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Top 10 Best Non-Bluetooth Fitness Trackers Of 2020

Fitness trackers and smartwatches are undoubtedly great fitness companions and an undeniably smart investment to make if you’re looking to keep track of your fitness journey and ultimately achieve set fitness goals.

Most fitness trackers we see these days rely completely on Bluetooth technology to work efficiently and while this might seem normal on the surface, getting exposed to unnecessary electromagnetic radiation both from the watch and your smartphone is not always good especially when it’s too close to your body.

Thankfully, there are some fitness trackers that don’t need Bluetooth to work AKA standalone fitness trackers. These fitness trackers don’t also require a smartphone or computer to function and even though some of them come with Bluetooth sensors, it can be completely disabled when you don’t need to sync fitness data with your smartphone for backup.

After extensive research and trying out various devices, I will be sharing my top picks on the best non-Bluetooth fitness trackers right now that you can use without a smartphone.

In a hurry? Below is a quick rundown on my top picks.

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Garmin vivosmart 4, Activity and Fitness Tracker w/ Pulse Ox and Heart Rate Monitor, Black
Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit - Black
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Smartwatch Fitness Band (Large), Liquid Black, SM-R365NZKAXAR – US Version with Warranty
OZO Fitness SC2 Clip on Pedometer | Best Pedometer for Walking | Step Tracker for Steps and Miles, Calories, Speed + Activity Timer. A Step Counter for Women, for Men, for Kids and for Seniors. (Blue)
CS1 Easy Pedometer for Walking | Step Tracker with Large Display and Lanyard (Blue)
Garmin 010-01689-00 Forerunner 35; Easy-to-Use GPS Running Watch, Black
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Garmin vívosmart 4
Garmin Vívosmart HR
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
OZO Fitness SC2
OZO Fitness CS1
Garmin Forerunner 35
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Garmin vivosmart 4, Activity and Fitness Tracker w/ Pulse Ox and Heart Rate Monitor, Black
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Garmin vívosmart 4
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$98.19
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Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit - Black
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Garmin Vívosmart HR
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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Smartwatch Fitness Band (Large), Liquid Black, SM-R365NZKAXAR – US Version with Warranty
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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
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$209.00
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OZO Fitness SC2 Clip on Pedometer | Best Pedometer for Walking | Step Tracker for Steps and Miles, Calories, Speed + Activity Timer. A Step Counter for Women, for Men, for Kids and for Seniors. (Blue)
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OZO Fitness SC2
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$19.99
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CS1 Easy Pedometer for Walking | Step Tracker with Large Display and Lanyard (Blue)
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OZO Fitness CS1
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$19.99
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Garmin 010-01689-00 Forerunner 35; Easy-to-Use GPS Running Watch, Black
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Garmin Forerunner 35
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$109.99
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10 Best Non-Bluetooth Fitness Trackers Of 2020

Below is a list of my top picks on the best fitness trackers that don’t require Bluetooth in 2020. Like I mentioned earlier on, these fitness trackers would either be trackers that don’t come with Bluetooth at all or fitness trackers you can use without enabling the Bluetooth connectivity which comes by default on them.

I will also be writing a short but detailed review of each fitness tracker, reasons why you should buy (pros), and also reasons why you shouldn’t buy (cons). 


1) Garmin vívosmart 4 – Best Overall

  • Bluetooth – Yes, but can be disabled completely

Opening this list is an awesome fitness tracker from Gramin – the Garmin vívosmart 4. The best part about this fitness tracker is that it doesn’t need a Bluetooth connection to work and even though it comes with a bluetooth sensor, bluetooth connectivity can be completely disabled if you’re not interested in using it.

On its features, the Garmin vívosmart 4 is an impressive fitness tracker, and for its price, you’ll be getting almost all the features available on most modern fitness trackers including the ability to sync your fitness data with the Garmin Connect app. 

Available features on the Garmin vívosmart 4 include sleep monitoring with REM sleep, blood oxygen saturation levels measurement, heart rate monitoring, all-day stress tracking, relaxation breathing timer, Vo2 Max monitor, and more. It also features dedicated activity trackers for specific sporting or exercising events like running, swimming, yoga, and more.

Like I mentioned above, the Garmin vívosmart 4 fitness tracker is Bluetooth enabled but it can be completely disabled if you don’t need it. To disable it, all you have to do is connect the tracker to your smartphone with the Garmin Connect app, then navigate to Settings > Bluetooth > Status > Off on the app to turn off Bluetooth on the tracker completely. 

Note that when you have Bluetooth turned off, the fitness tracker won’t be able to sync your fitness data with your phone and the data will be deleted in 2 weeks if unsynced. I recommend enabling Bluetooth at least once per day to ensure your fitness data is completely synced with your Garmin Account.

Pros
  • Impressive 7-day+ battery life
  • Durable
  • Multiple watchband options
  • Water resistant
  • Doesn’t require Bluetooth connectivity to work
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear
Cons
  • Cant hold fitness data if left unsynced for long

2) Garmin Vívosmart HR – Best Battery Life

  • Bluetooth – Yes, but can be disabled completely

The Garmin vívosmart HR is another impressive fitness tracker from Garmin that doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to work. It is Bluetooth enabled in order to connect to your smartphone to allow you to use features like music playback control, smart notifications, camera control, and others but this can be completely disabled if you don’t need it.

This fitness tracker is a sleek and stylish looking fitness tracker that can track your fitness activities including steps, distance covered, calories burned, heart rate, floors climbed, activity intensity, and more. One thing I really loved about this fitness tracker is the fact that it is very visible even when you’re under a bright light or outdoors.

Like the Garmin vívosmart 4 which i mentioned earlier, the Garmin vívosmart HR also allows you to completely disable Bluetooth connectivity if you don’t need it. To do that, connect the tracker to your smartphone via the Garmin Connect app, then navigate to Settings > Bluetooth > Status > Off.

Overall, the Garmin vívosmart HR is an impressive fitness tracker offered at a very low price and the best part is that it doesn’t require Bluetooth to track your fitness activities although it requires Bluetooth if you need to sync your fitness data with your smartphone to prevent data loss or to use other features of the fitness tracker like notifications, music control, and the likes.

Overall, the Garmin vívosmart HR is an impressive fitness tracker offered at a very low price and the best part is that it doesn’t require Bluetooth to track your fitness activities although it requires Bluetooth if you need to sync your fitness data with your smartphone to prevent data loss or to use other features of the fitness tracker like notifications, music control, and the likes.

Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to work
  • Durable
  • Accurate fitness tracking data
  • Great for seniors
Cons
  • Thick watch band

3) Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro – Best Stylish

  • Bluetooth – Yes, but can be disabled completely

The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is a stylish fitness tracker from Samsung and like other fitness trackers on this list, it doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to work.

On its features, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is basically a standalone fitness tracker. It comes with fitness features including heart rate monitoring, calorie burned tracking, activity tracking (via GPS), and more. It is also water-resistant up to 50m meaning you can have the tracker on while swimming, taking a shower, or washing your hands without any issues.

Aside from fitness, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro also comes with other interesting features like music playback (onboard), dust/scratch resistance, and enhanced fitness tracking via third-party apps like MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, and more.

Like I mentioned earlier, you can disable Bluetooth connectivity on the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro if you don’t need or use it. To do that, tap the Power button on the fitness tracker, then navigate to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth > Status > Off to turn off Bluetooth completely on the device. 

Note that when Bluetooth is disabled, you won’t be able to sync your fitness data with your smartphone or use other third-party apps like MyFitnessPal, Strava, and MapMyRun which require the tracker to be connected with your phone. I highly recommend connecting the fitness tracker to your smartphone via Bluetooth at least once a day to ensure you don’t lose any of your fitness data.

Pros
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Accurate fitness tracking data
  • Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones
  • Doesn’t require Bluetooth to track fitness activities
  • Touchscreen
Cons
  • Fitness data can be lost if left unsynced for long
  • Shorter battery life

4) OZO Fitness SC2 – Best Digital Pedometer

  • Bluetooth – No

The OZO SC2 Digital Pedometer is the first completely non-Bluetooth fitness tracker on this list and unlike other trackers on this list that come with Bluetooth connectivity with an option to disable, this tracker doesn’t come with or use any form of Bluetooth connectivity at all.

This is essentially a pedometer and it doesn’t come with other fitness tracking features like heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and more but it does the job of step counting very well and if this is what you need, then consider getting this device.

The device is also very portable and you either hold it on your hand or clip it to your ankle or any part of your cloth via a clip that comes with the device while walking or running. It doesn’t require any app or any form of connectivity to work and it can only store your fitness data for only 7 days.

Here is how to use a Pedometer

Overall, the OZO Fitness SC2 Digital Pedometer is an excellent pedometer for its price and if you need a pedometer that doesn’t require any form of Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, then i highly recommend this device.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t require any form of connectivity to work
  • Portable
  • Accurate step counting data
  • Large display
Cons
  • Can only hold tracking data for 7days

5) OZO Fitness CS1 – Best Non-Bluetooth Step Tracker

  • Bluetooth – No

The OZO Fitness CS1 Simple Step Tracker like the name suggests is a simple step tracker and the second fitness tracking device from OZO on this list.

Like the OZO CS2 Digital Pedometer I mentioned above, the OZO CS1 Simple Step Tracker allows you to accurately track your steps without the need for any form of connectivity, smartphone, or computer.

The device is also pretty accurate in my experience and very easy to use too. It comes with an extra-large non-touch screen which allows you to view your fitness data clearly unlike other fitness trackers on this list with small displays. This step tracker from OZO is an ideal fitness tracker for seniors as it doesn’t require a smartphone for anything at all.

Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Large display
  • Doesn’t require any form of connectivity
  • Accurate step counting data
  • Great for seniors
Cons
  • Doesn’t hold data for long

6) Garmin Forerunner 35

  • Bluetooth – Yes, but can be disabled completely

The Garmin Forerunner 35 is an impressive smartwatch from Garmin that you can use without a Bluetooth connection. Although it’s an older model in the Garmin Forerunner series, this smartwatch is still a great value for its price even in 2020.

On its features, the Garmin Forerunner comes with most fitness tracking features we see on most modern smartwatches. Some fitness features available on this smartwatch include heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, step counter, calories burned monitoring, GPS activity tracking, and more.

Like I mentioned above, although the Garmin Forerunner 35 comes with Bluetooth connectivity, it can be disabled if you don’t need or want to use it. To disable Bluetooth on this smartwatch, all you have to do is click on the Menu symbol (on the watch) then navigate to Settings > Bluetooth > Turn Off and you have turned off Bluetooth completely.

If you disable Bluetooth completely, you won’t be able to sync your fitness tracking data with your phone (via the Garmin Connect app) or use other features like smart notifications, music playback control, and more on the watch.

Overall, the Garmin Forerunner 35 is a simple and lightweight smartwatch that gets the job done most of the time with or without a Bluetooth connection. It’s not as stylish as newer smartwatches, but it does its job perfectly.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Can track fitness without a Bluetooth connection or smartphone
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Non-colored display

7) Mijiaowatch Fitness Tracker

  • Bluetooth – No

The Mijiaowatch is essentially a kids’ fitness tracker but it’s also great for adults too. If you need a lightweight affordable non-Bluetooth fitness tracker that can be used without a smartphone or computer, then check out the Mijiaowatch fitness tracker.

On its features, the Mijiowatch fitness tracker comes with essential fitness tracking features expected of a fitness tracker of its price range. With this wrist-based device you can keep track of your fitness activities like heart rate, blood pressure, steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, exercise time, and more.

As mentioned earlier, this fitness tracker is completely non-Bluetooth meaning it doesn’t come with an inbuilt Bluetooth sensor and it doesn’t use Bluetooth connectivity for anything so if you need a fitness tracker that doesn’t need a smartphone to work, then you might consider getting this device.

Overall, the Mijiaowatch fitness tracker does its job quite well as I would expect for its price. It’s targeted at kids but can also work well for adults so if you’re searching for a non-Bluetooth fitness tracker for kids, then I highly recommend this.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t use Bluetooth at all
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Accurate fitness tracking data
  • Excellent for kids
Cons
  • Fragile
  • Step counter doesn’t work when stationary

8) IGank Fitness Tracker

  • Bluetooth – No

The IGank Fitness Tracker is another wrist-based fitness tracking device that doesn’t need a Bluetooth connection to work. It is also lightweight and a great fit for men, women, and kids.

This fitness tracker can help in tracking fitness activities like steps taken, walking distance (via an advanced 3D motion sensor), calories burned, and more. The best part is that it doesn’t use a Bluetooth connection to do any of these.

It is also equipped with a high-quality polymer lithium battery which lasts for 15days meaning that you don’t have to worry about charging the device every now and then.

Overall, the IGank fitness tracker is an impressive fitness tracker and a great fit for someone who wants to use a fitness tracker without a smartphone or Bluetooth connection.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection or smartphone to work
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Doesn’t hold fitness data for long

9) Feifuns Fitness Tracker

  • Bluetooth – Yes, but can be disabled completely

The Feifuns fitness tracker is another fitness tracker that you can use without Bluetooth and it works as expected for its price.

On its features, this fitness tracker is an all-round fitness-focused watch and as you would expect, it comes with many fitness tracking features. Some of these fitness tracking features include all-day heart rate monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, SpO2 monitoring, step counter, calories burned calculation, and more. It doesn’t use any form of connectivity to do any of these.

This fitness tracker is not completely non-Bluetooth because it uses Bluetooth connectivity to sync data with a phone and do other things like notifications however, you can disable it entirely if you don’t need it.

Overall, the Feifun fitness tracker is an impressive fitness tracker and for its price, I really had next to nothing to complain about. Fitness tracking works just fine and the best part is that it doesn’t need any form of Bluetooth connection to track fitness activities. You can also view your fitness stats directly on the watch without having to connect with a smartphone.

Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Bright display
  • Great battery life
  • Doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to work
Cons
  • Not so accurate fitness tracking data

10) Garmin Forerunner 935

  • Bluetooth – Yes, but can be disabled completely

The Garmin Forerunner 935 is another excellent fitness tracker and smartwatch which doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to work. Like some fitness trackers on this list, the Garmin Forerunner 935 comes with a Bluetooth connectivity but this can be completely disabled if you don’t need it.

Now to its features. The Garmin Forerunner 935 is essentially a sports/outdoor smartwatch so it comes with many fitness tracking features as expected. Some of these features include heart rate tracking,  steps counter, sleep tracking, and more. 

As a sports-focused watch, the Garmin Forerunner 935 comes with multiple sport modes to enable you to track your sporting activities data. Some supported sports include running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and more.

This smartwatch also does not require Bluetooth connectivity to track things like heart rate, sleep, steps, and more so you can disable Bluetooth if you don’t use or plan to use it. You will however need the Bluetooth to sync data with your phone or to use features like music playback control, notifications, and more.

To disable the Bluetooth connectivity on this watch refer to this page on Garmin’s website.

Although a slightly expensive fitness tracker, the Garmin Forerunner 935 is completely worth the price. If you plan on disabling the Bluetooth occasionally, then I recommend this watch but if you need the Bluetooth disabled all the time, then check out other fitness trackers on this list as this watch relies heavily on Bluetooth and GPS connectivity to perform well.

Pros
  • All-round sport modes
  • Accurate fitness tracking data
  • Lightweight
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slightly expensive

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can a fitness band be used without a smartphone?

Some fitness trackers can be used without a smartphone while others can’t so it really depends on the type and manufacturer.  All fitness trackers on this list can be used without a smartphone or Bluetooth connectivity.

Q: Do all fitness trackers need Bluetooth?

No. Not all fitness trackers need Bluetooth to work but most of them use Bluetooth only to sync your fitness data with your smartphone for tracking long term fitness progress.

Q: Can I use a Fitbit without a smartphone?

Yes you can use it without a smartphone but the Bluetooth on any Fitbit fitness tracker cant be disabled and that’s why i didn’t include any of their devices on this article.

Q: Are there any Samsung fitness trackers that don’t require Bluetooth?

Most Samsung fitness trackers don’t require Bluetooth to work but they use Bluetooth for syncing data with your smartphone. Also, you can’t use features like smart notifications, music playback control and the likes without connecting the tracker with your phone via Bluetooth.

Conclusion

There you have it, my list of the best fitness trackers you can use without Bluetooth in 2020. Note that some of these fitness trackers are not completely non-Bluetooth as you might need to connect them to your smartphone via Bluetooth at some point for syncing to ensure you don’t loose any of your fitness tracking data.

That said, syncing is completely optional but important if you want to keep track of your fitness progress on a long term. There are also some completely non-Bluetooth fitness trackers on this list like the IGank fitness tracker and the Mijaowatch fitness tracker and if you don’t want any form of Bluetooth at all, then consider getting any of those to trackers.

If you just need something very basic, then checkout the pedometers from OZO i listed above. They a re great for steps counting and nothing more unlike the other trackers that can track things like heart rate, sleep, calories burned and so on.

That’s all for now and i hope this article helped you make an informed buying decision. If you have any question, then drop them below and i will try my best to answer as soon as i can.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Non-Bluetooth Fitness Trackers Of 2020”

  1. Thanks for your info. I’m looking for new fitness tracker. I use to have a fitbit and didn’t like it connected to bluetooth all day so I would not have it synced. I would only sync it once at night once it was off my wrist. Doesn’t this solve the emf problem? I am confused.

    • Hey Michelle, I wouldn’t say it “solves” the emf problem, but it is a good way to reduce the amount of radiation you body takes in. It’s pretty hard to completely cut of radiation if you want to use any of the modern smartwatches and fitness trackers like Fitbit, so yeah, you can do it that way.

      Hope this helps.

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John is a computer science graduate, programmer and wearable tech enthusiast. I love to write about gadgets, smartwatches and fitness trackers. I also use an Apple Watch ;-)