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I just got back from a ride where other people had odometers on their bike. They read 26 km. My iPhone's HealthKit said 7.8 km of walking and running.

Is HealthKit just not useful for biking, or is there some way to get it to recognize biking?

  • Possible duplicate of iPhone Health "Walking + Running Distance" is way off – fsb May 29 '16 at 21:31
  • How is this a duplicate? It doesn't even mention bike or bicycle. – Max Ried May 30 '16 at 3:41
  • Cycling doesn't trigger the 'step' recognition the way actual steps do. The subsystem responsible for the step sensor in fact does a great deal of work to filter out anything that isn't an actual step. So the fact that some cycle moves make it through could actually be considered a flaw. ;) – sekdiy May 30 '16 at 6:36
  • I see, that is very interesting @sekdiy. Ok, other solutions? Bike computers that send data to healthkit perhaps? – Maury Markowitz May 30 '16 at 16:20
  • Let me try an answer based on that. – sekdiy May 30 '16 at 16:21
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Cycling doesn't trigger the 'step' recognition the way actual steps do.

The subsystem responsible for the step sensor in fact does a great deal of work to filter out anything that isn't an actual step.

So the fact that some cycle moves make it through could actually be considered a flaw.

What actual cycling apps do instead is:

  • use the location service (e.g. GPS) of the phone,
  • merge this with optional data from other sensors (like wheel speed or cadence),
  • optionally feed the resulting cycle metrics into the Health app.

This is why you can possibly find cycling data in someone's Health database – apps can use it to store their own sensor data or metrics. But so far (early 2016) iPhones don't directly feature built-in cycling sensors.

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