Google Pixel smartphones might still be less popular, but they pack features that keep them on par with iPhones and other top-notch smartphone models.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re using a Google Pixel smartphone, and you’re looking for the most compatible fitness tracker to add to your tech-savvy lifestyle. That’s just fine!
Your decision to do some research before buying a fitness tracker is no doubt a smart one. Because not all fitness trackers — not even those labeled, “Works with Android” — are perfectly compatible with Google Pixel devices.
And only a few things can be more frustrating than paying top dollars for a cool, feature-packed fitness tracker that turns out to be unfit for your smartphone. You’d have to get another fitness tracker or replace your darling Pixel with another device. Neither option is cool.
So, here, we’d be reviewing five of the most compatible fitness trackers for Google Pixel smartphones.
We checked out several fitness trackers by various brands and compared them based on features, pricing, and, most importantly, reviews by users of Google Pixel devices. And we kept trimming our list until we ended with the best five picks.
Without, further ado, let’s look at the best fitness trackers compatible with Google Pixel smartphones.
Best fitness trackers for Google Pixel XL, 2, 2XL, 3, & 3XL
If you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick list of our top picks.
- Garmin Vivosmart 4
- Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
- Garmin Vivoactive 3
- Xiaomi Mi Band 3
- Fitbit Charge 3
1. Garmin Vivosmart 4
Garmin is one of the big players in the fitness tracker marker, it shouldn’t surprise you that one of their products is topping our list here.
Launched in late 2018, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a slimline wearable that packs a lot of features aimed at helping you to become more active and healthier.
Aside from its multiple features and impressive performance, the device works perfectly with Google Pixel devices.
The Garmin Vivosmart sports a very slim design and comfortable silicone strap that fastens with a highly reliable traditional watch buckle. It’s designed to be suitable for 24/7 wear, so you won’t feel any discomfort even if you decide to have it on your wrist permanently.
Around the small 6.6mm x 17.7mm display is an aluminum bezel and metal accents, which come in a number of different color combination: powdery grey/rose gold bezel, berry/gold bezel, black/slate bezel, and azure blue/silver bezel. Note that the silicone strap isn’t replaceable. So, take your time to decide which color you’d be opting for because you won’t be able to switch to another color later.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is available in two different sizes: “Small/medium” with a wrist circumference of 122mm to 188mm, and “Large” with a wrist circumference of 148mm to 215mm.
At the back of the device’s body lies the optical heart rate sensor, which has been designed to lie in contact with your skin to get accurate figures.
Performance & function
The Garmin Vivosmart is not your regular everyday tracker. It has sensors that can track all kinds of vital parameters including your activities, heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. The fitness menu includes a number of different activities such as walking, running, swimming, strength training, yoga, and others.
The device does a good job of tracking your activity. For example, if you’re doing strength training, it tracks your reps and sets as well as the amount of time spent working out and resting. Even when you forget to start its timer, the Vivosmart 4 can sense it whenever you start swimming, cycling, or strength training. And it will start tracking your activity automatically.
Thanks to the optical heart rate sensor, the device can accurately track your heart rate for various activities that you engage in. And unlike some other trackers, it doesn’t lose your heart rate data at top intensities.
The device also comes with the body battery metric feature Which tells you how worn down your body is or how tired you are. This feature works based on data such as your sleep quality, heart rate variability, and stress levels to calculate a number between 0 and 100. The idea is to help you know when you need to rest.
There is also an accurate sleep tracking feature, which monitors your sleep stages and blood oxygen saturation levels during the night. So, it’s particularly helpful if you have a condition that requires constant monitoring of your body’s oxygen levels, such as sleep apnea.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 can also track your stress levels throughout the day using your heart rate data. And when you are stressed up, the device can help you unwind through the included guided breathing exercise.
When you’re away from your smartphone, the device can vibrate to notify you about calls, text messages, and apps. This is an optional feature, as you can disable all or some notifications if you don’t want distractions.
In the aspects of battery life, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a beast! The battery can last for one week after full charging, but with everything on, you can only get 5 full days out of it. And the sweeter part? It charges pretty quickly. Within one hour, the device can gather enough charge to last you for 5 days or more.
What we like
- Super slim and comfortable
- Long lasting battery
- Monitors “body battery”
What we dislike
- Screen too small
- No built-in GPS
2. Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is an upgrade to the Fit2, as it makes some progress in a few aspects. Despite that there are several other contenders in the smartwatch game, this device from Samsung still stands out from the pack.
And the sweetest part? Like other devices on this list, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro works perfectly with any Google Pixel device.
The Fit2 Pro sports a sleek design as evidenced by its 1.5-inch, 216 x 432 curved Super AMOLED display, which is one of the best on the market. While you can touch the screen to swipe through the various modes, the two side buttons are the primary ways to control the device. The lower button will wake the wearable and take you to the main app menu while the upper button acts as the back button.
The rear of the Fit2 Pro remains pretty much the same, as it features a heart rate sensor and a few pins to charge the smartwatch. The two impressive features about the design of the Fit2 Pro are that it is waterproof to 5ATM, and it doesn’t cling to the wrists like other devices.
Performance & function
The Fit2 Pro puts up an excellent performance in several aspects like its predecessor but with some improved features. For example, the device’s iOS compatibility has seen some improvement as you can now enjoy a relatively seamless experience.
Getting around the setup process might be difficult but once you cross that hurdle, you should have no further issues. However, you can expect a smoother process with a Google Pixel device, as the connection is pretty straightforward, offering the opportunity to receive and send texts, accept or reject calls and control your music.
Another amazing feature is the offline Spotify playback, which allows you to sync over albums and playlists so you can listen to music on your run – provided you have a Bluetooth headset, of course.
You will need to install the app from Samsung’s Galaxy app store. Carefully read the description to be sure you’re downloading the right version of the Spotify for your Fit2 Pro. The wearable comes with 4GB of onboard storage for you to store your music in case you don’t want to use your data on the go.
Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or you’re just a person who casually exercises, the Fit2 Pro will cater to all your needs. You can use it to set goals and peruse the metrics or just begin your exercises and let the software automatically track your activity.
Whether you’re walking, driving or swimming, the auto-tracking feature can present the metrics of the activity as it can detect what you’re doing. The water lock feature locks the screen, so it doesn’t confuse water drops for finger touches, making it more swim-friendly.
The Fit2 Pro features a 2,000mAh battery and Samsung promises an average life expectancy of 2 to 3 days before the need for a top up. However, our testing gave about 2 days of usage before the device needed a refill.
The wearable automatically triggers some of its functionality once you start moving even if you’re not using the workout functions, making the power drain faster. However, you can adjust this in the settings to conserve battery juice.
We also discovered while testing the device that the more notifications we received, the faster the battery drained. Nevertheless, you can always refill the smartwatch by plugging its charger into a USB 3.0 port. The downside is that there’s no power adapter for fast charging, meaning it might take about 90 minutes to charge fully.
What we like
- Gorgeous display
- Offline Spotify
- More fitness features
What we dislike
- HR and swimming inadequacies
- iOS connectivity issues
- Battery capacity
3. Garmin Vivoactive 3
There are many reasons to love the Garmin Vivoactive 3. One of its novel features is the company’s contactless payment system, Garmin Pay, which is an attempt to rival Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Fitbit Pay.
Apart from that, the device has other incredible functionalities like heart rate monitor, all-day stress monitoring and a variety of other training features plus strong battery life.
The Vivoactive 3 takes on the round-faced traditional design that makes it look more like an analog watch than a fitness tracking band. It sports a 1.3-inch display with a 240 x 240-pixel display, which is easy to read even in direct sunlight. At 43mm, the device is just as big as any other smartwatch around, making it look like an oversize.
Unlike some of its contenders, the Vivoactive 3 has just one side button with which you can access the menus, while you can use the touchscreen for other controls. From the touchscreen, you can set an alarm, view your stats, change watch settings, check the weather or view your recent notifications.
On the rear, there’s a four-pin charging port, which is hard to notice on your skin when you wear it. The two striking features about the design are the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the waterproof rating of up to 50 meters.
Performance & function
While we can judge the performance to be seamless for the most time we spent with the device, we did notice that its interface can at times lag slightly.
However, to get the most out of the Vivoactive 3, you will need to pair it with the companion Garmin Connect app for Android, so you can sync all your workout data and install new watch faces from the store.
If you were looking forward to playing songs from while wearing this smartwatch, you will be disappointed, as there’s no onboard music storage neither does it have integration with music apps.
You might be able to control music playback on your smartphone from your smartwatch but if your smartphone runs out of battery, get set to do your workouts in silence.
While the Vivoactive 3 packs a lot of interesting features, the fact remains that it was built for fitness purposes, which will always be a key area to assess.
Much like Fitbit and Apple trackers, the app has its own app store, which has more than 1,600 apps you can choose from. To pick out the apps you will like to use frequently, just press the button on the side and then set your favorites. And if your favorite activity is not available, you have the option to tweak the settings and create your own.
Vivoactive also does well with heart rate tracking, as you can even check-in to see your heart rate at any time of the day while its stress tracking feature can use your heart rate variability (HVR) to detect when you’re getting drained.
The battery life of the Garmin Vivoactive is simply exceptional as it can go up to seven days on a single charge. There’s no doubt that the transflective memory-in-pixel display is one of the reasons why the battery lasts long. The seven-day use accounts for using the smartwatch only for day-to-day tracking, and not if you have your GPS on all the time.
If you’re planning on taking out the Vivoactive 3 for a GPS-tracked run, you can expect to get 13 hours out of the battery juice, which is also exceptional considering that most other similar devices can barely offer 4 hours with GPS.
The charging is pretty easy, as you just need to plug the included small cable into the four-pin charging port. From our testing, the wearable charged up to half of its battery capacity in about 30 minutes.
What we like
- Easy-to-read display
- Accurate distance tracking
- Good GPS and heart rate monitor
- Long battery life
What we dislike
- No onboard music storage
- Garmin Pay isn’t widely available
- Inaccurate sleep-tracking
4. Xiaomi Mi Band 3
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is an affordable tracker that will no doubt attract fitness enthusiasts due to its budget price point.
While the device is compatible with Google Pixel devices, it has its compromises which are worth knowing before you decide to buy it or just pass.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 might not be the best around but it’s sure better than the previous fitness trackers from the Chinese brand.
One of the first features to notice is the size of the tracker, which is smaller than its contenders with dimensions of 17.9 x 46.9 x 12 mm. So, this tracker might not feel like one because of its size and light weight. However, the display isn’t as impressive as you may need to strain your eyes to read in direct sunlight.
There’s a touch key just below the screen, which you can press to go back or activate features. And on the rear of the device is the heart rate monitor that tracks your heartbeat.
Like other inexpensive trackers, the device itself is separate from the silicone band which means other third-party alternatives will appear in a short time from now. The MI Band 3 is also waterproof to 50 meters, offering you the freedom to go swimming with it or to the shower.
Performance & function
The performance of the Mi Band 3 keeps in touch with the other aspects of the smartwatch. For example, setting up the Mi Fit app is easy, and the navigation is straightforward once you get a hang of it. The app shows all the data you need during your workout. The app works with Android versions 4.0 and later, so it will pair seamlessly with your Google Pixel device.
The Mi Band 3 does well in step tracking, as the results seem to be accurate. But the same cannot be said about the heart rate monitor, which isn’t so accurate inaccurate, especially when you’re on the move. The sleep tracking was not any different, as it is basic and not as detailed as those of its contenders.
Another thing to note about the fitness is that the MI Band 3 offers only 4 activity profiles: running, treadmill running, walking, and cycling. This is a sore disappointment considering that other trackers have several profiles to cover several different activities. To sum it all, you cannot start activity tracking from the tracker, as you can only do it from the app — which can be quite annoying.
Powered by a 110mAh battery cell, Xiaomi promises that the battery will last for 22 days but that is only possible if you turn off the features that drain power. However, if you turn on all the features, you should be able to get out more than 12 hours of usage from the battery juice, which is still commendable.
To charge it, you will need to pop the tracker out of the band and connect it to a proprietary charger — not the usual micro USB or USB-C cable. As though to compensate for the strenuous process of charging the device, Mi Band 3 charges fast and can reach 50 percent from shut down in about 30 minutes.
What we like
- Very cheap
- Great build quality
- Excellent battery life
- Heart rate monitor
- Accurate tracking
What we dislike
- Sleep tracking is basic
- Poor screen visibility in daylight
- Limited activity profiles
- No GPS
- Proprietary charge
5. Fitbit Charge 3
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a follow-up to the Charge 2 but with some improvements in a variety of ways such as its thinner and lighter design, larger display, complete waterproofing, and a new swimming workout profile for avid swimmers.
In case you’re shocked that one of the best trackers from Fitbit – and, in fact, one of the best in the market – is the last on our list, read this: The Fitbit Charge 3 is a near-perfect fitness tracker, no doubt. But there are mixed stories about its compatibility with Google Pixel smartphones.
While some Pixel users were lucky to have the device connect seamlessly with their smartphones, many others complained that the device either didn’t connect at all or connected with limited usability.
Although the Fitbit Charge 3 retains the same rectangular screen and band design which came with its predecessor, the screen size is now 40 percent bigger, allowing you to read entire messages and notifications instead of the first few words.
Another improvement is the touchscreen feature which was not on the Charge 2. Recall that the predecessor used a tap-to-cycle screen which placed restrictions on how to view the display.
Going further, the Charge 3 is also thinner and lighter because of its aluminum build, so you will barely feel the weight when you wear it. The button on the left side of the tracker serves two functions: to wake the device and to go back to the previous display.
The heart rate monitor is positioned on the rear of the tracker alongside the pulse oximetry sensor. To cap it all, the device is completely waterproof, which is an improvement on the Charge 2 that was only water-resistant — meaning it could only handle a few splashes of water.
The Charge 3 offered a superb performance all through the time we tested it. Firstly, we noticed that the device provided notifications better than most contenders, while there are new features like timers and weather.
Aside from the new functionalities, the device’s app offered a slicker experience as it is quite easy to navigate and is impressively detailed in presenting measured metrics.
With the complete waterproofing of the Charge 3, swimmers can now track their laps by activating the swimming workout. At the end of your workout, you will be able to see the calories and amount of time you used on the tracker, but the metrics are only available on the app. Apart from swimming, the Charge 3 can also track outdoor running, walking, weight training and biking.
Disappointingly, the tracker doesn’t have an onboard GPS, which is a trend that follows its predecessor. Instead, it connects to your smartphone’s GPS to track your workouts.
Nevertheless, when it comes to heart rate monitoring, the results of the BPM are accurate, especially when we were still, but it tends to get the reading wrong when we were on the move. The Sp02 sensor can measure your blood oxygenation levels and notify you if you had breathing disruptions while sleeping or if you will soon have one.
Fitbit announced that the battery life was great, and we did find it to be so. On a single charge, you can expect the Fitbit Charge 3 to keep going with fitness-tracking and notifications for up to 6-7 days.
If you use the device heavily (like check notifications, weather and leave the brightness at auto), you should be able to get up to 6 days of use out of the battery juice; otherwise, the battery should last 7 days as promised.
Additionally, the wearable shows the battery percentage on the screen, so you don’t forget to top up your device. However, we found that the Charge 3 came with a proprietary charger, which fell short of our expectations. Similar trackers like the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro use standard micro USB or USB-C connection chargers.
What we like
- Good battery life
- Bigger screen
- Completely waterproof
What we dislike
- Compatibility with Google Pixel isn’t certain
- No onboard GPS
- Proprietary charger
- Inaccurate heart rate
When it comes to compatibility between tech devices, making assumptions can be costly. Because we’re aware that not all fitness trackers work well with Google Pixel phones, we reviewed some of the best fitness trackers for Google Pixel users.
If you have no issues with price and are looking for the best, then we’d recommend that you go with the Garmin Vivosmart 4. But if you’re on a tight budget, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 might be your best bet.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro and Garmin Vivoactive 3 are also great devices that work seamlessly with Google Pixel devices. But as for the Fitbit Charge 3, we won’t confidently recommend it because it might not work with your Pixel device.
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