Google Fit is ready to help iPhone owners get in shape

Google Fit is ready to help iPhone owners get in shape
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Google Fit is now available to use on iOS devices for the first time, with the health and fitness platform set to play nice with iPhone, Apple Watch and Wear OS smartwatches paired to Apple’s smartphone.

Google rebooted Fit last year to offer a more simplistic way of measuring your activity progress during the day, ditching step tracking for chasing Move Minutes and Heart Points.

Essential reading: How to use Google Fit

If you don’t know what those mean, Move Minutes is all about the amount of time you spend doing physical activity during the day. So, that could be going for a walk or doing some yoga. Heart Points are awarded for more intense sessions of physical activity and when you’re really getting that heart pumping.

On Wear OS smartwatches, Google Fit is able to tap into onboard heart rate monitors to detect when you’re picking up the pace. It’s not clear, though, if the same will be possible for the Apple Watch, too.

Like the Android Google Fit app, you’ll be able to track workout sessions and access the Journal, where you can view all of your tracked activities. While most of the experience should be the same, you won’t get a Google Fit widget on your iPhone home screen, like you can on Android phones – simply because widgets are not supported on Apple’s smartphones.

Google confirmed to Wareable that the data from your Wear OS watch won’t sync with Apple Health, but it will play nice with other apps including Sleep Cycle, Nike Run Club and Headspace, showing Heart Points and Move Minutes earned through other activities.

You can download the Google Fit for iOS app now from the Apple App Store if you want to give it a try.


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