How do I track swims with my Fitbit device?

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Which swim stats can I track with my Fitbit device?
Automatically track your swim duration and pool lengths completed with your Fitbit device. Enter your pool length to track your distance and duration. For instructions, see How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device? Note that heart-rate tracking is disabled during your swim workout.
What are my options for swim tracking with my Fitbit device?

Depending on your device, choose to track your swims automatically, or use the Exercise app  to start and stop your swim workout and see a summary on your wrist. After your workout, see additional stats in the Exercise tile  of the Fitbit app.

For automatic tracking, sync your device with the Fitbit app to see your stats in your exercise history.

To set your pool length, see the instructions in How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device?

  Automatic tracking: swim lengths, duration, distance, and pace Exercise app: swim lengths, duration, distance, and pace Exercise app: duration only
Charge 3  

Charge 4

 
Charge 5  
Charge 6  
Flex 2    
Google Pixel Watch**  
Google Watch 2
Inspire    
Inspire HR  
Inspire 2*  
Inspire 3  
Versa  
Luxe*  
Sense*  
Sense 2*  
Versa Lite Edition    
Versa 2  
Versa 3*  
Versa 4*  

*Water lock turns on automatically when you start a swim workout  in the Exercise app . Firmly tap your screen twice (Charge 5, Charge 6, Inspire 2, Inspire 3, and Luxe), press the button twice (Sense and Versa 3), or press the button once (Sense 2 and Versa 4) to turn off water lock. For more information, see Can I swim or shower with my Fitbit device?

**Touch lock turns on automatically when you start a swim workout in the Exercise app on Google Pixel Watch. Press and hold the crown for 2 seconds to turn off touch lock.

How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device?

Enter the pool length in meters or yards before you start your swim. Remember to update the pool length if you use a different size pool.

To change the unit of measurement you use for pool length, see How do I change the units of measurement in my Fitbit account?

Charge 3 and Charge 4
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app  Swim.
  2. Swipe up and tap Pool Length.
Charge 5, Charge 6, Inspire 3, and Luxe
  1. Swipe right or left to the Exercise app , then swipe up and tap Swim.
  2. Swipe up and tap Pool Length.
Flex 2
  1. Make sure automatic swim tracking is turned on. For more information, see How do I track my activity with my Fitbit device?
  2. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab , then tap your profile picture.
  3. Under Settings, tap Advanced Settings  Swimming Settings.
  4. Enter the pool length and unit of measurement (meters or yards).
Google Pixel Watch
  1. Press the crown on your watch, swipe up to the Exercise app  , and tap the app to open it.
  2. Tap Swim, then swipe up and tap Pool Length.
  3. Enter your pool length.
Inspire HR and Inspire 2
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app  Swim.
  2. Swipe up and tap Pool Settings.
Versa and Versa 2
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app  Swim.
  2. Tap the gear icon  in the top left  Pool Length.
Sense series, Versa 3, and Versa 4
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app  Swim.
  2. Swipe up, and tap Pool Length.
Versa Lite Edition
To start, your pool length is 25 meters. To change the unit of measurement to 25 yards for swims, see How do I change the units of measurement in my Fitbit account?
Which strokes can I use to swim with my Fitbit device?
Swim using any of the 4 most common strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). For best results, we recommend swimming freestyle.
Do I have to be a good swimmer to track my swims with my Fitbit device?
Your Fitbit device records your swims even if you’re a novice swimmer, meaning you can swim about 6 to 12 lengths of the pool without stopping to rest. If you’re unable to swim this distance, you may notice inconsistencies in your swim data including some lengths not counted. As your swimming ability improves, you’ll likely notice fewer inconsistencies in your data.
Why do I see a length count after an open water swim with my Fitbit device?
Your Fitbit device tries to identify lengths each time you swim, so you may still see an estimated number of lengths after your open water swim.
Why does my Fitbit swim data seem wrong?

Inconsistencies in your swim data may be caused by any of the following:

  • You completed only a few laps
  • You stopped to rest multiple times or in the middle of the pool
  • You stopped to rest for longer than 60 seconds after completing a pool length
  • You changed your stroke type midway through a length
  • You swam with a kickboard or without using your arms
  • You swam less than the minimum duration needed for your swim to be automatically recognized
Can I swim in deep water with my Fitbit device?
Most Fitbit devices are water-resistant up to 50 meters. For more information, see Can I swim or shower with my Fitbit device?
Does swimming with my Fitbit device count toward my step goal?
A swim exercise counts toward your active minutes and calories burned goals. You don’t earn steps for swimming.

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