If you've got an Android phone and a soft spot for Samsung wearables, chances are you picked up the new, improved and affordable Samsung Gear Fit2.
It's a pretty intuitive device and can even auto-track most fitness activities. However there might still be a few things you're not so sure about - that's where this list comes in. Here's a few Gear Fit2 tips and tricks discovered after spending some time with the tracker.
How to change the Gear Fit2 watch face
You get a decent selection of stock watch faces (nine total) pre-installed on the Gear Fit2 and changing them out is simple.
Just like any other smartwatch, you press and hold the main face until you're taken the other page where you can scroll left to select another one.
You can also head to your phone and tap on the Samsung Gear app, pick 'Watch faces' then go from there. The Galaxy App Store has more choices to download, with some being free and others costing money.
How to switch out Fit2 widgets
Widgets pop up when you scroll left to right from the home screen of Gear Fit2. Sometimes the order isn't really optimized for your needs - but it's pretty easy to customize.
Scroll left to the widgets then long press the screen. The haptics will kick in and you can start picking which ones you don't want by tapping the minus symbol, adding by choosing 'Add' at the end and drag current widgets to move them. The last one can be kind of hard to do on the small vertical screen, but I've found that holding and moving the widget up and around the other is best.
How to connect Spotify to Gear Fit2
When I first tried this, it was tricky because the app was still rolling out. However, it's actually pretty easy.
First, make sure Spotify is downloaded on your phone. Then, while still on your phone, head to the Samsung Gear app and tap 'Essentials' where you'll find a list of apps. Pick Spotify and download it for the Fit2.
From there, you can listen to the music through Bluetooth headphones, skip songs, shuffle, repeat, save songs, search for workout music, access playlists by albums or artists and select recently played. Just make sure your phone's still around since Fit2 needs the connection.
How to add music to Gear Fit2
If you'd prefer to go on a run and leave your handset behind, luckily you can pre-load some tunes on the Gear Fit2.
There needs to be music already on your phone - you can't transfer from a computer just yet (I say 'yet' because that's what a Samsung rep told me which leads me to think it may be a possibility down the road).
Then using the Gear app, select 'Send music to Gear.' You can pick specific songs or turn on auto-sync to pile on tracks from certain playlists.
How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Gear Fit2
Head to the settings gear on the Fit2, tap 'Connections' then Bluetooth. Make sure your headset is ready for pairing (usually holding down the power button) so it will show up on the Fit2. Once the name shows up, tap it and you're ready to start listening to music from the wearable.
How to send quick replies on Gear Fit2
You can read all the messages you get on the Fit2 but you can't actually type anything back. However, there's a list of pre-set messages Samsung provides - and you can add your own to the list as well.
To do so, you'll need your Android phone again. Open up 'Settings' and then 'Quick Messages.' From here, you can add or delete from two lists: Quick responses and call-reject messages. Press edit or the plus symbol for your own list of customized messages.
Customize your fitness profile on S Health
Though it's not the most comprehensive fitness platform, Samsung S Health is what you're stuck with using the Gear Fit2. It's actually been updated heavily to better reflect the new fitness tracker.
That's why updating it with your most current info (age, weight, height, exercise frequency and so forth) will help you collect clearer workout data. There are also training plans, paces and goals you can set to use with your Fit2.
Exercise using the Gear Fit2
There are 14 exercises to choose from on the Fit2. Most can be auto-detected - like walking at a fast pace or running. However to make sure everything you do gets recorded precisely, just go into the tracker and select your exercise before you begin. There's also an 'Other' workout you can choose if you don't see yours on the list.
From there, you can set targets like pace, duration, distance, calories or basic workout. There are different target choices depending on what exercise you're doing though running is the most extensive list.
Running, walking, hiking and cycling let you GPS map your route. This starts once you begin the workout. Heart rate monitoring also becomes continuous at this point - it's off generally unless you turn it on. Even then, it only checks every so often (about every 10 minutes or so).
There's also a guide that you can turn on for certain activities, which basically sends haptic feedback letting you know how much time you've been exercising, or how many miles you've gone.
How to conserve Gear Fit2 battery life
The Gear Fit2 battery life is already low only able to last two days maximum. This is pretty much the average of every other device out there with a color touch screen so you shouldn't be surprised. Thankfully there are a few ways to make sure you get a full two days worth of usage.
The fitness tracker can automatically sync with S Health to supply the latest data set its collected - but this is a total battery drain for both your wearable and mobile device.
Best to just set syncing to manual meaning each time you open the app, the devices will sync.
You can also turn off the always on watch face, decrease the brightness, use dark watch faces and turn off notifications for apps you don't care about (done on the phone through Gear app).
Monitor water/caffeine intake
This requires manual tracking so you'll have to add how much water and coffee you've consumed by pressing the plus symbol with each app. The more water the better, the less caffeine the better is usually how it goes so recording your intake will give you a better idea on how to increase or limit.
It helps if you immediately add the liquid amount to the fitness tracker right after you've finished a cup, or even right before.
Exercise with friends on Gear Fit2
Together is a new feature on S Health that's made its way onto the Gear Fit2. With it, you can complete step challenges against friends. There are also leaderboards you can check to make sure you stay on top.
To enable the feature, head to S Health and select manage items. From there, scroll to the far right on top and enable the app to send SMS messages. Not allowing this will close the feature and you won't be able to use it. Choose some friends, then get stepping.
How to tag heart rate
As mentioned before, you can turn on continuous heart rate tracking for a complete look of your heart on a 24-hour basis (with some caveats also previously stated) or you can manually take your heart rate.
For tracked workouts, heart rate monitoring kicks in immediately. Either way you want to do it, you can also tag heart rate each time you use it. That way you can keep track of what's what in your 24-hour log. There aren't a lot of options to choose from - in fact there should be an option to voice-input your own tag, but for now there's a preset list of choices.
How to create a shortcut on Gear Fit2
It's easy enough scrolling to find your favorite app in the widgets section or apps list, but you can also create a shortcut with the home button.
Just head to the Gear app on your phone, tap settings and pick the one you want. After that, just double press the home button to open the app.
How to use Gear Fit2 for sleep tracking
Wearing a wearable to sleep can be annoying sometimes especially if they have screens. Tossing and turning can lead tracker faces to light up like a firework which will likely cause you to angrily toss it aside in the middle of the night.
It'd be great if there were a sleep mode that automatically turns off notifications and turns off the watch face, but alas the Gear Fit2 isn't equipped with such a feature. You can then resort to tapping do not disturb by pulling down the menu from the top of the Fit2. While there, you can dim the screen as well. You can also head to the settings and make sure the screen turns off in 15 seconds just in case. It's not perfect, but it's good enough.
After sleep tracking is done, head to S Health on your phone to see a better compilation of graphs and details about your night's sleep.
How to reset the Gear Fit2
When your Gear is on the fritz, you can reset it in a few simple steps.
There are two different reset methods available: Light reset which deletes all data except media files and personal data, or factory reset which resets all settings to the factory default values and deletes all data.
Both options can be found in the settings icon on the Gear Fit2. If you can't even access the Fit2, backup and restore from your mobile phone through the Gear app's settings.