The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit's most successful stab at the smartwatch market to date, and one of its highlight features is the ability to download and listen to music on it without the need for your phone.

Just like the Ionic before it, you can download over 300 songs on the Versa and listen to them with your favorite pair of Bluetooth headphones. You currently have three different ways to go about this, and this is how to get started with each one.

Deezer

Deezer is the latest music service to launch on Fitbit Versa/Ionic, and it's already become my preferred way for storing tunes on my wrist. You'll need an active subscription to Deezer Premium+ which costs $9.99/month, but Fitbit users can take advantage of a free 90-day trial if you're new to Deezer.

  1. From the Versa page in the Fitbit app, tap on the Media tile
  2. Under Services, select Deezer
  3. Go to fitbit.com/deezer and enter the activation code found in the Deezer app on your Versa
  4. Log in or register for a new Deezer account
  5. From the Deezer section in the Fitbit app, tap the new Add Music button
  6. Select the playlist you want to add

Although the setup process may seem a little clunky, Deezer's my favorite option for storing music on the Versa, as it gives you the most control over choosing which songs you'd like to listen to. You can download the pre-made playlists from Fitbit, your Flow station that's made up of songs based on your listening habits, or any playlists you've liked or made in the Deezer mobile app.

In other words, if you've already got a perfectly-constructed playlist of your favorite workout songs, you can download it without a problem.

Pandora

Just like Deezer, listening to Pandora on your Versa requires a paid subscription. You'll need Pandora Premium in this case, and just like Deezer, you'll need to pay $9.99/month for it. Pandora's 30-day trial for new members isn't as generous as Deezer's 90-day one, but it's still something.

  1. From the Versa page in the Fitbit app, tap on the Media tile
  2. Under Services, select Pandora
  3. You can tap on Log In to Pandora if you have an account, but new users will want to choose Start Free Trial
  4. Enter your Pandora credentials, tap Log In, and you're good to go

Although the setup process for Pandora is much simpler, its actual functionality isn't nearly as useful.

Once you're logged in, you have two options for storing music – automatically syncing your "top Pandora stations," or choosing up to three of Pandora's most popular Workout stations.

Here's my issue with this – syncing your top stations doesn't guarantee you'll get music that you want to work out to, and there's no way to customize the pre-made stations you can choose from. It's a very locked-down setup, and it's one I'm personally not a fan of.

Local music

If you don't want to bother with streaming services and already have a library of local files, you can also transfer those directly to the Versa.

  1. From the Versa page in the Fitbit app, tap on the Media tile
  2. Under Services, select Personal Music
  3. Per the instructions on the screen, go to fitbit.com/setup on your computer
  4. Download the Fitbit Connect app that's available for Mac and Windows

After downloading Fitbit Connect and installing it on your computer:

  1. Click the Manage My Music tile
  2. Go the to Music app on your Versa, open it, and tap Transfer Music
  3. After your Versa has established a connection to your computer, you can choose which playlist to transfer
  4. To choose which folders Fitbit Connect pulls your music from, tap the Settings icon in the top right, choose Advanced Settings, click the + icon, and select the folder you want

In my experience, the process for transferring local music is the least enjoyable of the three methods. The Fitbit Connect app often fails to see the Versa, and even when it does, it's not uncommon for it to drop the connection altogether.

It's nice that the option for this is here, but if you can, I'd strongly advise going with Pandora or Deezer instead.

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