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Do You Need A Smartphone for Fitbit?

by Nathan Zachary
Do You Need A Smartphone for Fitbit?

Whether you’re a gym rat or just want to track your daily exercise, the Fitbit has become one of the most popular fitness trackers on the market. But what if you don’t have a smartphone? Or if your phone isn’t compatible with Fitbits? Don’t worry: You can still use your Fitbit even without connecting it to an app.

Can you sync a Fitbit to your phone?

One of the most common questions people ask when they’re considering getting a smartwatch is, “Can I sync my Fitbit to my phone?” While the answer is yes and no.

  • You can sync your Fitbit via Bluetooth (you’ll need to download the Fitbit app). This will allow you to track your steps and calories burned from your watch’s display as well as through text messages sent from an iPhone or Android device running the app.
  • You can also sync wirelessly with Wi-Fi by connecting it directly with a computer using USB cable or wirelessly using Wi-Fi instead if there isn’t room for both features on one device (such as laptops).

What is Fitbit used for?

How does a Fitbit work? Fitbit is used for tracking your fitness and health. When you have a Fitbit, you have access to all of the following fitness data:

  • Steps taken per day, week and month. You can also see how many miles you’ve walked or run in one day or week. This information helps keep track of how active you are each day so that it’s easier to make healthy lifestyle changes over time.* Calories burned per hour during exercise sessions (again, based on distance). This can help motivate those who want to lose weight! There are also calorie goals set by users themselves which they can reach by logging their activity level into MyFitnessPal.* Distance traveled since last sync with Apple Health App (or Google Fit). This will show how far away from home someone lives (or works) so they know whether they’re getting enough “quality” sleep at night–or not!

How do Fitbits track sleep?

The Fitbit Charge HR tracks your sleep by monitoring your heart rate and movement. This is done through its built-in sensors, which are also used to track steps, calories burned and distance walked.

When you’re sleeping, the device can detect when you’re in bed or not by monitoring how long it takes for your heart rate to slow down after waking up. If a person has been awake for longer than an hour at night (or if there are other signs of restlessness), then they were likely sleeping less than five hours per night rather than six or seven like normal people would do when resting their bodies completely.

What is Fitbit and how does it work?

Fitbit is a wearable fitness tracker that can track your activity, sleep, and calories burned. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and has a dashboard where you can see all of your data in an easy-to-read format. You’ll also be able to connect with other people who have Fitbits (or other devices) so that you can compare notes on what works best for each of you!

Can you use a Fitbit without the app?

If you want to use your Fitbit without the app, then it is possible. You can sync it with your phone or computer and receive notifications about your activity level. However, this will not allow you to track any information related to sleep patterns or weight loss goals that are tracked using the app.

If you have an older version of the Fitbit Charge 2 (or other models), there are still ways for them to connect with their devices:

  • If they were purchased before November 2018—then they can be synced via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology
  • The Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale must also be connected directly with their application software


So, yes, you can live without a smartphone. But if you want to use your Fitbit with your phone for more advanced features like text notifications and exercise tracking, then it’s worth getting one as well.

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