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How to use Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack

How to use Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack
How to use Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack - Charge 2 uses SmartTrack™ to automatically detect and record select exercises. Learn here how to use Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack, exercise, customizing, setting your Fitbit tracker. For more precision or to see real-time stats and a workout summary right on your wrist, you can tell your tracker when exercise starts and stops. All workouts appear in your exercise history for deeper analysis and comparison.

How to use Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack

SmartTrack ensures you get credit for your most active moments of the day. When you sync your tracker after a SmartTrack-detected exercise, you can find several stats in your exercise history including duration, calories burned, impact on your day, and more.

By default, Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack detects continuous movement at least 15 minutes in length. You can increase or decrease the minimum duration or disable SmartTrack for one or more exercise types.

Fitbit SmartTrack recognizes activities with continuous movement or high movement such as : walking, runing, aerobic workout, eliptical, outdoor bike, sport and swiming. The SmartTrack feature automatically recognizes select exercises to ensure you get credit for your most active moments of the day. It is available with all trackers except Fitbit Charge, Flex, One, and Zip.
Fitbit Charge 2 Tutorial


SmartTrack recognizes continuous, high-movement activities such as:
  1. Walking
  2. Running
  3. Outdoor biking
  4. Elliptical
  5. Swimming (Flex 2 only)
It also recognizes two general categories:
  1. Sport : Includes high-movement sports like tennis, basketball, soccer, and others. Sports that might not be recognized include those without continuous movement or that vary in intensity level, like golf.
  2. Aerobic workout : Includes aerobic activities with continuous movement, such as Zumba®, cardio-kickboxing, and other dance classes.

Note that GPS data is not included in automatic exercise detection For more information on swim tracking.

Fitbit Charge 2 SmartTrack Exercise
  • On your Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile to see your exercise history. (On fitbit.com, go to your activity log.)
For each auto-detected exercise you'll find stats such as duration and estimated calorie burn. Distance and pace are not included.
SmartTrack recognizes an exercise that default lasts at least 15 minutes. You can lower this setting to 10 minutes, or increase it as high as 90 minutes.

For example if you only want SmartTrack to detect your longer walks, you might change your duration settings to a 30-minute minimum. For instructions on how to modify your minimum exercise duration, choose your platform below.

Fitbit Charge 2 Custom Setting
Note that SmartTrack settings apply across all trackers. If your account has more than one tracker with SmartTrack, modifying the settings applies to all trackers.

Fitbit apps for iOS or Android
  • On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" if you haven't worked out today. If you've already worked out, you'll see the exercise category on the tile instead (for example, Run or Hike).
  • Tap the gear icon in the top right corner, then tap the target exercise and adjust the duration.
Fitbit apps for Windows
Fitbit Charge 2 Settings
  • On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" if you haven't worked out today. If you've already worked out, you'll see the exercise category on the tile instead (for example, Run or Hike).
  • Tap the gear icon at the bottom, then tap the target exercise and adjust the duration.
Fitbit dashboard
  • Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  • Click Settings > Devices. If you have more than one tracker, choose the one that supports SmartTrack.
Find and change the option for SmartTrack minimum duration.
Fitbit Charge 2 Tutorial Turn off autodetection

You can stop your tracker from trying to Fitbit Charge 2 auto-recognize one or more exercise types. We recommend turning Swim off when you're not at the pool to preserve Fitbit Charge 2 battery life. You may want to turn SmartTrack off if it sometimes mistakes your movements. For example, if Elliptical workouts appear in your exercise history and you don't use an elliptical machine, turn auto-recognition for Elliptical. Here the Fitbit Charge 2 manual instructions :

Fitbit dashboard
  1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click Settings > Devices. If you have more than one tracker, choose the one that supports SmartTrack.
  3. Find and modify the option for automatically recorded exercises.
Fitbit app for iOS
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
  2. Tap the gear icon (not the stopwatch) in the top right corner. Tap the exercise you're looking for and turn off the auto-recognition setting.
Fitbit app for Android
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise” or if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
  2. Tap the gear icon in the top right corner. Tap the exercise you're looking for and turn off the auto-recognition setting.
Fitbit apps for Windows
  1. On the Fitbit app dashboard,open the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
  2. Tap or click the gear icon at the bottom. Find the exercise you're looking for and turn off the auto-recognition setting.

Fitbit Charge 2 Guide change the exercise

You can change how your activity is labeled. For example SmartTrack might detect a “walk” but you prefer your exercise history to show that it was a “hike.” Fitbit Charge2 instructions below.
Fitbit Charge 2 Guide change the exercise

Fitbit app for iOS
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
  2. In your exercise history, tap the exercise to open the details and choose a different category.
Fitbit app for Android
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
  2. In your exercise history, tap the exercise you want to categorize.
  3. Tap the pencil icon in the top right corner and search for the name you prefer.
Fitbit apps for Windows
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. This is the tile that says “Track exercise,” or, if you already tracked an exercise, shows the exercise type and information.
  2. Tap the gear icon at the bottom and tap the activity you want to change.
  3. Look for an option to categorize the activity.
Fitbit Charge 2 dashboard
  1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard
  2. On the menu bar at the top, click Log and then click Activities.
  3. Click the pencil icon next to the name of the activity you want to categorize.

Fitbit Charge 2 Tutorial Delete an exercise

You can delete any entry in your Fitbit Charge 2 exercise history.
  • When you tap the exercise tile on your dashboard and see the list of recent workouts, swipe the one that is incorrect and tap Delete.
  • You can also open up the detail screen for that workout and tap the the three dots in the top right corner.
  • You'll see a Delete Exercise option.
If you're wearing your Flex 2 in a pendant (necklace), not wearing my tracker on my wrist, the automatic exercise detection is disabled.

Fitbit Charge 2 Multisport Mode
Multisport mode on Fitbit Charge 2 lets you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select, then saves the information in your exercise history. Certain exercises offer connected GPS tracking as described in Does my Fitbit tracker have GPS?​

Fitbit Charge 2 First-time Setup
If you plan to use connected GPS, verify the GPS-related settings on your phone:

Fitbit app for iOS
  1. First, make sure you can track your run, walk, or hike when you're out of Wi-Fi range:
  2. Open Settings and tap Cellular.
  3. Make sure Cellular Data is turned on.
  4. Next, ensure that your GPS can continue tracking when your phone is locked:
  5. Open Settings and tap General.
  6. Tap Background App Refresh, find the Fitbit app, and make sure it is turned on.
  7. Lastly, make sure your phone can identify your location:
  8. Open Settings and tap Privacy.
  9. Tap Location Services and make sure it’s turned on.
  10. Find Fitbit in the app list and make sure it's set to While Using the App or Always.
Fitbit app for Android

  1. The verification steps for these platforms vary widely depending on the specific mobile device. If you're unsure how to verify anything mentioned, consult the instructions provided by your device manufacturer.
  2. Make sure your phone can track your activity when you're out of Wi-Fi range. This is usually achieved by making sure Cellular Data is turned on.
  3. Make sure GPS can continue tracking while your phone is locked.
  4. Make sure your phone can identify your location.This is usually achieved by enabling Location Services within your privacy settings.
Fitbit Charge 2 Tutorial Change the Exercise menu
To change the Exercise menu or make sure the exercise you want to track is included, see How do I customize the Exercise menu on my tracker?

Fitbit Charge 2 Tutorial Tracking an exercise
  1. On your tracker, press the button until you get to the Exercise screen.
  2. Tap to find the exercise of your choice.
  3. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If you see a phone icon at the top, that exercise offers connected GPS and your device is connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon has a line through it that means your tracker is not connected to your phone or your phone is not connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon has an animated dashed line next to it, that means your device is trying to find a GPS signal.
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  5. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day.
  6. To pause your workout, press the button. Then press the button again to resume the exercise.
  7. When you’re done with your workout, press and hold the button to stop recording. You’ll see a flag icon and a congratulatory message.
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  9. Press the button to see a summary of your results. With each button press you’ll cycle to a different set of stats. You can view your exercise summary one time.
Syncing your tracker stores the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used connected GPS.

Using the Exercise menu

You can choose from over a dozen exercise types to customize the Exercise menu with your favorites. Some exercises, like running, biking, and hiking have a GPS option.

Note: Charge 2 does not have built-in GPS. Its connected GPS feature works with the GPS sensors on your nearby mobile device to give you real-time pace and distance information, as well as recording a map of your route. Turning on connected GPS enables more precise tracking of your exercise stats.

Connected GPS is not available with the Fitbit app for Windows 10

Connected GPS is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.
  1. If you’re going to use connected GPS, make sure Bluetooth and GPS are both enabled on your phone and that your tracker is paired to your phone.
  2. Make sure the Fitbit app has permission to use GPS or location services.
  3. Verify that connected GPS is turned on for the exercise in the Fitbit app.
  4. Find the Exercise shortcuts in the Fitbit app.
  5. Tap the exercise you want to track and make sure Connected GPS is turned on.

Tracking exercise with Fitbit Charge 2
To track an exercise:
  1. On your tracker, press the button until you get to the Exercise screen and then tap to find the exercise of your choice.
  2. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If you see a phone icon at the top, that exercise offers connected GPS and your device is connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon is crossed out, a GPS connection isn’t available. An animated dashed line means your device is trying to find a GPS signal.
  3. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day.
  4. To pause your workout, press the button. Then press the button again to resume the exercise."
  5. When you’re done with your workout, press and hold the button to stop recording. You’ll see a flag icon and a congratulatory message.
  6. Press the button to see a summary of your results. With each button press you’ll cycle to a different set of stats. You can view your exercise summary one time.
Syncing your tracker stores the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used connected GPS.