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I know this thread is really old, but the flex doesn't count stairs! That's why the original poster does not get a stair count.

However, my fitbit one adds lots of stairs on my daily walk to work. It never added extra flights when I was in NJ and NYC, but home in DC my commute is uphill, so I guess that altimeter is sensitive!

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10/5/14 10:29 A

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How did you all get your Fitbit to record stairs? I take the stairs a lot at work, and even with a 30-60 foot gain in elevation, done all at once on stairs, it has NEVER recorded a single flight of stairs for me. Some days I know for a fact I climb a flight of stairs 20+ times. I have a Flex, worn on my non-dominate wrist.

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6/6/14 7:23 P

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I was wondering about this. Sometimes if I take the elevator at work it counts as stairs and today I had to walk up a long steep hill and it gave me 7 flights of stairs.

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4/22/14 3:41 P

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i put my fitbit one throw the washing machine the other day & it give me an extra 2k steps & 34 floors

i have 13 stairs in my house & that counts as 1 floor

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4/22/14 3:33 P

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Yeah, my fitbit has been fairly accurate, occasionally being off by maybe a floor, until today. It says I climbed 18 flights of stairs. I actually did three. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary.

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3/21/13 9:50 A

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This week has been particularly windy (and unfoturnately cold, too) and I have racked up many more flights than normal, without actually climbing more flights. I too was assuming that the weather was effecting it.

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3/20/13 7:27 P

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Interesting how the Fitbit registers things.

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3/20/13 4:15 P

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I had a similar experience walking on a VERY windy, gusty day. The walk I normally walk that shows one flight of stairs (i.e. a 10 foot gain) showed something like 30 floors. I wish!

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3/20/13 12:09 P

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Interesting about the wind....I did a very windy and hilly bike ride over the weekend (25.4 miles). My Fitbit didn't register an abnormal amount of steps but it did show that I climbed 60 floors plus the floor I always earn when I walk my dog in the local park.

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3/19/13 10:18 P

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I have noticed that I get an extra floor even when I haven't walked up more!


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3/19/13 8:06 P

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For the Fitbit to recognize the flight of stairs, you can't stop going up - sometimes even slowing down on a step or two is enough to negate it...

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3/19/13 7:06 P

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I wear mine on my bra as well. My device isn't very accurate when it comes to stairs, though. I live in a two story house but it only recognizes when I go up to the second floor about 2/3s of the time.

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3/19/13 4:30 P

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I hate it when it misses a flight of stairs, very sad! and so not fair

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3/19/13 2:08 P

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Mine also sometimes does not count the floors I have taken...

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3/19/13 11:19 A

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I have not had my fitbit count floors I didn't do, But I have had my fitbit NOT count a floor I did. I have 16 total somewhat steep steps in my home, 1 floor.
My fitbit doesn't count inclines either as it being a floor.

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3/19/13 8:04 A

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The only stairs I have at my house is a rickety ladder to the roof, which counts as a floor if I take a little leap immediately on stepping onto the roof. But whenever I drive out to my farm or into town and back I have some major changes in elevation, and it will suddenly credit me with 90 floors. I just ignore it. It must just be an altimeter.

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3/19/13 8:00 A

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My Fitbit Ultra, worn BFC, is incredibly accurate for flights of stairs, except when we have storms. Days where we get a lot of wind I have sometimes found my count to be way too high - must be an atmospheric pressure thing or something.

I never have received flights of stairs while driving, even going through the Berkshires...

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3/19/13 7:37 A

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I find that in my home, the stair count is accurate...But when I drive somewhere, I get additional flights...
Example, Driving to downtown Cleveland from my home (30 miles) I don't get any extra flights, But coming home, I get an average of 10 extra flights...I knew I lived on a hill !!!
I have the Fitbit One.

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3/19/13 6:50 A

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TIMOTHYNOHE, you made me laugh. My fitbit gets my flights of stairs at home exactly right. I notice, though, that it counts the flight while I still have three or four steps left, and I wonder if I went from the basement to the attic all at once if it would think that was three flights or four. I know that if I just go up to the landing to water the plants, or if I go up and down the four stairs between the back door and the yard repeatedly, it doesn't count those as stairs even though every three times I do it, I've climbed as many steps as when I go from the first floor to the second.

As for the car, it seems that when I drive to my husband's apartment, which has an elevation gain of 1700 feet, I often get six or eight flights on my fitbit even though I'm not taking steps - I thought it wasn't supposed to measure elevation gain as stairs if it doesn't register footfalls.

I'm sort of tempted to go find a tall building and ride the elevator while standing still and then ride the elevator while pacing in the car. Hmmm...

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3/19/13 6:26 A

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I also am in FL where it's flat, but live in a two story home and my fitbit One has been amazingly accurate. When I go upstairs ten times, it counts 10 flights. Right on the button accuracy. Also, there is a slight "hill" on my daily walk and it counts that accurately also. I wear it on my bra.

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Alliecat26, the amount of stairs you walk up to count as a flight of stairs has to be at least a 10 foot incline or it will not count as stairs, just as steps. so if you walk up 3 steps, most likely it is not going to count but a normal flight it will count, as long as you do not stop on the way up or have something blocking your fb from counting that flight of stairs

curbs will not count

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3/18/13 10:59 P

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I did no steps today. I did run a half marathon. It was relatively flat. Only 36 flights of stairs. I say flat because i have run course that have given me 100 flights.

But at least the flight from BWI to DFW to AMA didn't give me 6000 floors.

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3/18/13 10:56 P

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I haven't been able to figure the stairs out. Some days when I go upstairs, at home, a lot, I don't get as many stairs as I think I should & other times, I get many more stairs than I think I should. I have wondered if walking up and down curbs, which I never think about, counts as stairs. I go up & down a lot of curbs when I walk around my neighborhood.

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3/18/13 10:39 P

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I have had that happen to me when I was visiting my folks in TX, where it was (I thought) was pretty flat. One day I had 10 stairs, then next day it would register 3.
I agree with USMAWIFE try the same path again tomorrow if possible.

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3/18/13 10:23 P

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it does pick up inclines even what we consider slight ones walking in parking lots, streets, and in some cases while you are driving in your car.

check it again tomorrow about the same route and see what it says

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3/18/13 10:00 P

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According to my Fitbit, I have climbed 24 flights of stairs today. Amazing! Especially since I know I have climbed only 5 flights of stairs today. Since I live in Florida and there is rarely much of an incline, I don't think that is what is causing the wonky stairs figures. I have noticed that if I pace back and forth in an area it will count as stairs instead of steps. I work at a high school so I often walk around in a particular area while I'm on duty. I've never managed to "climb" 24 flights of stairs in one day before, though.

Does anyone else have this problem?

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