Fitbit Sense 2 & Versa 4 get Google Wallet, on-wrist calls, cover to turn-off screen

The latest firmware update for Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 brings some useful features. This includes Google Wallet, support for on-wrist Bluetooth calls and cover to turn-off screen.

Check your Fitbit as it may have installed without you knowing. The latest version of the firmware for the watch goes by the number 60.20001.185.52 (Fitbit app version 3.71).

If it hasn’t installed, opening up the smartphone app will let you know if there is new firmware that can be downloaded. You will get a notification and an icon on your device page in the app. As always, this is a gradual rollout so will take a while to reach all regions and all devices.

You can also manually check to see if there is an update that is available. This can be done by going in the Fitbit app settings and navigating to the Help & Support section. There’s an option there to check for new software.


Google Wallet finally available on a Fitbit

Once you install the update open up the smartphone app. A pop-up should appear asking if you want to switch to Google Wallet. If you confirm, you will be taken through steps to set up the card with it.

It will be down to you to decide whether to stick with Fitbit Pay or move over to Google Wallet. It really depends on which debit or credit cards you want to use. All with not work with both. For example, the Discover credit card is offering 5% cash-back on mobile wallet purchases until the end of this year. Google Wallet works with this card, Fitbit Pay doesn’t.

There is an important thing to remember. Fitbit says that once you move over to Google Wallet, you can’t go back to Fitbit Pay. Your cards in Fitbit Pay are deleted.

Also, Google Wallet is country-dependent. So depending on where you live, it may not be available to you.

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Another upgrade are on-wrist calls. This works in conjunction with your smartphone. It uses the mic and speaker built into the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 to take Bluetooth calls hands-free. It is a nice option to have as it means you don’t need to reach for your phone. You could even use it while exercising indoors or out.

The feature can be found under Account (this is the top left profile picture in the smartphone app. Then choose Sense 2 or Versa 4 > On-wrist calls. Make sure it is set to on.

Moving quickly on and we get to something else that is new. With this update you will be able to switch off the screen on your Sense 2 or Versa 4 simply by covering it with your hand. Prior to this you had to wait a set time. Early reports are that this works really well.

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