Samsung Gear Fit2 tips and tricks

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Samsung Gear Fit2 tips and tricks

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.

63 Comments

  • veronicamaki says:

    please tell me where I can enable sleep mode? Is it automatic? Thanks

    • lalauhoh says:

      its automatic

  • bananaman says:

    where is the setting to set to manual sync you refer to above? can not see it on the gear fit 2, in the gear fit app or S health? currently my bluetooth is draining the battery considerably and i'd prefer manual sync as need to leave bluetooth on so can use while driving on handsfree.

    • Rassilon says:

      Good question. I don't see an option for this either, and wish I could pair the phone some other way. Bluetooth is a battery hog on my Note 7.

    • game_changer says:

      The app syncs with the gear when you drag the screen down like you're doing a refresh in gmail. 

    • Chance says:

      Go to S health app on your phone, once at the home screen of that app touch in the top right corner "more." Then click setting. The first set of settings is called general, the first choice says account with you email or account name. Touch thay area, then will take you to another page where is says, "sync now, auto sync, and last is sync via WiFi only." Turn Auto sync off, turn it on then click sync via WiFi only on. That should answer your question and help data. I just got this thing like 4 hours ago and it's my first device like this. Seems pretty accurate to me so far. 

  • MrsGixxer says:

    I'm very disappointed in this fitness watch. I've used Fitbit for years and this is definitely a step down.  I woke up this morning with over 2000 steps and one flight of stairs to my credit only I don't sleepwalk. My husband drives all day and somehow got more steps than I did when I walk around a lot during the day.  Nothing is user friendly about it.  Probably the only feature I like is the HRM.  I also can't find any help online. The only thing I find are reviews and they aren't even accurate. Sure the screen is pretty and the features if they worked would be great but they don't.  I've had it a few days and I am pretty sure it is going back along with the other Samsung phones and watch.  

    • ACK says:

      Have to agree...wildy inaccurate step count...tested it by counting steps as i walked and it seem to count any where between 1 and 4 times my actual steps....this need to be fixed..Also no auto link to the do not disturb setting on the phone...what the.....

      When I'm sleeping why does the screen turn itself on when I turn over...my partner has let me know its her or the band....

  • kniles says:

    I ran 18 miles today and it is saying I ran 60!  How can it be so off?

  • Lex808 says:

    actully i use it daily and only take it off while shower with power off, it seems to be pretty accurate to me, all sensors working fine. Not that im a pro and know exactly every step and heart beat but it matchs my treadmill readouts on distance, heart rate and calories, speed ect..

    Maybe check your info on s health weight height ect..

  • RIC0 says:

    I'm fed up after 2 years of dealing with fitbit charge hr's bubbling wrist bands. Have there been any similar issues with the fit2?

    Also, can I sync the fit2 with my pc?

    Thanks

  • Shzusuziq says:

    I love my gear fit 2!  Does anyone know what the light that comes on from the back of the Watch mean? I notice it at night, when I move  my watch around on my arm it goes off.  I'm guessing it means it's not making a good connection on my wrist, buy I'm not sure. ....

    • Mikeeee says:

      It is the heart rate meter.

  • Pseudoecho says:

    Ran 10km race today.. Gearfit2 recorded distance (11km), duration, calories, pace but no map..

    GPS was turned on.. I dont know why there was no map. This prevents me from syncing to strava..

    • IanWong says:

      you should activate the execise mode (running) in your gear fit 2, for activate the GPS and data will link to your strava

      • Paullee says:

        do i have to have data to view the map? My run only shows tre trail but not the map

  • AlanR says:

    Hi I am about to buy a fit 2 though I have been able to download the Gear app when I go to the s health it says it is not compatible with my Samsung S3. I have seen apps for the fit 2 that give basic fitness functions which I would be happy with. Do I really need s health to use other apps? Thanks Alan

    • Candy1177 says:

      I had this issue with my gear fit and my S3. It was bc my phones operating system was our of date. I had to had 4.2 or above and mine was 4.1. My problem was my phone wouldn't update bc I have a straight talk phone and they don't release updates so I had to buy a new phone just so I could use,my watch. Hopefully you can just go into the settings on your phone and see if there is an update for your OS.

      • Paullee says:

        it support kit kat 4.4 and above only

  • austinlake92 says:

    anyone know how to turn off certain tracking features?

    I love this smartwatch and have had little issues except that it sometimes believes I'v accomplished multiple floors (which is not true, at all) or that I'm cycling while driving...

    If there's a way to completely turn off auto detect and just track steps and sleep, that'd be great.

  • Kj44 says:

    If you are a serious runner, this tracker is NOT for you.  I  received this as a promo when the wife got the new Note 7.  I was excited to try an all-in-one unit that gave me the opportunity to leave my phone at home on runs.   The GPS on this unit is not even close to accurate.  I have had it for 2 weeks now and have taken it on 12 runs. Most days it gives me creditfor considerably more distance than actual. My recent 8 mile run was logged at 8.96. Most runs come out at 10 to 20 % higher than actual.   I tested it against phone and other GPS watches and it does not compare.  Poor readout in outdoor light. HRM must be very tight to work.  On board music player with Bluetooth is very nice but GPS accuracy is a deal breaker. 

  • ldwoods2 says:

    Does this have wireless charging?

    • Daftary says:

      Nope, instead there is docking station where it gets attached to the magnetic pins and charge. Nothing to connect to gear fit though.

  • dbo187 says:

    Can anyone help with this device tracking steps while I'm driving it's very frustrating and making me consider returning the device as it renders all data useless 

    • kbear9945 says:

      i have the same issue w/ the flights of stairs.  It's clocked me at 169 flights of stairs (which would be taller than the twin towers by comparison) and yet somehow I only burned 1500 calories. Go figure.  Additionally, it has my bmr at only 1600 a day, which is also way too low.  Not impressed at all.

  • jperrin225 says:

    Approximately how far away from my phone can the fit 2 be and still be connected via Bluetooth to use spotify? 

  • nicholeD9241 says:

    can you turn off all vibrations/ sounds on it? i have to go to school and i dont want it to go off. also what do the 2 buttons do

    • chriscontroller says:

      you can just pull down the very top bar and click on the circle with a dash in it. This will enable do not disturb mode.  The bottom button is menu and the other is back I think.  

  • Mpowered22 says:

    the watch works fine for me, but the biggest issue for me is I have no idea how to display the date. And to use 24hr instead of 12, I'm not even sure if it has any of the features I'm talking about

    • chriscontroller says:

      You can just download a watchface that has what you're looking for.  They each have different settings, some even have a current weather button :)

  • billthemoose says:

    Just got a Fit2 as a free offer for buying the S7 Edge. Still trying to figure it out and haven't actually put it on yet, Steps/Floors counts show "0", but I notice it's got a count of 1539 calories burned already, right out of the box, and I cannot find a way to reset that count. I did the "Light reset" but the calorie count came back. Anyone?

    • alyssad says:

      All of the fitness trackers do this, actually. Even when you're not doing anything, your body is burning calories, so it will automatically figure the average calories burned by a body at rest.

      I had a FitBit Charge HR before this and it did the same thing.

  • kbear9945 says:

    So far, I'm not impressed.  The floor counter is WAY off - so much so, that it's stating I've climbed a total of 169 flights of stairs today (The Twin towers only had 161 floors by comparison).  I cannot figure out how to change the playlist for the music I've downloaded, so even though I've loaded it w/ about 75+ songs, it only plays 13 of them unless I go to the track and specifically select an individual song - which is not conducive for a decent run.  Also, although the GPS will track your running - it doesn't show against a map on the fit - it's a black and white grid, so there is still nothing to show where your run is located.  I received the fit 2 with the Note 7 promotion, and if I could - I'd return it. REALLY REALLY glad I didn't actually pay anything for it or I'd be po'd right now.

  • alyssad says:

    I have the opposite problem as some of the others.  My floor counter is not registering floors at all, I was in my basement twice this morning and it did not count the 2 flights coming back up, or the 3 times last night. 

    I would also like to see customizable faces like the ones that were available for the original Fit.  I haven't found any yet that I feel express my personality, and would prefer to be able to use my own pictures.

  • Narvajay says:

    Can you download a picture from your gallery for the face?

  • dcuz says:

    So frustrated with Samsung right now. First get the new Note 7 have to return it due to malfunctions ( exploding)  they switched me to a Galaxy S7 Edge got the new phone on a Sunday Monday night it did a update and corrupted my brand new 128GB SD card then I was told oh you just will have to reformat your card now, and loose everything that is on it.Then I finally get my Gear fit 2 in the mail after I returned phone  to now have it freezing up and not being able to turn it off or on. Having to do a reset on it REALLY!!!!!

  • BETH123 says:

    I believe this tracker works much better than my Fitbit trackers did, it also allows me to read/delete or respond as well as interact with my device.  It however is not accurate on stairs, never counts when I've climbed a flight (not once and I've  had this tracker for a couple of weeks now) but the biggest downfall is its lack of compatibility with my endomondo app, I use my endomondo for all my fitness tracking from walking, running, biking, to yoga, & stretching 

    • Ken321 says:

      The tracker uses your arm motion to register stairs. If you are holding the railing with your tracker-hand, the stairs won't register because your arm isn't moving up and down. Try going up the stairs without holding the railing or wear the tracker on your other wrist. See if it registers then.

  • FDPATCHES says:

    Hello,

           I have been using the gear fit 2 for several weeks, I notice it gets stuck in inactive mode, even though im up and walking it still says inactive.  Any ideas?  Also the sleep mode doesnt seem to be acurate, I woke up and looked at the watch and fell back asleep and it said i slept all night?

    Thanks

  • Lakergirl says:

    my messages are not showing in notifications 

  • mosh says:

    hi, can I use the watch without a samsung phone? i was looking for a cheap gps watch and i like all of the functions of this one.

    • lottjam1 says:

      yes.  i am using my with a Nexus 5x with no issues...

      • killsport says:

        I can't get the quick messages to sync. I can change them in the gear app, but they don't show up on the gear fit 2. Also on a 5X. What messaging app are you using, if you can successfully change the quick messages? 

  • aria says:

    How can I recharge battery? for $180 I would like to use it for more than 2 days

    • mavisbean says:

      put it on the charger that came with it

  • KSVX says:

    does it track steps or floors if its on and kept in my bag(basically not on my wrist)

  • AndresVargas says:

    I 'm using the MyFitnessPal app to track my food intake.  Is any way to use the steps count of the Galaxy's Fit 2 info to feed the calories I burn directly to the app? The S Health is the only app that supports? Thanks. 

  • KimCul says:

    is there anything I can do about having a smaller wrist and it not sending text or picking up your heart rate. 

  • Npmvio says:

    Hi,

    can you help me please? I'm looking for the firmware of Gear Fit 2, I have to flash that, do you have a link to get it?

    Thanks 

    • Npmvio says:

      Hi,  please can you help me please?...now my Gear Fit 2 is without firmare and I need to flash that!...thanks to all!

  • Tsf says:

    can you sync the gear fit 2 with the lose it! app?

  • Stub says:

    My sleep tracker has stopped tracking over the last few nights. When I wake it simply states inactive for that period. Any ideas why?

  • LeslieFigz says:

    Can you monitor your heart rate with the "other work out" feature? If so, how?? Your heart rate doesn't show up if you select that as your activity option .  

    • Paullee says:

      it does not track the HR for other workout mode.

  • Paullee says:

    how can i see the map after a run? Do i have to have data (connected device) to view the map after a run?

  • Paullee says:

    I've done a run the with gps on n it do track my run. However I can see the map at all. Do i need data (sync with phone) to track my run n maps?

  • matteastnz says:

    Hi all, my Samsung Gear Fit 2 is sync'd up with my Nexus 6P running Android 7.0. I'm lucky to get a days worth of battery, despite not really interacting with the device, I have a white on black background for the watch face, but still the battery drains. This article mentioned above, 

    "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."

    How do I set syncing to manual meaing it will only sync when I open the app on my phone? i can't find any documentation anywhere that outlines how to do this.

    Cheers

    Matt

  • nomarjos says:

    I can't download the GPS tracks of my Samsung Gear Fit 2.

  • rmunoz75 says:

    any one know how to hear calls on my phone while connected to gear fit2?

  • Nabs75 says:

    Do any no how to get the watch faces back that you already purchased?

  • TheBudah says:

    WON'T POWER ON or CHARGE !!!!

    I received a GF2 from Samsung as a perk for buying the Galaxy Note 7 which has now been returned due to the issues. 
    I received the fit2 about 2 weeks ago but only started wearing it last week
    I wore it for about 3 days -- had to charge it nightly
    now it does absolutely nothing !!!

    any ideas ????

  • Sco17135 says:

    Anyway we can download Pandora Radio or any other radio other than the one it comes with to the Samsung gear fit 2

  • traveljunkie says:

    Can you set up workout programs on the Gear Fit2?  For example a beep after 2 minutes, then a beep after 1 minute, repeat for 60 min.  This is for a run/walk training program.

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