Fitbit runs an excellent Community forum where you can find all manner of info and get solutions to common problems. It is also a good place to go to for info on firmware upgrades. Sometimes it is not a good idea to install new software right away as there could be issues. Browsing through comments of users who have already done an installation will give you an idea whether you should hold off until all the bugs are squashed or make the jump.
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One part of the forum deals with new functionality users would like see – a wish-list of sort. We’ve sifted through the posts and compiled a list of features that have received the most votes. Here are the top 5, along with a recap of other popular ones.
We’ve excluded items such as Spotify for Ionic/Versa (which topped the rankings for a long time), smart alarms and others that have already been implemented. Some of which only for Fitbit Premium subscribers.
This is the list. Let’s count backwards from #5.
#5 Pokemon Go and Fitbit integration
Status: Not currently planned
A few years ago Pokemon Go was all the rage. We suspect this feature received most of the votes in 2016 and 2017 which is the reason it is still amongst the top five.
The game encourages you to walk by sending you into the real world to search for the mythical digital pocket monsters known as Pokemon. There’s also a wearable that makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices.
Now that Fitbits are increasingly coming with built-in GPS, it might be easier to connect the two. A few suggestions include Pokémon related badges, in-game items for Pokémon go when reaching Fitbit goals and more. Another possibility could be to develop a step sync for the Pokemon go app so that steps logged with Fitbits provide credit in Pokemon Go adventures.
#4 A driving mode option to avoid erroneous steps/floors
Status: Reviewed by moderator
Step count matters. That’s why many of us buy Fitbits. It’s annoying when the count is clearly off. For example, when driving we often get credited with steps we didn’t actually make.
“I am a truck driver and my Fitbit log 15,000 plus steps throughout my day of stopping and going. Getting in and out.” says one users on the Fitbit Community Forum.
“It is really annoying to log this manually or having to take watch off and put back on to connect to charger to not log driving hours.”
The only way to resolve this is by manually logging the activity “Automobile or light truck (not a semi) driving” and entering the duration. But that’s not good enough.
There should be a “Drive Mode” feature that can easily be turned on whenever we are in the car. The fitness tracker would then know not to count steps, calculate distance or floors. And the calorie count should be equal to what you would get if you were sitting in a chair.
An auto-Drive Mode would be even better. Surely it should not be too difficult to create an algorithm that can detect when you are behind the wheel or sitting in a car. Apple has managed to do this for the iPhone. After seven years of asking for the feature, it’s about time Fitbit does it as well.
#3 Pregnancy Setting mode
Status: Under consideration
There isn’t anything right now fit pregnancy when it comes to Fitbit. A dedicated pregnancy mode would resolve this as it would allow users to monitor resting heart rate, weight gain, body temperature and everything else that changes with your body during pregnancy. The typical stats tend to become quite out of whack when a person is pregnant.
This has been a topic brought up in 2018 and was placed under consideration in 2019. Come on Fitbit it’s 2022. Other brands have the ability to register a pregnancy, as well as adjust settings and goals for pregnancy health. Fitbit is definitely missing an opportunity here to track women’s pregnancies.
#2 Integration with Google Fit
Status: Not currently planned
The second most wished for feature is integration with Google Fit. Many users with an Android device in their pocket feel this should be a must. Strangely enough, the functionality is still marked as “not currently planned”.
We say strangely, because Google has announced its takeover of Fitbit has gone through a couple of years ago. Yes, Fitbit is officially part of Google. The search giant has paid $7.35 per share for the wearables manufacturer in an all-cash deal totaling around $2.1 billion.
Don’t be surprised if the status of the suggestion is changed to “implemented” in the near future. Who knows, we might even get a single app that works both with Fitbit and WearOS devices.
#1 Integration with iOS health
Status: Not currently planned
The most wished for feature is integration with iOS health. It has been Top of the Pops for some time now.
Integration with iOS Health would make it easy for iPhone owners to keep all their health and fitness information in one place. Fitbit Community users feel it represents a huge opportunity to make Fitbit devices even smarter and more integrated.
But don’t hold your breath. Apple Health integration is not planned at the moment.
So for now, your only option is to opt for a third party solution. One of these is called Sync Solver for Fitbit ($4.99) – but there are others. Once you enter all the passwords and connect the accounts, it’s a simple matter of choosing the metric categories you would like to sync.
Other wearables manufactures such as Garmin and Withings have a direct connection from their app to Apple Health. Let’s hope Fitbit goes down this route, too.
Best of the rest
There are hundreds of other suggestions that have been put forward. Some of the other more popular ones are:
- Ability to manually log exercise type (3,041 votes);
- Stationary Rowing Machine exercise shortcut (2,784 votes);
- Rearrange/customise Charge 3 apps/Stats view (2,495 votes);
- Integration with S health (2,474 votes);
- Naming/labelling alarms (2,449 votes);
- More badges/trophies (2,206 votes);
- Amazon Music integration (2,199 votes);
- Heart rate data export to Excel/CSV (2,025 votes);
- Allow multiple devices on the same account (1,992 votes), etc.
What would you like to see? Leave a comment below or cast your vote directly on the Fitbit Community Forum.
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