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How do I set up my Fitbit?

You've just received your new Fitbit and you're very curious about the number of steps you actually take during a day, how many calories you burn, and what your heart rate is. The data measured by your Fitbit is clearly displayed in the Fitbit app. You do have to connect the activity tracker to your smartphone or computer for this. Sound complicated? It doesn't have to be. In this article, I'll explain how to connect your activity tracker step by step.

Set up your Fitbit in short

Fitbit on wrist

Set up your Fitbit in short

If your smartphone is compatible with your Fitbit, we recommend that you connect your Fitbit via your smartphone. If it's not, you can also do this via your computer in many cases. Choose 1 of the 4 step-by-step plans:

  1. Connect to smartphone: new Fitbit user
  2. Connect to smartphone: current Fitbit user
  3. Connect to computer: new Fitbit user
  4. Connect to computer: current Fitbit user

Connect to smartphone: new Fitbit user

Download the Fitbit app on your smartphone and tap 'Join Fitbit'. Choose your Fitbit model. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your Fitbit account. Fill in the questions about your height, age, and weight truthfully, because your Fitbit calculates your basic metabolic rate based on this information. Everything filled in? Place your Fitbit in the charger. A code appears on the screen of your Fitbit. Repeat this in the app. The tracker connects to your smartphone and you can get started.

Connect to smartphone: current Fitbit user

Connect Fitbit to smartphone

Do you already have a Fitbit? Go to the Fitbit app and log in. Go to the 'Today' tab and tap your profile picture. Choose 'Set up device'. Select your new Fitbit and follow the on-screen instructions.

Connect to computer: new Fitbit user

Don't have a compatible smartphone or tablet? You can set up most Fitbit models via your computer as well. If your computer doesn't have Bluetooth, you need a synchronization dongle. This is often not included, but you can buy it separately. Go to http://www.fitbit.com/setup, scroll down, and download Fitbit Connect. Open the file to start the setup. Choose 'Set up a new Fitbit. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your Fitbit account and connect your Fitbit.

Connect to computer: current Fitbit user

Fitbit connect computer

Do you already have a Fitbit? Click the Fitbit Connect icon on your computer. You often find this at the bottom right, next to the date and time. Click 'Open main menu' and then 'Set up a new Fitbit'. Since you already have an account, choose 'Current user'. Log in to your account. Select the model of your new Fitbit and follow the instructions on the screen.

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