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Before you put on your Fitbit®  tracker and get moving, you must connect it to your mobile device or computer. Connecting your tracker (also known as pairing) makes sure it can transfer data back and forth with Fitbit (known as syncing). Your tracker data syncs to your Fitbit dashboard, which is where you can see your stats, analyze historical trends, set goals, review your exercise history, log food and water, challenge friends, and much more.

How do I create a Fitbit account and connect my tracker?

Choose a section below depending on whether you prefer to use a mobile device or a computer.

  • Mobile Device

    The Fitbit app is compatible with more more than 200 iOS, Android, and Windows 10 mobile devices. To get started, watch our video or read the step-by-step instructions below.

    Setting up a tracker (video)

    Setting up a tracker (step-by-step)

    To get started:

    1. Make sure the Fitbit app is compatible with your mobile device by checking http://www.fitbit.com/devices.
    2. Find the Fitbit app in one of these locations, depending on your device:
      • The Apple App Store® for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads.
      • The Google Play™ Store for Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Motorola Droid Turbo.
      • The Windows® Store for Windows 10 mobile devices such as the Lumia phone or Surface tablet. Note that if you have a Fitbit Surge™, you'll have to set up your tracker using the PC instructions and a wireless sync dongle (see Windows 10 PC below). After set up, you can sync using a mobile device.
    3. Install the app. Note that you’ll need an account with the applicable store before you can download even a free app such as Fitbit.
    4. When the app is installed, open it and tap Join Fitbit to get started. You’ll be guided through the process of creating a Fitbit account and connecting (“pairing”) your tracker to your mobile device. Pairing makes sure the tracker and mobile device can communicate with one another (sync their data).

      If you're using an Android mobile device running Android Marshmallow, you must grant the Fitbit app access to certain features of your mobile device in order to set up, pair, and sync your tracker. For more information, see Why do I receive access requests from the Fitbit app on my Android mobile device?

    Note that the personal information you’re asked during setup is used to calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which helps determine your estimated calorie expenditure. The information is private unless you go into your Privacy settings and opt to share age, height, or weight with Fitbit friends.

    If you're having difficulty, see I'm having trouble setting up my tracker.

  • Windows PC (Windows 10 only)

    If you don’t have a mobile device, you can set up and sync your tracker on your Windows 10 PC using the same Fitbit app available for Windows mobile devices.

    To get the app, click the Start button and open the Windows® Store (called Store). Search for “Fitbit app.” Note that if you’ve never downloaded an app from the store to your computer, you’ll be prompted to create an account.

    Open the app and follow the instructions to create a Fitbit account and set up your tracker. You can set up and sync wirelessly if your computer has Bluetooth. If your computer doesn't have Bluetooth or the Bluetooth signal is weak or problematic:

    • Plug the wireless sync dongle that came with your tracker into a USB port on your computer. Note that Fitbit Surge requires the wireless sync dongle.
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    • If you have a Fitbit Blaze™, put the tracker into the charging cradle and plug the other end into a USB port on your computer.
  • Windows PC (Windows 8.1 and below)

    If you don’t have a compatible mobile device, you can set up your tracker with a computer. To use this setup method you’ll first install a free software application called Fitbit Connect that lets your tracker sync its data with your fitbit.com dashboard.

    Setting up a tracker (video)

    Setting up a tracker (step-by-step)

    To install Fitbit Connect and set up your tracker:

    1. Insert the wireless sync dongle into a USB port on your computer. If you have a Fitbit Blaze, which doesn't come with a dongle, we recommend upgrading to Windows 10 before continuing. You can also request a wireless sync dongle from fitbit.com/store.
    2. Go to http://www.fitbit.com/setup.
    3. Scroll down and click the option to download. If the button does not correctly show your type of computer (for example, if it says “Download for Mac”), choose the correct type, then click the button.
    4. When prompted, save the file that appears.
    5. Find and double click the file (FitbitConnect_Win.exe). The Fitbit Connect installer opens.
    6. Click Continue to move through the installer.
    7. When prompted, choose Set up a New Fitbit Device.
    8. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a Fitbit account and connect your tracker.

      Note that the personal information you’re asked for during account setup is used to calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which helps determine your estimated calorie expenditure. This information is private unless you go into your Privacy settings and opt to share age, height, or weight with Fitbit friends.

  • Apple Macintosh

    If you don’t have a compatible mobile device, you can set up your tracker with a computer. To use this setup method you’ll first install a free software application called Fitbit Connect that lets your tracker sync its data with your fitbit.com dashboard. 

    Setting up a tracker (video)

    Setting up a tracker (step-by-step)

    To install Fitbit Connect and set up your tracker:

    1. Go to http://www.fitbit.com/setup.
    2. Scroll down and click the option to download. If the button does not correctly show your type of computer (for example, if it says “Download for PC”), choose the correct type, then click the button.
    3. When prompted, open the .dmg file that appears.
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    4. From the options that appear, click the Install Fitbit Connect.pkg file.User-added image
    5. In the Install Fitbit Connect window, click Continue to move through the installation screens. User-added image
    6. When prompted, choose Set up a New Fitbit Device.
    7. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a Fitbit account and connect your tracker. If your computer has Bluetooth, setup can take place wirelessly. If not, you’ll be prompted to plug in the wireless sync dongle that came with your tracker. Note that the Blaze does not come with a dongle.

      Note that the personal information you’re asked for during account setup is used to calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which helps determine your estimated calorie expenditure. This information is private unless you go into your Privacy settings and opt to share age, height, or weight with Fitbit friends.

If you're having difficulty after following the steps above, see I'm having trouble setting up my tracker.

How do I set up a replacement tracker or add a second tracker to my account?

If you already have a Fitbit account and want to replace your existing tracker with a new one, or if use more than one tracker and want to have them both on the same account, choose a section below. If you’re replacing one tracker with another of the same model, you’ll be asked to confirm the replacement.

  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account tab.
    2. Tap Set Up a Device.
    3. Choose your tracker and follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the menu icon in the top left corner.
    2. Tap Devices.
    3. Tap the + icon in the top right corner.
    4. If you're replacing a tracker, tap the tracker you want to replace. If you're setting up a new tracker, tap Add a new Device.
    5. Choose your tracker and follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10 (PC or mobile device)
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon in the top right.
    2. Tap Set Up a New Fitbit Device.
    3. Choose your tracker and follow the onscreen instructions to continue. Note that you cannot set up a Fitbit Surge with a device running the Fitbit app for Windows 10. If you set up the tracker with another device, you can sync with the Windows 10 app.
  • Apple Mac or Windows PC

    If your Windows PC is running the Fitbit app for Windows 10, refer to the Fitbit app for Windows 10 instructions above.

    1. Click the Fitbit Connect icon located near the date and time on your computer. User-added image
    2. Click Open Main Menu...
    3. Click Set Up A New Fitbit Device.
    4. Click Existing User and log in to your account.
    5. Choose your tracker and follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
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Last updated: July 22, 2016
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