Android FAQs

Android FAQs

This page covers Android FAQs. For iOS, go here.

How does the app work?

Walk the Distance reads your walking distance from Google Fit and updates your virtual position on the map of the Appalachian Trail. Google Fit must be installed for Walk the Distance to track your progress. Go here to install it. Google Fit works like a pedometer- counting steps while the phone is in your pocket.

The app is working properly if the miles in Google Fit matches the distance of "So Far Today" in Walk the Distance.

Google Fit

Walk the Distance

Why doesn't Walk the Distance record my walking?

  1. Make sure the app is "activated". Open the map you want to do and click the "Activate" button. Accept permissions to read from Google Fit. Make sure Google Fit is installed first. Go here to install it.

2a. Check if you have distance recorded in Google Fit. If you DO NOT have distance in Google Fit, check the Google Fit has permission to track your activities. Open Google Fit. Click "Profile" in the lower right. Click the settings cog in the upper right. Scroll down to "Tracking Preferences" and ensure the two toggles are turned on.

2b. If you DO have distance in Google Fit. Navigate to the "Debug Google Fit" page in settings on Walk the Distance. Check that it says Connected and that you have distance recorded for the last 5 days. If it says Not Connected, click Force Connect.

2c. If you see Connected, but don't have distance recorded, the problem is likely that you are using a different Google accounts with Walk the Distance vs Google Fit. First check that the Google account you would like to use is available on Google Fit. Open Google Fit. Click your profile icon in the upper right (screenshot 1). Click "Manage your Google Account" (screenshot 2). Select the drop down for your account (screenshot 3). Review the accounts listed, and add any missing accounts if necessary (screenshot 4).

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2d. Select the right Google account on Google Fit. Click the profile icon in the upper right (screenshot 1). Then sign out of Google Fit (screenshot 2). Sign in with the account you want to use.

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How do I sync my Fitbit / Garmin / other fitness device?

Walk the Distance reads from the Google Fit app. To sync third-party devices to Walk the Distance, you just need to sync those apps to the Google Fit App. To do that, download the "Health Sync" app. The Health Sync has app has many options for syncing between Google Fit, Fitbit, Garmin, etc. (for a small price).

When recording walking from multiple sources (for example: if your phone is tracking your steps as well as a third part device), Google Fit will automatically delete duplicate entries. If you record 100% of your walking on your third-party device, you may want to turn off tracking in the Google Fit app to avoid this. Disable "Tracking your activities" in settings in Google Fit.

If all else fails...