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February 11, 2012 5:13 PM
My wife purchased a FitBit, which must be plugged into a computer's USB port for installation. How do we install the FitBit application on an iPad, which only communicates wirelessly? The iPad has no USB port.
February 11, 2012 5:20 PM
We have installed the FitBit application on a Personal computer with a Windows operating system. The original MyFitnessPal program and the FitBit application do appear to be communicating now. But the question remains, what would we have had to do had we not the second computer?
February 11, 2012 5:29 PM
In reading all the message boards in the Forums and Help section on Fitbit.com, it states if you have a Mac there is a separate website you go to download the information. But you can only sync it from a PC or something that has a USB port. I have the app on my iPad2 as well, but the base is near my PC. Apple should really get some USB ports or something with the iPads. That is why most of my friends have the Galaxy Tab and other brand Tablets. There should be some kind of wireless sync like Bluetooth or something. Originally that is what I tried to do on my iPad.
February 11, 2012 5:34 PM
A trip to the App Store provided my answer. I have downloaded the FitBit program to the iPad. We were able to log in to the existing account. I presume that setting up a new account would have gone more or less the same as it did on the PC.
February 11, 2012 5:37 PM
Thank you for your response. You brought up something I had not yet considered. Do I understand you correctly that the FitBit must talk through its base, and cannot wirelessly link directly to the iPad?
February 11, 2012 5:41 PM
You must have the fitbit base plugged into the USB port for it to synch.
February 11, 2012 5:42 PM
You can install the FitBit app on an iPad just like any other app in the store. This will allow you access to your account, but the FitBit still needs to sync to the base, which must be hooked up to a Mac or pc.
February 11, 2012 5:53 PM
What's fitbit
February 11, 2012 6:16 PM
FitBit is a wearable device that records your motions and estimates the number of calories you burn throughout your day. Check it out at FitBit.com.
February 11, 2012 6:17 PM
Many thanks to all of you who responded to my questions.
February 11, 2012 6:23 PM
Amazon sells a 5 in 1 card reader for iPad to solve this problem. It costs $4.89.
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March 22, 2012 12:58 PM
So, if I purchase the 5 in 1 card reader, it will work with an older Ipad and the Fitbit will sync to the ipad? I don't need a pc?
Edited by Jennyo5 On March 22, 2012 12:58 PM
March 26, 2012 6:41 AM
Even if you add the card reader, will the software that assist the synch work on the iPad?
Something has to be installed for the synch device to work, outside of the fitbit app, which is just a browser in an app.
March 27, 2012 5:13 PM
Currently, the software that reads the fitbit's data is only available for PC and Mac, so a card reader will not enable your iPad to "sniff" the fitbit's data.
May 15, 2012 9:06 PM
I use MFP and just got a fitbit today. After all my research on MFP and fitbit's website, prior to ordering fitbit I was under the impression that my calories were going to be updated on the fly wirelessly so that I could make adjustments to my food intake based on my activity. Was shocked to find day one with fitbit that with all this wireless connectivity I am tied to a home computer base station to sync. This nearly defeats the whole purpose of wearing this thing. I have to turn my computer on at the end of the day and sync up and then let MFP update to see where I'm at for the day...after it's over. Please work on a bluetooth connection or at least offer multiple base stations, or something for periodic updates. What's the point of it's 5min sync capability if it can only sync to a stationary computer base station.
January 2, 2013 9:32 PM
Hi

I have been searching the App Store and can't find the Fitbit app - is it called something else?
January 2, 2013 9:40 PM
The new fitbit one syncs without the base station through Bluetooth. Yes, for my ultra to sync, I have to have the docking station thing plugged into my MacBook. In any event, I can look at my calories burned on my fitbit throughout the day to get a rough idea where I stand with my eating.
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January 2, 2013 9:53 PM
Lovely. I just ordered my fitbit thingy last night...and it's going to be difficult to use with my iDevices????noway
Edited by fysty75 On January 2, 2013 9:54 PM
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January 2, 2013 9:58 PM
QUOTE:

Hi

I have been searching the App Store and can't find the Fitbit app - is it called something else?


It's called 'Fitbit' at least that's what is written under the icon on my phone, it's been a while since I downloaded it so I don't recall what I originally searched for to get the app.
January 2, 2013 10:01 PM
Doesn't it also depend on what type of FitBit you have? I thought I read that the newer ones (replacing my ultra) were able to sync through bluetooth to mobile devices and tablets. I could be mistaken though.
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January 2, 2013 10:07 PM
I too just got a FitBit...personally, I have the Fitbit One. It can sync wirelessly to a Windows or MAC using the small dongle you plug into a USB port. HOWEVER, it claims to also sync with a iPhone 4S or higher or iPAD 3rd generation or higher (or select Bluetooth 4.0 devices). I've also read it claims to sync to come Android devices, but I can personally vouch the Android App does not have any sync functionality.

All other systems and FitBits require syncing with a "base-station" via computer. As for doing it each night, check with your particular FitBit's specs, but my FitBit One can hold data for up to 7 days (same as the battery life allegedly) and step-counting data for up to 30 days. So you need only sync every few days if you'd like (but yeah, what good is that if you want to track your numbers in MFP).

As for the app in the App Store, I did a search for "fitbit" and found the app "Fitbit" by the company "Fitbit, Inc.". Same for the Android Play Store.

To find out if you have an iPAD 3rd generation, I found this URL you may find useful:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ipad/ipad-faq/differences-between-ipad-3rd-gen-2012-ipad-2-2011.html

(Personally, I'm an Android person so I'm not sure how much help I can be for any Apple folks.)

Lastly, if you're familiar with Linux, my Fitbit One wireless dongle works with a Windows virtual machine via Virtualbox. However, there is a native Linux tool for syncing Fitbit with Linux (http://www.paulburton.eu/2012/07/announcing-fitbitd/) though I haven't tested it for my Fitbit One yet.

Hope this helps some of you...

--PD
January 7, 2013 6:54 AM
Can 2 different fitbit one devices be synced to same ipad 3, to allow 2 users?
February 10, 2013 8:38 PM
QUOTE:

Hi

I have been searching the App Store and can't find the Fitbit app - is it called something else?


I had trouble searching for it as well in the Apple Store. I jumped over to the browser, searched for Fitbit iPad app and just used the link to launch the store to install it. It is called Fitbit, but like you, I wasn't pulling it up in a search for some reason.
Edited by tx_bridger On February 10, 2013 8:39 PM
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