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Fitbit For Dummies

Published: July 11, 2019

Overview

Take a complete tour of the Fitbit ecosystem

From Fitbit features to the Fitbit app to the social features of Fitbit.com, this approachable book covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your Fitbit wristband or watch. Whether you’re a fitness newcomer, a regular walker, or a long-time exerciser, your Fitbit is a powerful device that can tell you much more than how many steps you take each day. This book offers easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for tracking all that data and getting the most out of your Fitbit investment. 

  • Go beyond steps to track sleep, heart rate, weight, and more
  • Set up your health and fitness goals — then go for them!
  • Connect to third-party apps such as Strava and Weight Watchers
  • Stay motivated by sharing your activities with friends

It’s one thing to simply wear your Fitbit, but it’s quite another to use your Fitbit to reach your personal health goals. Whether that goal is to get fit, lose weight, eat better, or reduce stress, your Fitbit has settings and features that can help you get there. And this book shows you how!

Take a complete tour of the Fitbit ecosystem

From Fitbit features to the Fitbit app to the social features of Fitbit.com, this approachable book covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your Fitbit wristband or watch. Whether you’re a fitness newcomer, a regular walker, or a long-time exerciser, your Fitbit is a powerful device that can tell you much more than how many steps you take each day. This book offers easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for tracking all that data and getting the most out of your Fitbit investment. 

  • Go beyond steps to track sleep, heart rate, weight, and more
  • Set up your health and fitness goals — then go for them!
  • Connect to third-party apps such as Strava and Weight Watchers
  • Stay motivated by sharing your activities with friends
  • It’s one thing to simply wear your Fitbit, but it’s quite another to use your Fitbit to reach your personal health goals. Whether that goal is to get fit, lose weight, eat better, or reduce stress, your Fitbit has settings and features that can help you get there. And this book shows you how!

    Fitbit For Dummies Cheat Sheet

    Having a Fitbit is all about getting fit and living a healthier lifestyle by tracking what you do and what you eat each day. Sure, you can try keeping all your activities and meals in your head, but believe me that doesn’t work. It’s always better just to let your Fitbit handle the hard part, which leaves you free to focus on the bigger picture. This Cheat Sheet helps you with that broader view by telling you everything — yes, everything — you need to know to get and maintain health and fitness. You also learn the most useful Fitbit account settings.

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    How to Send a Friend Request from Your Fitbit

    The folks at Fitbit are well aware of the significant benefits that accrue when you make your self-tracking public, so they’ve built tons of social features, like making friends, into the Fitbit app. You might be leery of letting Fitbit rummage around in your contacts, but the company promises not to send anything to a contact without your permission. If that seems reasonable, you need to give the Fitbit app permission to access your contacts and then send your request: 1. In the Fitbit app, select Community. 2. Select the Friends tab.

    The Friends tab is where the Fitbit app will eventually list all your friends, ranked in descending order of total steps taken over the past week. For now, it’s either empty or you see just yourself, as shown in the Android version in the following figure.

    3. Select the Add Friend icon (labeled in the figure). 4. Select the Contacts tab. 5. Give Fitbit permission to access your contacts:
      • Android: Tap Enable, and when your Android asks you to confirm, tap Allow.
      • iOS: Tap Connect Contacts, and when iOS asks you to confirm, tap OK.
      • Windows 10: Select Open Settings to run the Settings app, which automatically displays the Contacts tab of the Privacy page. Select Change, turn on the Contacts Access for This Device switch, and then turn on the Fitbit switch. Restart the Fitbit app, repeat Steps 1 through 4, and then skip to Step 6. (Note that the switch is green when it’s on.)

    The Fitbit app’s Contacts tab now displays two lists. At the top you see X Contacts with Fitbit, where X is the number of people the Fitbit app found in your contacts who have a Fitbit account. Below that list you see the Contacts without Fitbit list.

    6. Select the Add Friend icon beside the contact you want to add.

    The Add Friend icon turns into a clock icon, indicating that the app is waiting for the other person to accept (or — horrors! — reject) your friend request.

    How to send a friend request to your Facebook friends

    If you know some people on Facebook who have a Fitbit, it might be easier to add them as Fitbit friends by letting the Fitbit app scour your Facebook connections. Fitbit claims that they won’t reach out to any Facebook friend without asking you first, so why not? Before this can happen, you have to give the Fitbit app permission to access your Facebook account.

    In the sections that follow, you give Fitbit permission to access your Facebook account. If, down the road, you want to revoke that permission, you have to do it on the Facebook site. Log in to your Facebook account, select Settings→Apps and Websites, select the Fitbit check box, and then select Remove.

    Using the Fitbit app to send a Facebook friend request

    Here are the steps to follow to ship out a request to a Facebook friend by using the Fitbit app: 1. Select Community. 2. Select the Friends tab. 3. Select the Add Friend icon (labeled in the figure). 4. Select the Facebook tab. 5. Select Connect Facebook.

    The app prompts you to log in to your Facebook account.

    6. Enter your Facebook login credentials, and then select Log In.

    A screen shows you what Facebook permissions you’re giving to the Fitbit app.

    7. Select Continue as Name, where Name is your first name.

    The Fitbit app connects to your Facebook account and examines your friends to see which of them have Fitbit accounts.

    The Fitbit app’s Facebook tab now displays a list of your Facebook friends who have a Fitbit account.

    8. Select the Add Friend icon beside the Facebook friend you want to add.

    The Add Friend icon turns into a clock icon, indicating that the app is waiting for the other person to accept (or summarily reject) your friend request.

    Using Fitbit.com to send a Facebook friend request

    Here are the steps to follow to send a request to a Facebook friend by using Fitbit.com: 1. Go to Fitbit app and log in to your account. 2. In the Friends tile, select Connect Facebook.

    Fitbit prompts you to log in to your Facebook account.

    3. Enter your Facebook login credentials, and then select Log In.

    A screen shows you what Facebook permissions you’re giving to the Fitbit app.

    4. Select Continue as Name, where Name is your first name.

    Fitbit connects to your Facebook account. After a few moments, the Friends tile displays a list of your Facebook friends who have a Fitbit account.

    5. Select the Add Friend button beside the person you want to add.

    By default, Fitbit displays only a few Facebook friends in the Friends tile. To see the rest of your Fitbit-connected Facebook friends, hover the mouse pointer over the Friends tile, select See More and then select the Show All link that appears above your Facebook friends list (which Fitbit labels May We Suggest).

    The Add Friend icon turns into a clock icon, indicating that Fitbit is waiting for the other person to accept (or — say it isn’t so — reject) your friend request.

    How to send a friend request by email

    If you know the email address of a person’s Fitbit account, you can send a friend request to that email address.

    Using the Fitbit app to send an email friend request

    Here are the steps to follow to send an email friend request by using the Fitbit app: 1. In the Fitbit app, select Community. 2. Select the Friends tab. 3. Select the Add Friend icon (labeled in the figure). 4. Select the Email tab. 5. Enter the person’s email address.

    When the address is complete, the Fitbit app displays a friend request for that person.

    6. Select the Add Friend icon beside the friend request.

    The Add Friend icon turns into a clock icon, indicating that the app is waiting for the other person to accept (or — boo! — reject) your friend request.

    Using Fitbit.com to send an email friend request

    Here are the steps to follow to send one or more email friend requests using Fitbit.com: 1. Go to Fitbit and log in to your account. 2. In the Friends tile, select Invite Friends.

    If you’ve already connected your Facebook account to Fitbit, you won’t see the Invite Friends link. Instead, hover your mouse pointer over the Friends tile, select Find Friends and then select Invite by Email.

    Fitbit displays the Invite Friends by Email window.

    3. In the Email Addresses text box, enter an email address for each person you want to invite.

    When you complete an address, type a space or a comma or press tab to complete the address and move to the next one.

    Fitbit displays a sneak peek of your friend request in the Message Preview pane.

    4. When you’ve entered all your addresses, select Send Invitation.

    Fitbit ships out your friend requests.

    How to send a friend request by using a Fitbit username

    If you know a person’s Fitbit username, follow these steps to send a friend request to that person: 1. In the Fitbit app, select Community. 2. Select the Friends tab. 3. Select the Add Friend icon (labeled in the figure). 4. Select the Username tab. 5. Enter the person’s username.

    When the username is complete, the Fitbit app displays a friend request for that person.

    6. Select the Add Friend icon beside the friend request.

    The Add Friend icon turns into a clock icon, indicating that the app is waiting for the other person to accept (or ungratefully reject) your friend request.

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    8 Ways to Connect Your Fitbit to Third Parties

    When you monitor your personal stats throughout the day by using your Fitbit device, the Fitbit app, and the Fitbit.com online Dashboard, it’s easy to fall into a Fitbit-only mindset. It’s a big world out there, and Fitbit isn’t the only fitness and health game in town. Other fitness and health apps include as Strava and Weight Watchers; other fitness devices include Alexa and Cortana; and other types of content for your Fitbit include music and podcasts. Fortunately, because Fitbit is by far the most popular activity tracking company, many third parties have been eager to set up ways to connect their products to the Fitbit ecosystem. Here, you explore the myriad ways that you can connect your Fitbit to these third-party apps, devices, and content.

    Share Fitbit data on Strava

    It’s easy to connect with friends and groups to share your latest and greatest achievements. But if you’re a dedicated exerciser or athlete, chances are you already have an account on Strava, which means it probably makes more sense to share data between your Fitbit account and your Strava account. After you connect Fitbit and Strava, two things happen:
    • All GPS-related activities that you track with your Fitbit are synced to your Strava account.
    • All the activities that you track via Strava are added to your daily and weekly Fitbit stats.
    Note that none of the preceding includes activities prior to making the connection between your two accounts. If you want to get your historical Fitbit data into Strava, you need to export the data.

    If you have a Fitbit watch, open the Strava app to see your ten most recent runs or rides.

    Connecting Fitbit and Strava by using the Strava app

    To connect your Fitbit and Strava accounts by using the Strava app, follow these steps: 1. Get started in the Strava app:
      • Android: Tap Menu→Settings→Link Other Services. Then tap Connect a Device to Strava.
      • iOS: Tap More→Settings→Applications, Services, and Devices. Then tap Connect a New Device to Strava.
    2. Tap Fitbit. 3. Tap Connect Fitbit.

    Strava prompts you to log in to your Fitbit account.

    4. Type your Fitbit email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    Strava prompts you to log in to your Strava account.

    5. Type your Strava email address and password, and then tap Log In. 6. Tap Authorize.

    Fitbit asks you to choose which data you want to allow Strava to access, as shown.

    7. Tap the Allow All check box.

    Note that you don’t have to share everything with Strava. For example, there’s probably not much point sharing your weight or your Fitbit profile with Strava.

    8. Tap to deselect the check box beside each item you don’t want to share. 9. Tap the Allow button.

    Strava displays an overview of the sharing process.

    10. Tap OK, Got It. 11. Tap Done.

    Fitbit and Strava share any GPS-based activities that you track with one or the other.

    Connecting Fitbit and Strava on the web

    To connect Fitbit and Strava online by using a web browser, follow these steps: 1. Surf to Strava online. 2. Click Connect.

    Strava prompts you to authorize Fitbit to connect to Strava.

    3. Click Authorize.

    Fitbit prompts you to log in to your Fitbit account.

    4. Type your Fitbit email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    Fitbit asks you to choose which data you want to allow Strava to access.

    5. Click the Allow All check box (or select the check box beside only those items you want to share), and then tap the Allow button.

    Strava displays an overview of the sharing process.

    6. Click OK, Got It.

    Fitbit and Strava share any GPS-based activities that you track with one or the other.

    Share Fitbit data on Weight Watchers

    If you’re a member of Weight Watchers, wouldn’t it be great if you could convert your Fitbit activities into Weight Watchers activity points, or FitPoints in Weight Watchers lingo? Why, yes, it would — and you can. Just connect your Fitbit account with your Weight Watchers account and your Fitbit activities will be automatically synced to your Weight Watchers profile. Sweet!

    Connecting Fitbit and Weight Watchers by using the Weight Watchers app

    To connect your Fitbit and Weight Watchers accounts by using the Weight Watchers app, follow these steps: 1. Get started in the Weight Watchers app:
      • Android: Tap Profile→Settings. Then tap Activity Settings→Activity Sync.
      • iOS: Tap Profile→Settings. Then tap Activity Settings→Device.
    2. To connect a Fitbit activity tracker, tap Device.

    To connect a Fitbit Aria 2 smart scale, tap Wireless Scale.

    3. Tap Fitbit.

    Weight Watchers prompts you to log in to your Fitbit account.

    4. Type your Fitbit email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    Fitbit asks you to choose which data you want to allow Weight Watchers to access.

    5. Tap the Allow All check box.

    Note that you don’t have to share everything with Weight Watchers. For example, there’s probably not much point sharing your sleep, your friends, or your Fitbit profile with Weight Watchers.

    6. Tap to deselect the check box beside each item you don’t want to share. 7. Tap the Allow button.

    Fitbit shares the data you selected with your Weight Watchers account.

    Connecting Fitbit and Weight Watchers on the web

    To connect your Fitbit and Weight Watchers accounts online by using a web browser, follow these steps: 1. Surf to Weight Watchers website. (in Canada; in the UK) 2. Log in to your account. 3. Click Account→Settings. 4. Click Device.

    If you’ve previously connected a device with your Weight Watchers account, you need to remove it because Weight Watchers allows only one connected device at a time. To remove the device, click the Device logo or click Disconnect.

    Fitbit prompts you to log in to your Fitbit account.

    5. Type your Fitbit email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    Fitbit asks you to choose which data you want to allow Weight Watchers to access.

    6. Click the Allow All check box (or select the check box beside only those items you want to share), and then tap Allow. Fitbit shares the data you selected in Step 6 with your Weight Watchers account. To get your Fitbit data synced to your Weight Watchers profile right away (and any time you feel like it), click Menu→My Day. Next, click the Activity tab, and then click the Sync with Your Fitbit App link, which appears at the bottom of the Activity tab.

    Share Fitbit data with MyFitnessPal

    MyFitnessPal is a calorie-counting app that enables you to track food (calories in) and exercises (calories out) to achieve a goal weight. It’s one of the most popular health and fitness apps, and you can connect it to your Fitbit for easier tracking.

    Connecting Fitbit and MyFitnessPal by using the MyFitnessPal app

    Follow these steps to connect your Fitbit and MyFitnessPal accounts by using the MyFitnessPal app: 1. Get started in the MyFitnessPal app:
      • Android: Tap Menu→Apps and Devices.
      • iOS: Tap More→Apps and Devices.
    2. Tap Fitbit Tracker. 3. Tap Connect.

    MyFitnessPal prompts you to log in to your MyFitnessPal account.

    4. Type your MyFitnessPal email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    MyFitnessPal prompts you to log in to your Fitbit account.

    5. Type your Fitbit email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    Fitbit asks you to choose which data you want to allow MyFitnessPal to access.

    6. Tap Allow All.

    Unfortunately, MyFitnessPal insists that you share all your Fitbit data. If you try to share only some data, the connection with fail. Boo, MyFitnessPal!

    7. Tap Allow.

    Fitbit will now share your data with your MyFitnessPal account.

    Connecting Fitbit and MyFitnessPal on the web

    To connect your Fitbit and MyFitnessPal accounts online using a web browser, follow these steps: 1. Surf to https://myfitnesspal.com/ and then log in to your account. 2. Click Apps. 3. Click Fitbit Tracker. 4. Click Connect. 5. If prompted, type your Fitbit email address and password, and then tap Log In.

    Fitbit asks you to choose which data you want to allow MyFitnessPal to access

    6. Click the Allow All check box and then click the Allow button. Fitbit now shares your data with your MyFitnessPal account.

    Share Fitbit data with other apps

    In the previous three sections I talk about the specific steps to take to connect your Fitbit device and account with three apps: Strava, Weight Watchers, and MyFitnessPal. However, Fitbit trackers are so popular that just about every fitness, health, diet, and weight loss app offers a way to connect to a Fitbit device. To give you an idea, the table offers a list of the apps that have official ties to Fitbit (current as of this writing). *Search your device app store Yep: that’s a lot of apps! Unfortunately, I can’t offer a one-size-fits-all method that enables you to connect any one of these apps to your Fitbit device and account. However, I can do the next best thing and offer a general procedure to try for any app:
    • Using the third-party’s app: Open the app’s Settings or main menu, and then look for a command named something like Apps, Devices, or Connect. Click Fitbit, log in to your Fitbit account if asked, and then choose which data you want to share with the app by using the screen shown previously.
    • Using the third party’s website: Log in to your app account. Open the site’s main menu, and then look for a command named something like Apps, Devices, or Connect. Click Fitbit, log in to your Fitbit account if asked, and then choose which data you want to share with the app by using the screen shown previously.

    Export your Fitbit data

    Fitbits are so popular that almost all major fitness- and health-related apps and services have an option to connect to your Fitbit account. However, you might be using an app or service that doesn’t offer such a connection. Are you out of luck? Perhaps not. Fitbit offers a couple of ways to export your data to a file. If your app or service has a method for importing files, you might be able to import your Fitbit data. Fitbit offers two types of file exports:
    • Single activity TCX file: This Training Center XML (TCX) file includes the GPS data for a run or other activity, as well as data related to the activity such as average heart rate and calories burned.
    • All activities ZIP file: This archive (ZIP) file contains all your Fitbit data. Most of the data comes as either a JavaScript object notation (JSON) file or a comma separated values (CSV) file.
    In practice, you’ll almost always want a TCX file to import into a service. However, I also include the instructions for exporting all your data, just in case you want a record of what Fitbit has stored for you.

    Export an activity as a TCX file

    To export a GPS-tracked activity as a TCX file, follow these steps: 1. Surf to www.fitbit.com and log in to open your Dashboard. 2. In the navigation bar, click Log. 3. Click Activities. 4. Locate the GPS-tracked activity you want to export, and then click the activity’s View Details button. 5. Click the More icon, labeled in the figure, and then click Export as TCX file.

    Fitbit gathers the activity’s data into a TCX file and then downloads that file to your PC.

    As an alternative to Steps 1 through 3, you can head directly to your Activities log by going to Fitbit Activities.

    Export all your Fitbit activities

    To export all your Fitbit data, follow these steps: 1. Point your web browser to www.fitbit.com and log in to open your Dashboard. 2. Click View Settings→Settings. 3. Click Data Export.

    Fitbit opens the Export My Fitbit Data page.

    As an alternative to Steps 1 through 3, you can head directly to this page by going to Fitbit Settings.

    4. Click Request My Data.

    Fitbit sends an email to your Fitbit address asking you to confirm your data request.

    5. In the Fitbit email, click Confirm Export Request.

    Fitbit begins the process of exporting your data. In the Export My Fitbit Data page, you see a Current Export item with a percentage that tells you how far along things have progressed. Click the Refresh icon to see the latest percentage.

    6. When the export preparation is complete (that is, when the percentage in the Current Export item reaches 100), click the Download button.

    Your web browser downloads the file, which is usually named MyFitBitData.zip.

    Connect Fitbit to Alexa

    If you have an Alexa-enabled device at home — such as an Amazon Echo or a third-party speaker that includes Alexa — you can ask Alexa for your current Fitbit stats, including steps taken, flights climbed, and your resting heart rate. To make Alexa Fitbit-aware, you must first enable the Fitbit skill on your Alexa device. To enable the Fitbit skill with your voice, use either of the following commands:
    “Alexa, enable Fitbit.” “Alexa, open Fitbit.”

    If Alexa tells you it can’t find the Fitbit skill, it likely means the skill is not available in your country. Fitbit adds new countries every so often, so keep trying to enable the skill once a month or so.

    You can also enable the Fitbit skill using the Alexa app, as shown in the following steps: 1. In the Alexa app, choose Menu→Skills & Games. 2. Click the Search icon (magnifying glass), and then type fitbit in the Search screen. 3. Tap the Fitbit skill to open its information page. 4. Tap Enable.

    Alexa enables the skill.

    With the Fitbit skill enabled, you invoke the skill by saying “Alexa, ask Fitbit something”, where something can be any of the following:
    • How many steps I’ve taken today
    • How many flights I’ve climbed today
    • How many active minutes I have today
    • How many calories I’ve burned today
    • How far I’ve walked today
    • How I’m doing today
    • How I slept last night
    • If I’ve exercised today
    • How much water I’ve had today
    • What my resting heart rate is
    • How much I weigh
    • About my battery

    Connect Fitbit to Window 10’s Cortana

    If you a Cortana-enabled Windows 10 device, you can ask Cortana to tell you your current Fitbit stats, including steps taken, flights climbed, and your resting heart rate. To get Cortana connected to Fitbit, you must first enable the Fitbit skill on your Windows 10 device. To enable the Fitbit skill, issue the following command:
    “Cortana, ask Fitbit.”
    With the Fitbit skill enabled, you invoke the skill by saying “Cortana, ask Fitbit something”, where something can be any of the following:
    • How many steps I’ve taken today
    • How many flights I’ve climbed today
    • How many active minutes I have today
    • How many calories I’ve burned today
    • How far I’ve walked today
    • How I’m doing today
    • How I slept last night
    • If I’ve exercised today
    • How much water I’ve had today
    • What my resting heart rate is
    • How much I weigh
    • About my battery

    Get the weather on your Fitbit

    If your Fitbit supports apps, one of those apps is called Weather, which can put the current conditions right there on your wrist. Nice. First, though, you need to follow these steps to configure your weather settings: 1. Click Dashboard→Account. 2. Click your Fitbit device. 3. Click Apps.

    If you don’t see the Apps icon, your Fitbit doesn’t support running apps.

    4. Click the Settings icon (gear) next to the Weather app.

    Fitbit displays the Weather app’s Settings screen, shown here.

    5. To change the temperature unit, click Unit and then click either Fahrenheit or Celsius. 6. To add a city to the Weather app:

    Click Add City.

    Start typing the name of the city.

    Click the full name of the city when it appears in Fitbit’s list of cities that match what you’ve typed so far.

    7. Click the Back icon (<) until you return to the Account screen.

    Fitbit syncs the new settings to the Weather app.

    If you add multiple cities to the Weather app, you can switch between cities in the app by swiping left or right.

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    How to Set Up a Fitbit Family Account

    If you want to get your kids doing the Fitbit thing, you probably want to get them a Fitbit Ace, which is a tracker designed for kids. However, to set up the Ace, you first need to create a family account, which is a special subset of your Fitbit friends that has only family members.

    How to create a family account

    Run through the following steps to get a family account set up in the Fitbit app:
    1. Select Dashboard→Account to open the Account screen.
    2. Select Create Family Account. The app displays an overview of the family account.
    3. Select Create Family. The app creates a new family for you and sets you up as the main guardian.
    Wow, “guardian” sure sounds impressive, but what does it mean? A family guardian can add and remove other guardians, invite family members to join, and create accounts for children, which includes setting up a Fitbit Ace. The next few sections describe these tasks.

    How to add a family guardian

    Before you can invite a friend to be a guardian, that person must make their birthday info available so that Fitbit can make sure the person is at least 18 years old. So, your first chore is to ask all the people who you want to invite to be guardians to make their birthday available to their Fitbit friends. Here are the steps each person needs to follow:
    1. In the Fitbit app, select Dashboard→Account.
    2. Select Privacy.
    3. Select Birthday.
    4. Select the Friends radio button. Fitbit now makes the person’s birthday info visible to friends only.
    Friends can also make their birthday info visible using Fitbit.com. They should log in and select View Profile→View Account Settings→Privacy (or go directly to Fitbit Privacy). Next, select Birthday and then select Friends Only. With that out of the way, to invite one of your Fitbit friends to be a family guardian (which also adds that person to your family account), follow these steps in the Fitbit app:
    1. Select Dashboard→Account.

      You need to use the Fitbit app here because there’s no way to invite a friend to be a guardian online by using Fitbit.com.

    2. Select My Family. The app displays the My Family screen.
    3. Select Add Guardians. In the Android app, first tap the Add icon (+) and then tap Add Guardians.
    4. Select the Invite icon beside the person you want to invite to be a guardian. The app sends the invitation to the friend.

    How to invite others to the family account

    Want to invite an adult family member to join your family account, but you don’t want the person to be a guardian? Follow these steps to invite that person:
    1. Select Dashboard→Account.

      You need to use the Fitbit app because there’s no way to invite people to join your family account online by using Fitbit.com.

    2. Select My Family. The app displays the My Family screen.
    3. Select Invite Members. In the Android app, first tap the Add icon (+) and then tap Invite Members.
    4. Select the Invite icon beside the person you want to invite to join your family account. The app sends the invitation to the friend.

    How to handle a family invitation

    When a family invitation request comes in through Fitbit, one of the following occurs:
    • Android or Windows 10: You see a notification onscreen. Select View to open the invitation.
    • iOS: You see a badge on the Fitbit app’s Notifications icon. Tap Notifications, tap Messages if it isn’t already displayed, and then tap the invitation.
    With the invitation displayed, select Join Family.

    How to create a child account

    Creating a child account means both setting up an account on Fitbit and pairing an Ace tracker with the Android, iOS, or Windows 10 device the child will use to run a scaled-down version of the Fitbit app. Here’s how it works:
    1. On the device your child will use to run the Fitbit app, install the Fitbit app, and then use the app to log in to your Fitbit account.
    2. Select Dashboard→Account.

      You need to use the Fitbit app because you can’t create a child account online by using Fitbit.com.

    3. Select My Family. The app displays the My Family screen.
    4. Select Create Child Account. In the Android app, first tap the Add icon (+) and then tap Create Child Account. The app prompts you for your Fitbit account password.
    5. Enter your Fitbit password, and then select Confirm. The Fitbit app displays some privacy info.
    6. Select Next, and then select I Agree. The Add Child screen appears. The iOS version is shown in the following figure.
    7. Fill in the child’s info, and the select Next.

      If you have an eyebrow raised because Fitbit want to know your child’s gender, birthday, and height, know that this information is visible only to you, to any other guardian in your family account, and to the child.

      Fitbit prompts you to pair the device with your child’s Ace. Make sure the Ace is nearby (within about 33 feet) before proceeding.
    8. Select Pair with This Device. When Fitbit asks you to confirm, select Yes. The Fitbit app switches to Kid View, which is the scaled-down app interface that your child will use.
    9. Select Set Up a Kid-Compatible Tracker, and then select Ace.
    10. Select Set Up Ace for Name, where Name is your child’s name. Fitbit displays its terms and policies legal stuff.
    11. Read (wink, wink) the terms and policies, and then select I Agree. Fitbit displays several introductory screens for the Ace tracker.
    12. Select Next on each screen until the Fitbit app locates the Ace tracker. Fitbit displays a four-digit number on the Ace display.
    13. In the Fitbit app, enter the four-digit number to pair the device to the Ace. If you see a screen telling you that an update is available for the tracker, select Update Ace.
    14. Follow the onscreen introduction to the Ace tracker by selecting Next on each screen that appears. When the introduction is complete, the app displays the Dashboard in Kid View.

    On your child’s device, if you want full access to all Fitbit app features and settings, you need to switch to Parent View. Select Dashboard→Account→Switch to Parent View. When the app asks you to confirm, select Switch to Parent View, enter your Fitbit password, and then select Confirm. To return to Kid View, select Dashboard→Account→My Family, select the child’s account in the Children section, and then select Switch to Kid View.

    If you need to delete a child account, select Dashboard→Account→My Family to display your family members. In the Android app, tap and hold down on the child’s name, and then tap Remove; in the iOS app, swipe left on the child’s name, and then tap Remove; in the Windows 10 app, tap the Edit icon (pencil) and then select the Remove icon (X) next to the child’s account. In all versions of the app, you now select Delete Child Account & Data, enter your Fitbit password, and then select Confirm.