Get started with the Fitbit app: Learn how to do more with your Fitbit

Struggling to get around the Fitbit app? Try these handy tips and tricks
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Your Fitbit might be what tracks your activity around the clock, but the star of the show is the Fitbit app.

It's here where all of your data and progress is stored, giving you a singular place to keep an eye on trends, edit your goals and gain insights into your activity. Whether you have a Fitbit Charge 4, Versa 2 or something more simple like the Inspire HR, every device feeds into the same app. You might just see slightly more or less data, depending on your device.

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While much of the Fitbit app's brilliance is in its simplicity, there's also a few hidden tricks you might not know.

Below, we'll be explaining how you can access eight key areas of the Fitbit app - from viewing your data to logging food - as well as some of the more hard-to-find bits.

1. Change the order of your Today view

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What is the Today view?

The Today view is essentially the dashboard from which you can, well, view all of your synced data. You get to decide the order in which the different sections appear, and they include your daily activity tracking goals (steps, floors, distance, calories and Active Minutes) and other elements, which sit below, such as Heart Rate, Sleep and Weight.

How to do it:

1. From the Fitbit app's Today view, tap the 'Edit' option in the top right corner.

2. On the next screen, you're able to manage both Activity Items and Today Items.

3. To change the order, hold and drag the stacked line symbol on the right to the desired spot.

4. To delete or hide a section, tap the red symbol or untick the boxes.

2. Edit your daily activity goals

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What are your daily activity goals?

Your Fitbit goals are set when you first create your account, allowing you personalize Activity, Exercise, Nutrition & Body and Sleep. Since your goals will likely change over time, Fitbit allows you to edit them at any point.

How to do it:

1. From the Fitbit app's Today view, tap the Account icon in the top left corner.

2. Scroll to the Goals section.

3. Tap on either Activity, Exercise, Nutrition & Body or Sleep.

4. Edit your goals by tapping on a panel and entering in your desired goal.

3. Find your Cardio Fitness Score (VO2 Max)

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What is your Cardio Fitness Score?

Cardio Fitness Score is Fitbit's way of estimating your VO2 Max. What is VO2 Max? In simple terms, this is the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use during exercise, with this represented in a round figure and categorized anywhere from 'Excellent' to 'Poor' for your age and gender.

Learn more: Complete guide to VO2 Max

Fitbit indicates this score is based on your resting heart rate figure and user profile, with the figure becoming more accurate over time.

How to do it:

1. From the Fitbit app's Today view, find the Heart Rate section - tap it.

2. On the graph section at the top of the screen, swipe to the second screen.

3. This will show your Cardio Fitness Score.

4. Tap the expand option in the top right corner to gain more information.

4. Find the Estimated Oxygen Variation graph

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What is Estimated Oxygen Variation?

This is Fitbit's way of reading the oxygen levels in your blood during sleep, using a red LED in the optical heart rate monitor. Rather than presenting this as a single percentage score, Estimated Oxygen Variation (EOV) examines the difference in the highs and lows of your blood oxygen, and looks to highlight potential underlying conditions.

Read more about Fitbit Estimated Oxygen Variation in our full guide.

How to do it:

1. In the Fitbit app's Today view, find the Sleep section - tap it.

2. Select the log you want to view your EOV from.

3. In the log, scroll past Sleep Score, Sleep Stages and the sleep breakdown to find the EOV graph.

5. Log your food by scanning barcodes

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What is the benefit of logging food - and how does it work?

Your Fitbit logs your calorie burn throughout a day, so logging your food intake allows the Fitbit app to cross these two elements together. From this, you can then see whether you're under target, in the zone or over your target, which is based on your Weight goals. Fitbit's library of food is vast, and you can even scan the barcodes of items.

How to do it:

1. From the Fitbit app's Today view, select the Food tab.

2. In the top right corner, select the addition symbol.

3. On the Log Food screen, search for food by typing in the box, tap the barcode symbol on the right to bring up the camera or manually enter your calories by tapping the numbers symbol on the left.

6. View and edit your exercise history

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What is included in your exercise history?

Your exercise history includes everything tracked and synced from your Fitbit device: runs, walks, swimming and plenty more. When you tap on a logged exercise, this will then expand into a more detailed view, showing the likes of heart rate and more.

Want to understand more about your heart rate during exercise? Follow our complete guide to Fitbit heart rate monitoring.

How to do it:

1. From the Fitbit app's Today view, select the Exercise tab (the one with '[X] of [X] days of exercise this week').

2. You will then see all your logged exercise, including six graphs.

3. To edit what will count as a logged exercise, tap the settings icon in the top right to bring up your exercise goals.

7. Sync your data to the Fitbit app

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What does syncing data mean?

When you wear your Fitbit during the day, everything is stored on the device until you transfer the data across to your phone and the Fitbit app. You do have the option to turn on 'All-Day Sync', which means your Fitbit will sync automatically throughout the day when close to your phone, but you can also sync manually at any time through the app.

Need more info? Follow our complete how to sync Fitbit guide for troubleshooting tips and instructions.

How to do it:

1. In the Fitbit app, start from the Today view dashboard.

2. Make sure you're at the top of the screen, then drag your finger down.

3. You should see 'Pull to refresh' - keep dragging down until the syncing bar appears at the top.

4. Wait for the progress line to finish going from left to right and your Fitbit data has been synced.

8. Edit your heart rate zones

Understanding the Fitbit app: 8 tips to help you get more out of your tracking

What are heart rate zones?

Your heart rate zones are essentially ranges within your heart's potential beats-per-minute. So, as an example, 98bpm - 137bpm might represent your Fat Burn zone (low to medium intensity exercise), 137bpm - 166bpm might represent your Cardio zone (medium to high intensity exercise) and 166bpm - 196bpm (high intensity exercise) might represent the Peak zone.

Learn more: How to train with heart rate zones

These are set automatically by Fitbit to help you understand the effort levels of your workout, but you can also set custom zones within these three and also give yourself a customized maximum heart rate.

How to do it:

1. In the Fitbit app, start from the Today view dashboard.

2. In the top left corner, tap the Account icon.

3. Scroll down to Heart Rate Zones.

4. From here, you will see your personal heart rate zones above options to customize.

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