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What music services work with a Fitbit smartwatch?

Wondering how to set up music services on your Fitbit smartwatch? You've come to the right place.
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March 12, 2022

A good playlist can deliver an adrenaline rush at just the right moment when you’re in the middle of a training session. Modern smartwatches often include the ability to play and store music, allowing you to leave your phone at home during a workout. If you happen to own a Fitbit smartwatch, we’ll walk you through how to set up Fitbit music services on your Fitbit Sense or Versa smartwatch.

Can I play music on my Fitbit?

First things first, not every Fitbit can play music. So, if you want to store music on your Fitbit, you will need one of the devices listed below.

Note that the Fitbit Versa Lite and the Fitbit Charge 5 do not support music storage but do offer music controls.

Which music services work with my Fitbit?

If you have one of the devices listed above, there are multiple ways to listen to music on your Fitbit smartwatch. Specifically, the services listed below offer compatibility with Fitbit devices.

For Deezer Premium and Pandora Premium subscribers, Fitbit provides an app to synchronize your playlists and listen to music offline. Meanwhile, Spotify offline listening is not yet supported on Fitbit devices so you can only stream music using this service. Alternatively, you can add music files to your device from an offline library. Follow the directions below to set up any of the options available.

How to add music to a Fitbit smartwatch

Transferring local music to a Fitbit is a fairly straightforward process that requires the installation of an app on your computer.

  1. Start off by heading over to fitbit.com/setup on your PC or Mac to download the Fitbit Connect app. Download the app and complete the installation.
  2. Open the app and tap the Manage My Music tile. Log in to your Fitbit account when prompted.
  3. On your watch, swipe to the Music app. Next, tap Transfer Music to switch on Wi-Fi and make your watch discoverable to the desktop app.
  4. Back on the desktop app, import an existing playlist or create a new one to beam it over to the Fitbit. You can tap the gear icon on the top-right corner to select folders that you want to import into the app.
  5. Once your playlists are set up or imported, tap the circle icon next to each one to begin the transfer process. Be patient — this takes a while. It’s a good idea to place your Fitbit on its charger. In fact, the transfer will not begin unless the battery is at least 25% full.

Your selected playlists should now be on your Fitbit. Time to pair your favorite Bluetooth workout earbuds and go for a run.

Also read: How to set up a new Fitbit device

How to sync music from Deezer to Fitbit

If you’ve gone all-in on streaming music and don’t have a local music library, Fitbit provides a way to sync your playlists from Deezer. You will, of course, need a subscription for Deezer Premium to make use of this function.

  1. Open the Fitbit app on your phone, and tap the Account icon in the top-left-hand corner of the app. Next, select your smartwatch.
  2. On your smartwatch’s settings page, tap the Media tile.
  3. Select Deezer.
  4. Open the Deezer app on your watch to gain access to the activation code. Open fitbit.com/deezer to pair the watch with your Deezer account.
  5. Log in or register for the service. You will then be presented with a list of playlists — both your own and those curated by Deezer — to sync to your Fitbit.
  6. Select the playlist you would like to sync and sit back. This process takes some time depending on the number of tracks you’re trying to sync. Again, charging your Fitbit while syncing music is recommended.

How to sync music from Pandora to Fitbit

  1. Open the Fitbit app on your paired phone, and tap your Account icon. Then, select your smartwatch.
  2. On your smartwatch’s settings page, tap the Media tile.
  3. Select Pandora and tap on the login button.
  4. To download music to your Fitbit, you will need to subscribe to the top-end Pandora Premium service. However, a one-month trial is available if you want to give it a shot before committing to the service.
  5. Once you’ve logged in, you will notice that Pandora doesn’t have quite as many options as Deezer. The integration will let you choose up to three of your preferred stations. You may also choose playlists from Pandora’s Workout selection. Additionally, a Thumbprint radio station based on your listening habits will also download.

How to stream Spotify on your Fitbit

Spotify streaming on Fitbit requires a Spotify Premium account, as well as the dedicated Spotify app that can be installed via the Fitbit mobile app.

  1. Open the Fitbit app on your phone.
  2. Tap apps.
  3. Under All Apps, you’ll spot the Spotify app. Tap to install.
  4. Now head on over to My Apps and tap the gear icon next to Spotify.
  5. Log in to your Spotify account.

Unlike some of the other streaming services, Spotify on Fitbit smartwatches does not offer an offline mode and instead acts more like a remote for streaming from your phone. However, it does add Spotify Connect functionality which means that you can now use your Fitbit to control playback on any other supported device as well. Beyond that, the app lets you play music from your library and recently played, but won’t let you search for playlists.

Next: The best Fitbit alternatives