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How to Connect the Fitbit App to Apple Watch

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What to Know

  • Apple Watch does not sync directly to the Fitbit app.
  • Third-party apps like Strava or MyFitnessSync can get your data from your watch to your Fitbit account.
  • You’ll need to create an account with the third-party app and sign in to your Fitbit account to make it work.

This article explains how to get your Apple Watch to sync with your Fitbit account with an iPhone (running iOS 14 or newer) so that you can maintain your data, challenges, and other Fitbit features.

Install a Third-Party App: Strava

Third-party apps like Strava and MyFitnessSync will connect the data from your Apple Watch (and Apple Health) to your Fitbit app. To get started, you need first to download and install one of these apps. For this article, we’re using Strava as an example.

If you already have a Strava account, you can tap Log In at the bottom of the screen, provide your log-in credentials, and then follow the instructions to connect your Apple Watch to Strava.

Tap Apple Watch.

  • Turn on Location Services: For your Apple Watch to connect with Strava, you need to enable this.
  • Accept Our Code of Conduct: You’ll have to agree to the Code of Contact.
  • Motion Fitness: Allow Strava to sync your Motion Fitness data from your Apple Watch.

In addition to this, there are a couple of non-essential options you can control on this screen. They include:

  • Turn on Notifications: Decide if you want the Strava app to send you notifications.
  • Sync With Health: Choose if you want to enable heart rate data monitoring while using Strava.

You can either adjust these non-essential settings now or choose to set them up later. Then tap Finish.

On the next screen, tap Done.

Use Strava to Connect Fitbit and Apple Watch

Once you have Strava installed on your iPhone, you can use it to get Fitbit and Apple Watch to communicate. You’ll need to install the Fitbit app on your iPhone if it’s not already there. Once that’s done, follow these instructions.

On the Third Party Apps page, tap Compatible Apps.

Tap Connect a GPS watch or computer.

When prompted, enter your Fitbit account credentials and then tap Login.

Choose which functions of Fitbit you would like to sync between Strava and Fitbit, and then tap Allow.

Grant Strava access to health-related data by tapping Allow.

The Fitbit products most comparable to the Apple Watch are the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Fitbit Sense. The Fitbit products shine in battery life and fitness features. However, if you own an iPhone, the Apple Watch’s compatibility and features make sense. If you own an Android and care about fitness, the Fitbit products are a good idea.

Apple Watch. A 2022 study by the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering compared the step count and heart rate accuracy of the Fitbit Charge 3 and Apple Watch Series 4 during aquatic exercise. It found that while both devices performed well, the Apple Watch was more accurate.

How-To: Use HealthFit To Sync Your Apple Watch Correctly With Strava and Final Surge

I was an Apple Watch guy before I really got obsessed with running. It quickly became clear to me that “real” runners don’t use an Apple Watch Most runners I know use Garmin or Suunto and because of this, there is very little written about how to truly get the most out of your Apple Watch, short of not using one. Frankly, I was not about to blow 300-400 dollars on switching. Therefore, this article is to help you–a loyal Apple Watch user–to get the most out of your Apple Watch and have it syncing correctly to the many services out there. There are really only two things you need to get right. Tracking and syncing:


To get the most out of your Apple Watch, you need to use the most feature rich app there is and this data needs to be completely accessible and useable for the various apps out there. At one point I was using Nike Run Club for my running app, but it turns out that the Nike Run Club app doesn’t save the GPS data to the phone and you can’t create splits. This makes it extremely difficult to sync to an app like Final Surge. Other third-party apps are similar, or don’t have the necessary features, like creating splits (Apple calls them Segments). If you were using a Garmin, you always track with the Garmin’s built-in app, not third-party apps, and then you sync to other services. This makes a ton of sense, because the watch’s natural ability should be tied to the maker and not someone else.

Because of these oddities with using third-party apps to track your data, you should only use the default Apple Watch Workouts app. This will give you the most accurate data on your phone, which you can then use as the datasource for syncing to every other service you want. For detailed information on using the Workouts app, visit their support docs.


Now that all your data is tracking directly through the Workouts app, you will need to have a unified syncing method. Many apps, like Strava, will handle importing your workouts. It may be very tempting to use Strava’s syncing capabilities to sync to other third-party apps like Final Surge. Don’t use third-party apps like Strava to sync your data to other third-party apps. It appears that certain data, like splits (and who knows what other valuable data) gets lost in the shuffle. Instead, you want to use an app that handles syncing the raw data from your iPhone to the other services. This is where HealthFit fits in.

HealthFit. One app to sync them all

A few months ago when I was trying to sync my entire workout history to Strava, my friend and co-worker, Matt Rubin, recommended a great app called HealthFit. While HealthFit has other features besides syncing, syncing is what it excels at and syncing is the only reason I use it. HealthFit syncs all my data to my various apps and for a cheap 3.99, my coach gets all the proper information he needs in Final Surge. I now have no reason to shell out a few hundred dollars on a Garmin.

Once you have HealthFit syncing to your favorite apps, that’s all there is to it. You should be ready to roll and your coaches will thank you for getting them the proper data. Here’s a list of the currently available places you can sync your data to:

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Does the Apple Watch Series 3 Work with Strava?

Like many runners, I used the Strava iPhone app to track my runs. But, I was tired of having to carry my iPhone with me; I had it in an arm Band and it was difficult to remove, making checking my pace almost impossible without stopping. So, when the iPhone Series 3 came out with built-in GPS, I thought the time was right to finally get one and ditch the phone on my runs!

I wanted to find the answer to a simple question, “does Strava work on Apple Watch Series 3?” I went online and found some conflicting information about whether the Apple Watch really worked with Strava. Yes, there was a Strava App for Apple Watch, but some commenters said it didn’t work or was completely useless. I was hesitant to buy one without knowing for sure.

The Verdict: It Works, After a Buggy Start

Well, I took a chance and purchased the Apple Watch (with no LTE) and tried it myself. It has a bare minimum number of features, but it does do the fundamental task of tracking your run, pace, and route, and syncing that to your iPhone afterwards without having to carry your phone with you.

Although you won’t see a map of your route on your phone, you will see it in the Strava iPhone app or website after you sync.

The Good

To start a run with your watch, open the Strava app and select what type of workout you want to do. The choices as of now are:

  • Outdoor Run
  • Outdoor Ride
  • Outdoor Walk
  • Indoor Run
  • Hike
  • Nordic Ski
  • Indoor Ride
  • Workout
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Simply tap the icon and it starts tracking you! Quick and easy.

At any time during your run you can look at your watch to get your current pace. At mile intervals, it will verbally announce the pace of your last mile, as well as your overall time. So far so good!

At the end of your run, it will show your total distance, time, and pace.

You have a choice to save or delete your workout. If your phone is nearby, it will sync your workout to your phone when you save it, just as if you had carried it with you! That is what I wanted.

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Discrepancy in Running Pace – A Big Problem That Is Fixed Now

The biggest problem I’ve had with Strava on the Apple Watch is that it sometimes after I sync my run to my phone, the iPhone app reports a much faster pace than my watch did.

The errors could be large. For example, while running, Strava told me I ran my first mile at just over a 10-minute pace, but after syncing with my phone, Strava says it was 9:36 minutes.

I found this article which gives two causes and fixes for this problem.

The first scenario happens if you start the Strava app on your watch while you’re near your phone, and you don’t bring your phone with you. Basically, the app uses the phone’s GPS position for a while, then realizes the watch is disconnected and things get messed up. The solution is to make sure you’re far from your phone when you start the app. Now that I know the cause, it’s easy to avoid.

But that didn’t solve the problem completely for me.

The second suggestion is to “start an activity outside and wait for about 30 seconds before saving and discarding it – then start a new recording”, according to the article.

A lot of folks on the Strava forum had this problem. I’d estimate this discrepancy happened to me about 30% of the time. Sometimes the watch is spot-on with the iPhone app.

These problems happened with Watch OS 4.2.3. I’m now on 7.3.3 and I haven’t noticed these issues anymore! I consider it fixed!

Вернулся с Apple Watch на Garmin, потому что теперь они умеют все, что нужно!

My Apple Watch Wish List

The Apple Watch Strava app does not show any kind of map of your route while you run. Afterward, it does show a summary, but once you save it, I haven’t found a way to get your splits on your watch after you finish your run (you can get them on the iPhone app). It would be nice to have these things.

Also, if you save your run while not in range of your iPhone, you’ll have to sync it manually later. So, it’s best to NOT save your workout until your iPhone is nearby.

It Works Now

Being able to see my pace has been a game-changer for me and has made me improve my pace from about 10 min/mile to the low 9’s. I also really like the voice announcements at every mile. For recreational workout use, I’m really glad I got it.

What do you think of the Apple Watch with Strava? Please leave any questions below. – Brian

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Syncing an Apple Watch to Strava with HealthFit

I’m a big fan of Strava. I think it’s a positive social network focused on being active and living a healthy life. Not only that, but I’ve made some wonderful friendships through the app that have translated into real world meetups for running and cycling.

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Despite the upsides of Strava, it was sometimes challenging to get activities from the Apple Watch into Strava. Thankfully, that’s changed in recent years and there are more ways than ever to get activities from an Apple Watch into Strava. Let’s look at three to figure out which one is right for you.

Option #1: Use the Strava Apple Watch app

Strava has their own Apple Watch app, but I’ve heard from multiple people that their calorie burn and active minutes aren’t accurate despite setting up their weight and gender settings correctly inside Strava. This is unfortunate because if your goal is to lose weight, Strava will misreport your calorie burn to any food diary apps.

I’d pass on the Strava Apple Watch app. I know they’ve improved it recently, but I don’t think it’ll ever beat the built-in Workouts app by Apple. If you do continue with the Strava watch app, definitely make sure your weight and gender settings are correct in Strava’s settings. That will help with their calorie estimation.

Option #2: Import workouts into Strava from Apple Workouts

If you can put up with some limitations, this is a great method that’s relatively new. The big benefit is that you can continue using the Apple Workouts app. After initial setup in Strava, your workouts will be ready for import. Your calorie burn and active minutes come straight from the Apple Watch, so they’ll look familiar.

If your goal is to get your workouts into Strava only, I think it’s worth trying this method first. Strava has a help article to get you going. That being said, I’ve heard from some people that this method is somewhat finicky, which leads me to…

Option #3: Use the Apple Workouts app and send workouts to Strava via HealthFit

This method has been around longer than option #2, and even though it’s not a direct method like #2, I think there are some benefits worth considering.

With this option, HealthFit (5.49 CAD) is a bridge to move your health data around. HealthFit reads your health metrics and workout data, then sends it to other sources. This is the method I use since I send a copy of each workout to Strava, Training Peaks, and iCloud Drive (for backup). For the privacy-conscious, all processing happens on the device and no data is uploaded to HealthFit.

Since this method still treats Apple Health as the source for your health data, it also means food diary apps that are linked with Apple Health will report calorie burn correctly. You’ll likely be able to remove any direct integrations between apps (e.g., linking Strava with Lost It!) and still see accurate calories burned inside the food diary app.

Setting up HealthFit

The initial setup for HealthFit takes a bit of work, but the app runs mostly on autopilot after that. In my case, I only need to open it every once in a while when iOS decides to put the app in the background.

It’s also worth noting that HealthFit only exists on the iPhone—you don’t need to set anything up on the Watch. Using Apple Workouts will add the workout to Apple Health, which is then picked up by HealthFit and sent out to any other destinations you choose.

To get started, download HealthFit (5.49 CAD) from the App Store.

Open HealthFit and give the app “read” access to your health data during initial setup. Your workouts should show up in HealthFit now! Next, we’ll make sure they are sending to Strava.

Go to the “” tab and scroll down to Strava. Tapping on Strava will open up an authentication flow so HealthFit and Strava can start sharing data.

Once HealthFit has permission to send data to Strava, turn on automatic workout synchronization. With this turned on, HealthFit will send workouts to Strava as soon as they happen without you needing to do anything.

And that’s it! You’re set up. When you complete a workout using Apple Workouts on your Watch, HealthFit will pick it up and send it to Strava.

If you’re seeing double…

There’s an easy fix if you’re seeing duplicate workouts in the Apple Fitness app. If you previously gave Strava “write” access for the Apple Health app, You’ll want to turn that off in Apple Health.

This is likely the case if you’ve ever used the Strava iPhone or Watch app to record a workout. Go to Apple Health top-right profile icon Apps Strava. Turn off all the “write” switches since Apple Workouts and HealthFit handles those now.

Bonus: Preferred settings for HealthFit

These are a few helpful settings you may want to consider. They’re all found in the tab of HealthFit.

Other Platforms iCloud Drive: On

Turning this on creates a HealthFit folder in iCloud files for backup and safe keeping. It also makes it easier to move the files around to source not supported by HealthFit (e.g., AllTrails or Gaia GPS).

Workout naming: None

Turn workout naming off to see activity names that look like “Morning Run”, “Afternoon Cycle” or “Afternoon Activity”. When workout naming is on, any activities uploaded to Strava automatically pull in the nearest location as the activity name, instead of the activity type.

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Workout synchronization: Automatic (with overrides)

There’s in-depth customization for each platform you’re sending to, allowing you to send certain workout types automatically and leaving other workout types for manual upload. For example, I keep most workouts syncing automatically, but I turn off indoor cycling since I need to upload my Zwift virtual cycling activities manually.

Start exercising!

While it might require a bit of a setup, using HealthFit as a bridge between various services adds many options for sharing workout data. It’s also a set-it-and-forget-it thing—a small amount of work up front translates to a lot of time saved manually files around.