If you have a Fitbit account, a big change is coming. According to the company, it will drop support for Fitbit accounts and will require a Google account instead.
Fitbit officially became part of Google in January 2021. Since then, Google has been looking for ways to bring its ecosystem and the Fitbit ecosystem closer together. For example, Google has said that its next Pixel Watch will have deep integration with Fitbit. The latest push toward this united front is Fitbit’s new “Fitbit by Google” branding.
On Fitbit’s help page, the company has frequently asked questions about this new brand and what the future holds. In the Q&A list, Fitbit talks about Google accounts on Fitbit. It is here that the firm announces that it will enable Google accounts on Fitbit in 2023 and will support a number of benefits for Google account users, including:
- Single sign-ons
- 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 on Fitbit are released in 2023. It also mentions that Fitbit account support will end in 2025, which which will require all users to have a Google account. account in the future. The company states:
If you have a Fitbit account, after the launch of Google accounts in Fitbit, you will have the option to move Fitbit to your Google account or continue to use your existing Fitbit devices and services with your Fitbit account for as long as it is compatible. . Support for Fitbit accounts will continue until at least early 2025. Once support for Fitbit accounts ends, a Google account will be required to use Fitbit. We will be transparent with our customers about the timeline for terminating Fitbit accounts through notices within the Fitbit app, via email, and in help articles.
Although this is an interesting development, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since Fitbit is now part of Google, it makes sense that Google would want to keep things simple by replacing Fitbit accounts with Google accounts. At least they are giving users plenty of time to adjust to the inevitable change.
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