How to Change Time On Your Fitbit

Have you ever moved time zones while wearing a Fitbit fitness tracker?

A middle-aged man riding a bike, checking the time and fitness stats on his Fitbit Ionic
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Fitbits may be well-known for their fitness tracking functionality but they can also act as a way to tell the time, especially when it comes to the smartwatch models like the Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Surge.

With modern watches comes new problems though that can cause the time and date on Fitbit trackers to fall out of sync or even be just plain wrong. Here's how the clock works on Fitbit trackers and how to fix any problems you may have with it.

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, the time on your device is managed the same way; by syncing it with your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Essentially, whatever time and date it is on the device you sync your Fitbit with, that time will copy over to your tracker.

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 simply 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, you can get it to update to daylight savings time simply 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 so there really is nothing to worry about come the annual time change.

Changing Time Zones on a Fitbit Tracker

Fitbit Windows 10 app
Click the card to update your time zone.

Similar to the daylight savings problem mentioned above, shifting to a different time zone can also mess up your Fitbit tracker as, depending on the time zone you move to, it could cause your tracking data to record over the previous day or skip an entire day altogether.

If you're only planning to be in a different time zone for a short period of time, you can manually force your Fitbit to stay in its original time zone by turning off the time zone auto-update in the Fitbit app settings.

Here's how to disable the time zone auto-update.

  1. Open the free Fitbit app on your Windows phone, iOS, Android, or Windows 10 device.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a small membership card or a rectangle with a circle and three lines inside it (see below image).
  3. Scroll down the menu and click on Advanced Settings.
  4. Click on Time Zone.
  5. The Time Zone settings panel should show your current time zone. By default, it is set to automatically change time zones whenever your device is relocated to a different region. Press on the Auto slider to lock the current time zone in. From now on, no matter where you go, your Fitbit will remain within the same time zone.

How to Change the Time on a Fitbit Device

All Fitbit trackers are programmed to match the time on the device they sync to such as your tablet, computer, or smartphone. To change the time on your Fitbit tracker, all you need to do is change the time on the device that you sync it to and then perform a sync as per usual via the Fitbit app.

  1. To change time on an iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, go to Settings then General and then Date & Time.
  2. To change the time on an Android tablet or smartphone, open Settings followed by Date & Time.
  3. To change the time on a Windows phone, go to All settings then Time & language and then Date and time.
  4. Once the time and date on your device has been changed to what you want, open the Fitbit app and click on the icon of your connected Fitbit tracker. Force an immediate sync by pressing the icon that looks like two arrows forming a circle.

How to Reset Time on a Fitbit Tracker

If the battery on a Fitbit device such as a Fitbit Charge 2 or Fitbit Blaze is allowed to go completely flat, its time and date settings can become broken. These settings can be reset very easily simply by performing a sync via the method above.

A basic sync should fix most major problems on all Fitbit devices.