Fitbit Getting Started Guide: How to Get the Most From Your Tracker

3rd July 2020

Fitbit Getting Started Guide: How to Get the Most From Your Fitbit Tracker

Whether you have purchased a Fitbit tracker or you are considering buying one in the future, it’s important to get the best from your investment. In our Fitbit getting started guide, we’ll look at some of the most popular features, run through some troubleshooting tips, and show you a few secrets you might not be aware of.

Why Choose a Fitbit?

Fitbit devices are fitness trackers with one main purpose: to help you to monitor your fitness and stay healthy. Whether you choose to run, walk, cycle, or swim, your Fitbit device will give you accurate feedback on your progress in real-time. What’s more, most Fitbit devices also allow you to keep track of other health data such as your sleep patterns, stress levels, and heart rate.

Some Fitbit devices, such as the Ionic and Versa models, offer a wealth of additional features, such as the ability to play music and also notify you about calls and emails. Which one you choose will depend on your individual requirements and your budget. But with the cheapest Fitbit (currently the Inspire) coming in at just under £70, ownership is within most people’s grasp.

How to Turn My Fitbit On?

No Fitbit getting started guide would be complete without instructions for turning your device on. The good news is that your Fitbit is always on as long as it has battery life. This is by design so that it can continue to track your movements, sleep, stress, calorie burn, and heart rate throughout the day and night. If you want to turn your Fitbit off, refer to this article on the Fitbit website.

How do I Sync My Fitbit?

Your Fitbit offers features that collect and measure data throughout the day and sync that data with the Fitbit app. The Fitbit app is compatible with both Android and iPhone.

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When you set up your Fitbit for the first time, you will need to install the app on your mobile phone and sync your device with your phone.

Once the initial setup is complete, your Fitbit will sync routinely with your smartphone as a background service.

How to Measure Sleep on Your Fitbit

Are you getting enough? Sleep that is. Do you even know exactly how much sleep you are getting? Perhaps you wake up feeling tired and have no idea why.

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Most Fitbit devices measure sleep and provide you with accurate sleep data. You’ll be able to see when you were asleep when you were restless and what time you woke up. You can also set reminders for bedtime and set alarms for waking up. To see your sleep data, you will need to sync your Fitbit device each morning to see the previous night’s sleep stats.

How to Reset Time on Your Fitbit

You may notice now and again that the time on your Fitbit isn’t quite right. It could be out by a couple of minutes or a few hours. The good news is that it is easy to calibrate your device back to the right time. The first thing to do is to sync your device with the app on your phone. If this doesn’t work, try restarting your device. If you are still having issues, check this article on the Fitbit support portal.

How Accurate is Fitbit Calorie Burn?

One of the biggest benefits of using a Fitbit tracker is the calorie-tracking features. Whether you are exercising or just going about your day, the calorie tracker can tell you how many calories you have burned.

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But is it accurate? Well, according to Fitbit, they use a scientifically validated estimate of basal metabolic rate. Data used include weight, height, age, and gender variables that you provide when you create your Fitbit account.

How to Set the Alarm on Your Fitbit

Whether you want to wake up at a certain time or set yourself a reminder, you can set an alarm direct to your wrist. At the set time, your Fitbit will start to vibrate and flash telling you it’s time to wake up or attend to your reminder. Managing alarms on your Fitbit is easy. For Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Charge 4 and Fitbit Versa devices, you can set alarms direct from your device. See the following instructions on how to do this. Alarms on other devices can be set using the Fitbit app. For instructions, see the following article.

How to Troubleshoot Syncing Issues

From time to time, you may notice that your Fitbit fails to sync. This is usually down to a connectivity issue. Fitbit devices connect to your phone using Bluetooth. The most common reason for syncing to fail is that Bluetooth is off or you need to pair your device with your phone again. You can check syncing issues and solutions by device here.

Can I Have a Fitbit Without a Smartphone?

Not everybody has or even wants a smartphone. Or perhaps the only smartphone you own is one you use for work. The good news is that Fitbit isn’t dependent on smartphone connectivity.

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However, you will need a computer or tablet with an Internet connection and Bluetooth in order to synchronise your device. Many people use their Fitbit quite happily without a smartphone and without losing out on Fitbit’s many features.

Which is the Best Fitbit For Me?

In our Fitbit getting started guide, we’ve covered many of the basics. If you are still wondering which Fitbit to choose, here is a quick summary of some of the most popular models:

  1. Fitbit Zip: Perfect for those dipping their toes into fitness.
  2. Fitbit One: Great for those who want a basic tracker plus sleep tracking.
  3. Fitbit Flex 2: Those who want a basic wrist-worn fitness tracker.
  4. Fitbit Alta: Those who want a stylish fitness tracker.
  5. Fitbit Charge 3: Great for monitoring your heart rate while you are working out.
  6. Fitbit Blaze: Perfect for gym-goers looking for smartwatch-like notifications.
  7. Fitbit Surge: Great for athletes who need a smartwatch-like experience.
  8. Fitbit Versa 2: Includes integration with Amazon Alexa and Spotify Music.

Wrapping Up

Fitbit offers some of the most popular and respected fitness tracker devices on the market today. In our Fitbit getting started guide, we’ve only scratched the surface of what you can do with a fitness tracker. Now, all that’s left for you to do is explore these many features for yourself.

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