One of the problems that many of us face when it comes to health and fitness tracking is trying to access all of the data easily. There are some apps that offer a "one-stop shop" approach, but this might not be the easiest solution for some. But there might be some reprieve on the way if you're willing to use Google Health Connect.
For example, if you own the Galaxy Watch 5, all of your fitness tracking data is housed within the Samsung Health app. But you might use something like MyFitnessPal to count your calories and the Withings app paired with a smart scale to track your weight.
Introduced at Google I/O 2022, Health Connect is an app that Google co-developed with the help of Samsung to sync all of your data together. Once everything has been set up, you should be able to see everything in one app, even if you rely on multiple services.
Which apps and services support Google Health Connect?
The first question that you might have if you want to use Google Health Connect is which apps or services can actually be used. The list includes some of the most popular health and fitness apps, such as Fitbit, Samsung Health, and Google Fit, along with some others that you might not have heard of before.
- Samsung Health
- Google Fit
- Flo Ovulation & Period Tracker
- Lifesum: Healthy Eating & Diet
- Outdooractive: Hiking Trails
- Proov Insight
- Meta Quest
- HealthifyMe - Calorie Counter
- Weight and Measures Tracker
Something worth pointing out is that the list above comes directly from Google but it seems not every compatible app is actually listed. There are some apps, such as Sleep as Android and Withings Health Mate that are compatible with Health Connect, despite not being listed on Google's landing page.
How to use Google Health Connect
1. Download the Health Connect app from the Google Play Store.
2. Once installed, locate and open Health Connect.
3. Tap the Get Started button.
4. Under the Permissions and data section, tap App permissions.
5. Tap the name of the app that you want to use with Google Health Connect.
6a. Tap the toggle next to Allow all.
6b. Alternatively, you can go through each of the metrics and toggle specific access.
7. Repeat the steps for any other installed health and/or fitness tracking apps if you want to use Google Health Connect.
Getting closer to solving a big problem
While there are some other apps on the Play Store and Apple's App Store that allow you to sync information between services, it might leave you feeling a bit uneasy. You don't want your health or fitness data falling into the wrong hands, and that's a risk that we previously had to take.
It would be interesting to see if Google integrated Health Connect into either Google Fit or Fitbit directly. However, using this app seems to be a pretty solid solution, at least for the time being. We're keeping our fingers crossed that more fitness and health services add compatibility with Health Connect, removing any potential limitations.
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