One of the most missing and wanted features of Gadgetbridge for sports enthusiasts with a Miband (or other Huami device) is to track a sports activity which requests a connection to the original app, to provide GPS tracking. At this point, Gadgetbridge does not have this possibility and as a work around, the 3rd party Heart Rate sensor sharing has been the best option. This works quite well, but has a downside of some activities/data being tracked only in Gadgetbridge while some other data are only in other apps.

Import and link a GPS track

With the release of version 0.58.2 we have added the ability to import a GPS track in the form of a GPX file (a file with a GPS recording) and link it to a recorded sports activity inside Gadgetbridge. While this still requires an extra GPS recording app, it allows us to have at least a single place where activities live.

At the same time, this now offers a new possibility to link a GPX file to a sports activity that did not even allow to have a GPS recording in the first place - like outdoor rowing while using the rowing machine recording or pool swimming (if you have a waterproof phone). And, it opens up a door for other devices to provide some sports activity recording info and then link the GPS externally... for example the WaspOS just added a first raw version of a SportsApp which is essentially a stopwatch and a step counter.

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Gadgetbridge Sports Activity detail

How does it work

In your band/watch, you start recording an activity and you also start recording tracking in your sports tracking app like Open Tracks or FitoTrack. As an extra bonus, you can also set your device to provide Heart Rate to the sports tracking app, like documented here. After you are done with your sports activity and stop the recording on both the band and in the tracking app, you sync the Sports Activities with Gadgetbridge and you take the recording from tracking app and share it with Gadgetbridge - we newly provide a dedicated GPX Receiver, so you can share a GPX from any app in Android. Gadgetbridge will receive the GPX track and will copy it to it's files folder. Then, looking at the details of the recorded activity in the Sports Activities section of Gadgetbridge, you can tap the "edit GPX" edit GPX icon icon and select the required GPX track.

Gadgetbridge GPX
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Gadgetbridge GPX Receiver and Editing GPX track

What does it provide

This gives you a chance to have a single place for all records of activities you have done with your band and also have the associated GPS data with it. Often, the activity recorded by the band will have some extra details like averages of steps and heart rate, number of steps and for some activities like swimming or rowing you can also see the number of stokes and so on. Besides creating a picture of the track to better identify the activity, we do not do any extra data extraction from the GPX, since similarly to the GPS recording, this is a very niche domain and we let those who are already doing a great job with the tracking and mapping apps to calculate and show you some stats of the recorded GPS data.

To see the track in more detail, you can of course use the "Show GPS Track" to export or view the recording in another app - like in Open Tracks, FitoTrack, OsmAnd~, AAT Another Activity Tracker or others.

Visit our wiki to see a full step by step manual with screenshots.

OsmAnd screenshots