to Health app or tap Turn All Categories On.
  4. Tap Allow from top right to finish the connection.

Note on OS Wear

You cannot connect your OS Wear directly to Apple Health. Your OS Wear connects to Google Fit, and you will need to download Google Fit to your iPhone, and then connect Google Fit to Apple Health.

Google Fit

Download the Google Fit app here: https://www.google.com/fit/

Compatible brands that sync directly to Google Fit are:

  • Wear Os Smartwatches
  • Apple Watch
  • Samsung Watch
  • LG Watch
  • Xiaomi Mi Band
  • Misfit
  • Polar
  • Wahoo

Manage connected devices

  1. Click your profile at the top right of the screen
  2. Click “Fit data and privacy”
  3. Click “Manage devices” under Devices connected to Fit

Connect apps with Google Fit

Some devices require 3rd party apps to sync with Google Fit

From - https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6098255?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid 

You need to connect an app with Fit to share the data from that app with Fit. Each app you connect will have a different process to connect it. But generally, you can:

  • Open the app you want to connect, like Strava, Runkeeper, or MyFitnessPal.
  • Look for the Settings menu. 
  • Look for the setting to connect other apps and devices. Depending on the app, this might be called 'Link other services,' 'apps & devices,' 'manage connections,' or something else. 
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to link the app to Google Fit

Note on Garmin

You cannot connect Garmin watches directly to Google Fit. You can connect your Garmin watch to a 3rd party app such as:

  • Strava
  • Nike Run Club
  • MyFitnessPal
  • SyncMyTrack

Note on Fitbit

You cannot connect Fitbit watches directly to Google Fit. You can connect your Fitbit watch to a 3rd party app such as:

  • Health Sync
  • FitToFit

Trouble Shooting

  • Open both your Smartwatch app and Apple Health/Google Fit apps to allow sync
  • Be patient as there might be a delay in syncs between appsAlternatively, just use the built-in steps tracker on your device (Apple Health or Google Fit)
  • Review “Prioritise data sources” above to ensure that your Activity tracker has priority on Apple Health
  • You may need to consult with your Activity Tracker Manufacturer for more trouble shooting strategies to synch your device to Apple Health or Google Fit

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