Fitbit Wearables Can Now Sync To Apple Health Thanks To A New 99 Cent App
Fitbit and Apple aren't getting along right now. Fitbit has announced its lack of any interest in making its fitness trackers compatible with Apple's HealthKit, and Apple just recently pulled Fitbits wearables from its online stores. Luckily for the consumer, a new app is helping people get around that and sync their Fitbit data with their iPhone.
Sync Solver is a 99-cent app now live on iTunes (thanks, 9to5Mac). After manually using the app to sync your Fitbit fitness tracker once, the app will start to automatically sync daily. Just like that, your Fitbit data can now be found with the rest of your fitness data in Apple Health.
The app allows you to sync all kinds of data. Number of steps, stairs climbed, walk and run distance, weight, body fat, BMI, sleep and calories are all supported by the app that hit iTunes earlier this week. The only caveat the developer gives is that, because Apple's HealthKit doesn't provide a way to disable the iPhone's own step counting, users might see steps double counted if they walked with both their phone and their Fitbit.
iPhone users need to make sure they've upgraded to iOS 8.1 to be able to run the app.
Fitbit is gearing up for a big 2015 with their announcement of three new wearables, one of which is out right now. The Fitbit Surge is set to release next year and is the closest thing the company has produced to an honest-to-goodness smartwatch. With a full-size display, the Surge could be trying to take market share away from the likes of Android Wear and Apple's own Apple Watch. This future competition is one supposed reason that Apple removed the company's products from its online stores.