Motiv Ring is now Alexa-enabled. Motiv users can now ask Alexa about their health metrics through Alexa-enabled devices. The capabilities and questions that Alexa can answer will grow as the year progresses; the first questions will focus on data syncing and heart rate. You can also now ask about your sleep duration, and other high-level metrics will be following throughout the year.
You can link any Motiv account with the Amazon Alexa account by enabling the skill in the Alexa App. If multiple Motiv Ring users live in the same household, Alexa will only respond with data for the Prime user currently logged in.
In order to sync your Motiv Ring with your Alexa device, first tap on Skills in the main menu in your Alexa app and search for Motiv Fitness Data. Once you’ve opened the Motiv Fitness Data skill within the app, tap on Enable to begin linking your Alexa device to your Motiv Ring.
Once you tap Enable, you will be asked to enter the account information for the email address associated with your Motiv Ring. Once you tap Accept, Alexa will linked the fitness data captured by your Motiv Ring and you will be able ask your Alexa device to tell you your Motiv Ring fitness data.
Alexa and Motiv data both live in the cloud, and we have begun integrating with Alexa skills. We will be adding more data types to our Alexa integration in future app updates.
We have begun rolling out firmware upgrades. When you see an 'Update your Ring' Card in your Daily Feed, tap and follow instructions to install the latest firmware.
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker Firmware v41 - Released April 17, 2008
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker Firmware v27 - Released November 27, 2017
Changed steps algorithm from counting primarily sustained steps to be more inclusive of all step activity throughout the day
Improved on and off finger detection for consistency of data collection
Bug fixes and stability improvements
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker Firmware v17 - Released September 19, 2017
Motiv is selling Motiv Rings to Android OS users as part of an open beta program. This means that rings will be fully functioning and will pair with select Android phones, but that the free Motiv App will not have the entire suite of functions as the iOS app immediately at the launch of the program. We appreciate your participation in the Motiv Ring Open Beta for Android. Because this is a beta app, bugs, glitches and data inaccuracies are to be expected early on. The Android team is working on fixes, improvements and new features, and we expect to release updates frequently to improve the beta experience.
Feel free to reach out to us in Customer Support if you have questions, but in the meantime, you can try these steps if you are experiencing a common problem. During the beta version of the Android App, we can’t promise we can immediately help you with every issue, but let us know what you are experiencing and we will continue to prioritize the most common issues first as we improve your experience. Please note these are tips only for the supported devices in our beta program, so if you have an unsupported device, we can’t confirm that we will prioritize your issue while we are still in Beta.
Current Beta App Version 0.5. Click here to update if you haven’t already. To check which version of the app you have, please tap on the Settings icon in the lower right to go to the Settings screen, then tap on the "MOTIV" logo at the bottom of the screen 4. If it doesn't say 0.5.5680, please download the app update from the Google Store through this link:
Please only pair your Motiv Ring with one device at a time.
DO NOT try to connect through your Bluetooth in the phone settings. Please pair through the Motiv App only. The Motiv Ring pairs to your account, not a specific device, and attempting to pair through Bluetooth may cause your ring to have firmware issues.
If you have trouble getting started (pairing your ring), please try the following:
If you get stuck for 10 minutes or more, or get an error message during the activation process, tap ABORT or close the app, go back to your phone's Settings screen, Tap Apps, find Motiv and tap on it, then tap "FORCE STOP" and, if prompted, tap Force Stop or OK, then reopen the Motiv app and try again. It may take a few tries.
Syncing your Motiv Ring:
In order to sync, please be sure that you have you have Blutetooth switched on, location services always enabled, and location permission allowed for the Motiv app (instructions below). This is a setting that's required for certain Bluetooth devices, and we do not track your location.
Please do not try to connect your ring through Bluetooth (your connected devices), but make sure Bluetooth is on, then please do the following:
If you encounter additional issues please let us know. If you are looking at your phone's Bluetooth device list to see if your ring is paired and syncing, it's likely that you will not see it there. It does not necessarily mean that your ring is unpaired if you don't see it listed under Bluetooth devices. This is because the Motiv Ring does not transmit a constant, "always on" steady Bluetooth signal but instead only transmits a brief signal every few minutes. The only way to reliably tell if your ring is paired and syncing is through the Motiv app.
Motiv Ring is now offering a limited Open Beta version of the Motiv App for Android, available on the Google Play store starting February 28. This is a limited feature beta release, and will not be full feature compared to the iOS app version. An open beta will allow testing among an extremely wide user base likely to bring to light obscure errors that a much smaller testing team might not find. Because this is a beta app, you may encounter bugs or glitches early on.
The following features will be available immediately:
The beta version of the Android app will not immediately (1) allow you to view or edit individual activities, and sleep detail, or (2) track restlessness during sleep, or (3) track Active Minutes goals. We will provide frequent and regular app updates that add features and fix issues throughout this program, with these features listed all being available by the end of June.
Users who choose to switch from an iOS device and pair their ring to the Android app will also not be able to view historical data in the Motiv App at the start of the open beta, but will be able to do so as features develop. If you have been using the Motiv Ring on an iOS device, please create a new account to use with the Android Beta app to avoid data import issues.
The Motiv App will also not be compatible with all phone models that use Android OS during the open beta period. The beta app will only work with the following phones:
New features for the free Motiv App for Android OS will be added on a consistent basis as part of the open beta program and they will come at no additional cost to users who purchase a ring.
During this beta program, support will be available via email only, and at times you may need to wait for an app update to solve the issue you are experiencing. We appreciate your patience.
If you have any questions or need support for your Android Beta app, just reach out to us here.
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.5.1 - Released April 5, 2018
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.5 - Released March 31, 2018
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.4 - Released February 28, 2018
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.3 - Released February 1, 2018
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.2.3 - Released January 10, 2018
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.2.2 - Released December 13, 2017
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.2.1 - Released December 11, 2017
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.2 - Released December 6, 2017
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.1 - Released November 17, 2017
Last Heart Rate: You can now see your last recorded heart rate value as well as the time it was captured.
In-App Education: You can now learn more by tapping information icons throughout the app, starting with education about sleep, activity, resting heart rate and goals.
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.0.6 - Released October 26, 2017
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.0.5 - Released October 2, 2017
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker v1.0.4 - Released September 18, 2017
Here at Motiv we are working hard to make your Motiv experience smoother and more valuable. One of the best ways to do this is to integrate with other third-party apps and programs. Motiv now works with both Apple Health and Alexa, and we will be adding more integrations in the future. For more information on how to setup and use these integrations, you can read about Apple Health here, and Alexa here.
We will continue to add new features and improvements, and additional integrations and functionality over time. You can stay up to date on new features and integrations by joining our mailing list.
Android Beta App v0.5 Released April 1, 2018
Android Beta App v0.4 Released March 24, 2018
Android Beta App v0.3 Released March 17, 2018
Android Beta App v0.2 Released March 8, 2018
Android Beta App v0.1 Released February 28, 2018
We optimized our system to sample heart rate when it matters most, in order to maximize battery life. When we sense step activity, the heart rate sensor activates. For all those times you’re not generating steps, we check your heart rate every few minutes and if your heart rate is elevated, the Motiv Ring will engage the sensor to track continuously those times you are active. For more on heart tracking, check out this blog post.
Starting with iOS app version 1.4, The Motiv App for iOS will now give you the ability to export your data to the Apple Health app. You will be able to export data on your step and heart rate from the Motiv App, aggregate your fitness information in the Health app and view it in new and different interfaces, including both a graph of your heart rate all day as well as steps over time.
To start exporting your data to Apple Health, tap the prompt to 'sync with Apple Health in the Motiv App to get started.
To push new heart rate and steps data to Apple Health, make sure the Motiv App is in the foreground and sync, either manually or by placing it on the charger.
Active Minutes is not a metric that Apple Health supports, so Motiv Ring Active Minutes will continue to be available only through the Motiv App. We do plan on making additional data points available in Apple Health. We also plan to integrate sleep start and sleep stop times with Apple Health as a top priority in the near future.
We designed Motiv Ring to track your sleep seamlessly and consistently. Our app was designed to give you information that’s meaningful and actionable, not just a bunch of data points you don’t know what to do with. By looking at your movement patterns during your sleep, Motiv is able to give you an easy-to-interpret snapshot of what’s happening to you when your head hits the pillow.
The Sleep Detail screen is where you can see your last night’s sleep as well as the past 7 days of sleep, which we use to show you your average sleep and wake times. The white bar means you were sleeping. Gaps in your sleep are when you were awake. You can also see how restless your sleep was. Periods when you move and change your position while sleeping will now be displayed as restlessness within your Sleep Detail Card. The thicker the red line, the longer the period of restlessness, and the darker the shade of red, the more intense the movement.
Sleep matters! The science is pretty clear: getting enough quality sleep has positive effects on our health. Sleeping right can prevent illness, increase energy levels and productivity, and improve brain function.
The closer your bedtime and wake-up times are to your Sleep Trend, the more likely you are to get restful sleep. National health organizations and fitness groups recommend adults should sleep 7-8 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
Health research for further reading:
For more info on Sleep, you can read our Motiv Blog Post: Motiv Ring is good in bed
App version 1.3 has the added feature allowing you to edit your sleep.
Here’s how it’s done:
Tapping on the Sleep Card in your Daily Feed will display information about the duration of your previous night’s sleep and periods of restlessness.
When you are looking at your sleep detail, tapping on the edit icon (three horizontal dots) in the top right corner of the screen will open up a menu that will allow you to edit your previous night’s sleep. You can input the time that you fell asleep by either tapping on the tab above your sleep graph, or using the wheel menu at the bottom.
Just like editing the start of your sleep period, you can edit your wake time, by eithertapping on the tab above your sleep graph, or by using the wheel menu to input the time that you woke up.
Once you have edited your Sleep Card, tap the save checkmark. Your Sleep Detail card and your sleep trends for the week will display your new edited sleep details.
Begining with Motiv app version 1.4, released on 2/28/2018, you can share your achievements with your friends. Simply tap the 'share' icon from the Activity Detail View to celebrate and share your exercise achievements!
You can choose an image from the library or you have the ability to take a picture and include a personalized status update.
Motiv Ring's custom-built curved lithium-ion battery provides typical battery life of 3 days dependent on use. The Motiv Ring will fully charge in less than 90 minutes.
Available for Motiv App version 1.2 and later.
Your sleep detail card will show you more information including restlessness for each sleep event.
Periods when you move and change your position while sleeping will now be displayed as restlessness within your Sleep Detail Card. The thicker the red line, the longer the period of restlessness, and the darker the shade of red, the more intense the movement.
When your Motiv Ring indicates that you are moving so much that restful sleep would not be possible, your sleep graph will indicate that you were awake.
You will also see a sum of the total time you were restless, as well as the percentage of restful sleep you got, in each sleep card.
If you don’t see the app update available in the App Store, please try again the following day, as it can take up to several days for updates to become available in the App Store. Once you’ve updated your app, you’ll see the restlessness feature in subsequent Sleep Detail Cards. You will need to update your firmware to version 27.
Motiv iOS requirements:
Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).
The Motiv App can be downloaded here.
Motiv measures the work you put in towards your cardiovascular fitness. We track Active Minutes through a combination of elevated heart rate and movement. Any time you are moderately active for greater than 10 minutes, you start to accumulate active minutes. Taking a brisk walk, cruising around on a bike, and dancing can qualify as moderately active.
When you are at 40% or above of your heart rate reserve (the difference between your resting heart rate and your maximum heart rate), or taking 100 steps or more per minute – it counts as moderate activity. Monitoring your heart rate day and night helps us customize your Active Minute threshold to your fitness level. To personalize your active minutes threshold to you, Motiv Ring measures your resting heart rate each night. For example, a 40-year-old with a resting heart rate of 65 bpm will have to get their heart rate above 111 bpms for 10 minutes or more to start earning Active Minutes.
National health and fitness groups and government departments all recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week to maintain good health and be at lower risk of chronic disease and cardiovascular events.
Want to learn more about Active Minutes?
Motiv Blog Post: Why 10,000 daily steps doesn’t cut it
Want to know more? Check out our Active Minutes blog post.
Your resting heart rate (RHR) is the number of times your heart beats per minute while at rest. It’s an important metric to monitor, because it’s both a strong indicator of your overall health and fitness level as well as highly correlated to disease and mortality. Motiv Ring measures your heart rate every night while you’re asleep in order to get the most reliable and least confounded measurements. This makes it easy to consistently measure data the same way, with the same conditions, every night. We use your heart rate data from when you’re asleep to calculate your resting heart rate.
Monitor how your RHR changes over time. If you see your RHR go down over time as a result of exercise, that is more important to track than how your RHR compares to other people’s and can indicate improvements in your fitness. By tracking changes in your RHR over time, you can see what lifestyle choices - good or bad - have an impact on your overall health. For more on heart rate tracking, check out this blog post.
One of the metrics that your Motiv Ring tracks is your calories burned. The Motiv Ring counts calories in 2 main ways. The first is calculating your Basic Metabolic Rate, or BMR, which motiv does using your basic profile, including height, age, and other data points. Your BMR is counted 24-7, even while you sleep, which is why you may see calories even when you just wake up. Once you create your profile in the Motiv App, it will calculate your BMR calories even without the Motiv Ring, so if you downloaded the app before receiving the ring, you will likely see calories for days before pairing your ring.
The second way Motiv calculates calories is during your activities. Each type of activity has a specific 'met score' and will result in a different calorie count for the same duration and intensity level as other types of activities. Activities also increase your BMR for a period of time after the activity. You could work out longer one day and see a lower calorie count than a day you worked out less time, but with a more intense activity with a higher met score.
Things that affect your calories are:
To get the most accurate calorie count, please make sure your weight is accurate and if you change weights, please remember to change the weight in your settings in the app.
The Motiv Ring is built and tested to stand up to everyday life and is encased in an outer titanium shell with a scratch-resistant coating. The ring will stand up to normal use including exposure to water, most household soaps, detergents, and lotions.
Over time you may see cosmetic wear, especially if gripping hard rough surfaces, such as the grip of a barbell. This wear will not affect the function of the ring. However, to maintain the surface finish it is recommended to wear gloves or removing your ring during these activities.
Every day is different, so your goals should be flexible. Motiv adjusts daily targets based on your week so far – keeping you motivated to achieve your weekly goals. Miss a day? No problem. The remaining days in your week automatically adjust to meet your weekly goal. Alternatively if you beat your goal, any extra active minutes are subtracted from your weekly goal, and your remaining daily goals will be reduced by the same amount. View your week at a glance to see your progress throughout the week. You can always raise or lower your weekly active minute goals to fit your lifestyle. If you wish to adjust your weekly Active Minute goal tap on the Motiv Ring icon in the upper left corner and select your profile. Then tap Weekly Goal to set a new weekly Active Minute goal.
In app settings, you can view the battery level of your ring. You can also update your user profile, look up your ring size and serial number, and set your ring notifications. If you need help, you can also reach out to customer support through the app.
National health and fitness groups and government departments – like the American Heart Association, US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, USDA and NIH – all recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week to maintain good health. Few things provide as many health benefits as regular physical activity. The data suggests if you achieve 150 minutes a week you are at lower risk of chronic disease and cardiovascular events. Motiv tracks active minutes through a combination of elevated heart rate and activity. Any time you are moderately active for greater than 10 minutes, you start to accumulate active minutes. When you are at 40% or above of your aerobic capacity, or taking 100 steps or more per minute – it counts as moderate activity. You earn an Action Card for any qualifying activity greater than 10 consecutive Active Minutes. You can tap the card to see heart rate, steps, calories, and distance for the activity completed along with credit for the active minutes you earned.
To personalize your active minutes threshold to you, Motiv Ring automatically measures your resting heart rate each night. For example, a 40-year-old with a resting heart rate of 65 bpm will have to get their heart rate above 111 bpms for 10 minutes or more to start earning active minutes.
Motiv Ring is at the cutting edge of low-power technology. The ring will broadcast Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) periodically during the day to sync with the Motiv App but is not on all the time. The sensors and electronics will not interfere with TSA requirements and the signal uses less power than a set of Bluetooth headphones and far less power than a smartphone. While the Motiv Ring does not have an 'airplane mode' you can disable Bluetooth on your phone, which will prevent the ring from uploading data.
Distance is a calculation of your steps and stride length. If you are taking longer strides or shorter strides than the average for your height, you may see slightly different distance than other wearable devices that have GPS.
We've designed Motiv Ring to fit seamlessly in your life without having one more device vying for your attention. We believe you should have information available to you when you want it, not when it comes in. That's why Motiv Ring doesn't vibrate or display any notifications. We utilize our proprietary app to provide all notifications through your phone. We think this is a less obtrusive experience.
If you find that you have trouble getting a solid heart rate signal, here are some things you can try that tend to increase available signal:
The outer Ring is ultra-light titanium with a scratch-resistant coating. The inside is medical grade plastic, and there is steel and gold plating on the charging contacts on the inside of the Ring. More detail on Ring specifications can be found on our Ring Page. There is no Nickel in the Motiv Ring.
Motiv Ring is waterproof up to 5 ATM, which is 165 feet, or 50 meters, in both the ocean and fresh water.
National health and fitness groups and government departments – like the AHA, US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, USDA and NIH – all recommend 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week to maintain good health.
Few things provide as many health benefits as regular physical activity, and the recommendation to have at least 150 active minutes a week has stood the test of time. The data suggests if you achieve 150 minutes a week you are at lower risk of chronic disease and cardiovascular events. Aside from being effective in preventing and even treating disease, the health benefits include:
-Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
-Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
-Reduce risk of some cancers
-Strengthen bones and muscles
-Improve mental health and mood
-Improve ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
-Increase chances of living longer
Want to know more? Check out our active minutes blog post.