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How automatic tracking works with your Google Fit data

When you use automatic tracking, Google Fit records your activity for you. Automatic tracking gives you credit to help you reach your fitness goals for everyday activities; for example, a brisk walk or your choice to take the stairs.

How automatic tracking works
Google Fit uses sensors on your device to collect data about your physical activity, like distance and steps, even when the app is closed. You can find this data in your daily and weekly activity stats or your journal. If you enable automatic tracking, Google Fit uses your device's sensors to recognise workouts that you don't track manually, such as when you walk or cycle on your daily commute.
How we protect your data
Google Fit provides you accessible analytics, tracking and activity history. Your Google Fit data is securely stored on Google servers. If you lose or change your device, your data is backed up on Google servers.
You're in control

When you set up Google Fit on your device, you can choose whether to turn on automatic tracking. You can always turn automatic tracking on or off at any time.

You can also export or delete your activity data at any time.

On your Android phone or tablet

Important: Device settings vary by phone and Android version. For more information, contact your device manufacturer.
  1. Open Google Fit Google Fit.
  2. At the bottom, tap Profile.
  3. At the top, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Under 'Tracking preferences', turn Track activity metrics on or off.
    • If you turn on Track activity metrics, follow the on-screen instructions to allow your device to track your activity.
If you don't get on-screen instructions to activate tracking on your device, follow the steps below:
  1. On your device, open Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Apps and notifications and then Google Fit Google Fit.
  3. Tap Permissions and then Physical activity and then Allow.

On your Wear OS smartwatch

Your Wear OS smartwatch uses sensors to collect data about your physical activity, such as distance, steps and heart rate, and stores it in Google Fit. You can find this data in your daily and weekly activity stats or your journal.
  1. If your screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Open Google Fit Google Fit.
  3. Tap Settings and then Track physical activity.
  4. Tap to turn on or off.

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