'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App

Launched on the App Store this week, Sync Solver allows Fitbit wearers to track all of the important information the wearable device calculates on a daily basis directly inside Apple's own Health app without needing to use the dedicated Fitbit app.

The $0.99 app provides a daily sync of eleven different pieces of data from the Fitbit into the Health app. The points of data accrued include: active calories, resting calories, dietary calories, body fat percentage, body mass index, flights of stairs climbed, sleep analysis, walking and running distances, weight, and steps taken.

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To get the app working the first sync needs to be done manually inside of the app, but after that it will automatically sync data from the Fitbit device into the Health app every twenty-four hours. The app's release notes also mention that because there is no way to disable step counting by the iPhone itself, the "steps taken" figure is likely to be doubled as both the iPhone and Fitbit track the statistic.

The release of Sync Solver comes after rumors that Apple would cease offering Fitbit in its retail stores, and the company subsequently doing just that. Apple has not shared the reason for its discontinuation of Fitbit's products, but a combination of Apple's impending launch of Apple Watch and Fitbit's announcement that it has no plans to support HealthKit likely contributed to the move.

Sync Solver can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]

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24 months ago

Anyone know why Fitbit doesn't do this natively? It's such an obvious application for the Health API.


They want you to sign up for their $50 a year "Fitbit Premium" service to be able to export the data.
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24 months ago
Anyone know why Fitbit doesn't do this natively? It's such an obvious application for the Health API.
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24 months ago
Now if this sync app is blocked or the api is broken, it will be a telltale sign how hostile Fitbit is to users retaining the data they rightfully own.
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24 months ago

They want you to sign up for their $50 a year "Fitbit Premium" service to be able to export the data.


But...that just makes me buy one of the other gazillion products that don't try to charge you money to use stuff you already bought.

It seems they are shooting themselves in the foot here. This space has WAY too much competition for them to act this way.
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24 months ago

Agreed.

And I'm also curious - if a user has two tracking devices and both sync their data into the same repository, does that double the numbers? If I burned 100 calories, will the Health app show me 200 calories because two different devices provided '100' each? I wonder if it's smart enough to figure this out?


You set the priority you want Health to give to different sources for conflicting/duplicate information. E.g. If you have a fitness tracker, you can use either that or your iPhone to track your steps. If you use both at the same time, Health will only use one source, depending on which you've given the higher priority to
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24 months ago

You set the priority you want Health to give to different sources for conflicting/duplicate information. E.g. If you have a fitness tracker, you can use either that or your iPhone to track your steps. If you use both at the same time, Health will only use one source, depending on which you've given the higher priority to


Yes, but it appears this app still doesn't solve the issue that the data needs to be the small incremental data and not a full day dump of data. We need the data fitbit has that shows how many steps we take in short little chunks. If we can get that you can have fitbit as a priority over health and it will know that if fitbit has that data it will over rule the iPhone's own data. But if it does a full dump of a day's data it has no idea when the steps happened so it gives you both the iPhone and the fitbit steps.

Fitbit is the only one that's going to be able to solve this issue. If they don't I won't own their products ever again.
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24 months ago
Fitbit and Apple appear to be at war with each other. I don't think Fitbit will play nice with the Health app any time soon.

I've had a Fitbit since May. I purchased Sync Solver yesterday and within a few minutes I had all of my Fitbit data back to May appearing in the Health app. Highly recommend the app if you have been craving to see that data in Health.
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24 months ago

Yes, but it appears this app still doesn't solve the issue that the data needs to be the small incremental data and not a full day dump of data. We need the data fitbit has that shows how many steps we take in short little chunks. If we can get that you can have fitbit as a priority over health and it will know that if fitbit has that data it will over rule the iPhone's own data. But if it does a full dump of a day's data it has no idea when the steps happened so it gives you both the iPhone and the fitbit steps.

Fitbit is the only one that's going to be able to solve this issue. If they don't I won't own their products ever again.


I use an app called wristband manager, it does exactly what you're asking. Don't know why that didn't get as much publicity tho
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24 months ago

Now if this sync app is blocked or the api is broken, it will be a telltale sign how hostile Fitbit is to users retaining the data they rightfully own.


I'm pretty sure in a couple of weeks (or a few months) Fitbit will either block this app or integrate HealthKit into their app, although i'd much prefer the later its seems a little unlikely :(
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24 months ago


And I'm also curious - if a user has two tracking devices and both sync their data into the same repository, does that double the numbers? If I burned 100 calories, will the Health app show me 200 calories because two different devices provided '100' each? I wonder if it's smart enough to figure this out?


Well, I HAVE 2 tracking devices, and in Health "sources", you can define which app can read/write, and what specific data. Once configured right, you won't have double entries.
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