Step Calculation

The Oura ring tracks your activity with its accurate 3D accelerometer sensor. It registers all your daily movements and their intensities, from light housework such as washing the dishes to heavy workouts such as running. 

From the gathered data, Oura’s activity algorithms calculate both your daily activity burn in kilocalories, and your step count. 

Oura’s algorithms are fine-tuned to recognize steps from your movement. You’ll find your up to date daily step count in the activity detail view:


Unlike many other activity and sleep trackers, the Oura ring tracks all your daily motion, and looks for even the most subtle steps you take. 

The reason behind this is that every movement counts in avoiding excess sedentary time and maintaining healthy metabolism. Therefore it’s important that you see all your motion and steps during the day - including the more minute, yet very important ones. 

Useful to know

- If you wear your ring on your dominant hand during the day, your step count is probably a bit higher than it would be if you’d wear the ring on your non-dominant hand. 

- To get the most accurate step count, make sure that your ring isn't too loose but sits on your finger snugly, yet comfortably enough. Check also that the sensor bumps of the ring are on palm side your finger.

- Steps are independent from calorie calculations. Your activity goal and goal progress are calculated and shown in kilocalories, as is your daily total burn. Calorie calculations take into account your age, gender, height and weight, and the intensities of your movement.

- If you add an activity manually, it won’t show in the step count, but is included in the calorie calculations. 

- There can be a roughly 10 minute buffer in step data sync between the ring and the app. So, if you don’t see your up to date step count immediately, check out the app again in a little while. 

- We've seen some cases where activities such as snowmobiling or lawn mowing (with a push lawn mower) have caused excess motion that has interfered with step calculations. We're investigating these cases and working on a solution that'll fix the issue. 

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