Footsteps

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Pedometer

Frequently Asked Questions for iOS version (switch to Android)

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Questions

Answers

How to prevent Footsteps from running in background when I don't need it?
You can tap on Pause button, this will switch off Footsteps
Footsteps will also automatically switch off when a workout is not started and detecting steps outside of the workout is disabled (Always Track Steps is off), this is default setting

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What are these black, green and red numbers?
The biggest number in the middle is the total value for both walking and running.
The green number is the value for walking.
The red number is the value for running.

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I walked/ran pre measured distance but the distance calculated by Footsteps is different
The distance is calculated by multiplying the number of steps by the step length. If the distance that Footsteps shows is off and you know the true distance you can adjust your step length by dividing the true distance by the number of steps. Our online calculators will help you doing this:

Step Length Calculators

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Is it important to adjust Step Length and Weight parameters?
Yes, Step Length and Weight parameters are used to calculate the distance, speed and calories burned values. While Footsteps comes with theses values preset to average ones it is important to adjust them to get more accurate results.

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I think the date of my workout or some of the other values captured by Footsteps are wrong, can I correct them?
Yes, you can. Go to History, find the sample you want to correct, tap 'Edit' and then tap on the sample. Edit the value you need, other values will be automatically recalculated if possible

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Can I set weight and step length each in different unit of measurement?
Yes, you can. You can set each of these parameters in any unit that is convenient for you. For example you can set weight in kilograms and step length in feet. You can also choose to display speed and distance information each in different units.

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How can I view a csv file?
A csv file is simply a text file with values separated by commas. You can view it in any text editor, also Microsoft Excel and Open Office open this file as a spreadsheet document.

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Older version of Footsteps had two session types, what happen to them?
Footsteps data format has changed. Starting with version 6.0 there are no two separate types of sessions anymore. Instead your walking and running activity is captured as samples that can be grouped in workouts. You can achieve similar functionality with the new model with an additional benefit that there no two separate sets of data.
  • the old Daily Sessions Only settings = Use Workouts - OFF
  • the old Manual Sessions Only settings = Use Workouts - ON, Always Track Steps - OFF
  • the old Manual And Daily Sessions = Use Workouts - ON, Always Track Steps - ON

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Start button does not show. What's going on?
It does not show in 'Today' view mode. Tap on 'Today' and the view mode will switch to 'Workout' mode. Make also sure workouts are turned on in Settings tab.

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How do I save my workout?
In the 'Workout' view mode tap on Finish, then select 'Finish and Save Workout'

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Cannot save my workout. Finish button does not show. What's going on?
It doesn't show in 'Today' view mode. Tap on 'Today' and the view mode will switch to 'Workout' mode. Make also sure workouts are turned on in Settings tab.
It shows I run/walk much faster than I really do. What's wrong?
Speed is calculated using time interval between your steps and the step length that you have entered. Go to Settings and check the value of Walk and Run step lengths. Also make sure that the unit is ok and you didn't enter 2.2 mile, for example.

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I want to enter my step length in different units, but when I change the unit it shows a warning
The warning shows each time the value is smaller or bigger than usual. If the step length is 3.2 ft and you change the unit to let's say meters it becomes 3.2 m, just ignore the warning for the moment and enter the value in meters. The important thing is that the warning does not show after you done entering both the value and the unit of measurement.

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Why App Playlist sometimes takes longer to load?
It happens after you have synchronized your device with iTunes. Footsteps needs to validate the playlist and remove items that are no longer in the audio library. It may also happen if the playlist became corrupted and Footsteps needs to repair it.

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I don't need graphs, I'd rather have all the other tabs visible on the main screen instead of having to use More button
You can turn the graphs off if you don't need them. Tap More button, then Settings, scroll down to Graphs section and turn the switch to off.

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Can I import data from the free version?
Yes, you can.
To do it run the FREE version, tap on Help tab, scroll down and tap on 'Export Data to Full Version' option, then follow the instructions on the screen.

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Sometimes the screen goes black on iPhones. What's going on?
Footsteps takes advantage of iPhone's built-in proximity sensor located in the upper left corner of the device. The sensor turns the screen off when it detects an object near itself. It is used to save the battery when you run Footsteps and put your phone into pocket or a case. It may occasionally turn off the screen if you move your fingers near the sensor area. In this case just move your fingers away and the screen will turn on again. You can also adjust this in Settings->Auto Screen Off.

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Footsteps - Pedometer is available on App Store and Google Play.