Tech companies will typically do their best to keep customers from using their equipment with competitor software. Let's be honest, you will probably not be using iMessage on an Android phone in the near future. But sometimes you can bypass these limitations. If you've recently purchased an Apple Watch but want to use it with the Fitbit app, there's a way to do it, even though the ecosystems of both companies do not recognize the existence of both companies. This is impractical and complicated, but it works.
In this case the Strava app acts as a friendly mediator. All talk to Strava and Strava returns the favor. So if you want to import your Apple data into Fitbit, you'll need to go through Strava. Proceed as follows.
First you have to install Strava. If you're already using Strava or reading our article on syncing popular fitness apps with your Apple Watch, you can move on to the next section.
- Download the Strava app.
- Create a Strava account. The app immediately prompts you to begin recording your activity. However, tap "Later" to set up the app instead of immediately starting recording. Here you have the opportunity to follow athletes, connect to your Facebook account and sync your contacts. You can just skip it.
- You will then see the Getting Started screen, where you can connect your Apple Watch.
- Tap "Connect GPS Watch or Computer" and a long list of supported devices will be displayed. Touch "Apple Watch."
- Pass an interstitial site, agree to a code of conduct, and grant access to health-related information. Touch "Finish".
Now you can set up your Fitbit app to connect to your Apple Watch through Strava.
- Log in to your Fitbit app. Touch the "Account" destination in the upper left corner of the app. Scroll to the Discover section and tap Compatible Apps.
- Scroll to Strava and tap on it.
- Tap the Download button (even though you have Strava already set up). The App Store opens with the Strava download page. Tap "Open" because you already have it installed.
- Tap Fitbit in the list of devices displayed. (Note that the Apple Watch is not shown in the list.) Then tap Connect Fitbit. Enter your Fitbit account information.
Strava is now connecting Apple Watch to Fitbit, and data should flow in both directions.
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