Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 have no music, lose Wi-Fi

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The Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4 feature an interface heavily inspired by Wear OS 3, but they otherwise lack key features, like offline music storage, playback or even control while Wi-Fi is off.

Fitbit notes the presence of “WiFi” in the “Sensors and Components” section of the specs page for Sense 2 and Versa 4. However, it immediately says “disabled, cannot be enabled” in parentheses.

Moreover, the “How do I connect my Fitbit watch to Wi-Fi?The help article confirms that “This feature is not available on Fitbit Sense 2, Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, or Fitbit Versa 4.”

This is unfortunate as Wi-Fi allows for “faster firmware updates” compared to Bluetooth – in our experience quite a drastic difference – which is the only option currently for newer smartwatches. Meanwhile, Fitbit also touted that Wi-Fi connectivity lets you “download playlists and apps”. You can still download/transfer apps (and watch faces) via Bluetooth, albeit slower.

However, the other limitation revealed here is the lack of music options on the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4. For starters, the company doesn’t mention audio playback capabilities – beyond taking phone calls on the wrist. (coming soon) and Amazon Alexa – on either the product page.

Also, another help article says Deezer “not available on Fitbit Sense 2, Fitbit Versa Lite Edition or Fitbit Versa 4.” The support page for Pandora just says “This feature is not available on Fitbit Versa Lite Edition or Fitbit Versa 4”, and probably not mentioning the Sense 2 is a mistake. Meanwhile, it was telling that the Charge 5 didn’t offer specialized Spotify controls after previous generations and the original Sense did.

Besides the lack of storage on the device, it’s not clear that you can even control audio playback on your phone. The manual for both the Sense 2 and Versa 4 don’t mention anything about music play/pause controls or connecting Bluetooth headphones to your watch. Hopefully this is something that will be added in a future update.

The lack of these features somewhat hinders the Sense 2 and Versa 4’s status as smartwatches, especially since there’s no mention of Google Assistant support so far, just Alexa. . Of course, you get payments on the wrist, Google Maps, notifications, the ability to reply to texts, and the ability to answer calls.

The removal of these features reflects how Fitbit focuses on Sense 2 and Versa 4 (coming this week) on health and fitness capabilities with some smartwatch features that work well. However, any loss of functionality is always regrettable and makes the new watches a less straightforward successor to the next generation. It also makes the upgrade path to a Pixel Watch more obvious.

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