How to Turn On (or Off) a Fitbit

A few quick steps will shut it down or bring it back up

Woman turning her Fitbit fitness tracker on

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While not something that many fitness and wearable enthusiasts will find themselves wanting to do on a regular basis, there can come times when you will need to turn a Fitbit tracked off or on.

The process of turning a Fitbit off and on can vary model-to-model but it is possible on most devices. Here's everything you need to know about switching your Fitbit off and on again.

Turning a Fitbit tracker off is different than a restart and a reset. A restart will turn it off and then on all within one action and will not lose any data. A reset will delete all data and return the device to its factory settings. These instructions are for simply turning a Fitbit off and then turning it on again.

Which Fitbit Trackers Turn Off?

Not all Fitbit models feature the ability to be turned off. The fitness trackers that can turn off are the Fitbit Blaze, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Versa, Fitbit One, and the Fitbit Surge.

The ability to turn off a Fitbit shouldn't affect your decision when choosing which fitness tracker to buy as very few people will actually need to do this. This isn't an important feature. Points you should look out for when buying a Fitbit are battery life, tracking features, and overall style and look.

How to Turn off a Fitbit

Instructions on how to turn off a Fitbit tracker vary depending on the model or type of wearable.

How to Turn off a Fitbit Blaze and Surge

  1. From the Home screen, swipe your finger across the screen until you get to Settings.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. On the Fitbit Blaze, scroll down to Shutdown. On the Surge, swipe until you get to the Shutdown option.

  4. On the Blaze, tap Shutdown. On the Fitbit Surge, tap the arrow in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  5. Tap the confirmation option.

    Fitbit Ionic
    Fitbit Ionic Fitness Tracker.  Fitbit

How to Turn Off a Fitbit Ionic and Versa

  1. Tap the gear icon to open Settings.

  2. Tap About.

  3. Tap Shutdown.

  4. Tap the shutdown confirmation to turn off the Fitbit tracker.

How to Turn Off a Fitbit One

Connect the Fitbit One to its USB charging cable and plug it into a power source. While it's plugged in, press and hold down its main button for at least 12 seconds. It may flash its display during this process and will turn off after 12 seconds.

How to Turn On a Fitbit

To turn an off Fitbit fitness tracker back on, make sure that it has at least a little bit of battery power by charging it for at least five minutes. After a few minutes have passed, press any of its buttons once. Unlike other Fitbit models, the Fitbit One will require its button be pressed for a few seconds for it to be turned on.

If your Fitbit tracker refuses to turn back on after being turned off, it's likely that it just needs more time to be charged.

Should I Turn My Fitbit Off?

There is very little benefit in completely turning off a Fitbit tracker but doing so may be useful when gifting a Fitbit to someone else or for saving the battery life when traveling without a charging cable. For example, if you're traveling overseas and you forget to pack the charging cable, it would make sense to turn off the Fitbit while in a vehicle as you're unlikely to register many steps at that time.

While many flights still ask passengers to turn off some of their electronics, there is no safety-related need to turn off a Fitbit while in the air.

What Do I Do if My Fitbit Can't Turn Off?

If your Fitbit model doesn't feature a turn off function, you can still turn it off simply by waiting for its battery to run out of power. To turn it on again, connect the charging cable and plug it into a power outlet. It should begin charging and turn on.