If you’ve been a part of the Fitbit family for a while, you’ve probably experienced the power of a strong support network. Maybe you’re someone who walks more because of your friends—Fitbit data shows that users with friends on the Fitbit platform take, on average, 700 more steps than users without friends. Or maybe competitions are your jam—users who have participated in both Fitbit Adventures and Challenges walk 2,000 more steps per day than users who have not been in a Challenge.
Either way, social engagement has proven to be a key motivator. That’s why Fitbit is launching Community, a new section within the app that makes it easier for you to engage with your friends and meet new people who are passionate about the same things you are.
HOW THINGS COME TOGETHER IN FITBIT COMMUNITY
If you live in the United States, expect your app navigation to look a little different. In addition to a redesigned profile—which will allow you to customize your personal info and privacy settings (more on that below)—Community has also taken the place of the Friends tab at the bottom of your screen. But don’t worry, access to your friends isn’t going away—it’s being improved.
Community is the in-app home of three exciting new features: Feed, Friends, and Groups. Together, they provide a more engaging and dynamic social experience. Here’s the lowdown on each section.
Discover like-minded people through topic-specific communities. There are nearly 40 groups related to fitness, nutrition, wellness, and weight loss that you can join. Within these groups, users can ask questions or share inspiration and updates, like exercise summaries, badges, trophies, and photos that are relevant to the group.
Here’s where you can see all your friends from across the globe in one place and compete to see how your step count compares. Hopefully as you meet new people through groups, your friend list—and thus your motivation, support, and accountability—will grow.
This is where you’ll be able to see updates from your friends and groups. Scroll through the posts and cheer people on or leave them comments. Or, share some personal inspiration, much like you would in Groups. Every time you share content in Feed, you can pick the audience you want to share it with, so you know exactly who will see your post. Through Feed, you can also discover Fitbit Local workouts—they’re currently offered in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle—and read expert health, fitness, and nutrition content that has been hand-picked for you.
New Fitbit Profile and Privacy Settings
After diving into Community, take a look at your new profile—it’s more customizable than ever. You can get there by tapping the Account icon in the top right corner of your Fitbit app dashboard and then tapping the tile with your name. As you’ll see, all your personal stats, badges, and trophies are now accessible from this one spot. To personalize your page, click the gear icon to add a cover photo and share your personal story with an “about me” statement.
In addition to redesigning the look and feel of your profile, Fitbit has also added new privacy settings that give you more control over with whom you share information. Your current privacy setting—private, friends only, or public—is now always visible to you from your profile page; tap the tile to change it. To update which graphs (calorie intake, sleep, steps, etc.) are visible from the web version of your dashboard, select the Personal Stats tile.
Fitbit will now also display full names by default, so that you can easily know with whom you’re interacting and can make informed decisions about whether to accept a friend request. Prefer to be anonymous? It’s easy to set a username instead.
To learn about more about Fitbit updates, read This New Feature Helps You Set Smarter (More Achievable!) Goals and New Fitstar Update Puts a Personal Trainer in Your Fitbit App.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.