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What should I know about challenges?

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Challenges are a fun way to help you stay motivated. You can compete with friends and family or complete personal, non-competitive journeys.

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What are the types of challenges?

You can choose from five races:

  • Daily Showdown—Who can get the most steps today?
  • Weekend Warrior—Who can get the most steps over the weekend?
  • Workweek Hustle—Who can get the most steps Monday through Friday?
  • Goal Day—How many participants can reach their daily step goal?
  • Adventures—Choose between non-competitive solo journeys or challenge friends to the finish line across real life locations. For more information, see What should I know about adventures? 

How do I start a challenge?

To start a challenge you'll need the Fitbit app for iOS, Android, or Windows 10. After you open the app, tap the Challenges tab to get started and then tap a specific challenge. Find the option to invite other players and choose among your Fitbit friends and contacts. You can see your mobile contacts and any Facebook friends who are Fitbit users but not yet your Fitbit friends. Any person from these lists that you invite to the challenge will also be added as a Fitbit friend. If you'd prefer to compete against yourself, skip the step for adding friends or start a solo adventure instead for a non-competitive journey.

Who can participate?

Up to 30 people can join an adventure race. For all other challenges, a maximum of 10 people can participate. If you initiate a challenge, you can invite your Fitbit friends, and those friends can in turn invite their friends.

Which stats can participants see?

Challenge participants can see each other's profile photo, posted messages, total steps in the challenge, personal stats, and achievements.

Can I join a challenge that already started?

Invitees have twenty-four hours to accept an invitation. If people join after the challenge starts, their step data for the entire length of the challenge will count towards the challenge.

Can I invite more friends after a challenge has started?

After a challenge is underway you can still invite other Fitbit friends. To do so, open the challenge and find the option to invite other people. You'll be able to select the friends you want to include and send them invitations.

Do I need a Fitbit device to participate in a challenge?

People who don't have a Fitbit device can still participate in a challenge if they get the Fitbit app and choose MobileTrack during setup. MobileTrack uses your phone to track basic stats like steps and estimated calories burned.

How do I earn trophies?

You can earn trophies by coming in first place in a challenge or completing your goal. You can also earn trophies for achieving a personal best in a challenge or for achieving your step goal for each day of the challenge. 

Can I share my challenge results with friends?

After a challenge is over and all participants have synced their data, you'll see the challenge results. You can share your trophy or badge with friends and family. For step-by-step instructions, see What should I know about my Fitbit badges?

Are there any steps that won't count towards a challenge?

At this time, only steps from your Fitbit device or MobileTrack count towards a challenge. That means manually logged activities and activities tracked through any third-party apps aren't included in your challenge total.

Do GPS activities count towards challenges?

If you track a GPS activity using your phone and the Fitbit app (called a MobileRun) during a challenge, be sure to bring your Fitbit device along; as long as you have your device with you, those steps will count towards your challenge totals.

If your Fitbit device offers GPS, steps from GPS activities and non-GPS activities are both counted towards a challenge because you're wearing your device.

How do I stop getting notified about challenges?

Fitbit keeps you updated on the challenge by sending push notifications or email. To choose one, both, or neither:

  1. Log in to your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right.
  2. Click Settings > Notifications.
  3. Find Challenges and uncheck the notification(s) you no longer want.
  4. Don't forget to click Save.

How do I quit a challenge?

Currently, you can only quit an active challenge, meaning that finished challenges will remain visible for two days. After two days the finished challenges will disappear.

To quit an active challenge, open it and find Options, then choose the Quit option.

What happens if the challenge participants are in different time zones?

The challenge begins and ends in the challenge owner's time zone, so if you're in a different time zone than the challenge owner, you may notice that your challenge leaderboard stats do not always match your dashboard stats.
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Last updated: October 16, 2017
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