Google to acquire Fitbit in 2021 for $2.1 billion. Now after almost two years, the company is ready to bring all the existing users of Fitbit in its fold. The company announced today that starting this summer, all Fitbit users will need a Google Account to access their health information in the Fitbit app. This means that all existing Fitbit users will need to connect their Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches to their Google Accounts.
But there is a catch. Fitbit users don’t need to leave their Fitbit accounts and migrate to their Google accounts right away. Instead, the company is giving them until 2025 to make the change. If existing Fitbit users fail to make the switch by then, they have a chance of losing all access to their Fitbit app data and their health information.
“If you are an existing Fitbit user, you will have the option to transfer your Fitbit experience to a Google Account. You don’t need to move to a Google Account right away, but will need to transfer through 2025,” Google shared in a blog. Post,
Google says this change will give users a more unified experience and eliminate the need for two separate accounts to access their health information on a Fitbit fitness tracker or smartwatch. “With a Google Account you’ll get a more Fitbit experience and all of your historical data, along with the benefits of a Google Account,” the company said.
While the company hasn’t announced the exact date yet, a few days from now, existing Fitbit users will start getting a prompt to open the Fitbit app. Clicking on this prompt will prompt the setting within the Fitbit app to make the necessary changes. Users will also be able to make this change directly from the Settings menu of the Fitbit app.
As far as new users are concerned, Google says that all new Fitbit users will be required to register with a Google Account starting this summer.
What will change for existing Fitbit users?
Google says that once users switch to a Google Account, they’ll be able to access all of their Fitbit data with a single password. In turn, this will make it easier for them to manage all their connected apps and paired devices. In addition, users will have access to more privacy controls to manage their Fitbit data from the Google Privacy Center.
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