FIX: Google Fit Not Counting Steps on Any Android Device

Users are reporting that the Google Fit app is not counting steps on any Android device. The Mountain View-based search giant is expanding the horizons in the Android mobile operating system by offering a wide range of proprietary apps. The Fit is incredible and it is allowing the fitness enthusiast to save time and money on buying expensive gadgets. The health app accuracy is debatable but it is offering a good service to Android users. You can keep a track of workouts, and it recognizes whether you are running or walking around.

Why Google Fit is not counting steps on your device?

Google Fit App

First, there is no premium plan and the app is available for free of cost, so the services are not limited. It’s a minor issue and you can resolve it by following the solution below. It’s a software bug or glitch which is preventing the application from tracking your physical activity.

The Android OS is implemented on a wide range of smartphones and it is running on different combinations of hardware components. The manufacturer must have an in-house developer’s team to fix bugs, glitches and optimize the mobile software.

A. Android bugs

B. Google Fit bugs

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C. Faulty sensor

D. Incorrect configuration

E. Blocked permissions

F. Collision between two health apps

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You should uninstall or stop another fitness app from colliding with Google Fit. I have complied with effective solutions that restore Fit app capabilities.

FIX: Google Fit Not Counting Steps on Any Android Device

You don’t need additional or third-party tools to resolve the issue. Do not hesitate booking an appointment with authorized service center for further assistance, but make sure to apply every solution mentioned below.

Grant Permissions

Google Fit requires permissions in the Android device or else, it cannot track your activity. I don’t want to scare you but the app is designed to keep an eye on you 24/7 and 365 days. The algorithm will run the background, so it can track your movement such as walking, jogging, counting stairs steps, and while you are traveling as well. Let me show you what permissions you should grant the Fit app.

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1. Open the “Settings” app from the menu.

2. Tap “App Management” from the settings.

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3. Tap “App Settings” from the options.

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4. Find “Fit” from the list and tap to view it.

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5. Tap “Permissions” from the options.

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6. Tap the “Physical Activity” option.

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7. Tap “Allow” to grant permission.

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8. You have permitted them.

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You shouldn’t let the word “Physical Activity” fool you and it is important for someone who cares about privacy. I have explained this part in the sensor tutorial and you should read the entire article for better understanding.

Disable Permission Manager

Android added privacy features in the operating system and it will disable unused apps from accessing the data after a while. No installed app can retrieve the data from the granted permission if they remain unused for a certain period. You should disable the permission manager for a specific app, so it is always presentable.

1. Open the “Settings” app from the Home Screen.

2. Tap “App Management” in the section.

3. Tap “App Settings” from the options.

4. Find “Fit” from the list and tap to view it.

5. Tap “Permissions” from the options.

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6. Tap the “Remove permissions if the app isn’t used” feature.

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7. You have successfully disabled the permission manager for the Fit app.

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I would not recommend disabling the feature and you should consider it if privacy is essential for you. The Android system disables the permissions from the apps that aren’t used in a while.

Sensors Status

Google Fit doesn’t require sensors to track you because it is using Maps to track your movement. I want to give you a complete picture of what sensors are used to keep tracking your physical activity on the Android phone. Let me show you how to find out what sensors are present in your phone and what is not working in the device.

1. Find and install CPU-Z from Play Store.

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2. Open the app and select “Sensors” from the top menu.

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3. The sensor list shows up on the screen.

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Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Orientation, Gyroscope, Light, and Proximity.

4. Swipe down and you will find the rest of the sensors integrated into your device.

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Game Rotation Vector Sensor, GeoMag Rotation Vector Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Linear Acceleration Sensor, Rotation Vector Sensor, and Orientation Sensor.

Google Maps utilize Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and GPS sensor. So you have to make sure that the mentioned sensors are working fine on the Android device and that’s what I have shown you in the tutorial.

CPU-Z not only lists down the sensors on the screen but also displays the sensor’s information. You can find out if one of the sensors has stopped working or if one of the sensors is faulty.

Login Google Fit

You can sign out of Google Fit and log in again to the app.

1. Open the app.

2. Tap your profile picture located at the top right corner.

3. Tap the “Sign out of Google Fit” option.

Logout Fit App

4. You are logged out of the account.

Close the app, then restart your Android phone. Sign in to the Fit app in the next session.

Clear Saved Form Data

You can clear any saved form app data from the Android device and that’s what we are going to do with the Fit app. However, it won’t impact the physical activity record since it is saved in the Google servers. Yes, your workout activity history will remain and will be restored upon setting up the profile again.

Close the Fit app from the background.

1. Open the “Settings” app from the Home Screen.

2. Tap “App Management” in the section.

3. Tap “App Settings” in the settings section.

4. Find the “Fit” app from the list and it is in alphabetical order.

5. Tap the “Storage & cache” option.

6. Tap on “Clear Cache” located at the bottom.

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7. Tap on “Clear storage” sitting beside the clear cache option.

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8. Tap “OK” without hesitation.

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Note: Your recorded data is saved in the Google servers and this option will delete it from the Android device only.

9. Saved form data wiped from the device.

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Open the app and find out if the Google Fit app is counting steps in the Android device. You have to set up the account again but the service will restore the information in the smartphone.

Reinstall Google Fit

The Fit app is corrupted or there is an incorrect setting that is preventing the service from tracking your physical activity throughout the day. Reinstalling Google Fit is the last resort and it takes less than a minute to implement the entire task.

1. Go to Play Store and uninstall then reinstall Google Fit from the listing.

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2. Open the app and choose the account.

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You can choose a new account if you wish to, and I have selected a new account for the process.

3. Fill in the details including your age, weight, gender, and height.

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Note: You are allowing Google to find out about your details.

Tap “Next” to proceed further.

4. Tap “Turn on” to allow Google to track your activities.

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5. Tap “Allow” in the pop-up confirmation dialog.

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6. Google starts tracking your data again.

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The service will detect your account and load the information in a few moments, so do not panic when you don’t see the history in the dashboard.

Bottom Line

Google Fit is an ideal replacement for the expensive Smart Watches that track your fitness activity. However, you are trading privacy to the corporate company and they are extremely personal information such as your current health condition, height, weight, diet, etc. I recommend the readers purchase affordable smartwatches. Let us know which solution helped you to resolve the Google Fit app is not counting steps on any Android device.

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