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 Versa or Ionic smartwatch.

Can I play music on my Fitbit?

First things first, not every Fitbit can play music. If you want to store music on your Fitbit, you will need to splurge on either the Ionic or the Versa. Do note that the Fitbit Versa Lite does not support music storage.

With that in mind, there are multiple ways to add music to your Fitbit Versa or Ionic. If you have a Deezer or Pandora account, Fitbit provides an app to synchronize your playlists offline. The other method requires you to have an offline library of music. Let’s explore both options.

How to put music on Fitbit Versa or Ionic

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. Once downloaded, complete installation to proceed.
  2. Opening the app will prompt you with three different options. You cannot set up a Fitbit Ionic or Versa using a desktop and will need to use the mobile app for that.
    1. Need additional help? Refer to our step by step Fitbit setup tutorial for more details.
  1. Tapping the Manage My Music tile will prompt you to login to your Fitbit account.
  2. Now head on over to your watch and swipe to the Music app. Tap the Transfer Music button to switch on Wi-Fi and make your watch discoverable to the app.
  3. Back on the desktop app, you will need to 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.
  4. Once your playlists are set up or imported, tap the circle icon next to them to begin the transfer process. Be patient — this takes a while.

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

Also read: The best workout earbuds you can buy right now

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. Head to the Music page on your Fitbit Ionic or Versa settings in the Fitbit app.
  2. Select Deezer.
  3. Open the Deezer app on your watch to gain access to the activation code. Head on over to fitbit.com/deezer to pair the watch with your Deezer account.
  4. Login or register for the service. You will now be presented a list of playlists, both your own and those curated by Deezer, to sync down to your Fitbit.
  5. Select the playlist and sit back. This process does take some time depending on the number of tracks you’re trying to sync. Charging your Fitbit while syncing music is recommended.

How to sync music from Pandora to Fitbit

  1. Similar to the process for Deezer, head over to the Music page under your Fitbit’s settings in the Fitbit app.
  2. Select Pandora and tap on the login button.
  3. You will need to subscribe to the top-end Pandora Premium service to be able to download music to your Fitbit. A one-month trial is available if you want to give it a shot before committing to the service.
  4. 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 is also downloaded.

Can I transfer music from Spotify to Fitbit?

Unfortunately, Fitbit has not yet partnered with Spotify. Currently, there is no way to get Spotify support on your Fitbit Versa or Ionic. Fitbit is one of the only major fitness companies to not yet support Spotify, and admittedly Deezer and Pandora both have much smaller subscriber bases than Spotify. We’re hoping this changes in the future, but for now, Deezer, Pandora, or local playlists will have to suffice.

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