geafit Samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch/fitness band is finally available online and in stores, but unfortunately, its Android compatibility is still very limited. According to Samsung, the Gear Fit will only work with 17 different Galaxy devices including the new Galaxy S5. Once again, Samsung is keeping its Gear line within the family, but luckily we’ve found a way around this small problem.

We’ve learned that the Gear Fit can can function with almost 100 percent of its features on other Android devices such as the HTC One M8. We haven’t had the opportunity to test this method on a wide variety of Android devices, but it’s important to note that both the HTC One M8 and M7 we’ve tested were running Android 4.4.2. This doesn’t mean that KitKat is required, but it’s better to lay out all of the facts surrounding our experience. It’s very likely that you’ll be able to get this to work on other Android devices though. The interesting part is, all that it took was sideloading a couple of apps onto a non-Galaxy device. Unfortunately, this same method didn’t work with the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo, but we’ll take what we can get. Check out the video tutorial below for a full walk-through and demo. If you’re interested in testing out this method, there are a few things you need to do. First download the Gear Fit Manager (located here) and sideload it onto your device. Next, download the Gear Fitness app (located here) and install it as well. After you’ve installed both of the apps, launch the Gear Fit Manager and connect your Gear Fit via Bluetooth using the on-screen instructions. After you’ve paired the Gear Fit, head over to the “Notifications” section and tap on the bar labeled, “General Notifications.” This will prompt you to enable system-wide notifications for your Gear Fit. From there, you’ll just need to select the specific apps that you’d like to receive notifications from. As you would imagine, this configuration isn’t perfect. The Gear Fit wasn’t meant to work with devices outside of the Galaxy family, and because of this, some features are nonoperational. In our experience, the Gear Fit’s quick reply options and alarm notifications failed to work. Along with that, any weather or location-based watch faces and services did not function. Your mileage may vary, but in our experience most of the important features that the Gear Fit provides worked as advertised on the HTC One M8 and M7. One minor downside to using an unsupported phone is that you’ll probably miss out on official updates to the Gear Fit. You’ll probably have to connect it to a compatible device to update the firmware in the future. Maybe Samsung will consider expanding the Gear Fit’s official compatibility in the future. It’s definitely one of the best fitness bands on the market and I’d love to see official compatibility. Currently, Samsung’s Gear Fit is available for $199 from AT&T, Best Buy, Amazon, and many other retailers. If you happen to give this a shot, let us know your results down below.

Update: We have also learned that an initial update of the Gear Fit may be necessary to get this method working. This Gear Fit must be updated with a compatible Samsung device or the Gear Manager app could have trouble connecting with it during the setup process on an unsupported device.

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18 Responses to “How to use Samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch with other Android devices”

  1. It works on oppo find 7. thank you very much i am rocking my gear fit now… i also have the gear 2, is it possible to use it as well, if you can you help me out with that or let us know where to get the apk for that

  2. Roger Smith says:

    Downloaded and installed both api’s without any reported errors to my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Tablet. But there are no data shown on the page with the pedometer, sleep, exercise, etc sections and when I tick the sync now button it just keeps cycling forever. Any ideas??

  3. Erik Skyten says:

    Thank you so much!! I downloaded the two apks and installed them on the new moto x and worked flawlessly.

  4. Unfortunately device refuse to work even with the galaxy devices. on firmware Cyanogenmod.

  5. Do you know of an android emulator that will work with the 2 apk’s that are in the post above?

  6. Kenny Paulus says:

    Thank you!
    It works with my HTC Desire 816.
    I first installed the apps from apptoide with no luck. Then download the app link given and it works well.
    Again Thank You..

  7. Jon Tanner says:

    So annoyed with the new update to the gear fit as it has removed the app connect function. I used to be able to connect to strava and have a real time view on my wrist, one of the only reasons I
    brought a gear fit.

  8. Works with LG G3 as well, be sure to get the 1.70 gear fit manager for added performance, fitness app still not working however. but lots of 3rd party apps can be added to the notification list. :)

  9. Kasper Rask says:

    It works fin on 1plusOne phone with CyanogenMod 11.0-XNPH30o Android 4.4.4

  10. Reza Pdp says:

    it work on my oneplus one thanx a lot for your article.. :D

  11. i have the apps set up and running on a nexus 4(unrooted kitkat). i downloaded and installed the apps as apposed to side loading them notifications and quick replies both work. the fitness app will install but won’t sync up with the gear fit and regardless of use only says no data on the phone(like in the video). does anyone have the fitness app working on a non samsung device?. as a side note you can update the watch firmware via samsung kies on a PC if you don’t have access to a Galaxy device.

  12. I tried to use with Moto E (Kitkat 4.4.4) , not worked on it. Then i tried it with nexus 7 tab, it worked but only wallpaper changed, media options worked. notification and other features not worked.

  13. Fazly Zainal says:

    Working great on my Sony Acro S running on custom rom (Beanstalk Kitkat hikari)..thanks!!

  14. A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with 4.2.2 could install but couldn’t run the required apps. Seems Samsung’s official internal list might be right on its tablets.

  15. mrboonen1 says:

    First time that i tried connecting the gear fit with my huawei ascend p6 running android 4.2.2 it didn’t work, i went to a friend with a samsung galaxy, connected the gear fit with his samsung, updated the gear fit and after that i could connect it with my huawei ascend p6 so now its working great!

  16. Good, but does it work with a Gear 2 Neo too?

  17. Does it work with the Gear 2 Neo too?