How to delete your Fitbit account?

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If you have a Fitbit device, you must also have an account so that the tracking details can be saved on the cloud and you can better manage your data.

It keeps all of your tracking information easy to access and backed up on the cloud. It some terms, the account on Fitbit, is really helpful.

How to delete your Fitbit account

Do you really need an account on the platform to be using your device? The answer is no. you do not absolutely need an account on Fitbit to use your device.

The only difference will be that your device will not be able to back up data automatically and all the information will be added manually. If you are willing to spend the time manually updating the information, you do not need an account at all.

Recently, Fitbit was acquired by Google and now the company is watching users delete their accounts because they do not trust Google with their data. Fitbit account collects a lot of your personal information and it is not an absolute requirement for operating your Fitbit device.

If you are one of the users who does not feel like they need their Fitbit account anymore, you can read the next sections in the blog to find out how to delete your Fitbit account in easy steps.

Things To Note Before Deleting Fitbit account

Before you decide to get rid of your account, you need to make sure that you are aware of the benefits and consequences of your action.

Fitbit account has a lot of personal information saved and there are some things that you need to keep in mind so that your data is safe. 

Here is what you should keep in mind.

  • As soon as you delete the account on Fitbit, all your saved and backup data is deleted. Make sure that you keep in mind to backup the data that you might need later to track your progress.
  • You will lose the access to automatic backup pf your data and you will need to enter all the data manually.
  • Your information will not be deleted immediately but after a window period of 30 days.
  • The account will be deleted permanently and you will not be able to backup data after a period of 30 days is completed.

After keeping all these points in mind if you still want to delete your account, you can follow through with our next section to find the steps on how to delete the account on Fitbit.

How to delete your Fitbit account?

Through Web Browser

  • Follow the link to get to the Fitbit website and log in to your account with the correct credentials.
  • On the homepage, at the top right corner, click on Settings represented by the gear icon.
  • From the dropdown menu that appears, choose Settings
  • On the Settings page, navigate to the bottom to find the option labelled Delete Account
  • Click on Delete Account
  • A confirmation prompt appears.
  • Enter your password on the prompt so that they can verify your identity
  • Click on Send Confirmation Email
  • Check your registered email address for a mail from Fitbit
  • Open the mail and read the terms and conditions carefully.
  • Then click on Delete My Account
  • Your account will be permanently deleted after 7 days of your request submission

Through the mobile application on Android or iOS

  • Open the Fitbit app on your device and log in to your account if by any chance you are logged out.
  • On the home page, click on the Profile icon. You will see this at the top left corner of the screen
  • Click on Account Settings
  • Click on Delete Account under the heading Manage My Data
  • A separate page opens for account deletion. Click on Delete Account after reading the terms
  • Enter your password on the confirmation prompt that you see next
  • Click on confirm
  • Check your registered email address for a mail from Fitbit
  • Read the terms and conditions mentioned in the email very carefully 
  • Click on Delete My Account in the email.
  • After a grace period of seven days, your account will be permanently deleted.

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get back into my account after I deleted it?

For the next seven days after you submit the request for deleting your account, your account has a grace window for you to change your mind and get back into the account. If you miss the window, you cannot get back into the account and the information on your account will be deleted permanently. Even when you try to make an account with the same email, you will not be able to get access to the information from your old account.

Is it compulsory to have an account on Fitbit in order to use my device?

You do not need an account on FItbit to use your device. The only drawback that you will notice is that, you will have to enter the logs of your activity manually to keep track whereas if you have the app, the data is automatically tracked and backed-up for you. If you are comfortable with keeping logs, then you can delete the account on FItbit with no consequences.

How long does it take for Fitbit to delete my data from their platform?

According to the privacy policy at Fitbit, they have set different timelines with the deletion of account and the data associated with the account. The account is deleted within seven days of submitting a request. The data associated with the account is kept for the next 30-90 days depending on the information. The information related to subscriptions and memberships is deleted within 30 days while the personal information may be stored for upto 90 days. All of this is explained in the email that you receive from FItbit when you submit a request to delete the account.

Why does Fitbit take such a long time to delete my personal information?

Fitbit mentions that some of your personal data may take a long time to get deleted because the systems that they use to store and manage data are complex. Still, you can expect that the data is fully removed from the servers after 90 days.

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Falguni Rana is a technology writer who has expertise in software and hardware troubleshooting. She publishes how-to and troubleshooting guides for different apps, websites, games, and consumer hardware products.