How to set up a Fitbit

So you got yourself a new Fitbit. Fitness trackers can be excellent for gauging progress and optimizing your training schedule as you get started on your fitness journey. However, before that you’ll need to pair Fitbit and set it up with your phone. Whether it’s the latest Versa Lite or a Charge 3, the steps are basically the same. Here’s a guide on how to setup Fitbit devices so you can get up and running in no time!

How to download the Fitbit app on your phone

Google Play Store
Google Play Store search for fitbit app
Fitbit app on Google Play Store
  1. Head to the Google Play Store on your phone.
  2. Search for the Fitbit app.
  3. Tap the install button just like any other app.

How to set up a Fitbit account

Fitbit app screen asking you to login or join
Selecting your fitness tracker on Fitbit app screen
Fitbit app screen showing your chosen fitness tracker
  1. Open the Fitbit app and log in.
  2. If you are new to the Fitbit ecosystem, tap Join Fitbit to create a new account.
  3. Select the fitness tracker you are setting up — Fitbit Versa in our case. On the next screen, tap the “Set up your Fitbit Versa” button (or whichever device you’ve selected) to continue the registration process.
Fitbit app sign up process asking you to enter email address and password
Fitbit app terms and conditions screen
Entering personal information in Fitbit app
  1. Enter your email address and a unique password.
  2. You will have to accept Fitbit’s privacy policy to proceed, but we recommend unchecking Fitbit’s promotional messages box.
  3. Tap login to proceed.
  4. You will now need to enter your personal data so the tracker can provide fine-tuned analytics.

How to pair a Fitbit

Fitbit app instructions for set up process
Charge your Fitbit during set up
Fitbit app set up process
  1. Read through the privacy policy and tap agree.
  2. Fitbit recommends you charge your fitness tracker during the setup process. Continue tapping next.
  3. Make sure your phone has Bluetooth toggled on. Your Fitbit will display a four-digit code. Enter that in the app to proceed.
  4. Depending on the tracker you are using, you might be asked to asked to connect your watch to Wi-Fi.
  5. Tap next and the app will check for the latest firmware version for your fitness tracker. This may take a while.

Syncing your Fitbit

fitbit app home screen
Fitbit setup complete screen
linking fitbit app with tracker
  1. Once the update is done, you will be guided through some basic steps on how to use your Fitbit
  2. The next step is to link the Fitbit app with your fitness tracker.
  3. The app will sync with your tracker periodically to update the latest stats.
  4. If you want to force a sync with your tracker, you can do so by pulling down on the home screen in the app.

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