- Fitbit watches are popular wearable fitness trackers known for their affordability, simplicity, and wide range of tracking capabilities.
- Fitbit devices use various symbols and icons to represent different features and settings, making it easy to navigate and understand.
- Key tracking symbols and icons include step count, active minutes, active zone minutes, hourly activity, distance, calories, floors, and hours slept.
- Fitbit also offers symbols and icons for different exercise modes, heart rate monitoring, notifications, device settings, and the Fitbit app.
Fitbit watches are among the most popular wearable fitness trackers. They’re affordable, simple to set up and use, and provide a wide range of tracking capabilities.
With so many features within one device, there’s a laundry list of iconography to help distinguish each feature and setting. If you’re intimidated by the list, don’t be. Once you familiarize yourself with the symbols, you’ll never have to second-guess what each icon means.
Let’s take a look at the symbols and icons on Fitbit and what they stand for.
Tracking Symbols and Icons
One of the key features of any Fitbit device is its ability to track daily movement, such as how many steps you’ve walked and calories burned. The specific tracking capabilities of your Fitbit will depend on the model, as older models don’t have as many features as newer models. Regardless, tracking these movements can significantly help you reach your daily fitness goals.
The step count symbol is a running shoe that represents how many steps you’ve taken in a day. This tally can include regularly walked steps and steps taken while exercising.
The active minutes icon is a lightning bolt. It shows that you’ve been moving and active for 10 continuous minutes. You can achieve active minutes either through walking or exercise, like cycling or aerobics.
Active Zone Minutes
The active zone minutes feature is an image of three carrot-top arrows stacked on top of one another. As you move through different heart rate zones, you’ll reach this level of active zone minutes.
On average, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity each week.
The hourly activity is an icon of a man with his arms spread wide, with tick marks similar to that of a clock face.
Fitbit will send you a notification each hour to remind you to walk at least 250 steps every hour. You can change the specific timeframe of when to receive these notifications in your settings, but the default timeframe is from 9 AM to 7 PM.
The distance icon is similar to a digital map pin. Fitbit connects through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to gather GPS information about your location as you exercise. You can check the distance tracker to see how far you walked or ran each day and view your route on a map.
The calories symbol is a flame, representing how many calories you’ve burned. What’s interesting to note is that Fitbit will track both passive and active calories burned throughout the day.
The floors symbol is a staircase. This feature tracks the flight of stairs or floors you’ve climbed during the day. If you want to use the stairs more than the elevator, pay attention to this tracker and set daily goals.
The sleep icon is a crescent moon with a “Z” to indicate sleep. Older models of the Fitbit will typically see a symbol of just a crescent moon.
You can wear your Fitbit to sleep to track your sleep pattern — how long you sleep, quality of sleep, and sleep stages throughout the night. You can view data from your night’s sleep and use that information to improve your sleep habits.
Quickstart Exercise Symbols and Icons
As a fitness tracker, Fitbit provides a range of features to help you track your daily activity and progress. When you tap into the exercise screen, Fitbit creates a default list of quickstart workouts to choose from. You can add or remove specific activities to your list or view the complete list of activities, which we’ll cover later in this article.
Different Fitbit models have variations of tracking capabilities, as the Fitbit Versa Lite does not have a stroke counter for swimming whereas the Fitbit Versa 4 does. The specific exercise you can track will come down to the model you own.
- One Size
- S and L bands included
- Track your all day activity, 24/7 heart rate, and sleep stages
- 4 plus day battery life
- Use 15 plus exercise modes to record workouts
- Connect to Smartphone GPS for more precise real time pace and distance
- Access your favorite apps for sports, weather and more
- Get call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications when your phone is nearby
- Slim, comfortable design with a lightweight, anodized aluminum watch body
- Swim-proof (water-resistant up to 50 meters)
- Automatically track select sports and workouts with smart track and use female health tracking in the Fitbit app to log periods, symptoms, and more
- 1.69-inch screen
- Health metrics dashboard
- Water resistant up to 50 meters
- Daily Stress Management Score
- Includes a 6-month Premium membership
The walking icon is of a stick figure walking in stride. It should be noted that even if you don’t select the Walking Workout, your steps will still be tracked and counted toward your daily steps. However, if you want your Fitbit to track your walk as a workout, you’ll need to select the Walking Workout.
The run symbol is a man in a running stance, which you’ll need to click to track your run. Some models of Fitbit, like the Fitbit Charge 5, will automatically activate this workout when it detects that you’ve been running for a few minutes.
The elliptical icon is a stick figure using an elliptical machine. If you frequent the gym and often use the elliptical, you’ll want to take advantage of this specific exercise feature.
The aerobic workout symbol shows an image of a stick figure stretching, its arms up above its head. If you like to work out by going to exercise classes, like Zumba or Step Aerobics, this is a good setting to track that workout.
The outdoor bike is a symbol of a stick figure pedaling on a bike. Some Fitbit users notice that their device sometimes switches between labeling their workout as “Outdoor Bike” versus “Bike.” It might depend on the Fitbit model you use, but generally speaking, the Outdoor Bike workout is meant for cycling outdoors as opposed to a stationary bike at a gym.
The swimming icon is a stick figure mid-stroke in water. Thankfully you can wear your Fitbit in the pool or ocean (up to 50 meters deep) to track your swim.
Some models of Fitbits are capable of automatic swim tracking, meaning you don’t need to change any settings before it starts tracking your swim. Fitbit recommends four swim strokes to use that give the best results: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly stroke.
The sports icon is a stick figure dribbling a basketball. This tracker is useful if you often participate in sports activities that don’t have a designated tracking feature. For example, team sports like basketball or flag football are high-intensity sports worth tracking as part of your weekly exercise routine.
The start activity symbol is a triangular “play” icon. Whenever you’re in the specific workout you want to track, simply tap the play button to begin tracking your exercise.
The pause activity symbol is two columns of a “pause” icon, similar to what you would see on a music or video player. When taking breaks during your workout, utilize the pause button to indicate you’ve stopped your activity. Whenever you’re ready to continue exercising, you’ll see the play button for you to resume your activity.
The end activity symbol is a small checkered flag. Tapping this button will end the current activity. Once you press the end activity icon, a summary of your activity will appear. This can include information such as the time, distance, and calories burned during your workout.
Workout Mode Symbols and Icons
Fitbit has more than 20 different types of activities you can track on your Fitbit watch and app. Aside from the quickstart activities previously listed, users can track their workouts including exercises like martial arts, yoga, circuit training, and spinning.
The bike symbol is a stick figure on a bicycle. Different from the outdoor bike setting, this workout is used primarily for indoor, stationary bikes often found in the gym.
The interval workout icon is a stick figure in motion with a small clock, representing the timed intervals of your exercise.
This is a great setting to use when doing High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts that combine bursts of physical activity with short recovery periods. Depending on the model of Fitbit you use, you can change the settings to set specific exercise and recovery periods.
The martial arts symbol is an image of a sticker figure kicking. Martial arts are good for cardio and often strength training as well, so if you participate in martial arts like karate, judo, or muay thai, you can use this specific setting rather than a general workout tracker.
The pilates icon is represented by a stick figure on an exercise mat, extending its leg backward. Fitbit users can use this feature to track their pilates workout, differentiating it from a yoga workout, which is also an option on Fitbit.
The circuit training symbol looks a lot like the run icon — a stick figure in a running stance.
Circuit training is similar to interval training, however, the focus of circuit training is resistance-based strength exercises. The other main difference is that you don’t pause in between exercises to recover. The goal is to cycle through each move at a steady pace and rest at the end of each completed circuit.
The tennis icon is a stick figure holding a tennis racket.
The spinning symbol is a stick figure on a stationary bike. Unlike using a regular stationary bike, spinning or spin cycle workouts are high-intensity typically done in a group exercise class.
The treadmill icon is a stick figure in a running stance on a treadmill.
The kickboxing icon is indicated by a stick figure kicking a punching bag. Although you can track your solo kickboxing workout, many Fitbit users choose to use this setting during kickboxing classes with an instructor present.
The golf symbol is represented by a stick figure holding a golf club.
If you use the Fitbit Ionic, you can download the Golf Rangefinder app to use with your Ionic device. This third-party app allows you to measure the distance to the front, back, and center of the green using GPS.
The bootcamp icon is a stick figure pushing a log. If you participate in bootcamp or obstacle workouts and training, this is a great feature to use to track your activity.
The outdoor workout symbol is indicated by a stick figure icon in motion with a sun to represent the outdoors. Outdoor workouts can include dynamic activity, like inclines and declines, plus strength and cardio exercises to provide a range of motion and training.
The hike symbol is a stick figure with a backpack and a hiking stick. This is especially useful to use if you’re going on a long or rigorous hike. You can track the route or trail through GPS, the distance traveled, and heart rate. Depending on your specific device, you may also have access to tracking elevation through a barometer.
The stair climber icon is a stick figure walking up a set of steps.
The yoga icon is represented by a stick figure with one arm outstretched and the other holding onto its foot behind its back. In yoga, this pose is called Natarajasana, or the Lord of the Dance pose. As mentioned above, yoga can be tracked separately from pilates.
The weight lifting icon is a stick figure lifting a barbell. Any type of weight lifting workout, whether it’s with barbells, dumbbells, or kettlebells, can be tracked through the weight lifting workout.
The workout symbol is a stick figure in a lowered mountain climber position. This workout setting is often used if there isn’t an appropriate activity choice available for your desired exercise. For instance, there isn’t a dedicated workout for dance or gymnastics, in which case you can use this general workout activity.
Heart Monitoring Symbols and Icons
Fitbit is a reliable fitness tracking device that also includes heart monitoring capability. These features allow users to gather data about their heart rates before, during, and after physical activity.
Exact measurements and accuracy may vary depending on the device and your use. If you suspect heart problems or complications, always consult your doctor.
The heart rate symbol is a heart with a heart rate or beats per minute (BPM) line through the center. You can check your heart rate (which will display your BPM and resting heart rate) during your workout. It will automatically update and change as you continue to exercise.
Low Heart Rate
The low heart rate symbol is the outline of a heart. If you see this symbol, this means that your heart rate is below 40% of what your heart rate reserve is. Typically this occurs when you’re at rest and your heart is beating slower than when you are doing physical activity.
Heart Rate — Fat Burn Zone
The fat burn zone symbol is a solid heart with two dots above it. This represents your heart rate falling between 60 and 70% of your heart rate reserve. When you begin a workout, your heart rate will increase from a low heart rate rating into the fat-burning zone.
Heart Rate — Cardio Zone
The cardio zone icon is a solid heart with one dot above and one dot below it. The cardio zone heart rate indicates that your heart rate is between 70-85% of your heart rate reserve. You’re most likely engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity, but you haven’t yet reached your peak.
Heart Rate — Peak Zone
The peak zone symbol is a solid heart with two dots below it. This occurs when you are doing high-intensity physical activity, like sprinting or HIIT exercise. It means your heart rate is more than 85% of your heart rate reserve.
Blood Oxygen Saturation
The blood oxygen saturation symbol is a small crescent moon with a “Z” above the phrase, “SpO2.”
Not all Fitbit watches are capable of tracking your blood oxygen content. For example, the Fitbit Versa Lite is unable to track blood oxygen, whereas the Fitbit Charge 4 does allow blood oxygen tracking.
- Backlit OLED display
- Optical heart rate monitor
- 24/7 heart rate tracking
- 3-axis accelerometer
- Get call and calendar alerts, send text notifications and quick replies
- Automatic sleep tracking and silent alarms on your wrist
- Battery life up to 7 days, or up to 5 hours with continuous GPS use
- Water-resistant to 50 meters.
- Syncs with Mac OS X 12.2 and up, iPhone 5S and later, iPad 5 gen. and later, Android 7.0 and later
- Syncing range: Up to 30 feet
Notifications Symbols and Icons
Although Fitbit devices are primarily used for fitness and health tracking, your watch includes access to other apps and tools. You’ll need to check the specific features of your model as some models don’t include all features.
The call or phone icon is represented by a phone receiver. Certain Fitbit models (Versa series, Sense, and Ionic) are equipped with call functionality.
The text messages symbol is a text/speech bubble. Your Fitbit will notify you when you have an incoming text message. Some Fitbits allow quick replies to be sent to your contacts.
The notifications icon is a bell.
Any software updates, alerts, or general app notifications will filter through your Fitbit device and app. Users can also sync their Fitbit to other apps, like news, weather, or social media platforms.
Device and Settings Symbols and Icons
The settings and system icons can help you get the most out of your Fitbit watch. Let’s take a look at some settings you’ll want to pay attention to.
The battery symbol is an empty battery. This symbol typically displays if your battery is low and your Fitbit watch needs a charge. The more you use your Fitbit, the more frequently it will require charging.
Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb icon is a solid circle with a line through the center. Certain models may see this circle icon alongside a paper with texts, representing messages and forms of communication. You can go into your settings to change the timeframe that the do not disturb feature will be on. When the setting is on, you won’t receive any incoming alerts.
Always On Display
The always on symbol is a solid square clock face. If this setting is activated, the screen of your Fitbit will remain on even if you aren’t using it.
Sleep Mode 1
The Sleep Mode (Mode 1) icon is a solid crescent moon. Turn on Sleep Mode while simultaneously muting notifications. When Sleep Mode is on, the brightness of your Fitbit will also automatically dim.
Sleep Mode 2
The Sleep Mode (Mode 2) icon is the outline of a crescent moon with stars. Turning on this Sleep Mode will allow alerts to be pushed through to your device, while everything else is muted.
Fitbit App Symbols and Icons
Fitbit users can also benefit from learning about the companion Fitbit app and the features specific to the app. This can include daily activity views, general settings, and third-party apps.
The today view is represented by the Fitbit logo, which is a diamond-shaped icon made of dots.
When in the Fitbit app, access your dashboard with this symbol. You can view individual day’s activities, data, analytics, and metrics.
The settings symbol is an outline of a cog. All your Fitbit device and app settings are located within this section of the app.
The on wrist symbol is an image of a watch face and the outline of a watch band.
First-time Fitbit users or people setting up a new device will need to locate this feature. You can indicate what wrist you wear your watch on — your dominant or non-dominant hand.
The clocks app icon is a solid watch.
Most Fitbit devices allow users to customize their watch faces. You can browse the available watch faces, many of which are free to use. Others may require a one-time payment, while some may come in a bundle of several watch faces that will cost more.
The screen brightness symbol is a solid sun. Adjust the brightness of your Fitbit watch by toggling up or down in the screen brightness setting.
The weather icon is a setting sun. If you grant your Fitbit device access to your GPS location, you can receive updated weather forecasts on your watch for your local area.
The alarm symbol is a solid clock. You can set alarms independent of your phone, meaning the alarm will only go off on your Fitbit device.
The music icon is a solid music note. Some Fitbit devices allow users to connect to and play music through their device or third-party apps. Control your music playback through this feature.
The music volume icon is a solid speaker. This feature controls the music volume, specifically, through your desired output. This could be headphones or speakers you’ve paired to your watch.
Using a Fitbit to Track Your Health and Fitness
Fitbit watches are reliable and convenient devices to track your physical activity and help you reach your fitness goals. With added features like heart monitoring, call functionality, and music playback, Fitbits are some of the most popular wearable devices on the market.
Although there are many models available, many share the same symbols and icons for each feature. Learning what the symbols are and their meanings can enhance your use and experience using your Fitbit device.
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