If you happen to’re a proud and longtime Fitbit consumer, you’ll discover one thing completely different concerning the Fitbit app later this 12 months. Beginning this summer time, Google will now enable Fitbit customers emigrate their present Fitbit account to a Google account.
Google initially introduced plans to do that final September, however it offered full particulars on the transition in a weblog publish on April 11. It’ll work somewhat in another way relying on who you’re, however the gist is that Google is able to begin killing outdated Fitbit accounts and transition them to Google ones.
Your Fitbit account goes away in 2025
If you happen to purchase a Fitbit and begin utilizing the Fitbit app for the primary time this summer time, you’ll be required to enroll in the Fitbit app utilizing a Google account. You possibly can nonetheless create a Fitbit account at present, however when Google begins this migration within the summertime, no new Fitbit accounts might be allowed in any respect.
What when you’re an present Fitbit consumer? Google says you’ll have the choice to show your Fitbit account right into a Google account, although you received’t be pressured to take action … at the very least for a pair extra years. By 2025, Google would require anybody with a Fitbit account to maneuver it over to a Google one.
With this variation, there are some things to remember. You’ll have entry to the identical safety/privateness settings that each one Google accounts have, with Google noting that you just’ll have the ability to handle your Fitbit information via the Google Privateness Heart Moreover, Google assures that any well being/wellness information out of your Fitbit app “received’t be used for Google Advertisements, and it’ll proceed to be saved separate from Google Advertisements information.”
Google additional notes that the precise Fitbit app expertise isn’t altering — simply the way in which you log into it. Per Google, “You’ll have the identical Fitbit expertise with all of your historic well being and wellness information nonetheless obtainable.”
Why this may very well be good (and unhealthy)
Is any of this that large of a deal? That each one relies on you.
If you have already got a Google account (which you almost certainly do), this could make managing your Fitbit account a bit simpler. It’ll be one much less password to recollect, and the extra privateness instruments are higher than what present Fitbit accounts have entry to at present.
Nonetheless, there are probably individuals who aren’t thrilled with at present’s information. Like most tech giants, Google doesn’t have the squeakiest privateness popularity, so being required to present the corporate your well being and wellness information might not be one thing you’re keen to do.
Fortunately, there are ample Fitbit options obtainable when you can’t abdomen having a Google account to your Fitbit.