Ask Fitbit: How Can I Challenge My Friends in the Fitbit App?

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Q: Ask Fitbit: How Can I Challenge My Friends in the Fitbit App?

ANSWER: There are two ways to compete against people within the Fitbit app—Challenges and Adventure Races—but first, adding Fitbit friends is key. There are a few ways you can do this.

From the Fitbit App:

  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the “+” icon
  2. Tap “Add friend”
  3. Choose “Contacts” “Facebook” or “Email” and follow the on-screen instructions

From the Fitbit.com Dashboard:

  1. Login to Fitbit.com
  2. Locate the “Friends” tile and click “Find Friends”
  3. Choose to invite friends via email or Facebook

If you have friends who don’t wear Fitbit trackers (gasp!), they can still compete with you by downloading the Fitbit app and turning on MobileTrack (info here). The Fitbit Community can also be a great place to meet like-minded people with similar goals.

After one or more of your friends have accepted your request, start a competition by tapping the “Challenges” tab at the bottom of the Fitbit app. You’ll see that you have two options: Challenges and Adventure Races. Try them both! Fitbit users who participate in both Fitbit Adventures and Challenges take 2,000 more steps per day than users who don’t—that translates to about an extra mile of walking.

Here’s a breakdown of what each competition entails.

CHALLENGES
Best for: Deadline-driven steppers
Goal Day, Workweek Hustle, Weekend Warrior, and Daily Showdown are the original Fitbit Challenges. They’re all about pushing to see who can take the most steps over the course of one day, workweek, or weekend. Because these challenges are based on total number of steps achieved—not who reaches a certain step count first—they’re a great option for friends in different timezones.

ADVENTURE RACES
Best for: Competitive explorers
These immersive races allow you to compete against up to 30 of your friends to see who can reach the finish line first. While (virtually) stepping your way across race courses in Yosemite National Park or New York City, you’ll uncover panoramic photos of stunning vistas and have the ability to collect fun facts and health and fitness tips.

Once you choose an Adventure Race or Challenge and hit start, the next screen will prompt you to add friends. Pick from your current Fitbit friends list, or make new friends by adding them via the Contacts or Facebook tabs.

Still have questions? Dig into more information about Fitbit Challenges and Adventures and then find out 7 Ways to Win Any Step Challenge—Plus Two Tactics That Won’t Work.

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