The Fitbit to Google account migration has officially begun. If you’re a new Fitbit or Google Pixel device user, this won’t be a big deal as you’ll be prompted to log in with your Google account during setup. However, if you’re a legacy Fitbit user, you may be wondering what this migration means for you.
Luckily, you don’t have to do anything “until at least 2025.” Both Google and Fitbit have stated that they will give users ample warning and a clear timeline before shutting down Fitbit account support. However, once Fitbit account support ends, it will become mandatory to use a Google account. If you don’t want to merge your Fitbit and Google accounts, it may be time to start considering alternative fitness trackers.
On the other hand, if you know that you’ll be sticking with Fitbit or Pixel Watch in the long run, it is possible to migrate your account right now. The main benefit of doing so is the convenience of a single sign-on, as well as the application of Google’s privacy features to your Fitbit data. Additionally, as part of the terms for approving Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, Fitbit health and wellness data cannot be used for Google ad targeting.
Before diving into the migration process, it’s important to note that this is a permanent change. Once you move your Fitbit data to your Google account, it cannot be reversed. With that in mind, let’s explore how to get started with the migration.
First, ensure that you have the latest version of the Fitbit app installed on your device. You can check for updates in either the App Store or Google Play Store. Once your app is up to date, open it and you may see a prompt titled “Fitbit is part of the Google Family.”
If you happened to skip the prompt, there’s no need to worry. You can still access the migration process through the Fitbit app. Simply navigate to the appropriate settings and look for the option to migrate your account.
The migration process should be relatively quick and easy, taking only five to 10 minutes to complete. However, it’s important to carefully review the instructions and prompts during the process to ensure that you understand the implications of the migration.
Once the migration is complete, your Fitbit data will be stored in your Google account. This means that you’ll be able to access and manage your Fitbit data through your Google account, utilizing Google’s privacy features for added security.
Overall, the Fitbit to Google account migration is a significant change for legacy Fitbit users. While it may not be mandatory right away, it’s important to consider the implications and make an informed decision. Whether you choose to migrate your account or explore alternative fitness trackers, the choice is ultimately up to you.