You’ve unboxed a brand new, shiny Fitbit and want to know how to set it up as quickly as possible. You will be happy to know that Fitbit setup is very easy and straightforward.
The process of setting up a Fitbit is virtually the same, no matter what Fitbit wearable or tracker you have purchased. If you have Fitbit Alta HR, a Fitbit Charge 3 or a Fitbit Ionic the setup is very much the same.
Your smartphone is where you will interact with the Fitbit app the most. The Fitbit app is one of the most important parts of your new lifestyle choice. It is where you will go to assess your activity.
The Fitbit app is available for both Android and iOS and can be found in each operating systems respective store. It’s also available on desktop, but we’ll get to that later.
How to Download the Fitbit app on an iPhone
Follow the following steps to download the Fitbit app onto your iPhone.
Pairing Fitbit with your phone enables your device (be it a watch, smart scales, or a fitness band) to share information with your Fitbit account.
Make sure bluetooth is enabled by clicking the bluetooth toggle to on in settings
Once this is done, your device should appear below as it is picked up by your phone’s Bluetooth
Your device should now show up when you enter into the Fitbit app as an active device
(Sometimes customers may experience compatibility issues. If your Fitbit doesn’t sync, or if you can’t find your device to pair with, you may have to follow the troubleshooting steps like restarting your device or turning Bluetooth on and off.)
How to Sync Your Fitbit With Your Device
One of the best parts about Fitbit devices is that they sync fitness data automatically once paired with a smartphone or tablet. Automatic syncing is recommended unless you want to have complete control over when your phone collects its information.
To turn off automatic syncing all you need to do is tap your device in the Fitbit app and turn the background sync option off. To sync manually, go to the Fitbit app and click the device you wish to sync. At this point, click sync now. This will transfer the data collected from your watch to your phone.
How to Set Activity Goals
Fitbit is all about refining your fitness lifestyle and allowing yourself to achieve more. An integral part of that is the setting of activity goals. To set activity goals:
Press the account icon to reveal the sidebar menu
Scroll down and tap activity.
Alter your daily goals and set new ones
Not only can you change your fitness goals, but you can also refine sleep and nutritional goals too.
Once you’ve finished setting your goals (provided your device and Fitbit app are synced via Bluetooth), your smartwatch or fitness tracker will sync automatically.
One of the best parts about owning a Fitbit and using the app is that its a customizable experience. Fitbit want you to be able to alter things to how you want them, and a lot of this can be done in settings. To change your settings:
Click your profile picture on the top left (Android) or right (iPhone) of the app screen.
Scroll down your account page until you reach settings.
You will be able to alter and amend settings for your Fitbit app and device from there.
These include basic settings like notifications you receive to more advanced ones such as stride length.
Some people prefer to sync their Fitbit device with their desktop or laptop as they feel it is better suited to their needs. This is absolutely fine and catered for by Fitbit as well!
Connect to your wi-fi
Go to the same page you visit when looking to download the Fitbit app
At the bottom, you’ll find that you can also download it for Mac or Windows computer
Download the programs required and install them on your computer
Input your user information or register if you haven’t yet created an account
At this point you will be signed in and be greeted by a version of the Fitbit dashboard on your desktop screen. (Note that you will need your wireless dongle plugged into your USB port to sync your activities with the desktop app, this allows your computer to communicate with the Fitbit.)
The desktop app allows you to do anything that the phone app does. You can set daily goals, assess your movements and analytics, and log and share fitness info with the Fitbit Connect community. It just feels a bit less connected than a phone app as you can’t access it in your hands.
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