Google Fitbit acquisition: Here is how to delete your Fitbit data before Google takes control

by November 5, 2019 1 comment

We all have heard the news that Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Fitbit, a US-based fitness wearables brand. This news has come as a shock for many Fitbit users as they are now worried about how Google will handle the data that they shared with Fitbit.

While Google has, itself said that the company will never sell personal information to anyone. Additionally, Fitbit health and wellness data will never be used for target-based advertising for Google ads. The company says it will work hard protect to your information, put you in control and give you transparency about your data.

Google is also giving Fitbit users the choice to review, move, or delete their data.

While some users might stay with Google after the even after the acquisition, others might move to other brands like Samsung, Apple to monitor their health. And if you one of the latter, we advise you to delete your Fitbit data.

Here is how you can do it

But before you delete your data, you first had to download it from the servers. If you are a new Fitbit user you can easily download up to 31 days’ data. On the other hand, if are an old user, you are required to request your archive, which can be done from the Fitbit Dashboard on desktop.

Open Fitbit Dashboard and head to the gear icon in the upper right corner and then tap on settings.

Click on “Data Export”. You can choose the time frame if you want just last month’s data. You can select the format in which you want the data such as CSV or Excel formats. After selecting the format, click on download.

On the other hand, if you are looking to download the entire data you shared with Fitbit, simply scroll to a label that reads “Export Your Account Archive” and then tap on “Request Data.” It will lead you to a page wherein you had to confirm that you need to recover your data. After confirmation, another email will be sent to you with the download link.

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  1. jj
    #1 jj 5 November, 2019, 14:42

    Fitbit, especially the sleep data, has been invaluable to me and my health improvement and maintenance. It’s a shame to have to lose that aspect of Fitbit. I have a friend who has no plans to delete and said, “it doesn’t matter, Google owns me.” I’m torn. I hate this situation.

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