How to Change the Time on Your Fitbit Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker, Step by Step

Our “Fix It” series includes articles like the one you’re reading now. Set the time on your Fitbit wristwatch or activity tracker by following the instructions in today’s lesson. It turns out that doing this is not really difficult at all.

Today, the clocks across Europe were adjusted back by one hour. The same thing is scheduled to take place in the United States on the first Sunday of November, which happens to be November 1, 2020. The time is advanced one hour at the beginning of spring in areas that observe daylight savings time, and time is advanced two hours in the opposite direction in the fall. This means that there will be more hours of daylight during the summer months.

If you own a Fitbit, you might be curious about whether or not there is anything you have to do in order to make the clock more accurate. If the time is inaccurate or you are traveling through many time zones, you will want the device on your wrist to be set to the appropriate time zone. Knowing how to accomplish this could come in helpful in either of those situations. It could be the deciding factor in whether or not you make it on time for your flight out.

How to Adjust or Keep the Time on Your Fitbit Device Current

The Adjustment to the Time Should Take Place Automatically

We could go on and on, and in fact, some pieces do, but there is no reason to do so. To make a long story short, the time on your Fitbit gadget comes from the iPhone, Android device, or any other handset or PC that you synchronize with. As long as the clock on your smartphone or desktop computer is accurate, the Fitbit that you wear on your forearm should also display the proper time. Simply make sure that the Fitbit app is open so that a sync may take place. Because of this, it ought to be possible to observe any change.

If the time on your fitness band is not updated after the automated sync, you can force an update by selecting the sync now option manually. If it doesn’t work, you can try restarting the Fitbit, the mobile app, and/or your smartphone to see if that fixes the problem.

Not Working? You Have the Ability to Adjust the Time Manually

  1. In the event that this has not been successful, there is likely an issue with the Automatic time zone identification. There is a possibility that it is not turned on. Verify this by carrying out the following:
  2. Tap the Account symbol/profile image that is located in the upper right hand corner of the Fitbit app dashboard.
  3. You may access all of your personal information through the menu that just opened. Continue scrolling until you reach the Advanced Settings section. Click on this link.
  4. Verify that the option to change the Time Zone Automatically is selected and activated. If it is turned off, turn it on and then perform a sync. There is an issue if it was already turned on when you arrived. In that case, proceed to the next step.
  5. Turn off the option to automatically set the time zone. It is now going to be in manual mode.
  6. Choose the time zone you’re in, press the local time you chose, and then type in the new time for the watch display.
  7. You’ll need to sync your tracker in order for the modifications to take effect.

This will most likely be successful, and you can also perform this action from the dashboard on fitbit.com by choosing the Gear symbol and then selecting Settings Personal Info. The time on your Fitbit should be accurate at this point. It does not matter if you have a Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Versa, Ionic, Ace, Luxe, or Sense; the process is the same for all of them. There is not the slightest bit of a change. This is due to the fact that the app is used across all of these different devices.

Changing the time zone selection to custom is not, however, the best technique to bring yourself up to date with the current time. This is due to the fact that it implies you will be required to manually navigate through the app settings each time the time is adjusted. It is preferable to have the auto option function properly. It is recommended that you perform a restart and sync before making any changes to the time zone option configuration. This should alleviate most problems.

In case you were curious, the methods that were just described could also be used to adjust the time that is displayed on the clock. This option can also be found within the Advanced Settings menu. By entering this section, you will be able to choose whether the time will be displayed in a 12-hour format or a 24-hour format. When it comes to choosing which option they favor, people are quite split down the middle. Since the 24-hour clock format is the one that I find most convenient, I typically use it.

Your Sleep and Fitness Data can be Inaccurate in Some Respects

On the day when the time change takes place, it is crucial to keep in mind that the functionality of certain of the functions on your device may be altered. It is anticipated that by the next day, each of these inconsistencies will have been resolved.

For instance, if there is a difference of one hour between the two clocks, your sleep logs for that evening may not be accurate. You can manually adjust this setting within the app by going to the Today tab, then picking the sleep tile from the menu that appears. Find the sleep log that has to be edited, hit the menu button that looks like three dots beside it and chooses the option to edit it. After that, all you need to do is modify the time so that it accurately matches the number of hours that you actually slept the previous night. Or you might just ignore the situation; the next day, everything will be back to normal.

Don’t Let the Alarms Slip Your Mind

Be mindful of the fact that the alarms can be off by one hour on the day that the time change occurs. This is something to keep in mind. In the event that you have an important appointment coming up, it is recommended that you set a second alarm to prepare for the potential that the time displayed on your Fitbit would be inaccurate.

When changing to a different time period, you may be awoken throughout the day by reminders to complete your hourly exercise goals. If you find that this creates a problem for you, you can easily disable the reminders for the time being and then put them back on the following day.

In addition, Fitbit suggests activating the All-Day Sync feature on the days that the clock is advanced or regressed. This makes sure that the time on your wearable device changes more quickly and helps stop some of the problems mentioned above.

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