After being an exclusive on Android for several years, Google has finally ported their Google Fit health & fitness app to iOS. Google Fit is designed to work with either your iPhone or with an WearOS watch to track your steps, key vitals, and other exercise related information all in one app. And while the iOS version of the app sync’s up with Apple Health on your iPhone, it only goes one way and that could be bothersome for some users.
Specifically, Google Fit can read data from Apple Health and import that data into itself. That means that things like your steps, heart rate, and exercises can be imported into Fit and sync’d with your Google account. So if you have an Apple Watch, you can use Fit much like you can with the Activity app. However, if you have an Android WearOS watch, it will not sync that information to Apple Health. Fit is essentially read-only when it comes to Apple Health.
The bigger question some will have is what is Google doing with the data imported into Fit? Given how data centric the company is, it is likely going to use the data to improve the app itself but also could sell that data to third-party companies. Google hasn’t stated this of course but… its Google. So long as you are comfortable with that, you’ll find that the Fit app provides a lot of data and useful health information all in one easy-to-use location.
The app is a free download in the App Store.