The Setting up steps of both the WalkingPad R1 and R1 Pro are the same. The only difference is the setting up of their KS Fit App, where R1, being the China domestic market version, will require a China mobile number to register with the App.
While R1 Pro, being an international version of R1, you can simply register with an email account, or your local phone number.
Unboxing and setting up R1/R1 Pro
KS Fit App Descriptions
KS Fit is an app that helps you intelligently manage your fitness equipment. You can easily manage the fitness equipment of KingSmith you own, so every device of KingSmith will become a member of your family and also a good partner of your family.
Also, KS Fit can show your weekly exercise data clearly. And tailor different training programs for you according to your exercise situations, which can help you develop a more scientific and healthy running habit. During completing the weekly plan, you can also learn more running knowledge and scientific running methods
And, you can choose to sync your exercise data (running distance, steps, calories) to the Apple Health app now. In “Mine” – > “Settings” – > “Data sharing” – > “Apple health” of KS Fit app, select “Share” and give KS Fit permission to synchronize sports data to Apple Health app through HealthKit.
Installing the KS Fit App
Download KS Fit from App Store for IOS or Playstore for Android devices
All WalkingPad models from A1, A1 Pro, P1, C1, and R1 are all manufactured by KingSmith Technology Co., Ltd.
In 2016, Beijing KingSmith Technology Co., Ltd joined the Xiaomi ecological chain system and became a member of the Xiaomi Ecological Chain Enterprise, Starting with the WalkingPad brand.
The first 2 models released, A1 and A1 Pro, were included and operated under Xiaomi’s own Mijia / Mi Home App, where up to 600+ different smart devices are managed and controlled under the Xiaomi Ecological Chain Enterprise agreements.
Xiaomi made investments into hundreds of these Xiaomi Ecological Chain Enterprise, KingSmith being one of them, and incorporate many of these products all under one roof and managed via their Mijia App.
Most of these products were marketed under Xiaomi’s Mijia brandings.
WalkingPad models released later, C1 and R1 were not included under the Mijia Xiaomi ecological chain system.
Instead, KingSmith developed their own App, and the newer models are now operating and managed under these new apps.
C1 is using WalkingPad App.
R1 and R1 Pro is using the KingSmith new KS Fit App.
Please note that there is a difference between WalkingPad R1 and R1 PRO. We guest for licensing and pricing control, R1 is released only within China, for their domestic market; while the same model is released internationally as R1 PRO, at a much higher pricing.
At the time of this write-up, if you are using R1 outside of China, to register R1 with the KS FIT App, you’ll need to choose China as the country, and you’ll need a China mobile number to register, as they do not allow email for registration. This is how Kingsmith restricted the cheaper domestic version from using outside of China, unless you have a China Mobile Number.
Without a valid China mobile number, you won’t be able to register R1 with the KS Fit App, and add R1 to the App, to unlock the full features of R1, especially to allow the unit to go full running speed of 10km/h.
R1 shipped with locked features from factory, (restricted speed and features) and you first need to connect to the KS Fit to go through and complete their “Novice Guide” to unlock all those features. There are ways to unlock the R1 (through some internal engineer keystrokes on the remote and panel), where after the unlock, you will get full features for R1, and can operate R1 with the Remote Control, but not with the KS Fit App.
Above only unlock the speed and features, you still need a China Mobile number to register and use the KS Fit App, it won’t work if you register with a non China number, you won’t see R1 on the list of available devices. This is how they use software to differentiate R1 & R1 Pro, so that they can fetch higher pricing for R1 Pro selling international.
R1 is for China domestic market only.
R1 Pro is the International release of R1, which comes with
a) English manual
b) You can use your email or mobile number to register the KS Fit App, and use freely. No more restriction on using a China Mobile Number for registration, to enable you to use the KS Fit App
c) Power cable comes in UK 3-Pin Plug
WalkingPad R1 Pro – 2-in-1 treadmill
R1 has two unique styling designs. The conventional form is a treadmill, which can meet the daily running needs of users. Store the armrests downwards to become a more space-saving walking machine, suitable for use in a variety of scenarios.
Store upright, save more space
Space Saving Design
One of the outstanding design of of WalkingPad R1 over the previous releases of A1, C1 and A1 Pro is that the WalkingPad can now be store vertically standing up, instead of the designs where A1, A1 Pro and C1 were advised to be stored away horizontally.
R1 adopts the WalkingPad family’s patented technology of folding platform. After exercise, the running platform can be folded 180 degrees, which greatly reduces the occupied space and floor space.
R1 can be placed upright, with a thickness of only 15 cm and an area of less than 0.2 square meters. With the movable roller at the bottom, it can be placed in a small corner of the home, saving space and not getting in the way.
Superior Foldable Design
Unlock New Possibilities
Dual-Mode Exercise Machine
Increased Convenience – Easily Movable
3 Modes of Control
Advanced Design and build Quality – Enhanced Durability and Stability