Get ready to say goodbye to Fitbit accounts

If you have a Fitbit account, you’re in for a big change. According to the company, support for Fitbit accounts will be dropped and a Google account will be required instead.

Fitbit officially became part of Google in January 2021. Since then, Google has been finding ways to bring its ecosystem and Fitbit’s ecosystem closer together. For example, Google has said its upcoming Pixel Watch will have deep integration with Fitbit. The latest push towards this united front is Fitbit’s new “Fitbit by Google” branding.

On Fitbit’s help page, the company has an FAQ about this new branding and what’s in store for the future. In the list of questions and answers, Fitbit speaks of Google accounts on Fitbit. Here, the company announces that it will enable Google Accounts on Fitbit in 2023 and will support a number of benefits for Google Account users, including:

  • Individual registrations
  • account security
  • Centralized privacy controls for Fitbit user data

However, further down the page it is revealed that some uses of Fitbit will require a Google account after Google accounts were introduced to Fitbit in 2023. It also mentions that Fitbit account support will end in 2025, which will require all users to have a Google account further. The company explains:

If you have a Fitbit account, after the launch of Google Accounts on Fitbit, you have the option to move Fitbit to your Google Account or to continue using your existing Fitbit devices and services with your Fitbit account, as long as you can is supported. Fitbit account support will continue until at least early 2025. After Fitbit account support ends, a Google account will be required to use Fitbit. We will transparently inform our customers of the Fitbit account termination schedule through notices in the Fitbit app, via email, and in help articles.

While this is an interesting development, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since Fitbit is now part of Google, it only makes sense that Google would want to simplify things by replacing Fitbit accounts with Google accounts. At least they give users enough time to adapt to the inevitable changes. Get ready to say goodbye to Fitbit accounts

Chris Barrese

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