How to Use a Nike Sportband Without Nike Shoes

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How to Use a Nike Sportband Without Nike Shoes
The Nike Sportband will help you track your run. (running image by Byron Moore from

The Nike SportBand is a band you wear around your wrist that, when teamed with the included senor, allows you to track your pace, distance and calories burnt during your workouts. The sensor is a small item that is inserted in your shoe. It communicates with the SportBand to get your results. You can use the SportBand and the sensor in any pair of sneakers, but it was made specifically for Nike sneakers. According to, the accuracy of your results may be compromised by using other sneakers. To use the SportBand, first you need to set it up on your computer, then you need to place the sensor in your sneaker and last, you need to start the SportBand.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Nike SportBand and Sensor
  • Sneakers

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    Turn on your computer. Go to to download and install the Nike+Utility.

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    Pull out the USB link from the SportBand and plug it into the USB port on your computer. The utility will start automatically. Click the information icon ("i") to customise all your settings. You should only have to do this the first time you plug it in. If you already have your settings customised, you can skip this step.

  3. 3

    Log in by entering your user name and password in the "Log In" box. If you are not a registered Nike user, you can become one by clicking on the "Join Nike." Enter your weight in the box that says "Weight" and then select "Done."

  4. 4

    Change your distance unit to kilometres if you don't want to use miles. Pull out the USB link from the computer and put it back in the SportBand.

  1. 1

    Remove the insoles from one foot of your sneakers.

  2. 2

    Put the sensor somewhere in your sneaker where it will fit comfortably.

  3. 3

    Replace your insole.

  1. 1

    Press the record button on your SportBand and hold it for three seconds. Start walking.

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    Run when you see the "0.00" and "PUSH TO RUN" blinking. Press the record button. This will start recording your run.

  3. 3

    Press record and hold it for three seconds to stop your run.

  4. 4

    Connect the USB link to your computer when you are finished to record your results.

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