How to back up and remove all of your Fitbit information before Google takes over

There are some people who are unhappy with Google’s acquisition of Fitbit. Some people are concerned about their privacy, while others are concerned about the future of the maker of wearables. The transaction will not go through until well into 2020, but in the meantime, it is helpful to know that you have choices over what to do with your data.

Google’s $2.1 billion purchase does not come as a real shock. Fitbit was one of the first companies to enter the wearables industry, which helped it gain a significant market share in a short amount of time. However, the San Francisco company has not been innovative recently and is falling further behind some of its competitors as a result. For instance, we have been waiting for Fitbit to activate the blood oxygen sensor that is present on some of their devices for the past two years. This sensor can be found on some of Fitbit’s devices. Then there’s the competition, which comes in the form of smartwatches and fitness bands made in China that are sold at a lower price. Because the company has not been profitable in recent years, it was necessary to take action in order to turn the situation around.

But there are now two camps: those who believe that Fitbit will go from good to great with resources from Google, and those who fear that the search giant would eventually kill Fitbit off. Those who believe Fitbit will go from good to great with resources from Google Just consider Nokia and Withings as two examples. In spite of a great deal of hype, Nokia was not able to accomplish much with the hardware developed by the French company. When it was all said and done, one of the original owners purchased Withings once again.

Many people are afraid that Google is just interested in the data, specifically for the purpose of targeted advertising. If you are concerned about the same things, exporting and erasing all of your Fitbit data before the acquisition is finalised is not too onerous of a process.

There are two different approaches you may use to delete anything linked with your Fitbit account. Fortunately, neither one is really difficult.

Follow these steps to accomplish this task using the app on your smartphone:

  • Launch the application, then after it’s open, navigate to the Today page, then make sure you’re viewing the user-added image. Tap your profile image.
  • Keep scrolling down until you reach the Manage Data option.
  • Click the Delete Account button.
  • Follow the directions that are displayed on the screen.

The following method can be carried out through the dashboard:

  • Locate the gear icon that looks like a user’s profile picture and click on it.
  • To click, scroll down and then click. Remove Your Account
  • Follow the directions that are displayed on the screen.

It is important to note that the deletion of your data will not take place instantly. After you delete your Fitbit account, the information will remain on Fitbit’s server for a period of 7 days. Because of this, you have the opportunity to reverse your decision and regain everything. After the end of the week, there will be no way to regain access to the data stored on your Fitbit because your account will be deactivated. After a period of time ranging from 30 to 90 days, the information will be removed from the system and deleted permanently. The reason why it takes so much time is that information needs to be removed from a wide variety of backup systems and databases.

Exporting Fitbit data 

It is strongly recommended that you make an export of your data before deleting it. You can choose to export either one month’s worth of data from your most recent Fitbit activity or all of the data. The second choice is the one that you should go with.

The steps are as follows.

  • Find the gear icon that’s labelled User-added picture > Settings on the online dashboard, and click on it.
  • Select the Data Export option.
  • Click the Request Data button that is located under Export Your Account Archive.
  • You will be sent a request for confirmation through email at the address that is associated with your Fitbit account.
  • After you have validated your account, a second email will be sent to you containing a link to download the data from your Fitbit account. If you have a significant amount of data, it is possible that this will not appear for several days.
  • You will need to download the information file to your computer and then save it.

The fitness data includes a summary of your Fitbit Coach exercises, as well as steps, distance travelled, number of active minutes, calories burned, number of floors climbed, heart rate during the immobile time, cardio fitness score, and exercise history, and activity logs. It does not include GPS data, but this information may be exported individually for each workout by selecting the activity from the Exercise tile of the smartphone app, touching the three dots, and then selecting Export as TCX File from the drop-down menu that appears.

The above technique will export not only the information regarding your fitness, but also the Fitbit community groups that you are a member of, your profile, the conversations that you have had within the Fitbit app, and a list of your Fitbit friends, and other information.

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