How does Google Fit track sleep?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How does Google Fit track sleep” and provide you with more tips on how to make the most of your sleep using Google Fit.

How does Google Fit track sleep?

Apple Watch Sleep monitoring
Apple Watch Sleep monitoring

Google Fit tracks sleep by retrieving information from third-party apps and devices about your sleep. Google Fit needs to be connected with other apps to share data between the two apps. Each app will have a different process to sync with Google Fit. In general, the steps you will need to follow are:

  1. Open the app you want to connect to, like Strava, Fitbit, Garmin, Runkeeper or MyFitnessPal
  2. Look for the Settings menu
  3. Look for the setting that connects other apps and devices. Depending on the app, this might be called “Connected Services”, “Apps & Devices”, “Manage Connections” or something similar.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to link the app to Google Fit.

If these instructions do not help you connect the desired app to Google Fit, you can download a middleman app like HealthSync and follow the instructions on the app. This can help you share health information between Google Fit and the other app you want Google Fit to retrieve data from.

See or remove connected apps

Google Support gives you instructions on how you can control which apps share data with Fit.

  1. On your phone, open the Google Fit app
  2. Tap Profile and then Settings
  3. Tap Manage connected apps.
  4. To see the full list of connected apps, tap the dropdown arrow Down Arrow and then All apps & devices.
  5. To stop sharing info between Fit and another app, tap on the app and then Disconnect and then Disconnect.

 Disconnecting an app will not delete any data that the app stored in Google Fit.

Using a smartwatch to connect to Google Fit

You can connect the above-mentioned apps to Google Fit, but if you want to connect a device directly to the Google Fit app, smartwatches that support the Wear OS platform can be connected directly to the Google Fit app. These devices can track your sleep and relay that information to the Google Fit app. A few examples that support the Wear OS are listed below.

  • The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro
  • The Fossil Gen 5
  • The Skagen Falster 3
  •  The Suunto 7
  • The Moto 360 (2019)
  • Misfit Vapor 2
  • TicWatch C2
  • Huawei Watch 2

The importance of knowing your sleep

Much like maintaining a good exercise routine for a healthier lifestyle, getting a good night’s sleep is equally important. Committing to good sleep hygiene and being attentive to your sleep habits can make you a better sleeper. This can promote you to have a deeper sleep. A night of good deep sleep is important for your body to promote energy restorations, cell regeneration and strengthening the immune system. A consistent sleep schedule helps you to fall asleep faster which promotes better sleep hygiene.

By using the right apps or better yet smartwatches. Google Fit has upgraded its sleep tracking to include more information regarding your sleep. If your smartwatch can monitor the sleep stages and sleeping heart rate, you will get the information regarding it in Google Fit as well.

Can I track my sleep without a smartwatch?

SleepCycle is an app that monitors your sleep activity without any smartwatch. It uses your phone’s microphone and accelerometer to track sleep activity. It can also be connected to Google Fit. To connect SleepCycle to Google Fit follow the instructions on the site. However, it is still best to own a smartwatch to get a better analysis of your sleep.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How does Google Fit track sleep” and provided you with more tips on how to make the most of your sleep using Google Fit.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

References:

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6098255?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
https://support.sleepcycle.com/hc/en-us/articles/206704649-Apple-Health-Activity-Steps-What-Does-it-Mean-

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