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How To Change The Time On A Fitbit?

How To Change The Time On A Fitbit?
(Last Updated On: September 25, 2017)

Fitbit is a fantastic example of modern technological innovation.

Famous world-wide for their fitness watches, the company aims to promote a healthy lifestyle. Their fitness trackers are able to monitor your activities, including exercise routines, sleeping cycles, and meals. Available in various shapes and sizes, these nifty accessories also perform the role of a wristwatch.

Sometimes – especially after the batters powers out – you’ll notice the time is behind. Or perhaps you’re in California but your Fitbit arrives set to New York’s timezone. In both cases, you’ll need to reset the time.

But how to change the time on Fitbit?

Short answer: you need to sync your device.

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What is syncing?

Your fitness tracker transfers its collected data on your activities to the Fitbit dashboard. This is where you store and view the data, and is usually set up on your smart phone or computer.

The above process is known as syncing. Fitbit traditionally uses inbuilt Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology for this purpose.

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How can you set up your tracker?

Before you can start using your device, you need to set it up. This entails pairing your Fitbit with your phone, computer, or tablet.

Once the pairing process is complete, syncing will commence automatically.

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Setting up the tracker on your phone or tablet:

  1. Before you proceed, check if your phone or tablet is listed as a Fitbit Compatible Device.
  2. If it is, you may now download the Fitbit App.
  3. Following installation, you need to open the app and select ‘join Fitbit’.
  4. After creating an account, your devices will begin pairing.
  5. You may choose to set up a second smart phone (or a computer) using the same Fitbit account.

Setting up the tracker on your computer:

  1. If you’re using Windows 10, you can download the Fitbit App via the Windows Store.
  2. Following installation, you need to open the app and select ‘join Fitbit’.
  3. After creating an account, your devices will begin pairing via Bluetooth. If your computer doesn’t support Bluetooth, you may use the FitBit tracker’s USB dongle.
  4. If you are using Windows 10, then go to the windows store and download the Fitbit app. Once the app is been installed successfully on your system, create your account and let the pairing begin wirelessly with the help of Bluetooth.
  5. You may choose to set up a second computer (or a smart phone/tablet) using the same Fitbit account.

If your phone isn’t compatible, and you’re using Windows 8.1 or lower:

  1. Insert the USB dongle provided with your Fitbit device into your computer.
  2. Download the FitBit App.
  3. Opt to “set up device”.
  4. Follow instructions given onscreen.

When will the device sync?

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If paired to the mobile app, your Fitbit syncs each time you open the app. You also have the option of activating “all-day sync”, which allows your devices to transfer data automatically at regular intervals.

If your Fitbit is paired to your computer, the device syncs automatically every 15 to 30 minutes. However, this requires that the two devices be at close proximity, and the Fitbit dongle plugged in. You also have the option of manually starting a sync via the dashboard.


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Syncing your device is the only way to reset your Fitbit tracker’s time.  Once synced, the display time updates to match that of the connected device.

How often should I sync my device?

You don’t need to sync your devices every day, as most Fitbit trackers store your data safely for up to seven days. Notable exceptions are the Fitbit Alta (five days) and Fitbit Surge. The latter stores 35 hours of GPS data before overwriting it with new information.

What if my Fitbit time doesn’t correct itself after syncing?

Sometimes, poor Bluetooth connection or outdated mobile software can prevent your devices from syncing correctly. Either will prevent your Fitbit from connected entirely.

If your connection is clear and your software updated, but your Fitbit time is still incorrect, try the following:

  1. Log out of your Fitbit app.
  2. Restart your tracker.
  3. Turn your Bluetooth off
  4. Now restart the mobile phone
  5. Turn on your Bluetooth
  6. Log in to your Fitbit account
  7. Sync.

Final words

If the time displayed on your Fitbit is still incorrect after following all the above advice, don’t despair! Your tracker has most likely reset its time zone. So before you rush to your local dealer (or HelloPeter), check your device’s settings.

Bonus Tip: you can also change your Fitbit’s time format from 12 hours to 24 hours, and vice versa. Simply login to your Fitbit dashboard, go to Settings, and select Personal Info. Choose Advanced Settings and find the clock display time to set your preferred format. Click submit, and there you go!

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