Fitbit will remove PC sync and music transfer

Deepak Gupta August 13, 2022
Updated 2022/08/13 at 4:50 PM

One way to sync early Fitbit devices was by connecting a dock to your computer.. Widespread availability of smartphones has replaced the need for this and the old “Fitbit Connect” app will disappear later this year.

Furthermore, the music transfer will also disappear…

Note that the old Fitbit Connect app for Windows 10 and Mac OS can still be downloaded from the bottom of setup page.

If you don't have a compatible smartphone or tablet to connect your smartwatch to, you can set up and sync most Fitbit devices in your computer with Fitbit Connect. This is a free software application that allows your branded device to sync your data with your account on site.

If your computer is not Bluetooth enabled, you must use a wireless sync dongle to set up and sync your Fitbit device.

However...

The company will "remove the option to sync your device with the Fitbit Connect app on your computer" on October 13, 2022. Another support article describes this application as being disabled after that day.

Users are advised to use the Fitbit app on Android and iOS. This should not affect many users given the ubiquity of smartphones, but a group of people will undoubtedly be affected.

Fitbit will also remove music transfer

What might be a bigger issue with the elimination of Fitbit Connect is how it can be used to sync music files and playlists to smartwatches for local, offline playback.

On October 13, 2022 the option to transfer playlists to your Fitbit watch will be removed through your computer. You can continue to play personal music stored on your watch and transfer music to your watch with the app Deezer and the application pandora.

The only option offered is streaming services, that don't exactly have the largest number of users. Meanwhile, existing (and older) Fitbit devices are unlikely to be updated with new music apps like YouTube Music in the future.

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