Overview of Device Data vs. Daily Habit Activities

Device data is data that is synced from a user's wearable device or smartphone, such as steps, distance, and active minutes, while daily habit activities are self-reported actions not tracked by a device. Daily habit activities are available with Custom Activity Challenges. Learn more about the differences between each type of challenge data below.

Device Data

Device data is data that is synced from a user's wearable device or smartphone. When a user connects a supported device to their MoveSpring account, we will begin to sync the steps, distance, and active minutes recorded by that device into their MoveSpring account.

For example, let's say a user connects their Apple Watch via the Apple Health app to MoveSpring. This means that any step, distance, and active minute data tracked by their Apple Health app will automatically sync into MoveSpring when they open up the MoveSpring app.

To sync device data into a challenge, all a user has to do is 1) connect a device and 2) open the MoveSpring app regularly to sync their data.

Challenges based on device data are the most popular challenge format and require little effort once a device is connected. It's also more difficult to cheat when syncing from a device, since data comes directly from a user's connected wearable device or app. All 10 challenge modes can be run based on device data.

Daily Habit Activities

Daily habit activities are self-reported actions not tracked by a device. To log a daily habit activity for a challenge, users will use the MoveSpring mobile app to check off that they completed a custom activity specified by their challenge admin.

To participate in a Custom Activity Challenge, users will need to manually log the completion of the daily habit activity every day by going into the app and marking the it as complete. Users can log habits up to 7 days in the past. You can learn more about how users can log habits from the app here.

Note: Due to the nature of daily habit activities, we cannot verify the validity of self-reported actions.

When a user logs a daily habit activity, their completion will be scored into either a Streak or Stick to it! challenge and their challenge scores will be updated accordingly. As an admin, you'll be able to pull a Streak or Stick to it! report to view data on your user's logged activities.

Get Creative!

Since you can track anything with Custom Activity Challenges, don't be afraid to get creative! Check out this blog post for inspiration for your next Custom Activity Challenge.

Learn More about Custom Activity Challenges

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