Personally, my very favorite new feature in the iOS apps is our new coaching voices, and it takes just a minute to make it great! Trust me on this one, it is worth the update. Everyone can use Advanced Voice.
I just love Karen’s Australian voice, though many are big on Alex or even Samantha. There are dozens to choose from in all kinds of languages, all within a few taps:
General > Settings > Accessibility > Speech > Voices
Using the Advanced Voice Type, there are many voices available to use, even “enhanced” versions of many of them = Male, Female, you name it. Then, in your app, make sure you’ve chosen Advanced in the Voice Type section.
Whether you love it 10X more like we do or just appreciate the features and benefits it unlocks, we encourage you to set up a nice pleasing voice to help coach you through your workouts. It’s worth it!
You really notice the difference when you start turning on new Advanced Audio Coaching features. Get workout totals, coaching during your structured workout routines, use real heart rate zone names and more!
When you upgrade to or from the Pro Plus to the Star subscription level, Apple should credit your account for any difference in remaining credit for the different subscription within a few days as part of the same subscription family.
Apple * iTunes
iTunes handles all returns/refunds of apps. If you need to cancel a subscription, see here on how to cancel a subscription on your phone:
For other purchases, to request a refund, please open your iTunes Store, click on your username in the left corner and enter your iTunes password.
Click “see all” next to purchase history, find Fitdigits, and click the arrow next to the app. Next click “Report a Problem” link under the “Report a Problem Header” and a new page should come up to report a problem. You will then be prompted to enter the reason for your refund. From there, it will be up to iTunes to honor the request.
Again, sorry to see you cancel! If there is anything we can do let us know!
“(Start/launch) an (indoor/outdoor) (workoutName) workout (with/on) <iCardio>”
There are 5 simple commands that Siri will recognize: 1) Start workout – “Start an outdoor run workout with <iCardio>” 2) Cancel Workout – “Cancel <iCardio> workout” 3) Pause Workout – “Pause my <iCardio> workout” 4) Resume Workout – “Resume <iCardio> workout” 5) End My Workout – “End <iCardio> workout”
All command can be said as above as well as the start command can be build out, however you want to say it. You can attempt to say “(Start/launch) an (indoor/outdoor) (workoutName) workout (with/on) iCardio” and if Siri recognized the location and workout it will start right up with those variables. If Siri has trouble understanding or deciphering you will be prompted to choose the workout type and location just as if you said “Start Workout.”
If Siri requests you to unlock your phone, you may be able to get around it through settings:
In cases where the watch is fired up from the phone, the status bar may hang over the screen. To fix, end the activity and force “close” the watch application by holding the power button and then holding in the crown. We hope an updated watchOS version will fix this issue in the future.
Then “open” the watch app, or start the workout from the watch next time before firing up workout from your iPhone.
We know other apps seem to have just avoided the phone > watch API because of above bug, but it is too useful for situations where use cases rely more on the iPhone than watch.
Advanced Audio Coaching brings your own personal coach to life, without the extra costs typically associated with a personal coach.
Using the Advanced Coaching Audio, there are many voices available to use, even “enhanced” versions of many of them = Male, Female, you name it. See how to change voices and improve the coaching on the app here:
Some of the voices sound pretty good to us here, I use Karen, some really like Samantha, but there are many to choose from. Features you get with advanced audio coaching:
Multiple voice types and accents, including foreign language support
Workout totals readout on workout complete
Zone name readouts (perfect for custom named zones!)
Structured workout routine Target Zone Coaching: Get coached on routines whether you are in, below or above zone consistently. Perfect for regimented training programs, reminds you to stay in easy zones or when you need to push a bit harder!
Make sure Workout Power Saving Mode is turned OFF:
Open the Apple “Watch” app
Scroll down, make sure Workout Power Saving Mode is turned OFF
Apple Watch Screen Cut Off
If you see your Apple Watch and the watch face looks like it has been cut off at the top, our apologies. We’ve researched it quite a bit and have only found others who experience the same with their apps. It is an easily reproducible situation – just force close watch app, fire up a workout from the phone (which will have the phone start the watch app fresh) and you have a screen cut off at the top.
General consensus currently attributes this to a bug in the WatchOS we hope they will fix soon, unfortunately there is no solution yet but there is a fix:
Hard Close / Force Close the Apple Watch application by holding the power button and then holding in the crown.
Open the watch app / start a workout from the watch, before trying to start a workout from phone > watch.
Once you see the Cancel button on the watch home screen, you should be good. You can then cancel on the watch if you want and use phone or watch.
Apple Watch Stand Alone Issues
If your app is stopping after a very brief period of time, or failing to transfer workouts on a regular basis, perform these steps on the watch:
Slide up the widget tray, and enable airplane mode.
Wait a moment, then disable airplane mode
Close the drawer and open the app list.
If iCardio starts reinstalling for no reason, then the installation is bad. In that case see Re-Install the Apple Watch Companion App below. You can tell it is re-installing if it looks like it is reloading.
If your app is telling you that the watch is currently in Stand Alone mode, and won’t launch an activity on the phone, there is a flag that somehow wasn’t cleared on the watch / phone. To clear the flag:
Open the Apple Watch companion app
Tap the green icons on the home screen in the lower right until only the green watch shows, putting it in stand alone mode.
Tap the icon on the home screen to start an activity, then tap Cancel.
Tap the green icon in the lower right to put it back in tethered mode. You should be good to go from here.
Apple Watch / iPhone Communication Issues
If you are having trouble getting an activity to start on your iPhone when starting from your Apple Watch, or from the Watch from the iPhone, the easiest and most basic thing is to try launching an activity from the other device and then tapping Cancel.
Open the iPhone app
Tap the Quickstart play icon
Tap Quickstart play icon again
Simply tapping play / cancel a time or so on the watch and phone has been shown very effecting in resetting communicating after loss of connection.
If you don’t see a Cancel button show on the watch screen under the workout type, you may need to Hard Close the watch app.
Hard Close the Watch App
Make sure the app you want to hard close is the one running in the foreground.
Push and hold the bottom button on the right of the watch until the power off screen appears.
Push and hold the digital crown button. You will see it go back to the main apps screen, that hard closes the watch app.
Ping the Phone from the Watch
Go to the home screen on the watch (not the main apps, but the main watch face)
2. Swipe up from the bottom bezel to get the Watch equivalent of the phone controls
The Ping phone is the lower left button with the phone icon. Tap that and it will ping on the phone (a good way to find your phone too!)
New to the gear section is the option to Sync up the settings on your phone with the settings on your watch. Most of the time the sync is done silently in the back end, but there are times when you’ve customized your workout list, heart rate zones or other settings and you want to push the updates. Tap the Gear > Sync and presto, up to date.
Requirements for Apple Watch Stand-alone:
For effortless Heart Rate tracking. Apple Watch Series 1 or above. (if phone is nearby, Series 1 will track GPS from the phone)
For effortless Heart Rate + GPS tracking. Apple Watch Series 2 or above must be paired with your Apple iPhone.
The Apple Watch must be running WatchOS 4.0 or higher. iPhone must be on iOS 10+.
You must have an upgrade for the account to use the Apple Watch in Stand-alone mode.
Current Users – NOTE: ON INITIAL OVERLAY INSTALL YOU SHOULD GET AN EXTRA POPUP REQUESTING EXPANDED PERMISSIONS ON APPLE HEALTH
In order to run a stand alone workout on the watch, a new permission must be enabled from Apple Health, called Workout Routes. There should be a popup that comes up, please enable there. If for some reason it does not show, open Apple Health and tap Sources, iCardio, and enable the permission there.
After it is enabled, we need to make sure it is registered not just with the phone, but also on the watch. One way to make sure this happens is to put the watch in “tethered” mode, then tap the quick start or the gear icon – you will get a popup if they aren’t communicating, tapping Retry should get the link going if it is available.That’s the best method, if that doesn’t trigger a sync then maybe hard close the app on the watch and re-open. See more on Apple Watch Troubleshooting.
Once you’ve got the main Fitdigits app installed, you need to install the Apple Watch companion app onto your Apple Watch.
For some people who have their Apple Watch installed and have set the Watch app on their device to “Automatic App Install”, there is nothing more to do. However, if your settings do not allow automatic installation, you must first open the Watch app on your phone, then scroll down until you see the app name (iCardio, iBiker, iRunner or iWalker depending on your version), and tap “Install” next to it.
While you are in the Watch app, also make sure that the “Workout Power Saving Mode” is turned Off.
Open the Apple “Watch” app
Scroll down, make sure Workout Power Saving Mode is turned OFF
Don’t See Your App in the Watch App like above?
If you do not see your App listed in the Watch list screen above, please reboot your iOS device, it should show up then.
Sometimes on install, with any watch companion app, the device doesn’t pick up the availability.
To me, our Ok-dober-fest fundraiser is always the time year to recap everything we did over the summer, and celebrate you, our members and users, with your Summer Summary, now online for your info and enjoyment!
You aren’t the only one who deserves kudos over the summer. The team here at Fitdigits have been busting our butts too. Check out just some of the great updates we’ve produced this past Summer:
And we’re not done yet! We’re still putting the final wrappers on the stand alone Apple Watch version (and looking for Beta testers), as well as enhancing the overall Apple Watch experience, expanding our coaching and voice integration, adding power support for Android, enhancing custom workouts and more for the Fall season. So much fun stuff!
As always, thank you for allowing us to do what we love and to serve you. We appreciate you being on the health journey with us. Stay strong and positive! Chris & Team Fitdigits