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How to Change Time on Fitbit Devices in 5 Steps, With Photos

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How to Change Time on Fitbit Devices in 5 Steps, With Photos

While there’s a strong likelihood your Fitbit devices will be able to automatically set the time, this isn’t always the case. This might be due to some type of travel, change in time zones, or some other reason. This might even be an issue that somehow impacts you after daylight savings depending on where you live. In the event your Fitbit isn’t making the right time adjustment, the good news is you can quickly update the time all on your own. 

What’s most important to know is that these steps should apply to most of the Fitbits on the market today. Whether you are on Android or iOS, you should be able to change the time in the same way using the Fitbit app or on your device itself. Let’s jump right into how to make the right corrections and have you arrive on time wherever you need to be. 

Why Do You Need to Change the Time on Fitbit? 

As I hinted at earlier, there are two likely suspects for needing to change the time on your Fitbit. The first is that the time zone didn’t properly change if you recently traveled. This could be as simple as going from Eastern time in the U.S. to Central time. 

Alternatively, it could be going from Eastern time in the U.S. to London, England. This five-hour difference has multiple time zone changes, so you may need to update if your Fitbit doesn’t automatically read the new time from your smartphone. 

Another frequent culprit that impacts your Fitbit is daylight savings or standard time depending on where you are located. When daylight savings changes, sometimes your Fitbit might not register the update. In this case, you can follow the steps below and quickly get your Fitbit clock back on track. 

How to Change the Time On Your Fitbit – iPhone

Fitbit Sense
Making adjustments to the time on your Fitbit devices might be necessary if you change time zones.

Step 1

The first thing you need to do with your iPhone is make sure you have the Fitbit app downloaded and installed on your iPhone. 

Start by opening up the Fitbit iPhone app and tapping on the Today tab. This tab should have what looks like a little sun logo. Locate this icon and then tap on your profile picture and go to Fitbit settings > App Settings

Step 2

With this next step, make sure that you have the “Set Automatically” option toggled off so your time does not automatically update in the future. You should now tap on the Time Zone option and make sure you have the right time zone location selected. This could be a helpful tip if you are traveling internationally and go through multiple time zone changes. 

Step 3

The next step is to resync your Fitbit device and see if the correct time is now showing on your device. To perform this action, you want to use the back button in the top left corner of the Account settings menu or click on the Today tab in the bottom left corner and click on your profile photo again. 

Step 4

As soon as you are back in the Account section of the Fitbit app on the iPhone, you should see your Fitbit devices in the main menu. Select your device and then scroll down until you see an option for Sync Now. As soon as you tap on this option, your Fitbit will resync and the time zone should be properly updated. 

Step 5

It’s important to note the first step with the iPhone changes slightly depending on whether you use your Google or Fitbit account login. With the Fitbit login, you will tap on the Today tab > settings icon > App Settings and then turn on the Set Automatically option. 

With your Google Account login, you will use the steps numbered above. It’s only the first step that is different between the two types of account logins with the Fitbit app. 

How to Change the Time On Your Fitbit – Android

Fitbit Versa 4 vs Fitbit Versa 3
Updating the time on your Fitbit devices using the Android app is as easy as on iOS.

Changing the time on your Fitbit on Android is just as easy as it is on the iPhone. These steps shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two and you should be back in business on all of your Fitbit devices. 

Step 1

Start again by launching the Fitbit app on your Android device and tapping on the Today tab. As is the case with the iPhone app, the Today tab should look like a little sun with a couple of tick marks underneath. 

Step 2

Once you are in the Today tab, click on your profile picture and then click on Fitbit settings > App Settings

Step 3

Similar to the iPhone, you will now make sure you have the Automatic time zone option toggled off. All you have to do now is locate and tap on the time zone that matches your current location. 

Step 4

As soon as the above step is completed, you now need to go back and sync your Fitbit devices. This will allow the updated time zone to take effect and the proper time to begin showing. To perform this action, you want to use the back button in the top left corner of the Account settings menu or click on the Today tab in the bottom left corner and click on your profile photo again. 

Step 5

Just as you did with the iPhone app, go back to the Account section on the Android Fitbit app. It’s here that you should see your Fitbit device in the main menu. Select your device and then scroll down until you see an option for Sync Now. As soon as you tap on this option, your Fitbit will resync and the time zone should be properly updated. 

Step 6

With Android, you have a mostly similar process if you log in with your Fitbit username and password instead of your Google Account. The steps above are for using your Google Account login to update the time on your Fitbit. If you prefer using your Fitbit login, you’ll need to tap on the Today tab > settings icon > App Settings. You can then toggle the Automatic time zone option off again and follow the rest of the numbered steps above. 

How to Change the Time On Your Fitbit Using a Web Browser

Fitbit Inspire
If you don’t have access to the smartphone app, you can easily update Fitbit time on the browser.

While changing the time on a Fitbit is easiest with the app, you can also do so using the Fitbit website on a web browser. 

Step 1

You’ll start by navigating to fitbit.com in any web browser of your choosing. Once you land on this page, you’ll want to go ahead and log into your Fitbit account. 

Step 2

As soon as you are logged in, go ahead and look for the gear icon in the top-right corner of the page and click on Settings in the menu that drops down. 

Step 3

Assuming you are now on the Personal Info page, you can skip ahead to the next step. If you are not on a Personal Info page, click on this option on the left-hand side of the screen. 

Step 4

You will now scroll down to the Advanced Settings section and locate the menu option for the correct time zone. Now choose the right time zone for wherever you are in the world. 

Step 5

With the right time zone selected, click on Submit to make sure the changes you have made are saved. All that’s left now is just logging out of your Fitbit device account. 

How to Change the Time On Your Fitbit – 12 or 24-Hour Clock

Fitbit Sense vs Fitbit Luxe
Updating your Fitbit devices from 12 to 24 hours or vice versa is very easy.

Changing the time zone on the Fitbit is easy, but what if you are somewhere you want to use a 24-hour clock instead of a 12-hour clock? Fitbit makes this change super easy. 

Step 1

Start by opening up the Fitbit app and tapping on the Today tab > profile picture > Fitbit settings > App Settings. It’s important to know this menu order works best if you are logged into your Fitbit app using your Google Account. 

If you are using your Fitbit login, you’ll want to tap on the Today tab > settings icon > App Settings. 

Step 2

Now tap on Clock Display Time and update from 12 to 24 hours or back again. This step works the same with both your Google Account and Fitbit login. 

Step 3

Last but not least is to sync your Fitbit devices, which follows the same steps outlined in changing the time zone above.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the number one reason to change time on a Fitbit device?

The number one reason for changing the time on a Fitbit is likely switching between time zones. 

Can you change the time on a Fitbit itself?

Unfortunately, you cannot make any time zone changes directly on a Fitbit device. 

Does daylight savings ever impact Fitbit time?

Absolutely! Daylight savings time is one of the main culprits of a Fitbit device improperly telling time. 

Do these steps apply to all Fitbit devices?

Yes, these steps should apply to all recent Fitbit devices. 

Do the steps change between Android and iPhone Fitbit users?

The steps above are clearly outlined to help differentiate between Android and iPhone users. 

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