Slideshow

SlideshowTurn your watch into a miniature picture gallery or image carousel! You can have up to 24 images of your family, friends, pets, ID cards (etc) just a twist of the wrist away.

Each image can have a caption, and the slideshow can be advanced automatically or manually. The time and date can be displayed, and can be coloured and positioned differently for each picture.

To get started, open the Slideshow Settings page on the Fitbit app on your phone or tablet. Be aware that image transfers can take a minute or more.

Some settings can also be adjusted on the watch. To access these, long-touch the screen, or press the upper right side button (if available), while the slideshow is playing.

There are two versions of Slideshow:

  • Slideshow Clock installs as your default clockface, so your images will always be displayed except when you run an app.

Get Slideshow Clock here!

  • Slideshow Plus installs as an app, so you can continue to use your favourite clockface and just view the slideshow when you choose to.

Get Slideshow Plus here!

The 24-picture versions of Slideshow cost US$1 (plus local taxes) after a  48-hour trial period.

Demo Videos

Adding Slides

This clip shows how to add two slides in Slideshow Plus (app or clockface):

Points of interest:

  • 20 seconds: See how the phone lets you know that a new slide has been added on the watch. If you've just changed the image of a pre-existing slide, the message will say 'Image updated' rather than 'Slide added'. If something goes wrong, you'll get an error message (or nothing).
  • 18 seconds: You may need to swipe the setting page upwards to get to the 'Return to menu' button, which is near the bottom of the page.
  • 22 seconds: 'Return to menu' and then 'Add a slide' to create a second slide. If you don't do this, you'll just be changing the image of the previously-added slide.
  • 45 seconds: see how the watch says it has received 2 of 24.
  • 59 seconds: If you're using Slideshow Plus (app), change images on the watch by swiping. If you're using the clockface, touch the sides of the screen.
  • The video show the absolute minimum steps required to get two slides onto your watch. You should be able to add captions, etc, before adding a new slide.
  • If your phone-watch connection is slow, there's a chance that getting too far ahead on the settings page could confuse the watch (unfortunately the Fitbit software doesn't guarantee that files are received in the order in which they're sent!). The watch normally acknowledges when it's ready (eg, with the 'returning to slideshow' notification). To be safe, make sure your watch responds similarly to that in the video before progressing.
  • Communications problems can cause discrepancies between the watch and phone. If the watch rejects a new slide because of this, you should see an error instead of the 'Slide added' message on your phone. The 'Repair' options are intended to realign watch and phone.
  • A more thorough method is to uninstall Slideshow+, and then reinstall it. You should then be starting from a clean slate. You won't have to pay again, although you may have to muck about at the payment page to get it unlocked for free.

Verifying Slides

This clip shows how to verify that the phone thinks it has successfully sent multiple slides to Slideshow Plus on your watch:

FAQ

Why is the 'Run in Background' permission needed?

It probably isn't. However, the image transfer process is fairly finicky (see below), and one reason for possible failures is that the app that handles the settings on the phone/tablet/computer can be closed by the operating system when it's actually still needed. The exact behaviour varies greatly between devices. The 'Run in Background' permission should reduce the likelihood that the settings app will be closed prematurely.

Note that this permission only affects the behaviour of the app on your phone/tablet/computer; the part of the app that goes on your watch will not run in the background.

How do I get the settings screen to appear?

You should be able to display the settings screen by pressing the cogwheel icon for Slideshow within the Fitbit app on your phone/tablet/computer.

Unfortunately, sometimes a blank page appears instead. Here's some things you can try:

  • Make sure the Slideshow app is running on your watch before going to the settings screen. If you haven't sent any images to the watch yet, it should say 'No Images'.
  • Make sure the Fitbit app on your phone/tablet/computer is updated to the latest version.
  • Unfortunately, the Windows 10 version of the Fitbit app is especially unreliable with complicated settings screens. Try using an Android or iOS device instead.

How come my image won't transfer to my watch?

Unfortunately, Fitbit's file transfer code is unreliable and slow. It can take several minutes for a slide to be transmitted, so you do need to be patient.

The process seems to be more reliable if the app is running on the watch before trying to send images. If the watch app hasn't received any images yet, it should say 'No Images' when it's ready to receive them.

File transfers can be problematic if your watch is currently syncing with your phone/tablet/computer. Wait until the sync has completed before trying to send images using Slideshow.

If a file transfer is interruped part way through, there's a chance that the Slideshow app will be left in an invalid state. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app fixes this (sorry!).

Worse, sometimes the Fitbit app itself gets clogged with file transfers, requiring it to be force-stopped and restarted and/or having its storage data deleted.

Fitbit is continually striving to improve the reliability of communications to and from the watch. Make sure you're using the latest versions of the Fitbit app and watch firmware.

Why am I getting 'Watch rejected image'?

If you're using Slideshow Plus, the watch and phone/tablet both maintain a list of your slides. This is necessary to allow you to make changes from your phone/tablet after you’ve sent slides to the watch. For this to work, the lists on both devices have to be the same. Unfortunately, communications errors can result in differences between the two lists. When this happens, subsequent operations, such as adding new slides, will fail.

More specifically, the 'watch rejected image' message will be displayed on your phone/tablet if the watch thinks you're trying to replace the image for a slide it never received, or if it detects that the number of slides it knows about differs from the number that your phone/tablet knows about.

Regardless of the reason, the solution is to get the two lists (watch and phone/tablet) to be the same. Options include:

  • Either of the 'Repair' options in the Settings should work, and will allow you to retain slides that were successfully sent previously.
  • Ensure you’re using the latest version of the Fitbit app. File transfers are more reliable in the current version of the app.
  • Install a different clockface, and then reinstall Slideshow Plus. This will guarantee that you’ll be starting from a clean slate. You won’t have to pay for Slideshow Plus again; just select ‘Tap here to unlock for free’ when you go to the payment web page.
  • Force-close the Fitbit app on your phone/tablet, and delete its data. This can help because the Fitbit app sometimes gets clogged and fails to send files.

To minimise the risk of problems like this:

  • Sync your watch, and wait for the process to finish, before using the Settings page.
  • Wait for the watch and phone/tablet to acknowledge every step before proceeding (see this video and the tips listed below it).
  • Ensure that you don't disrupt watch-to-phone/tablet communications.
  • Try to prevent the watch screen from going off while files are being transferred.

Will it drain the battery quickly?

If the 'auto-off' setting is deselected so that the screen stays on all the time, your watch's battery will be drained about four times faster. It may only last about a day between charges.

This battery consumption is not caused by the Slideshow program, but by the screen hardware. Even a trivially simple app that prevents the screen from turning off will drain the battery at about the same rate. If you want to test this, try the free 'On Time' app.

If you don't want to recharge the battery more often than necessary, make sure the 'auto-off' setting is ticked, except when you really need the screen to stay on (eg, when showing your slides to friends). To get to this setting, long-touch the watch's screen while the slideshow is playing, or press the upper right side button (if your watch has one).

When the screen is off, Slideshow doesn't do anything and will not have any impact on battery life.

What do I do with the five-digit payment code?

Slideshow isn't free (but it is cheap!). If Slideshow is displaying a five-digit payment code, it's time to buy it.

To continue using Slideshow, use a web browser and browse to https://k-pay.io/code/. That's where you type in the code that appears on the watch. After clicking 'Continue', you'll be given options for paying for Slideshow. A minute or so after payment has been received, you'll be able to use Slideshow.

Where can I find more info about payment for this app?

Payment is handled by K-pay. They have a FAQ here.

What is Slideshow Pro?

Slideshow Pro is being superseded by Slideshow Plus. Details here.

Credits

Fitbit gallery screenshot images:

Images seen in the demo video: