Manual Entry & Activity Override in MoveSpring

As a challenge admin for your organization, you have the option to allow your participants to manually update their activity totals directly into MoveSpring by enabling Manual Entry and/or Activity Override from your App Settings. You can learn more about Manual Entry and what to consider when deciding whether to enable it for your organization here.

Activity Override will allow all participants to have access to manually update (or "override") their activity data for the past 5 days straight from the MoveSpring dashboard—even with another device, such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc., connected and syncing to their account.

Here's an example of how that would look to a user with a device already connected:

Why Activity Override?

You should consider enabling Activity Override for your organization if you'd like to allow participants to update totals seamlessly into MoveSpring without needing to switch their device setting to Manual Entry and then back to their fitness tracker or app.

This may be useful for a participant if they ever need to override totals in MoveSpring that were synced by their connected device or if they would like to add activities that weren't tracked by their device or app, such as a walk or run without their device on them.

Other uses for Activity Override include allowing activity-to-step conversion and allowing manual entry for metrics that aren't tracked by a user's device, such as active minutes (Note: The Apple Health app does not track active minutes on its own, so users with an iPhone/Apple Health as their device will not be able to sync active minutes automatically). Learn more about these use cases below:

Allowing Activity Override for Activity Conversion

With Activity Override enabled, you can allow your participants to convert their non-stepping activities—such as cycling, swimming, or yoga—into steps and add those steps into MoveSpring. Allowing this option helps to ensure that participants who prefer non-stepping activities like cycling or yoga aren't disadvantaged in a step-based challenge.

If you would like to allow participants to convert their non-stepping activities into steps, please be sure to communicate this up front with all of your challenge participants so that they know what is and isn't allowed to be counted towards your challenge scores.

We'd also recommend including a content post in your challenge that includes a direct link to our Activity to Step Conversion chart to help participants calculate their additional step totals earned. Here's an example of how this would look in your challenge:

Learn about Activity Conversion from the Participant End

If you'd like to learn more about Activity Conversion from a participant's perspective, please see this guide, which includes instructions and best practices tips on converting non-stepping activities and adding them into MoveSpring.

Allowing Activity Override for Challenges based on Active Minutes

If you're running a challenge based on active minutes, we suggest enabling manual entry and Activity Override. This is because iPhone devices do not track or sync active minutes on their own, and some activities (such as yoga) may not be picked up as active minutes from a user's device. You can learn more about active minutes here. Allowing Activity Override allows your participants to continue syncing from their fitness tracking device while also providing them the opportunity to manually add additional active minutes directly into their MoveSpring account if needed.

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