Polar H7 Not Pairing? Discharge It

I you have a Polar H7 that all of the sudden was unable to pair, you may need to discharge the sensor. To do so:

  1. Trash the Pairing. Go to Settings -> My Sensors -> Heart Rate Monitors -> Bluetooth Smart -> Details -> Delete. This step is only needed if the H7 is “ON”.
  2. Remove the battery from your Polar H7. Using a coin, open the battery cover by turning it counterclockwise to OPEN. Remove the cap. Using a sharp edge (knife), lift the battery out from inside the cap.

    Photo 1: Intact battery

    Photo 2: Battery being lifted from the cap

    Photo 3: Battery successfully extracted!

    Note: When removing the battery, make sure the sealing ring is not damaged, in which case you should replace it with a new one. You can purchase the sealing ring/battery kits at well-equipped Polar retailers and authorized Polar Services.

  3. Close the back of the peanut that used to house the battery, and clip it on to the belt, without the battery.
  4. Put sensor on and wear for 30 seconds to 1 minutes
  5. Remove H7 peanut and insert battery. Remount on chest
  6. Re-pair the H7 with Fitdigits by going to Settings -> My Sensors

If you are still unable to pair, please contact support.

Pair a Bluetooth Low Energy Cadence Sensor

Related links:
Troubleshooting Your Sensors

Android Support for Cadence Sensors now Released!!

Fitdigits apps iCardio, iRunner, iWalker and iBiker are compatible with the Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor and other Bluetooth Low Energy compatible cadence sensors like Bryton, Polar, CycleOps and more. Now you can use the sensor to accurately track your Spinning / Indoor Cycling cadence, or use the sensor to track a bike ride while using GPS to track speed and distance. You must have a Bluetooth Smart compatible device to pair.

    1. Install your Cadence Sensor on your bike or Spinning Bike
    2. Push the pedals in order to activate the sensor
    3. Open the Fitdigits app and go to Menu > Sensors
    4. Scroll down to “Cadence” hit the + button
    5. The app should scan and find the active cadence sensor. Tap OK to pair

You are now paired! Begin a Spinning or Bike workout to get real time cadence. Check out DC Rainmaker’s post on “How to get and record cadence information on a spin or gym bike” for tips on how to utilize the RPM Cadence Sensor on a bike – pretty cool stuff.

Pair Your Polar Bluetooth Smart Stride Sensor With Fitdigits

Fitdigits is now compatible with the Polar Stride Sensor, the first Foot Pod to use Bluetooth Low Energy/Bluetooth Smart, as well as other BLE stride sensors. The Foot pod will work with all Bluetooth Low Energy compatible iOS devices. First, you need to install the Stride Sensor. Once you have done so, you are ready to pair. To do so:

  1. Stomp your foot a few times to activate the sensor
  2. On your BLE compatible device open your Fitdigits App
  3. Go to Settings -> My Sensors, and under Foot Pod turn “Bluetooth Smart” to ON

Pair your BLE Stride Sensor with Fitdigits

The Stride Sensor should pair immediately. Once it does, just begin a workout and you are good to go!

Battery Replacement for your Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar H7 heart rate monitors are awesome. They run on bluetooth low energy, which for me is great because the fewer devices tracking my workout, the better! However, if you find it’s time to change the battery (you experience erratic heart rate data or drop outs or no data at all), here are your step-by-step instructions. Users rejoice–your inner handy-person awaits!

Photo 1: Intact battery

Directions to change battery:
1. Using a coin, open the battery cover by turning it counterclockwise to OPEN. Remove the cap.

2. Using a sharp edge (knife), lift the battery out from inside the cap. See Photo 2.

3. Insert the battery (CR 2025) inside the cover with the positive  side against the cover. Note: the positive side is also the side with the writing; insert the battery with writing side down. Make sure the sealing ring is in the groove to ensure water resistance. See Photo 1.

4. Place the cover back into the connector. Be sure to do this carefully by lining the arrow on the outside of the lid directly with the dot on the connector next to OPEN.

5. Use the coin to turn the cover clockwise to CLOSE.

Note: When changing the battery, make sure the sealing ring is not damaged, in which case you should replace it with a new one. You can purchase the sealing ring/battery kits at well-equipped Polar retailers and authorized Polar Services.

For more information about using the Polar H7,  read the manual.

Photo 2: Battery being lifted from the cap

Photo 3: Battery successfully extracted!

Pairing your Older Scosche myTrek or Rhythm Heart Rate Monitor with Fitdigits Apps

Related Links:
Pairing your Bluetooth Low Energy Heart Rate Monitor in iOS
Troubleshooting Your Scosche Rhythm+ or Mio Heart Rate Monitor
Troubleshooting Your Sensors

******NOTE: SUPPORT FOR OLDER SCOSCHE myTrek and the original Rhythm is being discontinued in July, 2016 ******

Scosche Rhythm and myTrekPairing the older versions of Scosche Rhythm / myTrek

If you are using an old-school Scosche Rhythm / myTrek using traditional bluetooth,  Scosche stopped supporting them a while ago.  Since the bluetooth classic monitors have been discontinued by Scosche, the SDK has not been updated in order for the monitors to work on iOS 9 and Android OS 5. This meant we could no longer support Scosche’s MyTrek and Rhythm Pulse monitor.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and please see below for options on Android and iOS devices.

Upgrade your monitor (it is worth it!)


Android

However, you can download and install older versions of the Android app – iRunner or iCardio. The last version with support was v3.31 and here are the links below:

iCardio:
http://www.fitdigits.com/downloads/Android/3.31/iCardio_3.31(69).apk

iRunner:
http://www.fitdigits.com/downloads/Android/3.31/iRunner_3.31(69).apk

Once you have the file, you can uninstall the newer version of the app from your device, and copy the older APK file you found to the phone or tablet. If you tap on the links above on the device, it should install automatically.

If not, copy the file to either a new folder, or the existing Download folder. Then, you’ll need to find the file on your Android device (with a File Explorer app or similar), at which point you can tap on it and install it. Note that you will need to tick the box somewhere in your device’s settings menu to allow the installation of apps from “unknown sources”. Most but not all Android devices have this option.


iOS

 

For iOS users, there is only a limited time left to download a compatible app – as soon and the next release goes live in Apple iTunes it will no longer have support for these older heart rate monitors. iCardio no longer supports them, so you would have to download iRunner or iBiker, which are older versions. But remember not to allow automatic upgrades or the next update to those apps will no longer support the old app!  

Turn off automatic updates:
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2016/01/26/how-to-turn-off-automatic-app-updates-in-ios-9/

Download iRunner:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/irunner-runners-walkers-fitness/id304074554?mt=8

 


For all compatibility, please view here:
http://www.fitdigits.com/compatibility.html

We hope that helps!

 

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Pairing your Android with the Scosche Rhythm or myTrek:

The beginning of every great story has an introduction. Well Android users, prepare to be introduced to the device that will change your life, the Scosche Rhythm. Learn how to Pair your Scosche myTREK or Rhythm with Fitdigits on the Android, and re-write your life story to include a happier and healthier you!

First, put on your Scosche sensor. Make sure your alignment is correct:

Next, turn on the Bluetooth settings in the iPhone and pair the Scosche sensor.

1. Go to your Android Settings
2. Tap Wireless & Network

Choose Wireless & Network

3. Tap Bluetooth Settings

Tap Bluetooth settings

4. Make Sure Bluetooth is ON. If ON, tap Scan Devices
5. Your Heart Rate Belt should appear as “Scosche myTREK” below “Bluetooth devices”. Tap to pair

Tap Scosche to pair

6. Your Scosche will now be paired. To delete a pairing, tap and and hold the Scosche sensor, and choose to unpair
7. Open your Fitdigits app and go to Settings -> My Sensors, and tap Heart so the check is orange
8. Choose Scosche from the menu that comes up

Tap Scosche myTREK

9. You will be taken back to the “Bluetooth devices” screen. Tap on Scosche and you are paired.

Start a workout, and you are ready to take this relationship to a whole new level!

Troubleshoot Your Bluetooth Low Energy Heart Rate Monitor (BLE HRM)

Fitdigits is compatible with Bluetooth Compatible sensors as long as your device is compatible. If you are having issues pairing or are getting inaccurate readings, try the following troubleshooting steps:

        • Is Your Device Compatible: View our Compatible Devices for more details.
        • Have you upgraded your app: You must have upgraded your app in order to use heart rate training and tracking features.
        • Wet the Electrodes: Make sure the contact strips (electrodes) on either side of the heartbeat pod / transmitter are wet with water, saliva, or gel to increase connectivity.
        • Clean your HRM: It is recommended to clean your HRM strap after every use. Rinse the strap under running water after every use and hang to dry. Clean the strap gently with a mild soap and water solution when needed. Do not use moisturizing soaps, because they can leave residue on the strap. Failure to do so will resort in inaccurate readings.
        • Reset Bluetooth: Try going to your Settings->Bluetooth, turn Bluetooth OFF, wait for about 30 seconds, and turn it back on.
        • Trash and Re-Pair SensorIf the app cannot acquire your sensor when beginning a workout, Trash and Re-Pair the Sensor
        • Manually Close Your App: Exit the app and then double tap the iPhone home button. Look for the Fitdigits app and swipe up. Your app has now been manually closed. Relaunch the app and try pairing again.
        • Discharge Your Sensor If you cannot pair the sensor, try discharging the sensor
        • Change Batteries: Make sure your belt’s battery level is not low. If in doubt, try changing the battery to see if it fixes the problem.
        • Is Your HRM Paired With Another Device : Make sure no other Device is currently connected and communicating with your BLE heart rate monitor. If your heart rate monitor is paired with another device, you may not be able to use the HRM.
        • Check on if your device is Auto-Pairing with your HRM: Sometimes in the device Bluetooth settings, the Polar HRM will get auto paired every time, and you can’t delete it from the list by the normal methods of tapping the (i) then Remove.If you can’t see (i) after Connected/Not connected on your HRM:
          • Close your Fitdigits app
          • Disable Bluetooth on your device
          • Reboot your device (press the home and power buttons until the Apple logo appears)
          • Enable Bluetooth and try again, you should be able to remove the HRM from the bluetooth section on the device now, and re-open your Fitdigits app
        • Close All Other Apps Paired With Your HRM: If there are any other apps on your device that is communicating with your BLE heart rate monitor, terminate them. The HRM may only be able to pair with one fitness app at a time.
        • Power Down Your Device: If none of the above steps resolve your issue, power down your device and then turn it back on.

If you still cannot pair with your Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) HRM, contact Fitdigits Customer Support.