Microsoft Band: you’ve questions, here are the answers

Two Microsoft Band devices

On October 30, Microsoft finally launched its longtime rumored fitness and productivity wearable device, the Microsoft Band. And if you already bought your personal band, after the initial setup process and learning how to use the device. Now it’s time to learn a few important FAQs about the new Microsoft fitness tracker by getting answers on waterproof, multiple profile support, using the device without an smartphone, Cortana, availability and a lot more.

Microsoft Band FAQs

Will sweat during a run or workout ruin the Microsoft Band?

Answer: NO, it’s OK if the Microsoft Band get expose to sweat, this scenario was expected during the design process. But Microsoft recommends to keep the smart band dry and clean.

Is the Microsoft Band waterproof?

Answer: No, the Band is not waterproof and it should not be immersed in any type of liquid. http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-us/support/safety-guide

Can multiple users use the fitness tracker?

Answer: Yes, but it’s not recommended, because the smart band doesn’t offer multiple profile capabilities. You can share the band with a new user, but it’s recommended to reset the device to factory defaults.

Can I use the Microsoft Band without a smartphone?

Answer: Yes, but the Microsoft Band was designed to have the best experience pairing it with a smartphone. Without a phone you can still get access to the following fitness functionalities: steps, calories burned, heart-rate monitor, basic running, exercise, and sleep summaries. Also you can use the stopwatch, timers, and alarms.

Which phones are compatible with the band?

Answer: Although, the Microsoft Band works pretty much with every phone on every platform, there are some software limitations; you’ll need to have a phone running Windows Phone 8.1 update, iPhone with iOS 7.1, 8, or Android 4.3-4.4 phones with Bluetooth.

What is the battery life on the Microsoft Band?

Answer: According to Microsoft, the band should last at least 48 hours of battery life in a single charge. This is based on only one hour per day of exercise tracking and eight hours of sleep. The battery life will depend on the use, and if you use the GPS, the life of the battery will be considerably less than expected.

How long does it take to change the Microsoft Band battery?

Answer: The smart band take around 90 minutes to fully charge, and it can reach 80% within 30 minutes.

Does the Microsoft Band work with Cortana?

Answer: Yes, voice texts and notes, email configuration, calendar events, weather, reminders, and more. If you’re using Cortana on your Windows Phone, notifications will flow to the smart band.

Is the Microsoft Band only available in the U.S.?

Answer: Currently yes, Microsoft is testing the waters with the new smart band in the U.S., but later on Microsoft is expected to expand in different markets.

For more information visit the Microsoft Band official website.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.