The Samsung Galaxy Fit is one of the few fitness trackers that allows you to respond to the notification. However, it has its own downsides, such as mediocre battery life, poor activity tracking, lack of music playback controls, the inability to share data with third-party fitness apps, and of course the absence of third-party applications such as Mi Bands.
Fortunately, you can fix most of these problems by tweaking a few settings. So on that note, here are some Samsung Galaxy Fit tips and tricks that you must try. Let’s start.
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Samsung Fit tips and tricks
1. Quick sleep gesture
Like the Apple Watch and Mi Band 4, if you cover the entire screen of the Samsung Galaxy Fit with your finger, it turns off. This is a neat way to quickly interact with the band and then put it back to sleep. Useful in a movie theater or while you sleep.
2. Customize the button
By default, the button on your Galaxy Fit works like the one-click back button. With a long press, you activate the Running activity and with a slightly longer press, turn off the device. But you can always customize the side key long press functionality through the Galaxy Wearable app. For example, you can set the long press to activate walking instead of running. Unfortunately, you can only activate a training activity with a long press.
3. Disable automatic exercise detection
While the Galaxy Fit supports automatic training detection, as you can see on the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch, it is often inaccurate and clashes with manual training. Fortunately, you can turn it off in Samsung Health settings. On the Health Settings page, tap the “Exercise detection” to turn it off.
If you are comfortable with automatic exercise detection, you can reduce the number of exercises it can detect. In my case, I do not do elliptical training or use the rowing machine, so I have turned it off. Unfortunately, there is no option to disable walking and running separately, which is a bummer as I don’t like detecting my walking activity.
4. Set daily goals
The Galaxy Fit has a host of fitness activities. So, you can not only bring your favorite activity to the fitness band, but you can also set custom goals on them. For example, I have set my target race time to one hour and the audio guide alerts me every 15 minutes.
To do the same, head over to Health Settings and tap on Manage Exercises. You will see a complete list of certain exercises, tap Running. The goal, by default, is set to Basic Training for each exercise. You can touch the drop-down menu and change it to distance, duration, or calorie-based goal. Just below the destination option, there is an option to customize the audio guide. You can set it to alert you after a certain kilometer or time.
You can also set an automatic pause for each exercise
The custom goal setting works for all exercises in the Samsung Health app. The settings and the message of the audio guide are more or less the same for each exercise.
5. Switch to frequent heart rate measurement.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit has continuous heart rate tracking turned on by default, which is battery intensive. To address this, you can go from continuous heart rate measurement to frequent heart rate measurement. This attenuates the intensity by reducing the rate to a heart rate measurement every 10 minutes, while remaining continuous when you are exercising.
This significantly improves battery life and I was able to get the Fit to about 7 days even with 5-6 workouts per week. In case you can compromise heart rate measurement further, you can even turn it off completely. But I wouldn’t recommend doing it as it reduces the usability of the fitness band.
To modify your heart rate measurement settings, go to the Galaxy Wearable app and tap “Health Settings.” At the bottom, you will see the “Automatic heart rate setting”, tap on it and change the rate accordingly.
6. Keep the screen on during exercise
I like trail running better and use my Galaxy Fit to keep track of my run. By default, the Galaxy Fit doesn’t have an always-on display, which really hurts when you want to take a look at your pace during your run. However, you can change it in the Health Settings. You can set the band to be always on at least during exercise.
7. Connect third-party applications
Samsung allows you to export your Samsung Health or fitness band data to Strava. To do that, head over to the Samsung Health app. Swipe from the left to reveal the menu and tap the gear icon at the top to open Samsung Health Settings. Then tap “Connected Services” on the settings page.
In the Connected Services menu, you will see the option to share your exercise data with Strava. Touch it and enter your Strava account credentials so Samsung Health can directly share your training data with Strava.
Now, I use Google Fit to keep all my data in one place as I keep changing a lot of fitness bands. But Samsung Health does not allow data sharing with any app other than Strava. However, you can use an application called Health sync app to sync Samsung Health data with Google Fit.
In case you want to sync your Galaxy Fit data with other running apps like Runtastic, Nike Running Club. You can use this application called SyncMyTrack free to sync Samsung Health data with Nike + Run Club. But, for SyncMyTrack to work, you need to enable developer mode in Samsung Health app. To do this, tap the Samsung Health version number 10 times.
8. Custom sleep mode
The Samsung Galaxy Fit has a “Good Night” mode that automatically turns off notifications, wake-up gestures, and lowers the brightness. But, this Goodnight mode has to be activated manually every time you fall asleep, which is a bummer. Fortunately, you can get the same feature by setting the automatic DND mode to sync with your sleep schedules.
To do this, head to Advanced Settings in the Galaxy Wearable app and tap on “Do Not Disturb.” In the DND menu, you will have the option to program it. You can roughly locate it in your sleep schedules. Similar to Good Night mode, stop notifications and wake up gesture. It does not reduce the brightness of the band and the alarm notifications also work.
9. Samsung Calendar
If you use Calendar to plan your schedule, this will help you. The Galaxy Fit lets you sport a Calendar widget that informs you about upcoming meetings, events, and holidays. But like most of you, I use Google Calendar instead of Samsung Calendar. However, the Galaxy Fit is not compatible with third-party calendar apps. But you can link your Google Calendar with the Samsung Calendar app and have those notifications on the Galaxy Fit.
The Samsung Calendar app only works on Samsung phones.
10. Look at the faces
The Samsung Galaxy Fit has one of the best AMOLED displays among other budget fitness bands. To keep things interesting, Samsung allows you to change these watch faces from within the Galaxy Wearable app. First of all, the watch face app feels so instant that you would love to change the watch face. But, the silliest part is that you can’t set custom watch faces or side-loading watch faces on the Galaxy Fit.
These were some of the native and third party tips and tricks to optimize the potential of your Samsung Galaxy Fit. In my opinion, the fitness band is a lackluster attempt by Samsung to balance the gap between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.
For more issues or concerns regarding the Samsung Galaxy Fit, let me know in the comments below.
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