Does Fitbit Work Without Bluetooth?

Everyone who owns one knows how great the Fitbit really is. It is a convenient, effective, and sleek-looking watch that is fantastic for tracking your activity and helping you meet your physical fitness goals.   

Like many other high-tech watches, Fitbit has the capability to connect to your other electronic devices through tools like the internet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. This is great, but sometimes can be a setback. Even in the modern world, it isn’t feasible to always have access to Bluetooth and wifi. Luckily for you, this isn’t the end of the world!

Fitbit Does not require Bluetooth to be on for all tasks, Bluetooth is only required to sync your tracker to your App. However, you will still be able to use your Fitbit for tracking distances for running, walking, swimming, hiking, biking, tracking your calories burned, tracking your calories taken in, and some even track your sleep and monitor your heart rate without Bluetooth.

Let’s now take a look at the possibilities & limitations of using Fitbit without a Bluetooth connection in detail. Let’s dive in!

Can You Use Your Fitbit Without Bluetooth? 

Fortunately using your Fitbit without Bluetooth is absolutely possible! It will work just as it does normally. The only reason you need Bluetooth to get the full functionality of your Fitbit is when connecting it to the mobile app in order to track your progress or record your daily activity. Otherwise, you don’t need Bluetooth to use your Fitbit at all! 

The mobile app is an important aspect, however. If you want to access the full functionality of your Fitbit, you’re going to need Bluetooth or Wi-Fi eventually. Read on to find out when you do need a connection, when you don’t need one, and how this will affect your Fitbit usage! 

What Features Can You Use Without Bluetooth? 

You will be able to use most of the features that make Fitbits so amazing for working out, even if you don’t have a connection to the internet or you are not connected to your smartphone or another electronic device via Bluetooth.  

These features include tracking distances for running, walking, swimming, hiking, biking, and other exercise activities, tracking your calories burned, tracking your calories taken in, and some even track your sleep and monitor your heart rate as well! 

All this information is crucial for allowing you to build a healthier lifestyle. The best part is, it can all be accessed directly via the interface of the watch. This means that you won’t have to upload the information to another device in order to access it, interpret it, and make a plan to improve your health and lifestyle moving forward. That can all be done directly with the watch.  

These are the core features of the Fitbit. What makes a Fitbit so unique and effective as a physical fitness tool is its ability to track information using motion and light sensors to sense what kind of exercise you are doing, track your progress, and help you improve.  

Each of these core features is usable without a Bluetooth connection. Because this is the case, you will never need to connect to a smartphone in order to use the most important and critical features that make a Fitbit an effective physical fitness planning and tracking tool.  

What Features Can You Only Use With Bluetooth 

Unfortunately, there are also features of the Fitbit that you will need to connect to your smartphone to use. Unless you have a Bluetooth connection (or Wi-Fi), you will be unable to use some of the things that make the Fitbit so great.  

One of the features that you will be unable to use is the message and call notification feature. This feature allows text messages, phone calls, and other notifications sent to your smartphone to be sent to your Fitbit as well.  

This is an awesome feature for when you are working out and people are trying to get in touch with you. Although not a completely essential feature, this will make your life a lot more convenient, so it isn’t ideal to not have it. The Fitbit still works perfectly fine without this feature, however.  

Another feature that you will not be able to use when you are not connected to Bluetooth is the ability to transfer the data collected by your Fitbit to the Fitbit mobile app. Bluetooth connection allows you to automatically transfer data to the mobile app to be used in conjunction with the app.  

Although the Fitbit works great on its own, there are features on the mobile app that are great in conjunction with what comes with the Fitbit itself. Some of these include food tracking, weight tracking, setting goals for physical fitness progress, and a friends list that allows you to cheer, message, taunt, and otherwise communicate with other Fitbit users! 

You won’t be able to use any of these features without the Fitbit mobile app, and you won’t be able to transfer your information to the app without a Wi-Fi or, more conveniently, a Bluetooth connection between your smartphone and your actual Fitbit device.  

Another fantastic feature of connecting your Fitbit to your mobile device is that you can access your phone’s GPS to map running and walking routes. This allows you to run more safely and efficiently, planning out your routes to be convenient and fit your purposes perfectly.  

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it! You do not technically need a Bluetooth connection in order to use your Fitbit’s core feature.  

Tracking your physical fitness progress, knowing how far you’ve walked, run, swam, or biked, as well as knowing your current heart rate and your heart rate over time and knowing the quantity and quality of your sleep are all possible with a Fitbit that is not connected to a smart device via Bluetooth or even connected to the internet at all.  

However, there is more to the Fitbit experience than just the core features that make it such a great tool. Accessing your GPS, friends list, messaging, notifications, features are fantastic ways to make the Fitbit a convenient piece of tech.  

Bluetooth also allows you to connect to the mobile app and more effectively plan and track your progress, using weight and food tracking as well as accessing the entire history of your Fitbit.  

So connect to your Fitbit app via Bluetooth if you can. It gives you a ton of great bonus features that make owning a Fitbit an even better experience than it already is. However, if you don’t have access to Bluetooth, don’t worry. Your Fitbit is still an incredible physical fitness tool without it.  

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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