If you have been a loyal user of Samsung phones and conscious of your health, you must have plenty of data on your Samsung Health app. This little app not only tracks your workout activities but also has plenty of health-related articles that you can read in your leisure time. As useful as this app is, it has a few flaws. For one, if you happen to own a fitness tracker like the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, you can't sync its data to Samsung Health directly.
It's almost 2019, and anything wireless can be connected — be it your smart home devices or your browsing history. So it's a huge bummer when you can't sync your fitness tracker to your favored app.
But don't worry. We have a nifty workaround to sync the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 with Samsung Health. It is a tad complicated but manages to get the work done.
Let's see how to get it done, but before that let's check what's the need to sync.
Well, here you might argue that Google Fit is one of the best options to aggregate your fitness data, then why use Samsung Health? As we mentioned above, this applies to long-term Samsung users (like me) who have been using the app for quite some time. What I love about Health is that it reminds you regularly about your goals, which in itself a good motivator to stay fit.
Plus, you are not expected to take your phone everywhere you go. And that causes a miscalculation in the number of steps. With your fitness tracker linked to your Health account, you can keep both of them in sync.
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How to Sync Mi Band 3 with Samsung Health
Since there's no direct method, we'll have to take the aid of two apps to act as the middlemen — Health Sync and Google Fit. Mi Fit (the companion app of Mi Band 3) will sync its data to Google Fit, whereas Health Sync will take the data from Google Fit and push it to Samsung Health.
I know that the process seems a bit complicated, but that's the only way for now.
Note: Please note that the sync does not happen in real-time.
Step 1: To connect Mi Fit to Google Fit, go to the Mi Fit app and tap on Profiles > Add Accounts. Select Google Fit.
If you have logged in to Mi Fit through your Google account, it'll take it as the default one. However, if you have used your Xiaomi account, you'll be asked to choose a Google account.
Step 2: Having done that, open Google Fit and log in using the same account which you used in Mi Fit. Enter the other details to set up your account. That was the easy part.
Now is the time to set up Health Sync. This app offers a two-way sync — Google Fit to Samsung Health and from Samsung Health to Google Fit. In our case, we'll be using the former.
Though there's an auto sync every few minutes, you can also choose to sync manually.
Heath Sync is a paid app, but the good news is that the fees are very minimal. You can buy an unlimited subscription for less than $3.
Step 3: To set up Health Sync, enter your Google details and give all the relevant permissions. Since it'll be acting as the middleman, you'll need to provide quite a lot of read & write permissions. Pick the appropriate checkboxes, and then open the Samsung Health app.
Step 4: On the Samsung Health app, tap on the Steps card which will open a new window. Tap on the All Steps button and choose Health Sync from the list.
Depending on the sync window, Samsung Health will reflect your steps count. Initially, it may take a couple of hours for the number to show up.
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Is It Worth the Effort?
Now comes the critical question — is this seemingly-long process worth the effort? Well, it depends on how you view this sync to work. Though the apps manage to push the steps data to Samsung Health, the data isn't accurate. You'll find a marginal difference in the number of steps.
Furthermore, Heart and activity tracking is independent of this sync. For the record, Mi Fit only syncs the steps and sleep data with Google Fit. Also, the sync doesn't occur in real-time. So if you happen to have the pedometer widget on your home screen, the odds are that the numbers will be off when the apps aren't syncing actively.
We recommend using this method if you want to track your daily steps and reserve it for calculating them when you aren't carrying your phone. And as far as the sleeping data is concerned, use the Mi Fit app to analyze the data. After all, it also has an amazing interface and quite a lot of solid features.