Understanding Walk Activity 101
Walks are identified on the Fi app with a paw print icon, and are the only activity that tracks miles for you pup. A walk activity card will look like this within the Fi App:
The Activity Card will note:
- The date of the walk: August 11th
- The time the walk began at: 8:15 am
- What owner the collar was paired with, if any: You
- The neighborhood the walk began in: Boerum Hill
- Total steps earned: 9,136
- Length of walk in time: 36 minutes
- Total mileage covered: 1.65 miles
Walk activities are captured when there is activity and change of location outside of a safe zone, with a green dot to indicate the beginning point, a red dot to indicate the end point, and the path walked in between. Walks can be broken into segments if there is a rest period during the walk. Depending on your Alert Settings & Notifications you will get different push notifications regarding a walk activity.
For the most accurate route tracking, Fi recommends bringing your smartphone on walks with your pup, with the Fi app open in the background of your device (see: How to improve Fi App Mobile Connectivity). If someone else is walking your dog, we recommend having them carry their smartphone, as well, and joining your account as an Owner. (See Multiple Owners)
Viewing Previous Walks
In Live, you can swipe up and down to toggle between activity cards (see: Activity Tracking)
Walks captured on GPS:
Walks that are captured on GPS will not be accurate. If you don't take your smartphone device with you when you walk your dog, the Fi collar will power GPS, keep in mind, however, on its own, GPS is:
- Fairly inaccurate - about 50-60 ft accuracy for each location report due to GPS technology (independent of Fi) on GPS the Fi collar will try to look for a location once every 5 minutes (to preserve battery)
- Battery intensive (see: Battery Life)
This is an example of a walk captured on GPS:
These walks can be identified by a few different factors:
- No owner is listed
- The yellow dots indicate the GPS data that is captured
- The walk path will not follow streets, and will cut through roads, as the walk card simply connects the limited GPS points available.
- If you tap into the walk card, you'll see a warning displayed "This walk tracking is approximate. SEE WHY"
Car rides tracked as walks:
The Fi collar will try to interpret all of your pup's activity, including car trips. Most of the time, you will not see a car ride as an activity card, as this will be captured as a travel segment (change in location, no activity.)
A walk is captured on the Fi app as a change in location and activity, and for this reason if your pup moves around while on a car ride, this may be reported on the Fi app as a walk. Depending on the terrain, you may notice the movement in the car will capture some segments of the drive as a walk as well. Typically this will occur on shorter car rides, in local traffic.