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Is your iPhone compatible with Fitbit smartwatches and trackers?
Fitbit smartwatches are excellent and much cheaper alternatives to the Apple Watch. It’s reasonable to consider the likes of the Sense and the Versa 3 as viable devices to use alongside the iPhone. But can you connect Fitbit devices to Apple’s smartphones? We’ll answer all that and more below.
Yes, you can use Fitbit's smartwatches and fitness trackers with most iPhones.
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Fitbit and iPhone support: What’s the story?
Even though Fitbit is now under Google ownership, the company’s devices still support most iPhones. Provided the iPhone in question is running at least iOS 13.4, the two devices will happily work with one another. This means that if you own an iPhone 6s series or newer, you’ll be able to use a Fitbit with your phone.
How to connect your Fitbit to your iPhone
- First, you’ll need to download the Fitbit app on your iPhone. You’ll use it to connect your Fitbit device to your phone.
- Open the Fitbit app and tap Log In if you have an account, or Join Fitbit to set up a new account. Fitbit will ask you for your particulars, including height, weight, and sex, if you’re setting up a new account.
- Once logged in, tap on your profile icon in the top left corner, then tap + Set up a Device.
- Next, choose your Fitbit device. If you already have a Fitbit device tied to your account, the app will ask if you want to switch to your new tracker. To do this, tap the Switch to [your tracker] button. If you don’t want to change to a new device, you’ll have to set up a new account to accommodate the new device. Fitbit does not allow the connection of two or more new devices to a single account.
- The Fitbit app will recommend you place your device on the charger. Do so.
- Next, the app will search for your tracker. Once the tracker is found, a four-digit code will appear on your tracker. Type this number into the Fitbit app on your phone.
- Following this, a Bluetooth Pairing Request popup will appear on your iPhone. Tap Pair.
- A notification popup will follow. Tap Allow.
- Your Fitbit and iPhone are now paired.
See also: The best Fitbit alternatives you can buy
Q: My Fitbit refuses to pair with my iPhone. What’s wrong?
A: Double-check if your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS and is supported by Fitbit. Other troubleshooting steps should include restarting both devices and restarting Bluetooth.
Q: Is the iPhone and Android Fitbit apps different?
A: No, these apps are identical on both platforms and provide similar functionality.
Q: Should I get a Fitbit over an Apple Watch?
A: If you don’t have the budget for an Apple Watch, the Sense and Versa 3 are good alternatives. Granted, you won’t get that seamless Apple ecosystem functionality between watchOS and iOS, Fitbit devices arguably pack better sleep tracking smarts and will go further between charges than the Apple Watch.