How to Sync Fitbit Data to a Phone or Computer

1 Introduction

Your Fitbit tracker captures and records activity throughout the course of the day. In order to see the data your tracker has captured, your device needs to be able to synchronize its information with the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Tools You'll Need:
  • If you wish to sync your Fitbit to a computer, you will need the USB Fitbit dongle.
Before You Begin:
Fitbit app must be installed.
Fitbit Tracker

2 Choose Your Platform

Before we proceed, what kind of device will you be synchronizing your Fitbit device with?

? What kind of device will you be synchronizing your Fitbit device with?

  1. I'm using an Android or iOS device
  2. I'm using a Windows Computer
  3. I'm using an Apple Mac Computer

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Your Fitbit tracker captures and records activity throughout the course of the day. In order to see the data your tracker has captured, your device needs to be able to synchronize its information with the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Tools You'll Need:
  • If you wish to sync your Fitbit to a computer, you will need the USB Fitbit dongle.
Before You Begin:
Fitbit app must be installed.
Fitbit Tracker
Before we proceed, what kind of device will you be synchronizing your Fitbit device with?
  1. Open your Fitbit App.
    Fitbit
  2. On the bottom of the screen, tap Account.
    Account
  3. Tap the device you want to sync.
    List of devices on the Account page
  4. Make sure All Day Sync is on. You can tap Sync Now to sync immediately.
    Sync Options showing All Day Sync and Sync Now
  1. To get a look at the data that was synced, open the Fitbit App.
    Fitbit
  2. The main page of the app is your Dashboard. It displays the number of steps, miles, and total calories burned. All of this is captured by your Fitbit device and synchronized with the Fitbit app.
    Fitbit dashboard with your fitness stats

After your Fitbit device is setup initially, it will automatically begin synchronizing with your device of choice when it is within 20 feet of it. However, synchronizing your Fitbit manually is also an option by following these steps.

  1. Make sure your Fitbit's USB dongle or cradle is connected to your computer.
    FitBit USB dongle.
  2. In the lower right hand corner of your screen, click the Show Hidden Icons arrow of your Taskbar.
    Windows 10 system tray highlighting the show hidden icons button.
  3. Locate the Fitbit app icon within the system tray.
    Windows 10 system tray highlighting the FitBit app icon.
  4. Hover your mouse pointer over the Fitbit icon and Right Click it. It's context menu will appear.
    Windows 10 system tray displaying the right-click menu for the FitBit app.
  5. Select Sync Now to begin a manual synchronization of your Fitbit device.
    Windows 10 system tray displaying the right-click menu for the FitBit app with sync now highlighted.
  6. The Fitbit app will open and begin looking for your Fitbit device to synchronize to.
    Searching for people
  7. If prompted, log into your Fitbit account.
    Login prompt
  8. You will be presented with a completion screen if the synchronization was successful.
    Sync complete
  1. Open the Fitbit Connect software on your Windows PC or Apple Mac computer.
    Fitbit Connect icon
  2. From here, you will be presented with the Fitbit Dashboard.
    FitBit app dashboard displaying all currently captured data.
  3. Above is the default view of the Fitbit Dashboard, which shows a variety of different metrics that your Fitbit device tracks (Data can also be logged manually).

After your Fitbit device is setup initially, it will automatically begin synchronizing with your device of choice when it is within 20 feet of it. However, synchronizing your Fitbit manually is also an option by following these steps.

  1. Make sure your Fitbit's USB dongle or cradle is connected to your computer.
    FitBit USB dongle.
  2. Locate and select the Fitbit icon along the upper toolbar of your Mac.
    macOS menu bar highlighting the FitBit app icon.
  3. Select Sync Now.
    macOS menu bar highlighting the FitBit app icon having been extended with sync now selected.
  4. The Fitbit app will open and begin looking for your Fitbit device to synchronize to.
    FitBit app opened searching for available devices.
  5. If prompted, log into your Fitbit account. 
  6. You will be presented with a completion screen if the synchronization was successful.
    FitBit app confirming a successful synchronization operation.
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