Fitbit Forces Location Services

 

I got a new phone with Android 6 and I loaded Fitbit app.

I was forced to turn on location services. I have a Fitbit Zip which does not have GPS connectivity.

Does anyone have idea why Fitbit forced this?

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It's for the phone

I believe it is so that you can track you progress with the phone (iPhone here), but I have not tried turning it off. The older devices (One, Zip, Ultra, Classic) do not have GPS integrated, so in your case it's strictly for the phone app's benefit. I'm not sure about the newer ones since I only have a One myself.

On my iPhone, I can go back into Location Services and change the settings between 'Never', 'While Using the App' and 'Always'. I have it set to only when using the app. There's no reason to have it on all the time. Also I do track my progress with the phone all the time, so for me it's useful.

Hope that helps.

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Phone GPS used for Activity Tracking

GPSgeek wrote:

I was forced to turn on location services. I have a Fitbit Zip which does not have GPS connectivity.

Does anyone have idea why Fitbit forced this?

Location Services are not required for the Zip. Other models which support activity tracking use location services via the Fitbit app on your phone.

Only the Ionic has a builtin GPS. Other models use your phone's GPS (via the Fitbit app) for tracking activities such as running, cycling, hiking and display a map of the activity.

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