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How do I connect with friends on Fitbit?

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Competing with friends and family and encouraging one another is a great way to stay motivated.

Keeping up with friends

The Friends tile shows your ranking based on a 7-day step total. Each person’s total is accurate as of the last time that person synced. Tap or click a friend to see his or her profile page, which includes information they choose to share, such as step average, top badges, trophies, and their friend list. Keep in mind that the information visible to you depends on that friend’s Fitbit privacy settings.

You can also cheer, taunt, or message your friends. To motivate one another, try participating in a fun challenge. See What should I know about challenges? for all the details. If you want to share specific accomplishments with family and friends over social media, text, or email, see Can I share my Fitbit stats and accomplishments?

Adding friends

You can choose to add friends, up to a maximum of 2000, by one of the following methods:
  • Contacts—See your contacts who have Fitbit accounts and those who don't. Invite anyone to be a Fitbit friend. The Fitbit app for Windows Windows 10 also shows you friends of friends. Friends of friends appear only if your friends do not privatize their friends list. (Not available on the fitbit.com dashboard)
  • Facebook—If you choose to connect your Fitbit and Facebook accounts, see your friends who also have Fitbit accounts linked to Facebook. Invite anyone to be a Fitbit friend. You can later revoke access to Facebook from your Fitbit account by revoking access to the Facebook app on your fitbit.com dashboard (Settings > Applications), or through the settings on your mobile device. If you have more than one Facebook account, you can only link one to your Fitbit account. 
  • Email—Type in the email address of anyone to want to invite to Fitbit.
For instructions on how to add friends, choose a section below.
  • Fitbit app
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the + icon .
    2. Tap or click Add Friend
    3. Choose how you want to connect to your friends and follow the onscreen instructions.

    If you're using Android Marshmallow, make sure you grant the Fitbit app access to the requested features of your mobile device. For more information, see Why do I receive access requests from the Fitbit app on my Android mobile device?

  • Fitbit.com dashboard
    1. On the fitbit.com dashboard, find the Friends tile.
    2. You can add friends by connecting your Fitbit and Facebook accounts and then adding your friends from Facebook, or you can send an email invitation to someone to join Fitbit and become your friend. Click either the Facebook or email icon to connect with friends.
    3. If you don't see the Friends tile on your dashboard:
      • Click the Tab icon on the left side of the dashboard.
      • Click the checkbox next to the Friends tile or any other tile you want to add to your dashboard.
      • Click Done.

Responding to friend requests

For instructions on how to accept or reject a friend request, choose a section below.

  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Friends tab.
    2. Tap the friend request to open it.
    3. Tap Accept Friend or Ignore.
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Friends tab.
    2. Tap Friends.
    3. Tap the Messages icon in the top right..
    4. Tap the friend request to open it.
    5. Tap Accept or Ignore.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Notifications icon at the top. 
    2. Tap the friend request to open it.
    3. Tap Accept Request or Ignore Request.
  • Fitbit.com dashboard
    1. On the fitbit.com dashboard, click the View Notifications icon in the top right corner.
    2. Click View Request to open friend request. 
    3. Click Accept or Ignore

Removing friends

You can remove friends with the Fitbit app or the fitbit.com dashboard. You can also choose to block certain Fitbit users in the Fitbit app for iOS or Windows 10. For step-by-step instructions, choose a section below. 
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Friends tab.
    2. Tap the friend you want to delete to view their profile.
    3. Tap the three dots in the top right corner.
    4. Tap Remove friend or Block User. If you want to unblock the user, go to Account > Blocked Users and select the user you want to unblock.
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Friends tab.
    2. Tap the friend you want to delete to view their profile.
    3. Tap the three dots in the top right corner.
    4. Tap Remove friend.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Friends tab.
    2. Tap the friend you want to delete to view their profile.
    3. Tap the Menu icon (three dots) at the bottom.
    4. Tap delete friend or block friend. If you want to unblock the user, go to Account > Blocked Users and select the user you want to unblock.
  • Fitbit.com dashboard
    1. On the fitbit.com dashboard, find the Friends tile.
    2. Click the friend you want to delete to view their profile
    3. Hover over the teal Friends button. The button will turn pink and an "X" will appear.
    4. Click the X to confirm that you want to remove the friend. He or she will no longer appear on your friend's list and won't have access to your shared data.

Choosing the data you want to share with friends

To decide what information you want your Fitbit friends to see:

  1. On the fitbit.com dashboard, click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click Settings > Privacy.
  3. For each item, decide the visibility you prefer. 
  4. Don’t forget to save your changes.
For more information about your privacy settings, see How do I update my Fitbit settings?

 
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Last updated: December 21, 2016
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