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Fitbit to End Desktop Sync Support

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The feature will be removed in October.

Currently, when utilizing a Fitbit fitness tracker, you can synchronize it to either the Fitbit mobile app or the desktop Connect app. When syncing a Fitbit, you can transfer over your workout playlist, your exercise records, and other data like personal music. However, according to a support page uncovered by 9to5Google, there will soon be only one way to sync a Fitbit device.

According to the support page, Fitbit will be discontinuing the desktop Connect app as of October 13, 2022. This means that, following that, the only way you’ll be able to sync and control your Fitbit device is by connecting it to the Fitbit mobile app (as well as controlling music through a third-party app like Pandora).

“On October 13, 2022 we’re removing the option to transfer playlists to your Fitbit watch through your computer,” the support page reads. “You can continue to play personal music stored on your watch and transfer music to your watch with the Deezer app and Pandora app.”

If there’s a particular reason for this discontinuation, Fitbit hasn’t disclosed what it is. It’s possible that they’re pivoting more toward a mobile-only model since most people have smartphones anyway, and it would save them some time and manpower if they didn’t have to worry about maintaining two different apps.