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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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December 9, 2022
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A good playlist can deliver an adrenaline rush at just the right moment, 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 while you work out. If you happen to own a Fitbit smartwatch, we’ll walk you through how to set up Fitbit music services on your device.

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 Fitbit’s latest smartwatches, the Versa 4 and Sense 2, do not support music storage or streaming. On the other hand, the Google Pixel Watch (which features extensive Fitbit integration) does support third-party music apps.

Both the Versa Lite and the 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.

Deezer Premium and Pandora Premium subscribers,can synchronize 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. While in the past users could transfer music files from a computer, that option was discontinued in October 2022 when Fitbit terminated the Fitbit Connect app.

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 Spotify app which 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

FAQs

Yes! The Google Pixel Watch supports a number of third-party music apps. See our dedicated guide to learn more about listening to music on that device.

Yes. For the best experience, see our roundup of the best Bluetooth workout earbuds to pair with your Fitbit device.