How to Add Music to a Fitbit Versa

Add some tunes to your workout

The Fitbit Versa and Versa 2 are Fitbit's smartwatch that offers not only fitness tracking, but also a variety of other features, such as message and app notifications, goal, sleep, and female health tracking, and access to your favorite music and podcasts. You can even download music to your Versa and listen to it when your phone isn't nearby. Here’s how to do that, so your favorite tunes are always as close as your wrist.

The instructions in this article apply to both Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Versa 2, as well as current versions of both Windows and Mac computers. However, Fitbit Versa Lite does not have the same music capabilities, so you won't be able to control music from or download it to that device.

Can I Stream Music on Fitbit Versa

If you’re wondering if you can stream music on your Fitbit Versa or Versa 2, the answer is no. Because the Versa piggybacks on your smartphone’s Wi-Fi or network connection, there is no built-in capability for music streaming

What you can do is control streaming music––start, stop, change tracks, and control the volume––on your connected smartphone using the Versa's bluetooth controls.

  1. Connect a Bluetooth audio device, such as wireless earbuds or a Bluetooth speaker, to your Fitbit Versa.

  2. On your Versa, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the music controls icon. 

  3. Make sure the correct music source is chosen. If necessary, tap the three dot menu on the Versa, then tap the watch icon.

  4. Now you can control your music using your Versa.

If you’re using Spotify on your Versa watch (a Spotify Premium subscription is required), you’ll need to control your music through the Spotify app for Fitbit Versa and Versa 2.

How to Add Music to a Fitbit Versa

In most cases, if you want to listen to music on your Versa or Versa 2, it’s because you don’t have your phone with you and simply controlling your music through the smart watch isn’t what you want to do.

Instead, you’ll probably want to download music from your computer to your watch. Fortunately, there’s enough space on your Fitbit Versa for about 300 songs, so with a few steps you can have your playlist anywhere you go as long as you’re wearing your watch.

A direct transfer of music from your device to your watch can only happen from a computer. You cannot directly transfer music from your phone to your Versa without using another app. (More on that below.)

On the Fitbit Versa line, it’s not as simple as just connecting the phone to the computer and dragging files from one device to another. First, you have to install the Fitbit Connect app on your computer

Once you have the app installed, follow these instructions:

You can download MP3, MP4 with AAC, and WMA files to your Fitbit Versa, however, you must own the music and playlists downloaded from streaming audio services cannot be added.

  1. Open the Fitbit Connect app on your computer and select Manage My Music.

    The Manage My Music tile on the Fitbit app.

    Both your computer and your watch must be on the same network to transfer music to your watch.

  2. On your Versa, go to the Music app and tap Transfer Files.

    Instructions in the Fitbit app for connecting with your Versa Watch.

    Be patient. It may take a minute or longer for your watch and your computer to connect.

  3. Once connected, select the playlist you want to transfer to your Fitbit Versa. You can select multiple playlists if you have them. Just keep in mind that you Fitbit Versa will only hold about 300 songs, total.

    Select the playlist in the Fitbit app to add to your Versa watch.
  4. The download will start automatically and may take some time to complete, especially if there are a lot of songs on the playlists that you add.

Add Fitbit Versa Music From a Streaming Service

If you're a fan of streaming music, you might find it disappointing that you can't stream music on your Fitbit Versa. You can, however, add downloaded music from Pandora or Deezer streaming music services.

In order to transfer downloaded playlists from Pandora or Deezer, you'll need to have the premium version of the service you prefer to use.

Both Deezer and Pandora come pre-installed on Fitbit Versa and Versa 2 watches, but you'll need to start a subscription to the service of your choice. You can find premium subscriptions from Deezer that start at around $10 per month, and subscriptions from Pandora that start around $5 per month.

Once you've subscribed to a service follow these instructions to begin using the app to download playlists to your watch:

This example uses Deezer, specifically, but the Pandora app works in a similar manner.

  1. Open the Deezer app on your Versa. You should see an activation code displayed there.

  2. On your computer, open the Fitbit Deezer page and enter the activation code shown on your watch.

  3. Follow the instructions on your watch screen to log into or create a Deezer account.

  4. Then, in your Fitbit app on your computer or mobile device, go to the Today tab and tap your profile image in the upper left corner.

  5. Tap the Versa icon, then tap Media > Deezer.

  6. Tap Add Music and choose the playlist you want to transfer from the Featured or My Playlists category.

    In the Deezer app, you can download as many playlists as you have space for on your Versa. However, in Pandora, you are limited to downloading only three of your own playlists or three workout playlists.

  7. Plug your Versa into the charger to automatically start the download process. The download process can take several minutes to complete, depending on the size of the playlist you're transferring.

If you don't want to connect your Versa to the charger, you can still transfer your playlists as long as you have more than 25% battery life on the device. In the Deezer app, tap the three dot menu icon, then tap Force sync now to initiate the transfer.