The Easiest Way To Reset The Time On Your Fitbit

Fitbit offers one of the best ways to track activity and manage your fitness goals. It’s become the go-to option for many people looking to transform their lifestyles. If you’re looking at embracing this piece of technology, it helps to understand how the different features work. One of the questions you might have as a new user is: How do I reset the time on my Fitbit?

You can’t manually change the time on your Fitbit. You’ll need to use the Fitbit app on your phone to reset the time. If there’s a successful connection between the Fitbit and the Fitbit app, however, it should change the time automatically. 

Luckily, changing the time on your Fitbit is pretty easy. Let’s take a closer look at the process so that you can fix your Fitbit time settings as needed.

How Do You Reset the Time on a Fitbit?

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Because you don’t want to have the wrong time showing on your Fitbit (on Amazon), it helps to know how to reset the time if it’s wrong. The device should be linked to your phone, which already tracks your time zone and location. If you switched your time zone, check the time zone settings and follow these steps to change your time: 

  1. Open the Fitbit app. 
  2. In the top left corner, tap the profile photo. 
  3. Open ‘App Settings.’
  4. This section gives you some options. Tap on ‘Time Zone.’
  5. Set the correct time zone.

Alternatively, you can reset the time using the website. Follow these steps to change your time settings.

  1. Visit and log in, then click on the gear icon. 
  2. Visit the Settings page and click on ‘Personal Info.’
  3. In the Advanced Settings, find Timezone and pick the correct time zone. 
  4. Click the ‘Submit‘ button, then sync your tracker. 

A third option is to use synchronization to fix the time zones. To get the correct time, you may simply need to re-sync the Fitbit. To get started, ensure the Fitbit is linked to your phone.

Swipe down on the dashboard panel of the Fitbit app to sync directly. If the Fitbit still displays the wrong time, you should manually change the time as shown above. 

Can You Set a Custom Time on the Fitbit?

Although the Fitbit comes with different functionalities that help you customize your experience, you can’t change the time manually on the device. To change the time and other settings, you need to sync the device with your phone or use the official Fitbit website. 

The watch shows time based on the time your device thinks is correct. This is informed by the time zone settings. Sometimes, the process can become compromised because of the battery dying or other issues on the Fitbit.

If the Fitbit is beginning to display the wrong time, you should use the synced phone to correct the time zone settings. 

To ensure the Fitbit picks up the correct time zone information, make sure it’s updated to the latest software version. Both the Fitbit device and the Fitbit app should be up to date. To update, plug the Fitbit into a charger and be sure the Fitbit app is open. If there’s an update, you’ll see a prompt when launching. 

Does the Fitbit Automatically Change Time Zones?

Under normal working conditions, the Fitbit should automatically change time zones. It should know the time zone and display the correct time. This is possible if the Fitbit is synced properly with the Fitbit app on your phone. In the app, check the Advanced Settings and ensure the time zone is set to update automatically. 

However, if the the time is still wrong, you can turn off the automatic feature and update the time zone manually. After updating the time zone on the app, go back to the account window and find the option that says ‘Sync Now.’ The Fitbit device should immediately pick up the right time. 

Besides changing the time, Fitbit also allows you to switch between 12-hour and 24-hour formats. On the Fitbit website, in your account, check the Settings section and click on ‘Personal Info.’ Go to Advanced Settings and you will find Clock Display Time. Here, you can choose between 12-hour and 24-hour clock formats. 

What to Do if Your Fitbit Won’t Change Time

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If, after all the effort, your Fitbit still fails to change time, what should be the next course of action? There are several solutions if your Fitbit is refusing to update to the correct time.

Often, the problem is caused by issues in the sync with your phone. The first simple remedy is to restart the Fitbit and see if that restores the functionality.

To restart, press and hold the bottom and back buttons until you see a Fitbit logo. Release the buttons. This should turn off your Fitbit and then turn it back on. 

Second, you can unpair the Fitbit and then re-pair with your phone to get a good connection. This is necessary if the sync function is causing problems and making it challenging for the Fitbit to detect a new time zone.

If none of these solutions fix the problem, a reset should do the job. In the tracker, visit the Settings menu and find the About tab. Open the About tab and find ‘Clear User Data‘ or ‘Factory Reset.’

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