Pebble Health (3.X software)

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What is Pebble Health?
Getting Started
Understanding your activity
Distance Display (Switching to KM)
Understanding your sleep
Health in your timeline
Frequently Asked Questions

 




What is Pebble Health?

Pebble Health is an all new built-in health tracking application available to the Pebble Time family of smartwatches. Developed by Pebble in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, Pebble Health will track your daily activity, including steps, distance, and active minutes. Sleep is automatically tracked when you go to bed, displaying sleep, deep sleep, and the times when you fall asleep and wake up. Pebble Health requires firmware 3.8 or above and either the Android Pebble app version 3.8 or iOS Pebble app version 3.5 or above.

The Health tab in the Pebble mobile app displays interactive graphs with activity and sleep data collected by your watch. Here’s a quick Pebble Health Graphs tutorial:

 

Getting Started

Whether you’re activating a new device or updating your current Pebble Time watch, you’ll be prompted to setup Pebble Health with a few quick questions.

If you skip the Pebble Health onboarding the first time you see it, it’s easy to go back and activate it later. Just open your Pebble app on your phone, click on the Health app icon, and resume the setup process.


 

Understanding your activity

On your Pebble
The first screen in Pebble Health shows you your current steps for the day, along with a bar graph showing your average amount of steps for that time of day. Now, with at a glance, you can see if you’re ahead or behind of your normal activity.  

In the Pebble app
The Health tab in your Pebble App displays interactive graphs with the activity data collected by your watch. These charts can be broken down into daily, weekly, and monthly views, for your convenience.

The daily view shows your steps, active time, distance, and calories burned.

  • The yellow ‘Typical’ shows a normal day, based on the last 30 days average activity
  • Today’s steps are shown in green, and updates every 10-20 minutes as long as you’re connected.
  • Walks and runs of 10 minutes or more in dark green; tap the dark green segment for more detail
  • Connected yellow and green dots show how close to your typical pace you are
  • ‘Today’s Steps’ shows your current step count (please note: your watch sends data to the graphs every 15-20 minutes, so your watch may show more steps than the graph)

The weekly view shows each day’s totals and your daily average for the week

  • ‘Average steps’ shows your average steps per day during that week
  • ‘Typical’ shows your most recent 30 days’ average, so you can compare
  • Tap the individual days of the week for more detailed stats


The monthly view shows each week’s performance, and your daily average

  • Average steps show your average for the month
  • Typical shows your most recent 30 days’ average
  • Tap on an individual week to see that week’s averages

 



Distance Display (Switching to KM)
The default unit for information about distance is miles. However, the ability to convert your data to kilometers (KM) was added with the release of Firmware 3.9.

To switch from miles to kilometers:

  • launch the Pebble app
  • go to Settings
  • find the "Extended Settings" and tap "Unit Preference"
  • select Kilometers

You can choose to revert back to miles at any time by following the same steps, but selecting Miles at the end.

If the "Extended Settings" option does not appear in the Settings of your Pebble app, please make sure that it and your watch are up to date. 

 

Understanding your sleep

On your Pebble
Click down to the second screen in Pebble Health, and you’ll see the hours of sleep you had the night before, as well as your average for that day of the week. The perimeter bar, reading clockwise, shows your starting and ending sleep time via red and yellow dots. You'll also notice two shades tracking the night; the lighter blue identifies times of lighter sleep, while dark blue shows periods of deep sleep.

Please note: in order to accurately track your sleep data, you will need to wear your watch throughout the night. If you usually take your watch off to charge overnight, rest assured that the Pebble Time watches are quick to recharge and can be done around your schedule. We recommend plugging it in during your morning routine, so it's ready to get to work when you are!

In the Pebble app
The Health tab in your Pebble App displays interactive graphs with the sleep data collected by your watch. These charts can be broken down into daily, weekly, and monthly views, for your convenience.
 

The daily sleep summary shows how long you slept, and how much deep sleep you got.

  • Sleep Time shows how long you slept
  • Deep sleep shows how much deep sleep you got
  • Naps during the day of an hour or more are tracked as well
  • The white times on the bar graph show when you went to sleep and woke up that day
  • The yellow lines on the bar graph show your last 30-day average for when you started and stopped sleeping
  • The deep blue on the graph shows when you were in deep sleep


The weekly view shows a summary of your sleep during the week

  • Daily Average shows your average per-day sleep during the week
  • Typical shows your average per-day sleep during the most recent 30 days
  • The dark blue portions of the bars show how much deep sleep you got each day



The monthly view shows a summary of your deep- and regular sleep during the month

  • Daily Average shows you average per-day sleep during the month
  • Typical shows your average per-day sleep during the most recent 30 days
  • Tap individual weeks to see your average for each one
     

Health in your timeline

When you activate Pebble Health, two new health timeline pins are created each day. The first is your sleep summary from the night before, added to your timeline at the time you wake up. The second is a daily activity summary that’s added at the end of  your day for easy reference.  



Frequently Asked Questions
 
Does Pebble Health work on Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel?
  • Pebble Health is optimized to work on the Pebble Time family of devices. Pebble Classic  and Pebble Steel have several partner apps to support activity and sleep tracking like Misfit, Jawbone and Morpheuz.
     
Which watches will this work on?
  • This will work on Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time Round.
    ​For Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel we recommend users download and use third party activity trackers.

     
Does Pebble Health affect battery life?
  • Pebble Health is very efficient and should use less battery than other third party fitness trackers. Please note, running two activity trackers will increase battery drain, and is not recommended.
 
What happens to Misfit, Jawbone, and other fitness-related Pebble apps?
  • These apps are still available as usual, but as running multiple fitness trackers shortens battery life considerably, we recommend running only one at a time.
     

Can I push data from another health tracker onto Pebble Health?

  • No. At this time Pebble Health accepts data only from your watch, and doesn’t take outside input.
     

I use the metric system. Will we be able to track distance in kilometers in the future?

Why don’t the steps on my watch always match the steps on my phone?

  • The watch send data to your phone app every 10-20 minutes when they’re connected, so you may see a difference in the numbers. It’s important for the app to be opened in the background for maximum performance.
     

What is the Google Fit sync interval?

  • Google Fit syncs data every 15 minutes and will automatically keep track of your step count.
    Please be sure to always keep Google Fit enabled; disabling it will not save you battery life.
     

Do I have to wear my watch for it to track my sleep?

  • Yes, you will need to wear your watch throughout the night if you would like Pebble Health to track your sleep. There will be no way to accurately monitor the times that you fall asleep and wake, or the periods of light and deep sleep if your Pebble isn't on your wrist.
     

Will health info transfer between my watches if I wear one during the day and one during workouts? 

  • Yes, if you enable the option to sync with the Apple HealthKit or Google Fit.
    In that case, since the data will ultimately be tracked by HealthKit or Fit, your information can be collected from multiple watches as long as they are syncing to the same account on your phone. 

     

What does typical mean?

  • The ‘Typical’ number on your graphs shows you your per-day average over the most recent 30 days.
     

Why doesn’t typical on my watch match typical on my app?

  • If you reset your watch, or change watches, the watch bases ‘typical’ on the data it stores. The phone, however, will still base ‘typical’ on the last 30 days of data it has.
     
Why don’t I have a full month’s worth of data in my Health Charts?
  • Only a limited amount of data since before Health Graphs were released is included in the graphs. Not to worry, as long as you’re recording each new day, all you need to do is keep wearing your watch. You’ll record health data as you go.

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