One of the coolest things about premium smartwatches is that they can do most of the things smartphones can do – including playing music.
If you’re trying to learn how to add music to your Fitbit Versa, Sense, or another Fitbit smartwatch, this is the article that you’ve been looking for!
There are several ways to go about it, and both have pros and cons. So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
Sadly, Fitbit (now owned by Google) has decided to no longer allow you to stream music to its devices as of March 31, 2023, and its newest watches, the Sense 2 and Versa 4 do not even offer music streaming support.
Instead of streaming music directly from your Fitbit device, they are shifting to focusing on features that allow you to control your paired phone’s music playback via the Music app and Spotify (neither of these is currently available on the Sense 2 or Versa 4.)
- 1 How to control your phone’s music playback with your Fitbit
- 2 Ways to Add Music to Fitbit’s
- 3 1: Use Streaming Apps for the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense
- 4 2: Add DRM-Free Songs for older Fitbit Versa models
- 5 Wrapping Up
- 5 best smartwatches with onboard music storage
- How to set up Fitbit Versa 3 to send and receive text messages
- How to listen to music offline on your Apple Watch without your iPhone
- 5 Best Fitbit Versa Chargers (Versa/2/3 and More)
How to control your phone’s music playback with your Fitbit
Use Fitbit’s Music controls
Fitbit’s Music controls app allows you to control music (and other audio) that’s playing on your phone. This feature allows you to play, pause, or skip tracks that play on your phone. You can also adjust the playback volume.
You’ll find Music control on these Fitbits: Blaze, Ionic, Versa series through Versa 3, and the Sense. Unfortunately, the Music controls feature is not available on the Sense 2 or Versa 4.
The good news is that the Music controls feature works with almost any audio and music app, including Pandora, Amazon Music, Spotify, and the music/podcast apps that came packaged with your device.
How to control your phone’s audio and music playback using your Fitbit
- If you use Android, you need to set a few things up first. Apple iPhone users can skip these two steps:
- Turn on Bluetooth Classic to control the music on your phone via your Fitbit’s Settings app > Vibration & Audio > Sense Music or Versa 3 Music. For older Fitbits, choose Settings > Bluetooth > Restore Music Controls.
- Then, open your phone’s Bluetooth settings and tap Classic next to your Fitbit device.
- Start playing music on your phone. Once that music plays, double-press your Fitbit’s button or swipe down to access control center’s music controls.
- Tap the music controls icon. Confirm that the music source icon in the top-left is your phone.
- Fitbit’s music controls let you adjust volume, pause/play, and skip tracks.
Use Spotify (premium members only)
While you can use Fitbit’s Music Controls to play, pause, and skip tracks in Spotify, if you’re a Spotify Premium member, you can also download and install the Spotify app on your Fitbti for more adavanced features such as liking a song or choosing a playlist.
But you can’t download songs offline.
Since the Spotify app doesn’t support playing music offline, you must use your paired phone to connect to the internet. Make sure your paired phone is nearby, that you allow the Fitbit app to run in the background, and keep the Spotify app open on the device playing music.
Additionally, a Spotify Premium subscription is required to control Spotfy’s music playback from your Fitbit using the Spotify app. It won’t work for free accounts.
Unfortunately, you can only use Spotify on these Fitbit devices: Fitbit Versa series (not on the Versa 4+), and Fitbit Sense (not available on the Sense 2+.)
With the Spotify app, you can do this from your Fitbit
- Play, pause, and skip music and podcasts (that play from your paired phone.)
- Get info about what’s playing
- Play from Your Library and Recently Played
- Save your favorites
- Control what plays on another device with Spotify Connect
Spotify offer these premium plans
- Individual plan at $9.99 a month for streaming on one device at a time. There’s also a student plan at $4.99 for students at accredited higher education institutions that includes Spotify, Hulu with ads, and Showtime steaming services for that single price.
- Duo at $12.99 a month for two devices under the same roof
- Family at $14.99 for up to 6 devices under the same roof with the option of blocking explicit tracks
How to use your Fitbit to control Spotify music playback on your phone
- In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab > your profile picture > your device image > Gallery.
- Scroll down to the My Apps section and tap Spotify > Settings.
- If you don’t see the Spotify app, search for it and then download and install it.
- Log in to your Spotify Premium account.
- First, open the Spotify app on your phone and begin playing music. Then, open the Spotify app on your Fitbit to control music.
- You can shuffle audio playback, tap the heart icon to like a track, switch playlists, or play, pause, and skip tracks
- You can also review your most recently played playlists (up to 8) or tap Library to find and switch between the playlists you created, created for you, and a selection of workout playlists.
Ways to Add Music to Fitbit’s
There are mainly two ways to add music to your Fitbit Sense or Versa smartwatch:
- Using streaming apps like Pandora and Deezer (deprecated feature in 2023).
- Unfortunately, Fitbit has decided to deactivate this feature starting on March 31, 2023. That means that you cannot download Pandora stations or add Deezer playlists to your Fitbit or even play previously downloaded music after this date.
- And local DRM-free songs using the Music app (available on Versa 2 and original Versa only)
- The Music app isn’t currently available on the Fitbit Sense series, Versa Lite Edition, or Fitbit Versa 3 and above.
Remember that Spotify doesn’t work independently on Fitbit Versa devices, unlike other streaming apps.
Only Pandora and Deezer can play from your Fitbit Sense or Versa 3 without your phone.
So, if you want a streaming service for both your watch and phone, you may have to switch to one of the alternative options.
1: Use Streaming Apps for the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense
There are plenty of streaming apps to choose from for Fitbit Versa watches.
Thus far, Deezer and Pandora are the only ones worth mentioning that can handle streaming or downloading offline music.
Here are a few more details about them.
Before you start, make sure you connect a Bluetooth speaker or headphones to your Fitbit so you can listen to your music.
You cannot play music using Fitbit’s built-in speakers.
Deezer is very similar to Spotify, with the main difference being that it works on Fitbit Versa watches independently. You don’t need to have your smartphone with you.
It also offers a HiFi edition for audiophiles who want lossless audio while the app is available on all popular platforms. This includes Fitbit watches, Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.
It comes with a free trial of 30 days (90 for Fitbit devices). So, the least that you can do is give it a try. After that, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription of:
- 6.99 euros for the premium package
- 10.49 for the family or HiFi package
- And 69.90 instead of 83.88 for the annual package.
Using it is as simple as any other music streaming service.
All you have to do is open it and select the songs you want to listen to. And there is also the option of downloading songs for offline access.
It would help if you had a paid subscription to Deezer and a Wi-Fi connection to download music. Also, activate your Deezer account first before trying to download any music to your Fitbit.
You cannot download music from Deezer on Fitbit’s Versa Lite Edition.
How to store music from Deezer onto your Fitbit Versa 3 or Sense
- Place your Fitbit on its charger.
- Set up Wi-Fi on your Fitbit using the Fitbit app if you haven’t done so.
- Choose your Fitbit device and scroll down to Wi-Fi settings to set up.
- Tap Today, select your profile picture or icon in the Fitbit app, and choose your Fitbit device.
- Choose Media and then select Deezer. Activate your membership if needed.
- Tap Add Music and tap any playlists you wish to download to your Fitbit.
- You can store about 150-200 songs on your Fitbit.
A great alternative to Deezer is Pandora. It mostly seems to be made for workouts, and, in a way, the same applies to Deezer. What matters is that they both get the job done at the end of the day.
Unlike Deezer, Pandora only offers a 30-day trial. And don’t forget that it’s currently only available in the U.S.
This feature is only available to Pandora Plus, Pandora Premium, or Premium Family subscribers.
In terms of monthly subscriptions, you can look forward to:
- Pandora Plus for $5 with partial ads and limits
- Pandora Premium for $9 with unlimited access and no ads
- $14.99 for the family package
- $4.99 for students
- And $7.99 for veterans
Using Pandora is as easy as with any other streaming app. Just make an account, log in, and start playing music.
The Pandora app is available to Fitbit models: Ionic, Sense series, and Versa series in the United States, who also have a paid subscription to Pandora.
With Pandora, you can either automatically sync up to 3 of your most-played Pandora stations or choose Pandora’s curated Workout stations to download to your Fitbit.
If you use Thumbprint Radio, it also downloads regardless of which option you choose.
You cannot download music from Pandora to a Fitbit Versa Lite.
How to store music from Pandora onto your Fitbit Versa 3 or Sense
- Place your Fitbit on its charger.
- If you haven’t done so, set up Wi-Fi on your Fitbit using the Fitbit app, and verify that your Fitbit is connected to Wi-Fi.
- Open the Fitbit app, choose the Today tab > your profile picture or icon, and select your Fitbit from the list.
- Choose Media.
- Select Pandora.
- If needed, set it up and log into your Pandora account.
- Choose to auto-sync your three most-played Pandora stations or manually select from Pandora’s curated workout playlists.
- Tap the three-dot More button and choose Force Sync Now to download your Pandora music to your Fitbit.
- Please wait for all your music (stations) to download to your Fitbit before disconnecting it from its charger.
- Check the download’s progress via a banner at the top of Pandora inside the Fitbit app or in the Pandora app on your Fitbit.
Want to remove or change Pandora stations on your Fitbit?
- Open the Fitbit app and choose the Today tab > your profile picture or icon > your Fitbit from the list > Media.
- Choose Pandora from your list of providers.
- Tap the three-dot More button.
- To change, tick the different station option.
- To remove, press Unlink Pandora Account to remove all current stations.
2: Add DRM-Free Songs for older Fitbit Versa models
Unfortunately, Fitbit (owned now by Google) removed the option to transfer playlists to your Fitbit watch through your computer in late 2022. So these steps won’t work moving forward.
If you use an older Fitbit smartwatch, like the Versa 2, Versa, or Ionic, we highly recommend using the Music app to download songs directly onto your device.
With Fitbit’s Music app, you can download, store, and play several hours of music and podcasts directly on your watch.
Some of you may have DRM-free songs from your Mac’s Music app, iTunes, and other platforms that don’t restrict you to their service.
So, if you only wish to access these songs, you don’t need to subscribe to a monthly streaming service. You can transfer whatever you already own.
To download music to your Fitbit, you must first create at least one playlist of songs in your computer’s Music app that you then download to your Fitbit.
If you use iTunes, check this setting in iTunes: Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Share iTunes Library XML with other applications > OK.
- Download and install the Fitbit Connect App on your computer and plug your Fitbit into its charger.
- Follow the on-screen setup instructions to connect your Fitbit to your computer or connect your Fitbit and computer to the same Wi-Fi network.
- To connect to Wi-Fi, open the Fitbit app, choose the Today tab > your profile picture or icon, and select your Fitbit device image. Tap Wi-Fi Settings and connect to or add a Wi-Fi network.
- On the Fitbit Connect app, select “Manage My Music.”
- Head over to your Versa 2 or older model.
- Open the Music app.
- Select Transfer Music.
- Back in Fitbit Connect, choose to import a playlist of your choosing.
At this point, it’s worth noting that Fitbit devices only support MP3, MP4, AAC, and WMA files. We assume that lossless formats such as FLAC will possibly not be compatible.
Fitbit Connect not finding your playlists?
If you store your music outside your computer’s Music folder, you need to tell Fitbit Connect where to search.
- On your computer, open Fitbit Connect and choose Manage My Music.
- Click the Settings icon (gear) and choose Advanced Settings.
- Click the + and add any folders where you store your music, then click OK.
How to delete your playlists on your Fitbit using Fitbit Connect
- Plug your watch into the charger.
- Verify that your watch and computer connect to the same Wi-Fi network for watches that support Wi-Fi.
- Fitbit watches can’t connect to 5GHz, 802.11ac, WPA enterprise, or public Wi-Fi networks that require logins, subscriptions, or profiles.
- To see or change networks, open the Fitbit app and select the Today tab > your profile picture > your Fitbit device. Tap Wi-Fi Settings.
- Open Fitbit Connect on your computer and choose to Manage My Music.
- On your Fitbit, open the Music app and tap Transfer Music.
- If you don’t see it, scroll down.
- Wait for your Fitbit watch to connect.
- See the list of playlists downloaded to your watch on your computer screen.
- Tick the checkbox next to the playlist(s) you want to delete–wait for your Fitbit to update.
How to delete all your music from your Fitbit
- Open the Fitbit app and tap the Today tab > your profile picture or icon.
- Tap your Fitbit device image.
- Tap Media > Personal Music.
- Tap Remove All Personal Music.
- Wait for your Fitbit to update and delete all stored music.
And that’s how you add music on a Fitbit Versa series or Sense series watch. To put it in a nutshell, here are all the methods you can use:
- Deezer: Possibly the best music streaming service for Fitbit Versa and Sense watches right now. Also, one of the very few that offer lossless audio.
- Pandora: A decent alternative for U.S citizens with more pricing options
- Local: Great if you have DRM-free songs on your computer or phone that you want to transfer over to a Versa
And if you don’t mind taking your phone with you at all times, there’s also the Spotify app, which is more remote than a streaming service on Fitbit watches.
That’s all for now. Please let us know in the comments section if you want to add anything else or ask any questions.
Great info, thanks! Important question: If I use the 3 month free trial subscription and download music to my Sense, if I don’t renew my membership, do my downloaded songs get deleted or stay on my watch?
The songs are removed. It doesn’t happen immediately–but when your Fitbit syncs with the app and the Fitbit app syncs to your music app (Pandora or Deezer) and your trial subscription ends.
Is there any chance, news, software update becomes versa 3 or sense available the local music storage?
So far, Fitbit remains silent about whether it will add local music storage to the Fitbit Sense or Versa 3–and frankly, we do not expect it. We also suspect that any new models coming out will also not include local music storage or the Music app.