A fitness tracker or smartwatch could help you to begin or further your fitness journey. It can log activities such as your steps and distances travelled, provide motivational prompts to stop you flagging, and help you stay on track to meet targets. If you’re new to the world of wearable technology, you may be wondering where to begin with your shiny new device.
Follow the process in this guide for a seamless and stress-free setup – you’ll be ready to go in no time. Then take a look at our five easy tips for getting the most from your fitness tracker or smartwatch – from keeping it clean to improving the accuracy of its tracking, according to which.co.uk
Charge it up
Some fitness trackers and smartwatches come supplied with a USB charging cable and an AC adaptor plug to connect it to the mains for charging. Others come with a just a USB charging cable, which you can use with an AC adaptor plug that you already own – such as the one for charging your smartphone or tablet – or by plugging it in to a USB port on your PC or laptop.
Install the app on your smartphone
All fitness trackers and smartwatches will pair with a companion app on your smartphone – the manual should tell you the name. In some cases you’ll need to install more than one app. Most wearables are compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhones, although a handful are only compatible with one operating system or the other. For example, Apple Watches can only be used with iPhones.
Set up an account
Once you’ve installed the app, you’ll be prompted to set up an account, or log in if you already have an account with that brand. Setting up an account may involve creating a username and password, selecting your device from a list and entering biometric data such as height and weight. You’ll also be asked to agree to any terms and conditions.
Pair with your phone
Now it’s time to pair your fitness tracker or watch with your smartphone, which allows you to view your health and fitness data via the app. Make sure your device is near your phone, and that your phone is connected to the internet. You’ll also need to ensure your phone’s Bluetooth is switched on; you can find this in the settings menu.
If the pairing process doesn’t start automatically, then look for an option for pairing or setting up your device on the app. The best companion apps will give you clear on-screen guidance to help you through the pairing process. If you’re struggling with pairing, move away from other Bluetooth devices, such as headphones or speakers, when trying to connect.