I know why you are here: you have decided to get fit and to monitor your physical activity you would like to use a pedometer , perhaps using your smartphone or smartwatch directly. The question you asked yourself, however, is trivial but at the same time not obvious: how to activate the pedometer?
You should know that now all the most popular models of smartphones, as well as wearable devices such as smartwatches and smart bands, can perform the pedometer function and making use of this feature is very simple. So, over the next few chapters, I’ll show you how to activate the pedometer as quickly and easily as possible, so you can use it to monitor your activities.
If you can’t wait to get started, take a few minutes of free time and put into practice the instructions below, relating to the main models of smartphones and wearable devices on the market. You will see, it will really be much simpler than you imagine. At this point, I just have to wish you good reading and good training!
How to activate the pedometer on smartphone
You probably don’t know, but you don’t necessarily need a wearable device, like a smartwatch or a smart band, to track the steps you take during a day. A valid alternative is to use the smartphone , a tool that is now always with you, in your pockets or purse. How do you say? Can’t understand how the smartphone can be able to do this? Don’t worry, I’ll try to explain it to you very simply.
Your smartphone is equipped with various sensors inside, such as the accelerometer , gyroscope , compass and barometer . In the latest generation smartphones, these sensors have a really negligible battery consumption, so the system is able to use them together with Machine Learning to calculate, quite precisely, the distances traveled.
Clearly, even with older smartphones it is possible to keep track of your physical activity, but with results that are not always accurate and which could lead to excessive consumption of the battery of your smartphone. Furthermore, in some models it is not really possible to take advantage of this function: for example, the iPhones that can access this function are those from the iPhone 5s model onwards .
I caught your curiosity and now you want to find out how to activate the pedometer on your smartphone ? Do not worry, in the course of the next chapters I will show you how to activate the pedometer on smartphones of various brands. If you have a smartphone other than those listed, do not worry, the steps to follow are usually very similar, so you will still be able to achieve your goal.
How to activate the pedometer on HUAWEI
Do you have a HUAWEI smartphone, but you have absolutely no idea how to activate the pedometer on it? Do not worry, it is a very simple and valid procedure both for smartphones with GMS (Google services) and with HMS (HUAWEI services). Just use an app present by default on all the company’s smartphones, called Health .
Well then, open the Health app on your smartphone, recognizable by an icon with a heart. Once open, tap on the Next button at the bottom right and then on the Accept button , with which you authorize the app to access the Internet. Once inside the app, a menu will appear that will ask you to set a daily step goal: choose the one that’s right for you and tap the Finish button .
Once finished, you will be presented with the summary screen on your “health”, in which you can check some parameters. Unfortunately most are only usable if you are using a HUAWEI wearable device, but in this case you are only interested in the pedometer, whose data is visible at the top of the app screen. There is no need to keep the step tracking app open.
Furthermore, if you want to take into account your daily progress, all you have to do is open the Health app, tap on the section dedicated to the pedometer at the top and on the next screen you will have a summary of the steps taken that day, in the week, in the month and even all year round. You can set a daily goal, see how many calories you have consumed and how many kilometers you have traveled.
How to activate the pedometer on Xiaomi
For some time now you have bought a Xiaomi smartphone and you are really happy with the choice made. Now, however, you would like to understand how to activate the pedometer on Xiaomi . Perfect, I’m here ready to help you.
Take your smartphone and, from the home screen, swipe from left to right to enter the App Assistant . How do you say? Did you deactivate it before but don’t know how to activate it again? Quiet, it’s really very simple. From the home screen, pinch the screen to open the launcher menu . So tap on the Settings icon at the bottom right and, from the menu that is proposed to you, tap on the Other item . On the next screen, all you have to do is activate the button next to the App Assistant item .
Perfect, now that you’ve activated the App Assistant, you can move on. With a swipe from left to right, go inside and tap the Settings icon , located at the top right. On the next screen, then tap on the Recommended option and scroll through the various items that appear, until you find Steps .
Now, tap on the + icon next to the item Steps , to activate it, and then on the three lines located on the right to move the position of this item to your liking (I suggest you place it in the first place, for convenience).
Well, now go back to the main App Assistant screen and you will see that a new Steps section will appear , but it is not yet active. To activate it, tap the Install button and then the Accept button . Perfect, now the pedometer is active on your Xiaomi smartphone and from here you can also view information on the distance traveled and the calories burned.
How to activate the pedometer on Samsung
You have a Samsung smartphone and you have tried to search in every way for an app on your smartphone to count steps, to no avail. Don’t worry, I’m here to show you how to activate the pedometer on Samsung .
You should know that for some years Samsung no longer pre-installs all its apps on its smartphones and among these there is precisely the app for the pedometer. Nothing is lost, however, because you just need to download the Samsung Health app from the Play Store , completely free of charge, by visiting the link I just provided and pressing the Install button .
After installing the app, open it and on the welcome screen tap the Continue and Next buttons . Well, after these simple steps you will arrive in the main screen of the app and you will notice that the first tab is called Steps . You will not have to activate anything: simply, the app will start counting the steps you will take. You don’t need to keep the monitoring app open.
Furthermore, if you want to keep track of how many steps you take over the course of the day, all you have to do is lower the notification curtain on your smartphone and view the persistent notification of the Samsung Health app. If, on the other hand, you want to have a very detailed report, all you have to do is open the Samsung Health app on your smartphone and tap on the Steps section , located at the top. In addition, in this section you can also set a daily goal, see how many calories you have consumed and how many kilometers you have traveled.
How to activate the pedometer on OPPO
Instead of the usual recently established brands you have trusted OPPO and bought its smartphone. Now, however, you are wondering how to activate the pedometer on OPPO , as you really can’t find an app or setting that is suitable for the purpose. Don’t worry, it’s really very simple.
Take your OPPO smartphone and go to the Settings , recognizable by the icon of a gear . Once inside the Settings, scroll down until you find the Intelligent Services item ; then tap on it and, on the next screen, activate the Smart Assistant item .
Well done! Now go back to your device’s Home Screen and swipe from left to right to enter the Smart Assistant. Then tap on the gear icon at the top right to enter the Settings and press on the Pedometer item . On the next screen, press the button to activate the pedometer and you will be able to access the step count from the Smart Assistant screen. Easy, right?
How to activate the pedometer on iPhone
If you are wondering how to activate the pedometer on iPhone, the answer is very simple: it is already active by default. Yes, exactly! Your iPhone already counts all the steps you take during the day in a completely automatic way, without the need for you to activate monitoring or download any app.
To check the steps taken during the day, simply open the Health app , present by default on your iPhone. It is possible that if you have never opened it you will have to do a first configuration, but nothing difficult.
So open the Health app and tap the Next button at the bottom; in the next tab enter the required data: name , surname , date of birth , sex , height and weight . Well, once you have entered the data, tap the Done button at the bottom.
Now, in the Summary section , reachable at the bottom left, you will see the count of the steps taken in the tab at the top. By opening the tab dedicated to the step count you can get detailed information on the steps taken that day, during the week, in the month and even throughout the year. In addition, the app will also calculate your average for the past seven days and the current month.
To make sure your step count is accurate you need to make sure that Physical Activity Tracking is turned on in the iOS settings. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone, recognizable by the gear icon . Scroll through the items present until you find the item Privacy , tap on it and then, on the next screen, go to Movement and fitness . Well, now make sure that the item related to Physical Activity Tracking is active, as well as the item dedicated to the Health app . Perfect, now your iPhone is ready to count steps accurately. It wasn’t difficult, was it?
How to activate the pedometer on smartwatch and smartband
If you are not happy with the step count performed by your smartphone, or you simply do not want to carry it around when you exercise, you could use a special device, such as a smartwatch or a smart band to keep on your wrist. These devices are much more accurate and can also give you more information about your “health status”.
How do you say? You already use one of these devices but still haven’t figured out how to activate the pedometer on smartwatch and smartband ? Don’t worry, in the next paragraphs I will show you how to activate the pedometer on some of the most used devices.
How to activate the pedometer on Apple Watch
Apple Watch is a high-end smartwatch designed to work in conjunction with an iPhone. It is a very complete device that performs some operations automatically, without the user having to do anything.
If you are wondering how to activate the pedometer on Apple Watch I will answer you immediately that everything is already active automatically. As soon as you turn on your smartwatch for the first time and connect it to your iPhone, Apple Watch will start counting all the steps you’ve taken.
Depending on the watch face you use, you can always have an eye on the data of the steps taken. However, if you want to reach the dedicated section, all you have to do is press the digital crown and open the Activity app : here you will find all the information on steps, calories burned and kilometers traveled.
How to activate the pedometer on Amazfit smartwatch
Have you decided to put an Amazfit smartwatch on your wrist and want to know how to activate the pedometer on it? In reality, the pedometer is already active the exact moment you turn on the smartwatch for the first time, so you won’t have to do anything to activate it.
To view the number of steps from your smartwatch, just swipe from right to left from the main watch face. From this screen you will already have a summary of your steps, calories burned and distance traveled.
If you want a complete report, instead, just open the Zepp app , available for download on the Play Store , necessary to connect the Amazfit brand smartwatches to your smartphone. Once you open the app you will be able to access a detailed report of your activity.
How to activate pedometer on other smartwatches and smartbands
You don’t own an Apple Watch or an Amazfit smartwatch and are wondering how to activate the pedometer on other smartwatches and smartbands ? Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for.
Regardless of the model you are using, whether it is a smartwatch with WearOS or a smartband like Xiaomi’s Mi Band , the pedometer will be activated automatically as soon as you do the first product configuration. The only way to access the data will change, but they are usually easily accessible by swiping left or right. Also, for the sake of completeness, you can always use the companion app you use to keep your device connected to your smartphone.