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How To Video: Use the Gear Fit with other Android devices

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How To Video: Use the Gear Fit with other Android devices

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This easy workaround lets you use the Gear Fit with non-Samsung devices. CNET’s Dan Graziano shows you what you need to know.

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] I'm Dan Graziano and I'm here with the newest wearable from Samsung, the Gear Fit. I'm Dan Graziano and I'm here with the newest wearable from Samsung, the Gear Fit. This little device can track your steps, display notifications from your Smartphone and even measure your heart rate. This little device can track your steps, display notifications from your Smartphone and even measure your heart rate. It's one of the most interesting wearable devices available today, but there's one big problem. It's one of the most interesting wearable devices available today, but there's one big problem. It only works with a select number of Samsung devices meaning people like me and my Nexus Five are left out of the fun. It only works with a select number of Samsung devices meaning people like me and my Nexus Five are left out of the fun. Luckily, there's an easy workaround that enables some of the Gear Fit's features for non-Samsung users. Luckily, there's an easy workaround that enables some of the Gear Fit's features for non-Samsung users. For this to work you would still need to sync the Gear Fit with a supported Samsung device so that it could be updated. For this to work you would still need to sync the Gear Fit with a supported Samsung device so that it could be updated. You must then download the Gear Fit manager to your Android device. You must then download the Gear Fit manager to your Android device. The easiest and safest way to do it is to copy the app from existing Samsung device. The easiest and safest way to do it is to copy the app from existing Samsung device. This can be done by downloading a file manager from the Google Play store such as the free ES file Explorer app. This can be done by downloading a file manager from the Google Play store such as the free ES file Explorer app. Open the app on your Samsung device. Open the app on your Samsung device. Click on the App Manager option under the Tools menu. Click on the App Manager option under the Tools menu. Long press on the Gear Manager app and hit Backup. Long press on the Gear Manager app and hit Backup. I usually then save the backup to my Google Drive or Dropbox accounts for easy access. I usually then save the backup to my Google Drive or Dropbox accounts for easy access. The app can also be found on the web, however downloading it from a third party marketplace or an online forum can open your device to malware. The app can also be found on the web, however downloading it from a third party marketplace or an online forum can open your device to malware. Before you can actually install the Gear Fit Manager, you must first enable the unknown sources option on your device. Before you can actually install the Gear Fit Manager, you must first enable the unknown sources option on your device. To do this, venture over to your phone setting menus, and click on the security options. To do this, venture over to your phone setting menus, and click on the security options. Then just simply click on the file, and wait for it to install. Then just simply click on the file, and wait for it to install. Once that's done, open the Gear Fit Manager app and sync your device with the Gear Fit. Once that's done, open the Gear Fit Manager app and sync your device with the Gear Fit. It's as easy that. It's as easy that. Obviously, since this is a basic workaround, some of the features aren't available. Obviously, since this is a basic workaround, some of the features aren't available. For example, you'll be unable to create or sign into your Samsung account, you also won't be able to do anything with weather or location. For example, you'll be unable to create or sign into your Samsung account, you also won't be able to do anything with weather or location. However, you can still do all the basics like receive notification, track your steps, measure your heart rate and even use the devices nifty find your phone feature. However, you can still do all the basics like receive notification, track your steps, measure your heart rate and even use the devices nifty find your phone feature. For more information about pairing the Gear Fit with other Android devices, check out my article on howto.cnet.com. For more information about pairing the Gear Fit with other Android devices, check out my article on howto.cnet.com. You can always reach out to me on Twitter with questions or comments. You can always reach out to me on Twitter with questions or comments. I am Dan Graziano [for Cnet. I am Dan Graziano [for Cnet. Thanks for watching. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I'm Dan Graziano and I'm here with the newest wearable from Samsung, the Gear Fit. I'm Dan Graziano and I'm here with the newest wearable from Samsung, the Gear Fit. This little device can track your steps, display notifications from your Smartphone and even measure your heart rate. This little device can track your steps, display notifications from your Smartphone and even measure your heart rate. It's one of the most interesting wearable devices available today, but there's one big problem. It's one of the most interesting wearable devices available today, but there's one big problem. It only works with a select number of Samsung devices meaning people like me and my Nexus Five are left out of the fun. It only works with a select number of Samsung devices meaning people like me and my Nexus Five are left out of the fun. Luckily, there's an easy workaround that enables some of the Gear Fit's features for non-Samsung users. Luckily, there's an easy workaround that enables some of the Gear Fit's features for non-Samsung users. For this to work you would still need to sync the Gear Fit with a supported Samsung device so that it could be updated. For this to work you would still need to sync the Gear Fit with a supported Samsung device so that it could be updated. You must then download the Gear Fit manager to your Android device. You must then download the Gear Fit manager to your Android device. The easiest and safest way to do it is to copy the app from existing Samsung device. The easiest and safest way to do it is to copy the app from existing Samsung device. This can be done by downloading a file manager from the Google Play store such as the free ES file Explorer app. This can be done by downloading a file manager from the Google Play store such as the free ES file Explorer app. Open the app on your Samsung device. Open the app on your Samsung device. Click on the App Manager option under the Tools menu. Click on the App Manager option under the Tools menu. Long press on the Gear Manager app and hit Backup. Long press on the Gear Manager app and hit Backup. I usually then save the backup to my Google Drive or Dropbox accounts for easy access. I usually then save the backup to my Google Drive or Dropbox accounts for easy access. The app can also be found on the web, however downloading it from a third party marketplace or an online forum can open your device to malware. The app can also be found on the web, however downloading it from a third party marketplace or an online forum can open your device to malware. Before you can actually install the Gear Fit Manager, you must first enable the unknown sources option on your device. Before you can actually install the Gear Fit Manager, you must first enable the unknown sources option on your device. To do this, venture over to your phone setting menus, and click on the security options. To do this, venture over to your phone setting menus, and click on the security options. Then just simply click on the file, and wait for it to install. Then just simply click on the file, and wait for it to install. Once that's done, open the Gear Fit Manager app and sync your device with the Gear Fit. Once that's done, open the Gear Fit Manager app and sync your device with the Gear Fit. It's as easy that. It's as easy that. Obviously, since this is a basic workaround, some of the features aren't available. Obviously, since this is a basic workaround, some of the features aren't available. For example, you'll be unable to create or sign into your Samsung account, you also won't be able to do anything with weather or location. For example, you'll be unable to create or sign into your Samsung account, you also won't be able to do anything with weather or location. However, you can still do all the basics like receive notification, track your steps, measure your heart rate and even use the devices nifty find your phone feature. However, you can still do all the basics like receive notification, track your steps, measure your heart rate and even use the devices nifty find your phone feature. For more information about pairing the Gear Fit with other Android devices, check out my article on howto.cnet.com. For more information about pairing the Gear Fit with other Android devices, check out my article on howto.cnet.com. You can always reach out to me on Twitter with questions or comments. You can always reach out to me on Twitter with questions or comments. I am Dan Graziano [for Cnet. I am Dan Graziano [for Cnet. Thanks for watching. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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