How to Change Time on Your Fitbit

The procedure is the same for all device models

What to Know

  • To change the time on your Fitbit, change the time on its paired device and manually sync your Fitbit to the device.
  • Manually change time zone: In the app, tap Today > profile > App Settings > Time Zone. Turn off Set Automatically.
  • Next, tap Time Zone and choose the time zone you'd like your Fitbit to recognize. Sync your Fitbit to its host device.

This article explains how to change the time and time zone on all Fitbit smartwatch and fitness tracker models, including Versa, Alta, Charge, Ionic, Inspire, and Ace.

How to Change the Time on a Fitbit Device

All Fitbit trackers are programmed to match the time on the device to which they sync. However, if there's a glitch and your Fitbit isn't displaying the right time, ensure the time on the host device is correct, and then manually sync your Fitbit to its paired iPhone, Android, or another device.

To manually sync your Fitbit to its paired device:

  1. Turn on the Fitbit tracker and ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your device.

  2. With your Fitbit nearby, open the Fitbit Health and Fitness app on your paired device and tap Today

  3. Press and hold on the app screen, and then pull down on the screen. Your devices will manually sync.

If the date and time are out of sync after the Fitbit runs out of battery power, re-sync it to its host device.

How to Change Time Zones on a Fitbit Tracker

When you travel to a new time zone, your Fitbit should sync to its host device and adjust for the change. However, if something goes wrong, the new time zone may interfere with your Fitbit's data tracking. Your tracking data may record over the previous day's data, or the device may skip an entire day of tracking.

Here's how to manually change time zones on a Fitbit.

  1. Launch the Fitbit app on your paired device and tap Today.

  2. Tap your profile picture and select App Settings.

  3. Select Time Zone.

  4. Turn off Set Automatically.

  5. Tap Time Zone and choose the time zone you'd like your Fitbit to recognize.

If you'll be in a different time zone only for a short period, turn off Set Automatically before traveling. This will cause your Fitbit to stay in your original time zone.

How the Clock Works on Fitbit Trackers

Whether you're using a basic Fitbit tracker such as a Fitbit One or Fitbit Zip or have invested in a more high-end smartwatch like the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Alta, device time is managed by syncing it with your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Your Fitbit tracker recognizes and displays the host device's date and time.

Fitbit Clocks and Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time is notorious for causing havoc with Fitbit trackers, as it forces them to record fitness activity for the same hour twice when the period begins and ends. There really is no way around this annoyance, and most Fitbit users accept this quirk as part of the Fitbit experience, even though it can mess up their stats slightly.

If you rely on your Fitbit tracker as a clock, have it update to daylight savings time by syncing it to your smartphone or computer as usual. All smartphones, tablets, and computers now automatically change their time for daylight savings by default.

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