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How do I listen to music and podcasts on my Fitbit watch?

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With the Music app (User-added image) on your Fitbit watch, you can store and play several hours worth of your favorite songs and podcasts right on your wrist. After you download playlists to your watch, connect Bluetooth headphones or another audio device to listen to your tracks.
To download playlists to your watch, you need a computer with a Wi-Fi connection and the free Fitbit desktop app. Choose between the following options:

*Windows 10 PC and the Fitbit app
*Mac or Windows 7/8 PC and the Fitbit Connect app

See below for detailed instructions on how to install the apps and download playlists.

Keep in mind you can only transfer files that you own or don’t require a license.

For information on how to use the Deezer app (User-added image) to download playlists to your watch, see How do I listen to Deezer playlists on my Fitbit watch?

If you live in the United States, you can also use the Pandora app (User-added image) to download stations to your watch. For more information, see How do I listen to Pandora stations on my Fitbit watch?

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What types of music and podcast files can I download to my Fitbit watch?

The music and podcast file types you can download to your watch depend on whether you use a PC or a Mac. Note that some older songs may not transfer due to copyright protections (known as DRM encryption).

PC:
  • MP3 files
  • MP4 files with AAC audio
  • WMA files
Mac: 
  • MP3 files
  • MP4 files with AAC audio

Can I transfer songs I downloaded through streaming services?

You can transfer music you purchased. Currently, you can’t transfer songs you downloaded through paid streaming services such as Apple Music and Microsoft Groove. If you have a paid Deezer subscription, you can use the Deezer app (User-added image) to download playlists to your watch. For more information, see How do I listen to Deezer playlists on my watch? If you live in the United States, you can also use the Pandora app (User-added image) to download stations for offline listening. For more information, see How do I listen to Pandora stations on my Fitbit watch?

How many songs and podcasts can I store on my Fitbit watch?

Store over 300 songs and podcasts on your watch depending on the file sizes. For example, a 60-minute podcast takes up more storage space than a 3-minute song.

How do I download playlists to my Fitbit watch?

To download music and podcasts to your watch, create at least 1 playlist of songs or podcasts in iTunes or Windows Media Player to download to your watch. If you use the Fitbit app on Windows 10, you can also create playlists in the Fitbit Music app using the drag-and-drop feature to add individual tracks. 
If you use iTunes, make sure you approve the app to share playlists with your watch:
Open iTunes on your computer > Edit > Preferences > Advanced Share iTunes Library XML with other applications > OK.
To transfer the music to your watch, choose your device. 
  • Mac

    Part 1

    Start here the first time you download playlists to your watch. If you previously downloaded playlists, skip to Part 2 to download new music and podcasts.

    Connect to Wi-Fi

    Make sure your watch and your Mac are able to be connect to the same Wi-Fi network:

    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
    2. Tap Wi-Fi Settings.
    3. Tap or click Add Network and follow the on-screen instructions to add your Wi-Fi network or check the Network list to make sure it’s already listed.
    4. Tap the network name > Connect.
    5. To see which network your computer is on, click the Wi-Fi symbol (User-added image) on your screen. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your watch.
    If you have trouble connecting your watch to Wi-Fi, see Why won't my Fitbit watch connect to Wi-Fi?


    Install Fitbit Connect

    Install a free software application called Fitbit Connect that lets you download music and podcasts from your iTunes Library to your watch. 
    1. On your Mac, go to http://www.fitbit.com/setup.
    2. Scroll down and click the option to Download for Mac.
    3. Double-click Install Fitbit Connect.pkg. The Fitbit Connect installer opens.
    4. Click Continue to move through the installer. 
    5. After the Fitbit Connect window appears, continue to Part 2. 

    Part 2

    1. For best results, sync your watch in the Fitbit app, and then disable Bluetooth temporarily on your phone and computer.
    2. Plug your watch into the charger.
    3. In the Fitbit Connect window on your computer, click Manage My Music.
    4. If prompted, log in to your Fitbit account.
    5. On your watch, open the Music app (User-added image) and then tap Transfer Music. Note that you may need to scroll down to see the transfer button.
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    6. Wait a few moments for your watch to connect. Note this can sometimes take a minute or two.
    7. When prompted, follow the on-screen instructions on your Mac to choose the playlists you want to download to your watch. After you choose a playlist, the download starts automatically.
    8. Note that if you take several minutes to pick your first playlist, Wi-Fi may disconnect to preserve your battery. Tap the Transfer Music button again to reconnect and continue choosing your playlists.
    To see music transfer in action, watch our video (English only).

  • Windows 10 PC

    Part 1

    Start here the first time you download playlists to your watch. If you previously downloaded playlists, skip to Part 2 to download new music and podcasts.

    Install the Fitbit app

    If you haven’t already done so, install the Fitbit app on your computer:

    1. Click the Start button on your PC and open the Windows Store (called Store).
    2. Search for “Fitbit app” and when you find it click Free to download the app. If you’ve never downloaded an app to your computer, you’ll be prompted to create an account with the Windows Store.
    3. Click Microsoft account to sign in with your existing Microsoft account. If you don’t already have an account with Microsoft, follow the on-screen instructions to create a new account.
    4. Open the app after the download is complete.
    5. Log in to your existing Fitbit account.

    Connect to Wi-Fi

    Make sure your watch and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network:
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
    2. Tap or click Wi-Fi Settings.
    3. Tap or click Add Network and follow the on-screen instructions to add your Wi-Fi network or check the Network list to make sure it’s already listed.
    4. Tap the network name > Connect.
    5. To see which network your computer is on, click the Wi-Fi symbol (User-added image) on your screen. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your watch.
    6. If your watch and computer are connected to different networks, manually connect to your watch to the same network as your computer. Return to the Wi-Fi Settings screen in the Fitbit app, tap the network name, and tap Connect.
    If you have trouble connecting your watch to Wi-Fi, see Why won't my Fitbit watch connect to Wi-Fi?

    Part 2

    1. For best results, sync your watch in the Fitbit app, and then disable Bluetooth temporarily on your phone and computer.
    2. Plug your watch into the charger. 
    3. On your PC, open the Fitbit app and click the Music icon (User-added image).
    4. Click Personal Music.
    5. On your watch, open the Music app (User-added image) and then tap Transfer Music. Note that you may need to scroll down to see the transfer button.
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    6. Wait a few moments for your watch to connect. Note it can sometimes take a minute or two to connect.
    7. When prompted, follow the on-screen instructions on your PC to choose or create the playlists you want to download to your watch. After you select a playlist, the download starts automatically. Don't minimize the window until the transfer is complete.
    8. Note that if you take several minutes to pick your first playlist, Wi-Fi may disconnect to preserve your battery. Tap the Transfer Music button again to reconnect and continue choosing your playlists.
    To see music transfer in action, watch our video (English only).

     
  • Windows 7 or 8 PC

    Part 1

    Start here the first time you download playlists to your watch. If you previously downloaded playlists, skip to Part 2 to download new music and podcasts.

    Connect to Wi-Fi

    Make sure your watch and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network:

    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
    2. Tap Wi-Fi Settings.
    3. Tap or click Add Network and follow the on-screen instructions to add your Wi-Fi network or check the Network list to make sure it’s already listed.
    4. Tap the network name > Connect.
    5. To see which network your computer is on, click the Wi-Fi symbol (User-added image) on your screen. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your watch.
    If you have trouble connecting your watch to Wi-Fi, see Why won't my Fitbit watch connect to Wi-Fi?


    Install Fitbit Connect

    Install a free software application called Fitbit Connect that lets you download music and podcasts from your iTunes Library or Windows Media Player to your watch. 
    1. On your PC, go to http://www.fitbit.com/setup.
    2. Scroll down and click the option to Download for Windows.
    3. Double-click Install Fitbit Connect.pkg. The Fitbit Connect installer opens.
    4. Click Continue to move through the installer. 
    5. After the Fitbit Connect window appears, continue to Part 2. 

    Part 2

    1. For best results, sync your watch in the Fitbit app, and then disable Bluetooth temporarily on your phone and computer.
    2. Plug your watch into the charger.
    3. On your computer, open Fitbit Connect and then choose Manage My Music.
    4. If prompted, log in to your Fitbit account.
    5. On your watch, open the Music app (User-added image) and then tap Transfer Music. Note that you may need to scroll down to see the transfer button.
      User-added image
    6. Wait a few moments for your watch to connect. Note this can sometimes take a minute or two.
    7. When prompted, follow the on-screen instructions on your computer to choose the playlists you want to download to your watch. After you choose a playlist, the download starts automatically.
    8. Note that if you take several minutes to pick your first playlist, Wi-Fi may disconnect to preserve your battery. Tap the Transfer Music button again to reconnect and continue choosing your playlists.

How do I listen to music and podcasts on my Fitbit watch?

To listen to music and podcasts:
  1. After you download at least 1 playlist, connect a Bluetooth audio device, such as Fitbit Flyer headphones or a Bluetooth speaker, to your watch. For more information, see How do I connect Bluetooth audio devices to my Fitbit watch?
  2. Open the Music app (User-added image) on your watch and tap a playlist. If you downloaded multiple playlists, you may need to scroll down to choose the one you want.
     
  3. Tap a track and then tap the play button.
Open the music controls to change tracks or control volume. From any screen, press and hold the back button on your watch and swipe to the Music Controls screen instead of opening the Music app. 

How do I delete or manage playlists on my Fitbit watch?

Choose to delete individual playlists or all personal music stored on your watch. Use your computer to choose which playlists to delete or use the Fitbit app on your phone to delete all music stored on your watch without needing to connect to Wi-Fi. Note that you can add new playlists and delete existing ones at the same time.

Delete Individual Playlists

  1. Plug your watch into the charger. 
  2. For Windows 10, follow the steps above to open Personal Music in the Fitbit app on your computer.

    For Mac or Windows 7/8 PC, open Fitbit Connect on your computer > Manage My Music.

    Note that your watch and computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. On your watch, open the Music app (User-added image) and then tap Transfer Music. Note that you may need to scroll down to see the transfer button.
  4. Wait a few moments for your watch to connect. After your watch connects, on your computer screen you’ll see the list of playlists downloaded to your watch. 
  5. Click the checkbox next to the playlist(s) you want to delete. The update will begin immediately.

Delete All Music

  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard on your phone, tap the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
  2. Tap Media Personal Music.
  3. Tap Remove All Personal Music

Why can't I download playlists to my Fitbit watch?

If you have trouble downloading your playlists, review the troubleshooting steps in Why can't I download music and podcasts to my Fitbit watch?

Do I need to have my phone nearby to listen to music and podcasts?

You can leave your phone at home. After you download your playlists and connect a Bluetooth audio device to your watch, you can listen to your tracks anywhere.

How do I control music on my Fitbit watch?

For more information about the music controls, see How do I control music with my Fitbit device?

Why can’t I download my personal music playlists in Microsoft Groove?

Microsoft Groove doesn’t support third-party app access to your playlists. Instead, download playlists from Windows Media Player to your watch.

Why can’t Fitbit’s music service find my playlists?

If you store music outside of the Music folder on your computer, our music service may not find your files. Add your folders to the list of folders the music service searches so it can find your playlists. 

To add folders, choose your device:
  • Windows 10 PC
    1. On your computer, open the Fitbit app.
    2. Click the Account icon (User-added image) > your device image. 
    3. Click Media > Personal Music.
    4. Click Personal Music Settings.
    5. Under Search Other Locations, click + Add Folder
    6. Find the folder where you store your music and click Select Folder.
    7. Check to see if our music service found your playlists. If not, you may need to add more folders.
  • Mac and Windows 7/8 PC
    1. On your computer, open Fitbit Connect and then choose Manage My Music.
    2. Click the gear icon (User-added image) in the top right corner > Advanced Settings.
    3. Click the + to add the folders where you store your music to the Music folders list and then click Ok.
    4. Check to see if our music service found your playlists. If not, you may need to add more folders.
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Last updated: August 8, 2018
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