Track and manage your fitness better with voice commands
Your Fitbit is great for tracking basic fitness stats, but what if you want to use a voice command to learn about the data it collects? Whether it’s through the Fitbit Versa 2 Alexa support, where the smart assistant lives directly on the wrist, or through the Fitbit Alexa skill, you can link together the two to gain a more rounded experience.
It’s easy to do since Alexa has a Fitbit skill. Once it’s enabled, you can ask the voice assistant to tell you all sorts of things about your workouts and daily activities. Here’s how to connect your Fitbit to Alexa.
How to Pair Fitbit with Alexa via the Alexa App (Fitbit to Alexa)
It doesn’t matter what kind of Fitbit you have. Whether you own a fitness band like the Fitbit Charge or a smartwatch like the Versa 2, Fitbit and Alexa get along in the exact same way; Fitbit to Alexa. You simply need to enable the skill on the Alexa app. Here’s how:
You don’t need to be wearing your Fitbit to do this, and the Fitbit doesn’t even need to be charged.
Launch the Alexa app on your mobile device.
Tap the hamburger menu at the top left of the screen, then tap Skills & Games.
Tap the Search icon at the top of the screen, type “Fitbit,” then tap the Fitbit skill when it appears in the search results.
On the details page for the Fitbit skill, tap Enable to Use. That opens the Fitbit login page.
Enter the email and password you ordinarily use to log into your Fitbit account.
On the next page, you need to give permission for Alexa to see all of your Fitbit data. Choose all the data you want to share with it, then tap Allow. In most cases, you probably just want to tap Allow All.
- After that, you should see a message that Fitbit is successfully linked to Alexa.
How to Set Up Alexa on a Fitbit Smartwatch
Alternatively, you can set up a voice assistant from within the Fitbit device itself. Here’s how:
From the Today tab in the Fitbit app, tap your profile picture > your device image.
Tap Amazon Alexa > Sign in with Amazon > Get Started.
Log in to your Amazon account or create one if necessary.
The app informs you about what Alexa can do. Select Close to return to your smartwatch’s settings in the Fitbit app.
What You Can Ask Alexa About Fitbit
Once it’s set up, Alexa has access to a treasure trove of fitness information about you. Specifically, it knows fitness data that are synced to your account. It won’t know about the information that’s only located on the fitness band and isn’t synced, so for the best results, you should have your Fitbit configured to sync automatically throughout the day.
When using Alexa on your Fitbit, you need to preface every question with the phrase, “Alexa, ask Fitbit…” Here are some common things you can ask:
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit how many steps I’ve taken.”
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit how far I’ve walked today.”
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit how many calories I’ve burned.”
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I’m doing today.”
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I slept last night.”
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit what my resting heart rate is.”
- “Alexa, ask Fitbit how many flights of stairs I’ve climbed.”
Does it work well?
Our experience with Alexa on the Versa 2 was generally positive, but it does have an issue with consistency.
Sometimes Alexa will hear a command but not respond, but it more often returns a message informing us that the connection between the watch and the phone has stopped.
Fitbit has already indicated to us that this is a “known issue”, due to the mechanism used by the phone to manage background applications, so performance should improve after future updates.