Many people have asked us these questions: “Is Fitbit compatible with Google Fit?” or “Does Google Fit work with Fitbit?”. The brief answer is yes.
Suppose that you’re using a smartwatch and want to use Google Fit to track your fitness progress and goals. Now, you want to use Fitbit as well or even consider switching entirely to the system. The first thing that probably comes to your mind is how to sync data across the two platforms.
We have some experience in both platforms. The functions of Fitbit satisfy me, while Google Fit does an excellent job at organizing information. So how to combine the best qualities of both worlds?
The solution will come soon enough. Since January 2021, Fitbit has officially become a part of Google. Therefore, it is very likely that some type of connectivity between the two platforms will be available soon.
We also expect they will incorporate Fitbit’s fitness monitoring capabilities into Wear OS in the not-so-distant future. But at the moment, you can still sync the two systems with a simple approach while waiting for future integration.
Before we begin, we will assume that you already have a Fitbit device and account, as well as a Google account via which you are logging in to Google Fit.
How to Connect Your Fitbit to Google Fit?
It’s worth noting that it may take a few minutes for your fitness statistics to appear in the Google Fit app once you’ve successfully connected the two applications.
Step 1: Download FitToFit
You can download FitToFit from Google Play Store. However, for the time being, this application is only accessible for Android users.
Step 2: Log In To The App
Sign in to the FitToFit App using your Fitbit login email address and password to get started. A menu will show up once you have successfully logged in. After that, choose the information you wish to share with FitToFit by checking the appropriate box in the App Authorization screen.
We have chosen Allow All, but you may have some metrics that you’re not comfortable sharing with the system. Or maybe you don’t see the value of Google Fit synchronizing a particular statistic.
In any case, here is your opportunity to delete anything from Google Fit that you don’t want to be there. Don’t forget to touch Allow once you have made up your decision.
If you don’t agree with any of these metrics, you have the option to reject access at this point. The choice to share your data is entirely yours.
Step 3: Choose Your Google Account
As soon as you sign in, a pop-up menu will display, and you should choose the Google account associated with the Google Fit App. Now that you’ve linked your data to Google Fit, you can start using it.
Step 4: Final Setting
Tap on the “Transfer Data” icon to begin transferring data from the FitToFit app to Google Fit. Then, select a specific time from the drop-down menu.
You can use the Fitbit app to upload data from your smartphone’s activity tracker (such as steps taken, distance traveled, heart rate, sleep patterns, body fat percentage, and weight).
Given that FitToFit uses the Fitbit API, the data transmission from one platform to another is entirely secure. You can also activate automatic app synchronization. All you need to do is come to the app’s settings and then activate the “Sync data automatically” option.
You may turn off auto-sync at any moment in the app’s settings or dashboard if you want. Additionally, in the settings, you may schedule the transfer of information from FitToFit app to Google Fit.
The FitToFit app is easy to use and includes a straightforward graphical user interface. With this app, you can choose which activity data you want to share with Google Fit and which data you don’t want the platform to know.
Alternatively, you may create a daily reminder in the settings if you prefer manual synchronization. This will ensure that you do not forget to send data to Google Fit.
By connecting your Fitbit to Google, you can conveniently view the most accurate statistics on the Google Fit App.
Google Fit and Fitbit Integration
Google has made great strides in product consolidation in recent years and suddenly finds itself with two health apps on its hands. Fitbit’s brand recognition was certainly a part of the company’s decision to purchase it, but Google Fit is steadily developing, too.
Suppose you’re using Google Fit to keep vital signs, such as your cardiovascular metrics and respiratory, in check. Next, you spent your money on purchasing Nest Hub to record your sleep pattern to check your overall well-being.
That’s when you want to invest in a fitness tracker to increase your commitment to health and fitness.
The choice of devices and gadgets is endless, but whatever you choose should either interact with Google Fit or Fitbit. Chances are you’ll go with Fitbit for its popularity and wide application, and you’ll end up with all of your information stored on Google.
The obvious solution is that Google needs to develop a sync function. Yet, the critical issue is how this tech giant should implement it.
If Google wants to keep iterating on Fit, it needs to accept data from Fitbit devices. Nevertheless, this move will turn the Fitbit fitness tracking tool into nothing but generic sensors.
Suppose Google continues to iterate on Google Fit. Would the Fitbit team also continue to iterate on the device? Fitbit now has more than 28 million daily active users (including iOS users). As a result, it has a more robust social and training community than Google.
From a business standpoint, it makes little sense to create and invest in two almost similar services. Google will have two separate internal teams working on the same project simultaneously, and they’ll be in direct competition with one another. So it is not a long-term solution.
Even if only one app survives, it isn’t clear which, given how well both apps perform. Of course, new software can be developed to incorporate all of their features, but this entails a significant re-engineering effort and a huge budget.
Having two popular apps is a luxurious issue to have. However, the threat of hurting one group of customers seems to be an inescapable consequence of such a privilege.
Now that Fitbit’s hardware and software teams have joined Google, we don’t know what will happen with Google Fit, Google wristwatch operating system, Wear OS.
Fitbit offers more features and functionalities and enjoys greater popularity than Google Fit. Otherwise, Google activity tracker features a poorer overall performance with occasional synchronization issues.
We’ll have to wait and see what Google has planned to make this acquisition a win-win situation for both Google and Fitbit fans.
To summarize, your Fitbit can connect to Google Fit, and you already know how to sync your data from Fitbit to Google Fit. In the future, there will definitely be more interesting and convenient upgrades for your use because now Fitbit is part of Google. Let’s see.