How to set up and use Google Maps on Fitbit Sense 2 or Versa 4

Google Maps is now available on Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 smartwatches, and while it's easy to set up, users still need their smartphone.

Google Maps support, one of the features Fitbit promised to launch with its Sense 2 and Versa 4 smartwatches a few months ago, is now available. Fitbit released an update in November 2022 that brought Google Wallet to the Sense 2 and Versa 4, and promised Google Maps would soon follow.

The arrival of Google Maps on Fitbit smartwatches is currently limited to Android users. However, Fitbit says it will be available to iPhone users in early 2023. To set up maps on your smartwatch, open the Fitbit app, tap your profile picture, and select the Google Maps tile on your screen. If the app is not installed, users will be notified that Google Maps is not available on their phone or smartwatch and they can download the corresponding app from the Google Play Store and App Gallery. After installing the app on both devices, launch the app on Fitbit Sense 2 or Versa 4 and follow the onscreen instructions.

It Needs A Smartphone To Work

First, launch the app on your smartphone to use Google Maps on either device. Enter a location in the search bar at the top, click "Directions" at the bottom screen and select a shipping method. Fitbit supports cycling, driving, and walking. Click "Get Started" at the bottom of the screen. Once navigation is started on the smartphone, the Google Maps app on the watch opens automatically. This allows users to follow directions without having to take their phone out of their pocket or mount it on their bike. Fitbit says the auto-start feature on the Sense 2 and Versa 4 only turns on when biking and walking, so users will have to turn it on manually while driving.

To do this, open the app list on your Fitbit smartwatch, swipe up the app list, and select Google Maps. Launch the app and swipe up to get to the auto-start settings section. There is a switch to turn the feature on or off. Users can also turn on driving features or turn off other modes of transportation under this section. Once users reach their destination by bike or on foot, the watch will also display a summary of their activity. In order for Google Maps to work on the Sense 2 and Versa 4, Fitbit says the connected smartphone must be within Bluetooth range, And the Google Maps application must continue to run in the background.

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