Samsung has long led the way when it comes to Android smartwatches. While its wearables do an excellent job of tracking health and fitness metrics in the Samsung Health app, Samsung smartwatch owners don’t have many options when it comes to sharing and exporting their data. Google Fit, Google’s fitness tracking platform, serves as a central hub for fitness data from different fitness apps and services. The problem is that Samsung Health doesn’t allow exporting its data to Google Fit.
Google aims to solve this problem with Health Connect, which unifies health data from multiple apps and services into one place where connected apps can easily access it. Here’s how to sync your Samsung Health data to Google Fit using Health Connect.
What is a Healthy Connection?
Health Connect is a platform consisting of a set of APIs where multiple applications and services can read (or write) your health metrics. Currently, fitness apps must manually integrate with other similar services to share data. For example, if you track your runs with Strava, other apps like Sleep My Cycle won’t see the data. Likewise, if you use Sleep as Android to monitor your sleep quality, you won’t be able to view data from other fitness tracking apps if they haven’t added support for them.
Health Connect aims to solve this problem. Each fitness app can write the data it collects to Health Connect, and another app can pull that data. This way, apps can share data with each other without any privacy risks.
Health Connect supports the sharing of a range of health data including activity types, body measurements, period tracking, vital signs and more.
How to set up a healthy connection
Before you can sync Samsung Health with Google Fit, you must have Health Connect installed and set up on your phone.
- Download Health Connect from the Play Store on your Android phone.
- Open healthy connection.
- tap let’s start.
- choose app permissions.
- choose Samsung Health from the list of applications.
- enable allow all Or manually select the health data to sync.
How to sync Google Fit data to Health Connect
Download and set up Google Fit on your phone and smartwatch before proceeding with the steps below.
- When you open Google Fit for the first time after installing Health Connect, you will see Sync with Health Connect banner.
- tap let’s start.
- choose set up from Sync with Health Connect Page.
- Grant the Fit access to Health Connect data. You can allow access to all data or select categories individually.
- tap allow continue.
Once connected, Google Fit reads data shared with Health Connect from the past 30 days in order to pull in existing data held by other services. You can confirm that Google Fit is syncing data with Health Connect by following these steps:
- Open google fit Apps on your phone.
- click contour button in the bottom navigation bar.
- click set up button at the top.
- make sure Sync workouts with Health Connect option is enabled.
If you prefer to use Google Fit to track all your activity, check out our guide on how to use Google Fit to track your fitness goals and stay fit.
How to Sync Samsung Health Data to Health Connect
You now need to link Samsung Health with Health Connect.
- Open the Samsung Health app.
- Tap the three-dot main menu icon in the upper right corner.
- choose set up.
- tap healthy connection.
- Install the app if you don’t already have it.
- Open Health Connect and click start.
- tap app permissions.
- choose Samsung Health.
- Select the data types to sync.
- tap allow to complete the process.
Your Samsung Health data may not show up in Google Fit right away. The sync process can take several hours, and there is no way to fast-forward the process manually.
View your Samsung Health data in Google Fit
When data syncing between Samsung Health and Google Fit is enabled, you can view tracked health stats in the latter app. To get a timeline view of your tracked or recorded daily activities, switch to the Journal tab in Google Fit. It provides a complete picture of your physical activity throughout the day, including your sleep cycle. Tap an entry to get more details like your heart rate, distance walked, energy burned, and more.
Samsung Health does not allow syncing of your steps to Google Fit. For that, you’ll have to rely on the Fit’s tracking.
Manage health data from Google Fit
Health Connect makes it easy to view tracked activity using Samsung Health in Google Fit. Some of the best Android health and fitness apps also support Health Connect, so you can export data from them to Google Fit, which acts as a central hub for all your health-related data.