How to set up two-factor authentication on your Fitbit device

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Smartwatches and fitness trackers are some of the most important personal technology devices that we use daily. They help improve our fitness, keep us on track, and better equip us to fully understand what all that data means. It's ideal for anyone who wants to improve their overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, however, this data contains highly personal details that we wouldn't like in the wrong hands. Thankfully, Fitbit has finally enabled a way to secure your account information better. We'll show you how to set up two-factor authentication on your Fitbit account so that your fitness data remains as secure as possible.

How to set up two-factor authentication on your Fitbit device

1. Open the Fitbit app on your phone.
2. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner of the app.
3. Tap on Account Settings.

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4. Tap on Two Factor Authentication.
5. Tap the toggle next to Two Factor Authentication to begin the setup process.
6. Add your phone number.

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8. Enter the verification code sent via SMS, then select Confirm.
9. Type in your password once again.
10. Tap the Submit button.

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After you've entered your password, you will see a two-factor authentication recovery code. Take a screenshot and/or write it down in a secure note, or perhaps save it on one of the best password manager apps

If you ever need to change the phone number associated with your account, go back to the 2FA settings page, toggle it off, and enter whatever verification code you receive. Once Fitbit 2FA is disabled, you can follow the above steps again, at which point you'll have the opportunity to add a new phone number.

Unfortunately, SMS is not the best system for managing two-factor authentication, although many will argue that it's better than nothing. We're hopeful that Fitbit will provide alternative methods like Google Authenticator or Authy as more secure two-factor authentication methods in the future. 

In the interim, we still think that it's worth protecting your Fitbit account this way. This two-factor authentication system is for your account and thus will work regardless of which Fitbit you own.

Every Fitbit tracker needs protection

If you sought this guide out, you probably know why it's worth setting up 2FA on your Fitbit. But in case you need a push, keep in mind that your Fitbit account will store all kinds of sensitive data, from where you start your runs (likely near your home) to your weight and sleep data. And you have the assurance that if your password is ever leaked, your phone number should protect your account.

Now that your Fitbit account is protected, you may be interested in upgrading from your current Fitbit tracker to one of the best new Fitbit devices. The fitness brand has released several excellent devices in the past couple of years, from the petite and affordable Fitbit Inspire 3 to the premium, sensor-packed Fitbit Sense 2.

We can't choose for you which of the new Fitbits will fit your needs, but if you need a fresh start with the app without spending too much, the Inspire 3 would be our recommendation.

Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy is the Editor-in-Chief of Android Central. He is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

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