Fitbit accounts are being closed – what you need to know

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Fitbit is still not fully integrated into the Google ecosystem since The acquisition of Google for 2.1 billion dollars of the Fitness Tracker company. But the latest news from Google shows that change is coming soon.

First reported by 9to5Google (opens in a new tab)Google announced on a Fitbit support page (opens in a new tab) that it will start requiring Google accounts for Fitbit devices. For new Fitbit users, this will begin in 2023. For existing users, the ability to switch from a Fitbit account to a Google account will begin on the same date.

Google plans to continue supporting Fitbit accounts until at least 2025, but with some caveats. While support will continue during this time, some Fitbit features will require a Google Account, likely requiring existing users to make the switch.

At this time, we don’t know exactly which features will be locked behind Google Accounts, although Google says more information will become available closer to the 2023 launch date.

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Currently, Fitbit users use their Fitbit and Fitbit account to manage their Fitbit fitness tracker. You can sign in to your account using your Google account as your login, but it’s still a Fitbit account.

Indeed, for now, Google considers Fitbit as its own ecosystem. These are Fitbit-branded devices running Fitbit apps; the Fitbit Sense2 even has Alexa built in as a voice assistant – not Google Assistant. While you get Google apps like Google Maps and google walletthe operating system is Fitbit OS, not Wear OS 3.

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However, this update from Google indicates that this may change, albeit slowly. The purpose of Fitbit devices will not change; they’ll always be health and wellness-focused fitness trackers, even those with a smartwatch form factor like the Sense 2. In fact, most of the terms regarding these changes seemed to be focused on improving the safety for Fitbit users.

Moreover, with the Google Pixel Watch maybe come to October Google Eventit would be potentially odd to have multiple operating systems for Google’s smart wearables. Maybe WearOS will be the next integration following Google accounts taking over from Fitbit accounts.

The status of Fitbit devices

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Fitbits shouldn’t be confused with smartwatches, at least not completely. Although there are some Fitbit devices on our list of best smart watches, these are still primarily fitness trackers. The Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense 2 give you great smartwatch features like contactless payment and a built-in voice assistant, but it’s the fitness tracking features that are Fitbit’s selling point.

Even the basic Fitbit tier, the $99 Fitbit Inspire 3 provides a ton of value for those looking to start tracking their daily activities. For less than $100, users get helpful health metrics, automatic workout tracking, and surprisingly accurate sleep tracking information.

That’s why it’s currently number two on our list of best fitness trackers despite its affordable price. No, this will not suffice for those looking for a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 competitor, but if you’re just trying to improve your aptitudeFitbit continues to be a great option.

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