Fitbit is a wearable wireless device that measures a number of personal, fitness, and health related metrics from sleep quality to the number of steps walked. Users can sync the Fitbit device with their PC, view detailed data in graphs and charts through Fitbit.com, and work to reach fitness goals with friends and family. Keeping your Fitbit charged will help ensure that it’s always ready to track your progress.
Note: virtually all Fitbit devices require a specialized Fitbit charging cable. This cable comes with all new Fitbits, but if you’ve lost yours you’ll need to order another.
1. Try The USB Port Of Desktop Charger with Smart Technology.
There’s a chance that the USB port you are trying is malfunctioning, or isn’t producing enough power to charge the tracker. This is most common with USB hubs, or older USB ports. But if you try the USB port of desktop charger or wall charger with Smart Technology, you can always charge your Fitbit at full speed.
2. Connect the Fitbit to a wall-charger instead of your computer.
The Fitbit doesn’t come with one, but you can plug the included charging cable into any USB wall charger, like the one your phone or tablet uses. This may charge your Fitbit much faster and more efficiently than plugging it into a laptop or desktop computer.
3. Clean the Fitbit’s charging contacts. The Fitbit tracker’s charging contacts tend to get smudged and dirty, even after minimal use. This can cause problems when you’re trying to charge it, because the tracker cannot make solid contact with the charger.
• To clean your tracker’s contacts, you’ll need some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swap. You may also need a thumbtack to scrape hardened residue off.
• Examine the contacts. If they aren’t shiny, dip the cotton swap in the rubbing alcohol and then vigorously scour the contacts.
• If the cotton swab alone doesn’t clean the contacts, use the thumbtack to scrape the contacts clean, and then apply rubbing alcohol again.
• Examine the charger cable as well to see if it needs to be cleaned.
4. Reset the tracker. Occasionally, a problem with the tracker may be causing issues with the charging process. Resetting the tracker can help fix this. The process varies depending on the Fitbit model you are using.
• Flex – Plug the charger into a USB port, and then insert the tracker into the charger. With the tracker plugged in, insert a small paperclip into the pinhole on the back of the charger. Press and hold the paperclip for about ten seconds.
• One – Insert the One tracker into the charging cable and plug it in. Press and hold the tracker’s button for about 10-12 seconds. Remove it from the charger and then press the button until the screen turns on.
• Surge – Press and hold the Home and Select buttons for about 15 seconds. The screen will flash and start to dim. Let go of the buttons and wait another fifteen seconds. Hold both buttons again to turn it back on.
• Charge/Force – Plug the charging cable into your Charge, Charge HR, or Force. Insert the other end into a USB port. Press and hold the button on the Charge for about ten seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and version number. Let go of the button and then unplug it.
1. Remove the Fitbit tracker from the wristband or clip. If you’re using the Flex or the One, you will need to remove the tracker before it can be charged.
• Fitbit Flex – There is a slit on the back of the wristband which allows you to access the tracker inside. Gently pry the tracker out of the wristband by bending the rubber wristband to remove it.
• Fitbit One – The tracker fits into the rubberized clip, and can be removed by bending it and gently prying it out.
• Fitbit Surge, Charge, and Force – Skip down to Step 2 as these wristbands do not have removable trackers.
2. Connect the tracker to the charging cable.
The process varies depending on if you have a removable tracker or not.
• Fitbit Flex and One – Insert the tracker into the charging cable. If you look inside the opening of the charging cable, you will see gold contacts at the bottom of the tracker slot. Line up the contacts on the tracker to those in the charging cable, and gently push the tracker in until it is snug inside the housing. You will hear a click when the tracker is in place.
• Fitbit Surge, Charge, and Force – Connect the charging cable to the back of the wristband. On the rear side of the wristband, you will see a small port with several gold contacts. Connect the small end of the cable to the port.
3. Plug the charging cable in. You can plug the charging cable into a computer, a UL-certified USB wall charger (such as an iPhone or Android wall charger), or a DC-to-USB adapter (car charger).
• Note: The charging cable is different from the sync cable, and you will not be able to sync your Fitbit information to your computer with the charging cable.
4. Monitor the battery level. Different Fitbits have different ways of showing the current battery level.
• Fitbit Flex – The lights on your tracker will illuminate as the unit is charged. Each solid light represents one more step towards being fully charged. Once all five lights are illuminated, the Fitbit charging is complete.
• Fitbit One – As soon as the charging cable is plugged in, the One’s screen will turn on and the battery indicator will be displayed. You can check the charge level at any time during charging by pressing and holding the button on the One. The One takes about an hour and a half to completely charge.
• Fitbit Surge, Charge, and Force – When the wristband is plugged in, the battery icon on the display will show how charged it is. Charging completely will take about an hour and a half.
5. Remove the charging cable after charging is complete. If you are using a Flex or One, you’ll need to reinsert the tracker into the wristband or clip.
• Fitbit Flex – Reinsert the tracker in the wristband. Once the tracker is fully charged, you can remove it from the charging cable and reinsert it into the Flex wristband. Make sure that you insert it in the correct direction. You will hear a click when it has been inserted correctly.
• Fitbit One – Reinsert the tracker in the clip. Once the tracker is fully charged, you can remove it from the charging cable and reinsert it into the One clip. Make sure that you insert it in the correct direction. You will hear a click when it has been inserted correctly.
• Fitbit Surge, Charge, and Force – Remove the charging cable. Once charging is complete, you can unplug the charging cable from the back of the wristband. Your Fitbit is now charged and ready to use.
1. Monitor the battery life. The Fitbit Zip uses a replaceable battery, and the indicator will light up when the battery level reaches 25%. You can also monitor the battery percentage from your Dashboard.
• If the battery indicator is flashing, it means the battery will die soon.
Sync your Fitbit Zip. Removing the battery will erase all of the stored data, so make sure that you sync your Zip before inserting a new battery.
• You can sync your Fitbit by using the wireless syncing USB dongle, or by using the Fitbit app for Android or iOS.
2. Purchase a replacement battery. You will need a 3V CR2025 coin battery, which can be found at most battery and electronics stores.
3. Open the back of the Fitbit Zip using the battery changes tool or a coin. Insert the tool or coin into the groove and twist the back to unlock it.
4. Replace the battery. Remove the old battery and replace it with the new one. Make sure that the battery is inserted the correct direction.
5. Replace the back of the Fitbit Zip. Place the back onto the top of the battery and use the tool or coin to lock it into place.
6. Sync your Fitbit Zip. Once the battery has been replaced, sync your Zip to restore your fitness data.