iOS 8 (Health, teaser 001)

In October, Fitbit announced that it had no plans of integrating its activity trackers or software with Apple’s Health app. This means that if you have a Fitbit Flex or other device, the data it gathers will not be shared with Health, crippling its attempt to be your fitness data dashboard.

But a new app launched this week in the App Store that aims to change this. It’s called Sync Solver, and it allows Fitbit wearers to track all of the important data collected by their wearables within the Health app, without ever having to use the standalone, dedicated Fitbit application.

Here are all the data types the app supports: flights of stairs climbed, walking and running distance, weight, body fat percentage, body mass index, sleep analysis (both in-bed and actual sleep times), and dietary, resting and active calories—some of which are input into Fitbit manually.

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As you’d expect, there are some caveats to the app’s workaround. Once your device connects to Sync Solver, it will only sync data from your Fitbit every 24 hours. The developer also warns that since there is no way to disable step counting from the iPhone, you’ll likely see double entries.

Still, Sync Solver is certainly better than Fitbit not syncing to Health at all, and most of the other workarounds. I’ve tried using IFTTT (If This Than That) recipes that auto-sync Fitbit data with the standalone Jawbone UP app, which syncs to Health, and have gotten very mixed results.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find Sync Solver in the App Store for $0.99. It’s an interesting app, and one that may be necessary for a while. With Apple pulling Fitbit from its stores, and on the verge of launching its own wearable, I don’t see this feud ending anytime soon.

  • Chang in Charge

    I was getting double step counting when I had my UP24 syncing data with the Health App both ways. Since then I stopped using the Health App completely. Health App layout sucks and all it does is show you data. No helpful tips or anything and the layout is horrible.

    • jgr627

      I’m a have to disagree with you, this stuff is actually cool. I have the Fitbit flex (I wear it faithfully) and I can’t wait to the  watch comes out. @Cody what’s your screen name on the fitbit app so I can send you a request

      • Chang in Charge

        I’m not even sure what you are disagreeing with. I have an Up24 and i love it and the app from Jawbone as well. My complaints are in regards to the Health App from Apple which sucks.

  • Gleesh

    All this health bullcrap is a fad, none of these fat whores will be in the gym next year

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  • FrankJL

    We need this for the nike fuelband