The modern Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches act as an extension of your smartphone. You can use it to keep tabs on your health and wellness, track numerous biometrics, and obtain insights on how you are doing. It tracks your daily activity and sleep pattern, works as an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and even receives the notifications that are sent on your phone.
Yes, you read it right. You can use a Fitbit to view the various notifications you receive on the phone when you are away from it. Including the Facebook messages. Find out how below:
To receive Facebook messages on your Fitbit, you have to have the Messenger app installed on your phone. Then you have to connect it with your Fitbit over Bluetooth. Be sure to keep the Do Not Disturb off and both devices within each other’s range.
However, this feature is not available on all Fitbit models. For example, the older Fitbits that do not support the touchscreen interface will also not let you receive Facebook messages. But if you own one of the more advanced models like Versa 3 or Charge 5, you can easily make use of this feature.
The above discussion is bound to have you wondering things like, how can you receive Facebook messages on Fitbit Versa? Do Fitbits actually have Messenger? And is it possible to use Facebook on a Fitbit? We explain all of these below.
How Do I Get Facebook Messages On My Fitbit Versa?
You can get Facebook messages on your Versa by pairing it with your phone over Bluetooth and enabling the Facebook notifications on the Fitbit app dashboard. Do bear in mind that the Fitbit will only receive message notifications when it is within range of your phone.
Versa is one of the newer Fitbit models with interactive display and external notification support. Once you have synced it with your phone, it will start receiving and displaying the notifications you get on your phone. Including those from Facebook Messenger. Here’s how you can activate them:
- First make sure that your phone has Facebook message notifications enabled.
- Now turn its Bluetooth on.
- Keep your Versa nearby and open the Fitbit app.
- Go to the Account option, select Versa tile, and tap on notifications.
- The app will prompt you to pair Versa with your phone. Follow the onscreen directions for successful pairing.
- After successful pairing, you can choose the apps you want to receive notifications from on your Fitbit. Text, calendar, and call notifications are turned on by default. To enable Facebook message notifications too, select the App Notification option and turn on the Facebook notifications.
- Go back by tapping on the Versa tile and let your Versa sync to load new settings.
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Does Fitbit Have Messenger?
No, Fitbit does not have Messenger service on its tracking devices. You can use in-app texting to keep in touch with your friends. Or use the Quick Replies feature to respond to any inbound messages with pre-typed sentences or a group of emojis.
While none of the Fitbits have built-in Messenger, the latest models support Messenger notifications. Using this feature, you can view any messages that you have received directly on your wrist. You can also reply to these using the Quick Replies feature. It contains a group of emojis and pre-typed sentences that you can use to respond.
Currently, only Android phone users can avail this Quick Replies service. The iOS users are limited to receiving the notifications alone.
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Can you use Facebook on a Fitbit?
Yes, you can use Facebook on a Fitbit, but in a very limited capacity. Once you sync your Facebook account with the Fitbit app, you can use it to connect with your Facebook friends. The app allows you to view their footsteps, challenge them to take fitness competitions, and to cheer or taunt them.
Because of its small display, it is impossible to browse Facebook on a Fitbit to its full capacity. You can receive the notifications and reply to them using Quick Replies if you are an Android user. For iPhone users, even this is currently not possible.
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