Google Fit - Everything you need to know about

By StartxLabs
Date 02-04-21
Google Fit - Everything you need to know about
" Google Fit - Everything you need to know about"


Google fit is a platform for accumulating and tracking fitness-related information. It lets us develop apps and devices in which the data related to our health and fitness can be shared between them. It eliminates the need to manually transferring the data between apps and devices. Google fit mainly focuses on collecting fitness-related data. The Google Fit SDK was established in the year 2014. Later in 2019, it was also made to be available in 2019.


Healthcare projects

Google also focuses on working with healthcare projects such as Google Health and Cloud Healthcare API, which are aimed to provide healthcare facilities. Google Health project involves the use of Artificial Intelligence and Deep learning techniques to help medical workers. It was also successful in predicting lung and breast cancer by its accurate diagnosis with the help of AI. Data transfer between the healthcare apps built on Google Cloud is ensured by the Cloud HealthCare API. It also assists in managing input data and provides efficient analysis through Machine learning.



  • Track your goal:

    • Google fit lets you set your daily goal according to your fitness level.

  • Manage your Information:

    • If you have your own account signed in, it lets you manage your information such as setting up your height, weight, weight loss, and more.

    • It sends you periodic reminders and updates to keep you in touch with your fitness plan.

  • Workout Plan:

    • By using the "Add Activity" option, you can add the workouts you have done without your mobile phone.

    • It asks you for information about the activity type, starts time, and finish time.

    • It will automatically estimate the number of steps while walking or running within the provided time.

  • Effective Visualization:

    • You can clearly see your progress using the "See Graph Details" option available in the app.

    • It shows your workout data from the past days, weeks, and months.

To know more about the benefits of Google Fit, please visit A guide to Google's versatile fitness-tracking app.



Google Fit integrates with other third-party apps that provide healthcare facilities.

Google Fit integrates with more than 75 popular apps that are related to nutrition, sleep, and fitness. Some of the apps that are benefited using Google Fit include,

  • Runtastic

  • Pokemon Go

  • Armour record

  • Nike Run Club

  • 8fit workouts

  • Strava

  • Mindbody

  • Runkeeper

  • Fitwell

  • Noom coach

  • Calm

  • Sleep as Android

  • Nokia HealthMates (Withings)

  • Activity trackers such as Xiaomi, Sony and Huawei, and more.


By 2018, WHO also made itself a partner to Google Fit and launched a global action plan for physical activities.

Visit Connect other apps with Google Fit to learn more about connecting other apps with Google Fit.


The Google Fit Platform

Google Fit platform offers an effective user interface to the users and gives a user-friendly experience. It uses sensors to track the user's activities such as biking, walking, or running through the device. It helps to keep track of your weight-loss plan and fitness goals over days, weeks, and months. The app can also be accessed from Android watches and the Google website. It needs your permission to access your location and activity information to track your progress. In this app, you can set your goal according to your wish by tapping on the Daily Goals. It is an interactive app that integrates with third-party fitness apps such as Strava, Runtastic, Runkeeper, Withings to get your data in one place.


The SDK provides different components for building mobile and web applications. They are:

  • Fitness store: It is a repository for storing health and fitness-related data from different devices and applications

  • Permission & User Control: It is a component that helps in requesting permission from the users to grant access to health-related data.

  • Sensor Framework: It provides sensor representations, fitness sessions, and types.

  • Google Fit API: It is a set of APIs to create web and mobile applications. It consists of Android APIs and REST APIs. It also consists of Goals API to track your fitness goals and a History API to store, access, and delete data related to fitness.


Read our article on Apple Healthkit - Everything you need to know about


Google Fit App

You can follow your walks, runs, bicycle rides, and more on Google Fit. Check the number of steps you took and perceive how long you rode your bicycle, played soccer, or went skiing. Few of the features mentioned below -

  • Real-time location - Google Fit can utilize your area to follow exercises like running more readily and cycling and show you guides of your movement.
  • Track your workout through your phone - Google Fit can plan your exercises naturally, pulling information from any wearables you may be utilizing, across both the Android and iOS adaptation of the application. On the home screen of the app, you should see an icon with a cross on it. Click that to bring up additional options to monitor blood pressure readings, weight, activity and to start tracking a workout.
  • Monitor Heart rate - Google Fit can also measure your heart rate and respiratory rate using just your phone’s camera. To measure your respiratory rate, you just need to place your head and upper torso in view of your phone’s front-facing camera and breathe normally. To measure your heart rate, simply place your finger on the rear-facing camera lens.


Fitness Data

Google Fit stores four categories of data. They need the user's permission to store and access these data. They are:

  • Activity: Data such as cycling cadence, basal metabolic rate, step count, calories burned, and workout duration.

  • Body: Health-related data like body fat percentage, weight, height, and heart rate.

  • Location: Wheel revolutions per minute (RPM) and cumulative revolutions, speed, and distance.

  • Nutrition: Data related to hydration, food, and nutrients.


Some of the other data known as restricted health data types are sensitive data and need API verification to be accessed. They are

  • Blood glucose levels

  • Oxygen saturation

  • Blood pressure

  • Body temperature


Privacy and Security

Google Fit ensures both the privacy and security of users' sensitive personal information while enabling the users to track their progress accurately. It ensures privacy by letting the user decide whether the app can access their particular information.

It also lets you delete your entire history in the app if you're not comfortable with the app. Google Fit API lets you find users' new insights that are shared with you. These insights are helpful in building useful features to have a healthier life.


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