If you have a Fitbit account, a big change is coming. According to the company, it will end support for Fitbit accounts and require a Google account instead.
Fitbit officially became part of Google in January 2021. Since then, Google has found ways to bring its ecosystem and Fitbit’s ecosystem closer together. For example, Google said its upcoming Pixel Watch will have deep integration with Fitbit. The latest push toward this united front is Fitbit’s new “Fitbit by Google” brand.
On Fitbit’s help page, the company has FAQs about this new branding and what’s in store for the future. In the Q&A list, Fitbit talks about Google Accounts on Fitbit. Here the firm announces that it will enable Google Accounts on Fitbit in 2023 and offer a number of benefits for Google Account users, including:
- Single sign-on
- Account security
- Centralized privacy controls for Fitbit user data
However, further down the page, it is revealed that some uses of Fitbit will require a Google Account after Google Accounts on Fitbit launches in 2023. It also states that support for Fitbit Accounts will end in 2025, which which will require all users to have a Google account in the future. The company states:
If you have a Fitbit account, after the launch of Google Accounts on Fitbit, you’ll have the option to move Fitbit to your Google Account or continue using your existing Fitbit devices and services with your Fitbit account as long as it’s supported. . Support for Fitbit accounts will continue until at least early 2025. After support for Fitbit accounts ends, a Google Account will be required to use Fitbit. We will be transparent with our customers about the timeline for closing Fitbit accounts through notifications in the Fitbit app, via email, and in help articles.
While this is an interesting development, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since Fitbit is now part of Google, it makes sense that Google would want to simplify things by replacing Fitbit accounts with Google accounts. At the very least, it gives users enough time to adjust to the inevitable change.