How to Set up Your Fitbit Charge 2

In just a few steps you'll be putting your Fitbit Charge 2 to use

Screenshots from the Fitbit Android App showing the setup process for the Fitbit Charge 2

If you've got your hands on a Fitbit Charge 2, you'll no doubt be eager to start recording your steps, monitoring your heart rate, and tracking your workouts. However, first, you need to go through the Fitbit Charge 2 setup. 

How to Set up Fitbit Charge 2

Instructions in this apply to devices running Android or iOS. However, if you don't have an Android or iOS device, you can still set up your Charge 2 using a Bluetooth-enabled Mac or Windows 10 PC. The process is the same, but you'll need to install the correct app for your operating system. You can download the Fitbit app for Windows 10 or Fitbit Connect for Mac from the Fitbit website

  1. Download the Fitbit mobile app for Android or iOS.

  2. Once installed, you will need to sign in to the app. If you already have a Fitbit account, tap Login and enter your login details. If this is your first time with a Fitbit, tap Join Fitbit, then answer a series of questions and create your account.

    New users will need to choose which device they want to set up before creating an account. If you already have an account, you can access the device set up by signing in, then tap the Account icon. Under Devices, tap Set up a Device

  3. The Fitbit app will search for any nearby Fitbit Charge 2 trackers. For this part of the setup, you must have Bluetooth enabled on your smartphone, and have your Charge 2 attached to its charging cable, plugged in, and charging. 

  4. When the Fitbit app detects a nearby device, it will begin the pairing process. A PIN will be displayed on the Charge 2, which you will need to enter into the Fitbit app to confirm the pairing. 

  5. Once the pairing is complete, your Charge 2 is associated with your Fitbit account. The Fitbit app will then inform you of your new Charge 2's features. Read the information, tap Next, then select your preferred wrist placement when asked and tap Next once more.

  6. The Fitbit app will open onto the Dashboard, where you can view all your Fitbit data once it has synced from your Charge 2. To sync your Charge 2, tap the Account icon in the upper right of the screen. Under Devices, tap your Charge 2

  7. Under Sync, you can tap Sync Now to sync your Charge 2 manually, or you can also enable All-Day Sync which allows the Fitbit app to synchronize your Charge 2 in the background at intervals throughout the day. 

How to Customize Fitbit Charge 2 After Setup

Once you've completed setup, the Charge 2 is ready to use. However, you can also modify some settings to customize your Fitbit experience.

  • Notifications and Reminders to Move: You can set up the Notifications feature, which mirrors some of your phone's notifications on your Charge 2. Enabling Reminders to Move will cause your Fitbit to notify you if you haven't reached 250 steps by 10 minutes to the hour. 
  • Main Goal: This setting allows you to choose your primary fitness goal, including steps, distance, calories, active minutes, or floors climbed. Your choice will be prominently displayed on your Charge 2's main screen. 
  • Quick View: Your Charge 2's display can be set to turn on when you turn your wrist towards your body as if checking a watch. Toggle Quick View to enable this feature. 
  • Clock Display: Customize your Charge 2's main screen, where you can choose from a range of different clock styles. 

To find and enable these settings:

  1. Tap the Account icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

  2. Under Devices, tap your Fitbit.

  3. Under General, you will find the above settings allowing you to customize your Charge 2. 

  4. Navigate to Account > Charge 2 > Sync and tap Sync Now to apply your updated settings to your Fitbit tracker.