Earning it: Everything you need to know about Fitbit Badges

What in the world are Fitbit Badges, and how do you get them?

As it turns out, being rewarded for things makes us happy. And if you own a Fitbit fitness tracker or smartwatch, the chances are you're all about those badges.

You don't wear these badges, but they are virtual markers of your progress and biggest accomplishments while using one of Fitbit's wearables. These are awarded to you for completing daily and lifetime milestones. Whether that's hitting 10,000 steps for the day or climbing a record number of stairs.

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If you're wondering how many Fitbit badges there are to collect and where you can find them inside of the Fitbit app, we break down everything in this handy guide below.

How do you earn Fitbit Badges?

Earning it: Everything you need to know about Fitbit Badges

There are different ways to earn Fitbit Badges: you can receive them for your step count, for flights of stairs climbed or for weight loss. The step count and stairs methods are split into two categories: daily and lifetime.

Oh, and you can also earn badges multiple times. So you don't just earn a badge and then you're done with it forever. You can earn them multiple times as a way to show how often you accomplish good things.

It's important to note that manually logged activities do not count toward Fitbit Badges. You earn these automatically just by wearing your Fitbit day to day. The weight-based badges, however, can only be earned by automatically syncing data over from the Fitbit Aria or Fitbit Aria 2 smart scales.


So why don't manually logged activities count toward Badges? It's because Badges are out to reward you for your daily activities; they're there to encourage you to live a more active life. So you can be more mindful of walking to the store instead of driving, or taking the stairs instead of a lift.

Manually logged activities, Fitbit argues, require effort. You're in the mood to be athletic for that short period of time, rather than making choices to be more active on day-to-day basis.

How do I view my Fitbit Badges?

Earning it: Everything you need to know about Fitbit Badges

There are two ways to view your badges. You can either go to Fitbit.com/badges or you can open up the companion app, hit the profile logo in the upper right corner and then click on your name.

You can then click on "Badges and Trophies" to take a look at what you've earned. Your top three badges will be listed first, but you can easily look at the rest of your badges by clicking "Badge Collection."

A word of warning, however. In our experience, the app sometimes seems to have trouble loading all of your badges, while Fitbit's website more easily lists out all of your earned badges.

How many Fitbit Badges are there?

Fitbit has said there are over 100 badges in total to unlock. The company, every once in a while, will introduce more Badges for you to earn, so don't be surprised if you see something new pop up too.

As previously mentioned, these Badges are split into four categories. There are daily step goals, which are measured in steps, there are lifetime step goals, which are measured in miles, daily stair flight goals and lifetime flight goals. Finally, there's weight loss.

What are these Badges like?

Earning it: Everything you need to know about Fitbit Badges

Fitbit Badges actually cover a wide array of distance, and you'll no doubt be able to spend plenty of time – maybe even years – attempting to unlock all of them.

The daily step badges start at 5,000 steps and go all the way up to 100,000 steps. The lifetime distance badges starts at 26 miles and go up to 12,430 miles. The daily floors badges start at 10 floors and go up to 700 floors. The lifetime floors badges start at 500 floors and go up to 35,000. Finally, the weight loss badges start at setting a weight loss goal and go up to losing 200lbs.

For the most part – except for the weight loss badges – these badges have unique names. Climbing 20,000 flights of stairs gets you the Shooting Star badge, for example. The step and miles milestones, however, are the really oddly named ones. Walking 1,997 miles gets you the Taj Mahal badge, while the Nile badge means you walked 4,132 miles.

It's not totally clear whether these seemingly arbitrary numbers are unique in-jokes or references to the badge names. The Nile River, for instance, is 4,258 miles long. While the only 1,997 that we think could be related to the Taj Mahal is SeΓ±or Blues 1997 song "Taj Mahal".

The hardest Fitbit badges to earn

We know you want to know what the most difficult badges are to earn, and we can help you out with that. Fitbit officially lists all of the Fitbit badges here, and we've picked out some of the ones you'll have to put serious work in to unlock.

Fitbit daily steps Badges

  • Platform Shoes – hit 50,000 steps a day
  • Futuristic Kicks – hit 80,000 steps a day
  • Olympian Sandals – hit 100,000 steps a day

Fitbit lifetime distance badges

  • Marathon – you walked 26.2 miles since joining Fitbit
  • Hawaiian Islands – you walked 350 miles since joining Fitbit
  • Great Barrier Reef – you walked 1,600 miles since joining Fitbit
  • Great Wall – you walked 5,500 miles since joining Fitbit

Fitbit daily floor badges

  • Skyscraper – you climbed 100 floors in a day
  • Castle – you climbed 200 floors in a day
  • Rainbow – you climbed 700 floors in one day

Fitbit lifetime floors badges

  • Hot air balloon – you've climbed 2,000 stairs since joining Fitbit
  • Spaceship – you've climbed 14,000 floors since joining Fitbit
  • Satellite – you've climbed 35,000 floors since joining Fitbit

Fitbit weight goal badges

Fitbit's weight-goal badges start at 10 pounds and go all the way up to 200 pounds. So there are plenty of badges here to earn.

Can I share my Fitbit Badges?

Earning it: Everything you need to know about Fitbit Badges

If you're extremely proud of what you've accomplished and want to show off to your friends, you bet your Fitbit you can share your badges. There are a couple of ways to do this.

First, you can make sure your Fitbit Badges are public and not private. To do that, head over to the companion app, navigate to "Badges and Trophies" on your profile page and then click "Privacy Setting." Here, you can choose whether you want your badges visible to just you, your friends or all Fitbit users.

The other way to share is to, well, actually share them. To do this, simply click on the badge you want to share. Scroll down just a tad and you'll see a "Share" option. Here, you'll get to add a comment to your badge. Click "Next" and you'll be greeted with a couple of options.

You can choose to share your badge to various Fitbit communities. If you don't want to share within the wide world of Fitbit users, you can simply click "Share elsewhere", which will let you share to the social media of your choice – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, whatever.


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