Apple Watch, Fitbit, Google Fit and Apple Health

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We recommend using a wearable pedometer or another step counter app to keep track of your daily step total. If you don’t have a pedometer then you can still participate fully, manually entering your steps on our website.

Your options for tracking your steps are:

Option 1: Manually

Use any app, pedometer or wearable and manually enter the distance

At the end of each day, just login to Big Team Challenge and type in your tracked activity in steps, miles, kilometers on the Dashboard page.

You can also manually enter these distances on our iOS and Android app.

Option 2: Apple HealthKit (iOS only)

Download the Big Team Challenge iOS app and sync with iPhone 5s+

If you have an iPhone 5s or newer, you can enable Apple HealthKit in the app settings once logged in.

Simply go to Settings > "HealthKit Sync"

With this option enabled, the app will try to sync your new steps automatically throughout the day as well as each time you open the app - there's no need to manually add distances, except those where you didn't have your iPhone on you.

Option 3: Google Fit (Android only)

Download the Big Team Challenge Android app and sync with Google Fit

If you use Google Fit on your Android device, you can choose enable Google Fit integration in the app settings once logged in.

Simply go to Settings > "Connect to Google Fit"

With this option enabled, each time you open the app your tracked steps will be automatically logged to your account and team - there's no need to manually add distances, except those where you didn't have your Android device on you.

Option 4: Fitbit

Connect your Fitbit account to Big Team Challenge to sync your steps in real-time

If you have a Fitbit device, you can connect your Big Team Challenge account to your Fitbit account. To do this:

On the website: visit Settings > Connected Apps and click on the "Connect" button next to Fitbit

On the apps: open Settings > Connect Fitbit

Once connected, your Fitbit steps will sync automatically in the background (each time your Fitbit syncs via Bluetooth with your mobile).

Option 5: GPS (Outdoor only)

Download the Big Team Challenge iOS or Android device and use our GPS tracker to accurately track your outdoor walk or run.

Our mobile apps have a built-in GPS tracker to track your walk or run. This works best outdoors, so it's great for tracking those walks through the park or along the esplanade.

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Common Questions

Is there a demonstration site I could view and use?

Yes. 

You can try out our demo site at https://demo.bigteamchallenge.com/login using demo@bigteamchallenge.com as the email and password as the password. The same details can be used in our iOS and Android apps. The demo site refreshes every 24 hours so feel free to play around with adding distance. 

Additionally, you can view the following short videos:

User Registration: User Registration

Team Creation: Team Creation

Accepting Invites: Accepting Invites

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Can we send news and updates to participants during our challenge?

Yes. Big Team Challenge includes an ‘updates’ feature which enables the administrators of the challenge to send out messages to all participants via the website, mobile apps and via email, keeping them informed of the general progress and any other issues they may want to raise. 

The challenge administrators can choose to also send out push notifications to app users to further highlight the updates, with these messages being viewable from within the app. If you prefer to use your own email communication system, your Big Team Challenge admin website includes the option to export users to a csv file, including each user’s registered email address for importing into your third party systems.

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Is there a challenge leaderboard?

Yes. Your challenge has a team leaderboard which refreshes every 5 minutes, allowing participants to check their team and other team positions, as well as search and ‘favourite’ certain teams to easily keep track of other colleagues and teams throughout the challenge.

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Can we create our own virtual route for our challenge?

We offer a wide selection of virtual routes out of the box which have been created to suit challenges of varying lengths and teams of varying sizes.

If you'd like to suggest a different route for your challenge please contact us and we can provide more information on what's possible.

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Can I choose when our challenge will start and how long with it last?

Yes. Big Team Challenge allows you to customise your challenge to your needs. Enjoy complete control of every aspect of the challenge, from choosing when your challenge should begin, how long it should last, team size, and virtual route that suits your participants to uploading your branding on the website and mobile apps and the ability to send push notifications and emails to all participants.

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What is Big Team Challenge and how does it work?

Big Team Challenge is a cost-effective software-as-a-service solution which provides web and mobile apps for managing online ‘virtual’ walking and cycling challenges for workplaces and communities. 

Our Big Team Challenge software and service allows teams of users to track their accumulated distance on their mobile, tablet or computer and view their challenge progress on an interactive map. We can cater for almost any route - small or large - and have a comprehensive library of routes from around the world.

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