How to Set Up Fitbit Notifications

Set up correctly, your Fitbit lets your phone stay in your pocket

What to Know

  • Fitbit app: Account > Devices, choose device > Notifications > App notifications > choose apps.
  • iOS: Open Settings > Notifications, then turn on Fitbit notifications.
  • Android: Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > See all apps > Fitbit > Notifications > Show.

This article explains how to set up Fitbit notifications to mirror some of your smartphone's notifications. These instructions apply to iOS and Android devices, and all Fitbits with an LCD screen can support phone notifications.

How to Set Up Notifications on Fitbit for iPhone

To receive your iPhone's notifications on your Fitbit, you will need your phone's Bluetooth turned on, Focus Mode (formerly Do Not Disturb) turned off, and both devices close by each other. 

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings > Notifications and turn notifications on for your desired apps.

  2. Open the Fitbit app and select the account icon to in the upper-left corner.

  3. Choose your device under Devices.

  4. Select Notifications, then toggle each notification category you want to turn on. 

    Notifications will only be sent from the default app for each category.

  5. If your Fitbit supports app notifications, go back to the Notifications screen and select App Notifications, then choose each app you want notifications for.

  6. Navigate to Account > Your Device > Sync and select Sync Now to apply your updated settings to your Fitbit tracker. 

Three women wearing the Fitbit Versa smartwatch on their wrists.
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How to Set Up Notifications on Fitbit for Android

To receive your Android smartphone's notifications on your Fitbit, you will need your phone's Bluetooth turned on, Do Not Disturb turned off, and both devices close by each other. Your phone must also be running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above

The following instructions apply to the menu layouts for Android 8.0 and above. Some menu elements may be in different places on older versions of Android, but the process remains the same.

  1. On your Android device, open Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > On lock screen. Select Don't show notifications at all if it's selected to turn the option off.

  2. Open Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps.

  3. Choose the app you wish to check and select Notifications. To turn on notifications, select the toggle for Show notifications.

  4. Open the Fitbit app and select the Account icon in the upper-left corner.

  5. Under Devices, choose your tracker, then scroll to the General heading and select Always Connected to enable it.

  6. Select Notifications.

  7. Select the notification category you wish to enable. All available apps for that category will be shown, and you can choose your preferred app for each category. 

  8. If your Fitbit supports app notifications, navigate to Account > Your Device > Notifications > App Notifications and select each app you want notifications for.

  9. Navigate to Account > Your Device > Sync and select Sync Now to apply your updated settings to your Fitbit tracker. 

If you Fitbit Versa is not receiving notifications, there are a number of things you can try to fix your Fitbit.

What Are Fitbit Notifications?

The notifications feature does not relate to the Fitbit app's notifications on your smartphone. It's a separate feature that mirrors some of your smartphone's notifications on your Fitbit device. 

Fitbit has added support for notifications to many of their activity trackers over the past few years, but the level of support varies between devices and depends upon which smartphone you use. If you have a Fitbit released within the last few years that features a screen, it should have some form of notification support.

FAQ
  • How do I change the time on my Fitbit tracker?

    In order to change the time on your Fitbit, first change the time on the device it's paired with and then re-sync your devices. If you need to change the timezone, open the Fitbit app and select Options > Advanced Settings > Time Zone.

  • How do I sync my Fitbit tracker?

    To sync your Fitbit to either an Android phone or iPhone, turn on the tracker and make sure your phone has Bluetooth turned on (which is slightly different for Android or iOS). Open the Fitbit app and select the Fitbit icon, then select the manual sync icon (two arrows in a circle).

  • How do I reset my Fitbit tracker?

    Resetting your Fitbit involves slightly different steps depending on the make and model of your tracker. Both the Flex and the Charge have to be reset manually while connected to their charging cables. Other Fitbits are reset via phone settings and removing the tracker from your Fitbit account.

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