Is the Fitbit Versa Waterproof?

What about the Versa 2?

The Fitbit Versa and Versa 2 are water resistant. They will be able to keep up with your exercises, light rain, and even showering. Do understand, however, there's a difference between waterproof and water resistant.

Know the Difference: Is Fitbit Versa Waterproof or Water Resistant

The Fitbit Versa, Versa 2, and Versa Lite all feature water resistance up to a depth of 50 meters. In other words, you can swim really, really deep (deeper than you'll likely want to go without special gear) without water getting into the watch. But, that water resistance isn't the same thing as waterproof.

A waterproof gadget would be truly impervious to water. You'd be able to take it into any situation with water, and not have that contact with water destroy it. But for virtually all electronics, the Fitbit Versa included, a bit of water getting inside is all it would take to kill it.

Fitbit Versa 2 under a sink faucet
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Water resistance doesn't make a device impervious to water, but it does help keep water away from the sensitive electronics inside. So, in the Fitbit Versa's case, the chassis is sealed up tight to prevent even high pressure water from getting in. How high of pressure? The kind of pressure you'd find 50 meters deep in water, or 5 atmospheres worth. But, if you go deeper with the Fitbit Versa, the ever increasing pressure is liable to push through the seals. Once inside, it can short out the electronics and kill the smartwatch.

Water Resistance Depth Isn't the Whole Story

There's a lot of pressure 50 meters underwater, but that doesn't mean your Fitbit Versa is safe as long as you never go that deep. Depth is just one way of looking at water pressure. Plenty of other things can create high pressure water. Think about your shower head or a pressure washer.

Electronics with light water resistance might be able to stand up to some sprinkling rain, but the jet of water from a pressure washer could quickly flood the inside. In the case of the Fitbit Versa, 50m of resistance is a pretty high amount. It should be safe for swimming laps, rain, showering, and washing your hands in the sink. But, you should avoid spraying it with a higher pressure water.

While swimming should generally be safe, there's one instance where you'll want to be especially careful: diving. When you hit the water while diving, the speed you enter the water can create a higher pressure situation, and that can lead to water getting inside your device (this writer has personally had two different smartwatches with 50m ratings flood with water while getting into water). So, don't take your watch off the high dive or cliff jump.

While the Fitbit Versa line are all water resistant, if you change the band on your Fitbit Versa, the band might not be. You're safe with the silicone bands that come with the device, but if you switch to a fabric or leather band, those may not stand up to the water well.

Your Watch's Enemy Is Time

It's worth noting that the water resistance your Fitbit Versa offers is valid while it's new. But, time time has a way of wearing things down, and that applies to water resistance. Whether it's rubber gaskets breaking down or seals getting stretched out, all of your water-resistant devices are liable to lose some resistance over time.

So, while your Fitbit Versa is new, and thereby still under warranty, you can count on it to meet its rated water resistance or at least be replaced for free if it fails.

Fitbit says "most water damaged trackers aren't covered under warranty."

After a couple years, you may want to be more careful about how much water you expose it to. Water inside your watch isn't one of those Fitbit problems that's easily fixed.