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After Google completed its purchase in early 2021, Fitbit became a crucial part of Google’s fitness experience. We recently learned that it will remain separate from the existing Google Fit app, at least for now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t co-exist. Now your Google Assistant can learn a little more about your daily fitness goals and progress, whether you’re using the Fitbit or Google Fit apps, thanks to new onboarding settings.
As noted in a Google Help Center article (via 9to5Google), the Google Assistant now has the ability to link your fitness data from Fitbit and Google Fit. By going to your assistant settings, scrolling down to Wellbeing and tapping on Activity, you will be able to link either of the two apps if they are installed on your phone. Both can be bound simultaneously, but only one can be active at a time. Your assistant can access your heart rate data, activity metrics, and distance traveled when permitted.
While the feature is rolling out, it looks like you can’t access your information from all Assistant-enabled devices just yet. According to testing by 9to5, the 2nd-gen Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max cannot yet access your fitness information through this integration. However, as the feature rolls out to everyone, it’s likely to show up sooner or later, especially since the setup process tells you that the wizard “will display this data, suggestions, and content associates without you having to ask”.
If you want to see this feature in action, make sure your Google app is fully updated, then go to settings to link your Fitbit/Google Fit information. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see it right now – it may take a few days.