Misfit Shine tips: How to get more from your fitness tracker

How to make your Misfit fitness tracker really shine
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The Misfit Shine and Misfit Flash fitness trackers are about a minimal as a wearable can get but don't be fooled by its subtle design - there are plenty of smart features to help you get fitter, faster.

With that in mind, we've put together these handy tips and tricks to help you get extra from your Misfit tracker and hopefully answer a few queries along the way.

Connect up your home

The Misfit Shine 2 and Flash both work with If This Then That (IFTTT) recipes that enable you to pair you band with other apps. You can turn on your Philips Hue lights or start a Spotify playlist with a tap of your tracker. You'll need the IFTTT app on your smartphone and in the Misfit app head to Settings > Apps and connect the two.

Align your Shine

Misfit Shine tips: How to get more from your fitness tracker

There's nothing more frustrating than getting your Shine in its strap only to find that it's off centre, meaning you'll have to tilt your head if you want to tell the time. To make sure it's properly aligned, turn it over and note the position of the '12'. This indicates the position of the 12 o'clock LED - so make sure it's facing north before you clip it in.

Put time first

When you double tap your Shine you'll see your progression towards yoru daily goal followed by the time. However, if you want to use your Shine like a watch you can have the time displayed first. Just go to the Devices tab and swipe down to general settings and choose Display Clock First. You can also turn off the clock altogether, if you wish.

Kick off an activity

Misfit Shine tips: How to get more from your fitness tracker

You might be using the Shine as just a general through-the-day activity accumulator but you can also tell it when you're about to perform specific activities. To start an activity, tap the Shine three times. You should be met with a ring of glowing lights to signify your session has begun. You can then tag your activity later on. You can choose from swimming, cycling, basketball, soccer, yoga, dance and tennis.

Use the smart alarm

The Misfit Shine also offers a smart alarm, which aims to wake you up when you're in your lightest sleep so you feel more refreshed. To set it, tap on the plus icon at the bottom of the screen and choose the moon. From there you can set the latest wake-up time and choose an alarm sound. This is one of the device's best features, so it's a good one to know.

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Add your meals

While you can track meals and food in apps like MyFitnessPal, Misfit takes a slightly different approach. Hit the plus and choose the apple icon, and you can add pictures of your food which are added to your daily activity summary.

Pair up a Pebble instead

Misfit Shine tips: How to get more from your fitness tracker

If you own a Pebble smartwatch, you can now pair it with the Misfit app. Why's this interesting? Let's say your Shine runs out of battery and you can't recharge if for a while - you can make sure you don't lose any of that juicy tracking data by swapping in your Pebble smartwatch. All you have to do is select Pebble when prompted to select a device and then connect the two. Or if you want to untether your Shine to replace it with the Pebble, just go to Settings and then tap Unlink Shine.

A sneakier way to sync

A really nice touch, Misfit asks you to tap the Shine on the screen in order to sync it with your phone. However you don't actually need to do this (and occasionally it doesn't recognise the device anyway). Instead, when the syncing circle pops up, just tap your finger on the screen instead. So long as your Shine is within Bluetooth range it should pair up anyway.

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Kieran Alger


Kieran is a world record-setting runner and one of the UK's most experienced running journalists.

A constant tester of the latest fitness technology, he's always hunting for innovations that can make him run faster, further and generally be in better shape.

Kieran is often found wearing four GPS running watches at once. And to date he's tracked more than 50 marathons, 13 ultras and countless half marathons - including the Marathon Des Sables.

In 2022, he became the first person to run the river Danube from sea to source, a measly 1,830 miles in 66 days. And still had time to test running gear.

Kieran regularly takes running tech to the extremes for Wareable and the likes of Runner's World, Mens Health and Wired.

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