We know that Fitbit doesn’t want to integrate with HealthKit and some third-party apps have stepped up to offer the integration that Fitbit’s customers want. However, Fitbit still isn’t giving us full access to our data as one app creator has found out.
Sync Solver does an excellent job of syncing your step, sleep, and other Fitbit data in the background, making integration between Fitbit and Apple’s Health app fairly seamless.
However, a common issue with all applications using Fitbit’s API is that all step data is lumped together in one total per day. Fitbit offers a Partner API that allows other applications to get step data throughout the day (so you could see how many steps you took in the morning compared to the afternoon, for example). Jim, Sync Solver‘s creator, has sent multiple requests for Partner API access dating as far back as November 22, but so far has not received any type of response from Fitbit. “At this point,” Jim writes, “we have to assume they don’t really approve of what we are doing.”
And what Jim is doing is providing the most popular feature request from Fitbit’s customers, but so far the 2,154 comments (and counting) on Fitbit’s forum have resulted in nothing. One reason that Fitbit has cited for not integrating yet is because HealthKit is iOS only. “While HealthKit works only on the iOS platform,” Fitbit states on their forum, “we also plan to maintain direct integrations with our partners so that Android, Windows Phone and PC and Mac users in addition to our iOS users can benefit from our partnerships.” This is an interestingly statement, given that Fitbit released Cortana food and activity tracking which, last time I checked, is a feature available only on Windows Phones.
Despite this, Sync Solver is still one of the best solutions out there for integrating your Fitbit data to HealthKit. If you want to make your voice heard, check out the special Sync Solver group on Fitbit’s website.
Check out Sync Solver in the App Store.