❤ Fitbit app removing Challenges and Adventures next March 2023



The Fitbit app is set to lose Challenges & Adventures and support for Open Groups on March 27 as the integration with Google continues. Those “legacy” features are said to have limited use and no updates in quite some time.

“Challenges & Adventures” are found in Fitbit’s Discover tab and encompass four sets of social activities that users can participate in:

  • Challenges: Find the extra encouragement to move more by competing with friends and family.
  • Virtual Premium Challenges: It’s even easier to play! For a limited time, earn bonus active minutes and Active Zone Minutes during challenges.
  • Adventure Races: Virtually race against your friends along real life locations.
  • Solo Adventures: Virtually explore real life locations.

When Fitbit Adventures were announced in 2017, they were pitched as a way to “get more daily activity by virtually exploring scenic and iconic destinations” in California’s Yosemite National Park. Fitbit mapped your daily steps to landmarks along the Pohono Trail, Valley Loop, and Vernal Falls.









Once you virtually arrive by meeting a certain step count, you’d see “exquisite photos.” You can “dynamically adjust when you rotate your phone—allowing you to enjoy the moment as if you were really there!”

Along each route, you will uncover more photos and collect fun facts, as well as health and fitness tips, and mini challenges.

In removing Adventures, which never added new locations, earned trophies will no longer be available. You can download data from fitbit.com/settings/data/export before March 27. As an alternative, Fitbit points to the Friends leaderboard and Community Feed.

The Fitbit app is also losing support for Open Groups, but you can still create private closed groups with friends.

These removals comes as Fitbit is getting ready to add Google Account support this year to support new features.

Fitbit will require a Google Account to use new devices and features from 2023 onward





With the launch of Fitbit’s latest devices, “Fitbit by Google” branding was introduced. The Sense 2 and Versa 4 already have a UI modeled after Wear OS 3, but the integration is getting deeper from 2023 onward when Google Accounts will be required to use Fitbit.

At the moment, “Fitbit continues to provide its products and services separately from Google” and a Fitbit account is required to use the app and devices (smartwatches, fitness trackers, and scale).

However, Fitbit will “enable use of Fitbit with a Google account sometime in 2023.”

Google accounts on Fitbit will support a number of benefits for Fitbit users, including a single login for Fitbit and other Google services, industry-leading account security, centralized privacy controls for Fitbit user data, and more features from Google on Fitbit. 

Several benefits are being touted, with security being notable for something as sensitive as health and fitness data. Fitbit currently maintains its own login system with two-factor authentication (2FA) done over SMS. There is already a sign in with Google option, and Fitbit removed the Facebook equivalent last year.





This change encompasses more than sign-in process and consolidation to one set of credentials, though.

After the change occurs next year, “some uses of Fitbit will require a Google account, including to sign up for Fitbit or activate newly released Fitbit devices and features.” The latter is notable in the context of Fitbit working on a premium Wear OS 3 watch. New customers will have to use a Google Account from next year on, while gating features to the new backend is similar to the Nest app/account to Google Home transition.

Once the change is live, there will be an “option to move Fitbit to your Google account,” while existing users can continue using their non-Google Fitbit account “until at least early 2025.” However, again, these users won’t be able to use new devices or health features until they migrate over.

Sometime in 2025, a “Google account will be required to use Fitbit.” More details are coming next year:

We’ll be transparent with our customers about the timeline for ending Fitbit accounts through notices within the Fitbit app, by email, and in help articles.

In switching account systems/backends, Google will abide by “binding commitments” that it made with global regulators in order to get the acquisition through. This includes ensuring “Fitbit users’ health and wellness data won’t be used for Google Ads.”