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Two buttons and a touchscreen are all you need to navigate the features on your Microsoft Band 2.
You can see the mic and barometer on the sides of your Band and the heart rate monitor and galvanic skin response (GSR) contact points on the inside surface. The charging port and UV monitor are on the clasp. Other things, like the accelerometer and GPS, are sealed inside. For more info about the sensors, see Microsoft Band sensors.
|2||Heart rate monitor|
|6||Galvanic skin response (GSR) sensor|
The clasp snaps into an adjustment slot. Squeeze the tabs on either side of the clasp to adjust the fit or take your Band off.
When you take your Microsoft Band 2 out of the box, check the fit and then wake it up by starting to charge it.
Check the fit
Put your Band on your wrist, position the clasp over the slot, and push it into place.
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To adjust or remove your Band, squeeze the tabs on the side of the clasp.
Your Band should be snug and comfortable, without moving. For more info, see Get the right fit.
Charge your Band
When you start charging your Band, it wakes up and starts guiding you through setup. To charge your Band:
|Step 1:||The first time you charge your Band, remove the protective strip from the charging port.|
|Step 2:||Connect the magnetic charging connector on the USB charging cable to the charging port on the clasp of your Band, making sure to line up the gold contact points on the charging cable with the gold contact points on the clasp.|
|Step 3:||Plug the USB end of the cable into a powered USB port (USB 2.0 or greater).|
Your Band comes with a partial charge that’s usually enough to get you set up. If it doesn’t have enough charge to complete setup, you’ll see this screen prompting you to charge your Band:
You can complete setup while your Band is charging. For more info, see Microsoft Band battery and charging.
Make sure your phone supports the Microsoft Band app. See Microsoft Band system requirements for more info.
|Step 1:||On your phone, tap the link for your phone’s operating system to install the Microsoft Band app:|
| ||Microsoft Band app for Windows Phone|
| ||Microsoft Band app for iPhone|
|Microsoft Band app for Android phones|
|Step 2:||Install the Microsoft Band app as you would any other app on your phone.|
During setup, the Microsoft Band app asks you to sign in with your Microsoft account, so have that info ready. If you’ve used Microsoft services in the past––like Xbox, Hotmail, Outlook.com, or OneDrive––you already have a Microsoft account. It's the email address and password you use to sign in to these services. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one as you set up your Band. See Using a Microsoft account with your Band to learn more.
|Step 1:||On your Band, press the power button and choose your language.|
|Step 2:||Swipe left and select your phone’s operating system.|
|Step 3:||Swipe left and tap Pair now.|
|Step 4:||On your phone, tap the Microsoft Band app, tap Sign in, enter your Microsoft account |
info, and tap Next. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, tap Create account to set one up.
|Step 5:||If this is the first time you are signing in to the Band app, validate that you accept the Band app Terms & Conditions and tap I agree.|
|Step 6:||Enter your Profile info and tap Next. |
Be sure to enter accurate info so your Band can calculate your health and fitness data correctly.
|Step 7:||Choose which type of Band you own.|
|Step 8:||Tap scan now and tap the name of your Band. |
This is likely some variation of “MSFT Band.”
|Step 9:||On your phone, enter or select the PIN code that appears on your Band and tap Pair.|
|Step 10:||On your phone, tap Next > Allow. |
This will let your phone send notifications to your Band.
|Step 11:||If updates for your Band are available, tap Start update. After updates have installed, tap Finish.|
|Step 12:||On your Band, press the action button to start. A flashing arrow will point to the action button.|
As part of setup, the Microsoft Band app asks for personal profile info like your age, height, and weight. The app uses the info you provide to calculate things like the distance you travel in a day or how many calories you burn during a workout, so be as accurate as possible.
As you work toward your fitness goals, you can update your profile info any time.
You can also set the theme color and wallpaper for your Band’s touchscreen.
See Microsoft Band settings for info on changing these settings later.
Press the power button to see the Me Tile, the home screen on your Band. From the Me Tile, swipe left to see the rest of your tiles on the Start Strip.
From the Me Tile you can:
- Press the action button to cycle through indicators for the steps you’ve taken, floors you’ve climbed, distance traveled, calories burned, and heart rate. (You can tap the Me Tile and swipe left to see the same information.)
- Drag the tile to the right to see the status bar showing battery level, daily heart rate monitor status (if the heart monitor is turned on), and Bluetooth® status (if Bluetooth is turned on).
Tap a tile to open it. For example, tap the Run Tile
Lots of tiles to choose from
Your Band has tiles for fitness, communication, social media, news and information, and more:
For more info about the tiles on your Band and what you can do with them, see The tiles on your Microsoft Band.
To learn how to choose which tiles appear on your Band and in which order, see Manage tiles and notifications.
Change settings right on your Band
Tap the Settings Tile
You can choose whether your Band touchscreen is dark or shows the time, day, and date. To turn on this setting, tap the Settings Tile
Use the Microsoft Band app on your phone to manage your Band and view detailed info about your activities.
Here are a just few of the things you can do from the Band app home screen:
View your recent activity
- Tap Steps to see your daily and weekly step count, total distance, floors climbed, and progress toward your step goal.
- Tap Calories to see your daily and weekly calorie burn rate and progress toward your calorie goal.
- Tap Run to see a map of your latest run (if you used GPS), the duration of your run, calories burned, elevation gain and loss, average pace, average and ending heart rate, and more.
- Tap Biketo see a map of your latest ride (if you used GPS), the duration of your ride, calories burned, elevation gain and loss, average pace, average and ending heart rate, and more.
- Tap Golfto see the scorecard for your latest round, your longest drive, pace of play, number of holes you scored at par or better, calories burned, total steps, and more.
Manage your Band
- On your phone, tap Menu to open the menu.
- Tap History to see a list of your recent activities.
- Tap Profile to edit personal information such as your age, weight, and height.
- Tap Find a workout to find guided workouts and download them to your Band.
- Tap Find a course to find supported golf courses and download the info to your Band.
- Tap Apps to connect to a Connected app such as RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal.
- Tap Personalize Band to change the background color and wallpaper on your Band.
- Tap Manage Tiles to change which tiles appear on your Band and their order.
Manage your tiles
- On your phone, tap Menu > Manage Tiles to add or remove tiles.
- On the Manage Tiles screen, tap Next to arrange the tiles on your Band.
- On the Manage Tiles screen, tap Edit to choose settings for a specific tile.
To learn more, see Manage tiles and notifications.
Set your daily goals
Set your goals for steps per day and calories burned per day.
- On the Home screen, tap Steps or Calories Burnedto make or change the settings or check your progress.
Find a guided workout
- Tap Menu > Find a Workout and choose a workout plan to download to your Band.
- Watch videos on your phone that demonstrate how to do each exercise in a workout plan.
To learn more, see Guided workouts.
View detailed info about your tracked activities
After you start using your Band, you’ll be able to view graphs and summaries that help you track your progress.
- Tap an item on the Band app’s Home screen or tap Menu > History and choose an item.
To learn more, see Track your exercise.
The Microsoft Band app uses Bluetooth to sync with your Band, and Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection to store your info in the cloud. For more info, see Microsoft Band and your data.
The app also provides a channel that other apps on your phone, like email or Facebook, can use to send info and notifications to your Band.
To learn more, see Microsoft Band app overview.
Your Microsoft Health web dashboard offers advanced fitness tracking from your Microsoft Band 2 data and provides insights to help you achieve your wellness goals. You can also export your data, share data with other fitness apps, and change your account settings.
Get to your Microsoft Health web dashboard
The Home screen gives you a quick overview of your tracked activities and personal bests.
View your stats and gain insights
Select an activity like Steps, Exercise, or Sleep to see your latest stats.
- To see summaries of your data for different dates and date ranges, select the down arrow at the upper right of the screen, then choose Day, Week, Month, Last 7 Days, or Last 4 Weeks.
- To view stats for different dates, use the arrows next to the date or date range near the upper left of the screen.
The web dashboard shows your stats up to the last time your Band and phone synced your data to the cloud.
Select Observations at the top of the page to see your stats in new ways and to fine-tune your fitness plan.
You can see things like which activities burn the most calories and when you get the best sleep.
Export your stats
You can export your stats from the web dashboard to an Excel spreadsheet or a comma-separated values (.csv) file. Here’s how:
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Select your name in the upper-right corner of the dashboard and select Export your data from the drop-down list.
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Choose the time range, data categories, and file format.
|Step 3:||When the file is ready, use the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen to choose whether to open or save the file.|
For info about the data headers in the export file, see Your Microsoft Health web dashboard.
Connect to fitness apps
To connect with key fitness service providers like RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal, select Connected apps at the bottom of the navigation pane. For more info, see Connected apps.
Change your Microsoft account settings
|Step 1:||Select your name at the upper right of the screen.|
|Step 2:||Select Account settings to manage your Microsoft account—edit your profile, manage account aliases, change your password, and more.|
See Clean and care for your Microsoft Band for tips on keeping your Band clean and protecting it from damage.
If you need help from Microsoft, go to Contact Us.