(Pocket-lint) – Fitbit brings one of the best fitness platforms out there when it comes to presenting how much or how little you move in an easy-to-understand format. It not only delivers the data, but it does so in a simple and user-friendly way so you aren’t swamped with too much detail.

The Fitbit app is comprehensive and while the basic features it offers might be obvious, some of Fitbit’s best functions are a little harder to find. 

This feature highlights all the tips and tricks of the Fitbit app to help you get the most out of your fitness tracker, with device-specific tips at the bottom.

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Fitbit app Today tips and tricks

Edit what you see in Fitbit Today

Tap ‘Edit’ in the top right of the Today tab screen > Tap the circle with the ‘X’ on the right of the metrics you don’t want to see appear > Tap ‘Done’ in the the top right corner.

Edit the order of the Fitbit Today

Tap ‘Edit’ in the top right of the Today tab screen > Drag the metric tiles into the order you want them in > Tap ‘Done’ in the top right corner.

Five metrics will fit in the top section of the Fitbit Today tab and you have a choice of Steps, Floors, Distance, Calories Burned and Active Minutes. To change which metrics appear, you’ll need to untick the ones you don’t want to show. You can’t swap metrics though. It’s also worth noting that you won’t see floors climed if your Fitbit doesn’t have an altimeter.

How to see a different day’s activity on Fitbit

Tap the arrows in the main section of the Today tab, under the Fitbit logo at the top. The information you see there will be what will be available for each day you go back.

How to manually log food, exercise, weight, sleep, water on Fitbit

Tap on the ‘+’ to the right of the metric you want to add.

How to track a walk, run or hike with connected GPS on Fitbit

Tap the ‘+’ on the right of the Exercise tab. Ensure the Track tab at the top is selected > Choose Run, Walk or Hike > Press ‘Start’ at the bottom of the screen. The Fitbit app will then use your phone’s GPS to track your run, walk or hike.

How to setup voice cues during exercise on Fitbit

Tap the ‘+’ on the right of the Exercise tab. Select the Cues menu > Set which ones you want to hear, if you want to hear them at all, at what frequency you’d like to hear them and at what volume.

How to control your music from the Fitbit app

Tap the ‘+’ on the right of the Exercise tab. Tap the Music Control/Last Playing menu. From here you can turn shuffle on or off and select what music you want to play with options including Last Playing, All Music and Recently Played.

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How to see a breakdown of your daily activity on Fitbit

Select the metric you want to see more information on from the Today tab, such as steps. This will bring up a summary in a list format of your entire history by day of that particular metric.

The graph at the top presets a weekly summary but a further tap on any of the days listed will give you an hourly summary for that day in a graph. You can also hold down on a particular hour to see the information in number format for 15-minute intervals.

How to see a breakdown of exercise on Fitbit

Tap on the Exercise section and you’ll see a breakdown of all the various exercises you’ve done, from walking to elliptical workouts.

How to change an exercise that has been categorised wrong on Fitbit

To change an exercise that has been wrongly categorised on Fitbit, tap on the Exercise section in Today > Tap on the exercise you want to change > ‘Categorise Exercise’ at the top of the screen > Select the correct category.

How to set a silent alarm on your Fitbit device

Tap on on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Tap on your activity tracker > Silent Alarms > Set New Alarm.

It’s worth noting that for the Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Charge 4, Fitbit Charge 5, Fitbit Luxe, Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Ionic, and Fitbit Versa series, you set alarms on your device.

How to turn notifications on or off on your Fitbit device 

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Tap on your activity tracker > Notifications > Toggle apps and notifications on or off depending on your preferences. It will depend on which device you have as to what options appear here, if any.

How to see your Fitbit’s battery level

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Tap on your activity tracker. You’ll see when it last synced, as well as what software build and battery level it is on at the top of your screen.

How to select your main goal on Fitbit

Fitbit offers the choice of five main goals – steps, distance, calories burned, active zone minutes and floors climbed. To choose the one you want to concentrate on, tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Tap on your Fitbit tracker > Scroll down to ‘Main Goal’.

Note that floors climbed will only be an option on the Fitbit trackers featuring an altimeter.

How to manually sync your Fitbit

To force your Fitbit activity tracker to sync, click on the Account tab in the top left corner of the Today tab > Tap on your activity tracker > Scroll down until you see ‘Sync Now’. You will also see All-Day Sync above it, which if you turn on ensures your Fitbit syncs automatically.

If you are still struggling to get your Fitbit to sync, try turning Bluetooth on and off on your smartphone, and you can try closing the Fitbit app and reopening it too.

How to Set Reminders to Move on Fitbit

To ensure you take 250 steps each hour between certain times in the day, click on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Tap on your activity tracker > Scroll down to ‘Reminders to Move’. From here, set a start time, end time and which days you want the reminders.

You can choose anywhere between five and 14 consecutive hours in a day.

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How to see how well you slept on Fitbit

Most Fitbit trackers automatically monitor sleep if you wear them to bed. To see the data collected scroll down to the sleep section on the Today tab.

Like the other metrics, you’ll see a history if you tap on the sleep section and a further tap on a particular day will pull up a sleep graph, as well as your Sleep Score with more information. You can also swipe across on the top graph to see other statistics.

How to change your sleep goal and set a sleep schedule on Fitbit 

Tap on the sleep section within the Today tab > Tap the settings cog in the top right of the screen. You can then change your time asleep goal, as well as set a bedtime reminder and a target sleep schedule. You can also choose whether you want to receive sleep insights or not.

To remove the Time Asleep Goal and target Sleep Schedule altogether, tap on the three dots in the top right corner when on that screen.

How to manually add a sleep log on Fitbit

Tap the ‘+’ on the right of the sleep section in the Today tab > Tap on ‘Add Sleep Log’ or ‘Begin Sleep Now’.

How to manually delete a sleep log on Fitbit

Click on the sleep section in the Today tab > Tap on the sleep log you want to delete > Tap on the three dots in the top right-hand corner > Delete Sleep Log.

How to add or edit a period cycle on Fitbit

Click on the female health tracking section in the Today tab > Tap and hold on the respective date you want to log your period starting or ending > Drag the pink bar to present the length of your period.

How to add symptoms to female health tracking

You can add various systems to the female health tracking element of the Fitbit app, such as headaches, cramps, fluids, flow intensity and sex. To log a symptom, click on the female health tracking section in the Today tab > Tap on the ‘+’ in the bottom right where it says ‘Log Details’ > Click on the symptom you want to log > Tap ‘Save’ in the top right corner.

How to add or edit your period and cycle length

Click on the female health tracking section in the Today tab > Tap on the settings cog in the top right corner > Add your period length and cycle length.

How to see your cycle trends on Fitbit

Click on the female health tracking section in the Today tab > Tap on the Trends tab at the top > View a breakdown of your average period length, average estimated ovulation and average cycle length. You’ll also be able to see the cycles you’ve logged.

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Fitbit app Account tips and tricks

How to change your Fitbit profile picture

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Click on your name. From here, you can change profile picture and cover picture by tapping on the camera icon on either.

How to change your Fitbit profile information

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Click on your name > Tap on ‘Personal’. From here you can change your display name, birthday, height and weight, as well as add a location and add an about you section.

How to manage privacy settings on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Scroll down to Social & Sharing > Privacy. From here, you can close what personal information is available to your Fitbit friends, or publicly available.

You’ll also be able to change the privacy settings of various 30-day graphs including calorie intake, sleep graph, steps and distance graph and weight graph. 

How to see your Fitbit badges

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Tap on your name > Tap on ‘Badges and Trophies’. Clicking on each badge will show you when you last earned it and allow you to share it.

How to see all your Fitbit badge and trophy collection 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Tap on your name > Tap on ‘Badges and Trophies’ > Select ‘Badge Collection’ or ‘Trophy Collection’. Tapping on either will show you all your achievements and again, you can click on each one to see when you earned it and share it.

How to make your Fitbit more accurate 

Make sure your profile information is accurate and that the app knows which wrist you’re wearing your Fitbit on. Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Click on your activity tracker > Select which wrist you’re wearing your tracker on – Dominant or Non-Dominant.

How to change your activity goals on Fitbit

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Daily Activity > Change your step goal, distance goal, calories burned goal, active minutes goal, floors climbed goal and hourly activity goal. Again, as we mentioned above, floors climbed will only be available on devices with an altimeter.

How to set an exercise goal on Fitbit 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Exercise > Choose the number of days a week you are aiming to exercise for.

How to set a sleep goal on Fitbit 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Sleep > Choose a ‘Time Asleep’ and a ‘Sleep Schedule’ goal. This can also be accessed through the sleep section of the Today tab, as we mentioned previously.

How to set a weight goal on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Nutrition & Weight > Select your overall goal, such as lose weight or maintain weight, as well as your goal weight, start date and starting weight.

How to set a goal body fat percentage on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Nutrition & Weight > Scroll down to ‘Goal Body Fat Percentage’ > Choose your goal. Fitbit offers you an indication of what a normal range would be based on your gender, but you can choose whatever you want to aim for.

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How to remove weight and body fat goals altogether from Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Nutrition & Weight > Tap the three dots in the top right hand corner > Choose to remove the weight goal or the body fat goal, or both.

How to set a custom heart rate zone on Fitbit

Not all Fitbit trackers have heart rate monitors, but for the ones that do, it is possible to set a custom zone. Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Heart Health > Tap on ‘Heart Rate Zones’ > Toggle on the ‘Custom Zone’ > Set an upper limit and a lower limit.

You can also set a custom max heart rate here.

How to setup High and Low Heart Rate notifications

Some Fitbit devices will notify you if they detect a high or low heart rate that is outside of your normal threshold when you have been inactive for 10 minutes. You can use thresholds based on your age, or you can set a custom high or low heart rate. 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Heart Health > High & Low Heart Rate > Toggle on of off the High and low heart rate notifications > Choose custom under high or low to set a custom heart rate and override the default.  

How to change the metric units your Fitbit registers your activity in

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > App Settings > Units > Choose between centimetres and kilometres or feet and miles, kilograms, pounds or stone, ounces or millilitres and metres or yard for swimming. It’s worth noting that only the Flex 2, Inspire trackers, Charge 3, 4 and 5, Luxe, Versa trackers, Ionic and Sense are swim proof.

How to change your Fitbit’s sleep tracking sensitivity

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Sleep > Select ‘Sleep Sensitivity’ > Choose between normal and sensitive.

How to change which day your Fitbit starts the week on

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > App Settings > Tap on the ‘Start Week On’ > Choose between Sunday or Monday.

Which apps are compatible with Fitbit?

There are several apps that will link up to Fitbit, including MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers, Strava, MapMyRun and RunKeeper. To find out all the compatible apps, tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Third Party Apps > Compatible Apps. It will take you to the Fitbit website page that lists them all.

To manage the third party apps you’ve granted access to, tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Third Party Apps > Manage 3rd Party Apps.

How to change your email or password on Fitbit

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Account Settings > Change Email or Password.

How to manage the devices with Fitbit Account Access 

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Account Settings > Authorized Devices > Click on device you want to revoke access for.

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Fitbit app Discover and Community tips and tricks

How to set yourself a challenge on Fitbit

For a little extra motivation, tap the Discover tab at the bottom of your app screen > Select ‘Challenges & Adventures’ > Choose one of the challenges you want to take on. If you have the Fitbit Premium subscription, more challenges and adventures will appear.

How to set yourself an Adventure on Fitbit

For those after a tougher challenge, head to the Discover tab > Select ‘Challenges & Adventures’ > Choose from Adventure Races, which allows you to virtually race against your Fitbit friends or Solo Adventures that sees you challenge yourself.

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How to find Fitbit friends

Head to the Community tab at the bottom of the app screen > Click on the Friends tab at the top of the screen > Click on ‘Add Friends’ at the bottom or the icon in the top right corner > Search through your contacts, Facebook and email. To add a friend, tap the add button on the right once you have found them.

How to send a message to a Fitbit friend

Open the Community tab > Click on the friends tab at the top of the screen > Click on friend you want to message, cheer or taunt > Select what you want to do. You’ll also be able to see their top badges and a click on each badge will show you how many times they have earned it and when it was achieved.

How to see how you’re doing compared to your friends on Fitbit

To see the step leaderboard, head to the Community tab at the bottom of your screen > Click on the Friends tab at the top and you’ll be presented with how you are doing compared to your friends. It’s a rolling leaderboard so no slacking or you’ll be heading for the bottom.

How to see your Fitbit messages

To see all your messages from your Fitbit friends, head to the tray icon in the top right of the Today tab > Tap messages on the top bar.

How to see your Fitbit notifications

To see all your Fitbit notifications, head to the tray icon in the top right of the Today tab > Tap notifications on the top bar.

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Fitbit Charge 5 tips and tricks

How to see your statistics on Fitbit Charge 5

Double tap the display on the Fitbit Charge 5 and swipe up from the bottom. 

How to access quick settings on Fitbit Charge 5

Double tap the display on the Fitbit Charge 5 and swipe down from the top.

How to get back to the main screen or previous screen on Fitbit Charge 5

Swipe right to left on the Fitbit Charge 5’s display to go back to a previous screen. Keep swiping until you get to the screen you want.

How to see notifications on Fitbit Charge 5

Double tap on the Fitbit Charge 5 display and swipe right to left. Swipe up on the notifications icon to see your notifications.

How to set an alarm on Fitbit Charge 5

Double tap on the Fitbit Charge 5’s display, swipe right to left on the display until you get to Alarms. Tap to add a new alarm.

How to start an exercise on Fitbit Charge 5

Double tap on the Fitbit Charge 5’s display, swipe right to left on the display until you get to Exercise. Swipe up from the bottom to flick between the exercises. Tap on the exercise to start. If you swipe up from the bottom when the start icon appears, you can set a goal too.

How to start an EDA scan on the Fitbit Charge 5

Double tap on the Fitbit Charge 5’s display, swipe right to left and tap on the EDA scan tile. Tap to start and follow the on screen instructions.

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Fitbit Sense tips and tricks

How to access quick settings on the Fitbit Sense

Tap the button on the left of the display and swipe from left to right to access quick settings on the Fitbit Sense.

How to perform an EDA scan on the Fitbit Sense

Tap the button on the left of the display and swipe right to left across the display. Tap on EDA Scan and follow the instructions.

How to access notifications on the Fitbit Sense

Tap on the button on the left of the display and swipe down from the top of the screen to access notifications. Swipe from right to left on a notification to clear it.

How to access Alexa/Google Assistant on Fitbit Sense

Double push the button on the left of the display. You’ll see the Alexa icon here by default, though you can change this to be Google Assistant.

How to access music controls on the Fitbit Sense

Double push the button on the left of the display. You’ll see the music symbol here.

How to see your statistics on Fitbit Sense

Push the button on the left of the display and swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

How to perform an ECG on the Fitbit Sense

Push the button on the left of the display and swipe right to left on the screen. You’ll then need to swipe across until you see the ECG app.

Fitbit Luxe tips and tricks

How to see your statistics on Fitbit Luxe

Tap the display on the Fitbit Luxe and swipe up from the bottom. 

How to access quick settings on Fitbit Luxe

Tap the display on the Fitbit Luxe and swipe down from the top.

How to get back to the main screen or previous screen on Fitbit Luxe

Swipe right to left on the Fitbit Luxe’s display to go back to a previous screen. Keep swiping until you get to the screen you want.

How to see notifications on Fitbit Luxe

Tap on the Fitbit Luxe display and swipe right to left. Swipe up on the notifications icon to see your notifications.

How to set an alarm on Fitbit Luxe

Tap on the Fitbit Luxe display, swipe right to left on the display until you get to Alarms. Tap to add a new alarm.

How to start an exercise on Fitbit Luxe

Tap on the Fitbit Luxe display, swipe right to left on the display until you get to Exercise. Swipe up from the bottom to flick between the exercises. Tap on the exercise to start. If you swipe up from the bottom when the start icon appears, you can set a goal too.

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Fitbit Versa 2 tips and tricks

How to launch Amazon Alexa on Versa 2

Press and hold the side button on the Versa 2 to launch Alexa. You can then issue your voice command. It’s also possible to launch Alexa with a swipe down from the top of the Versa 2’s display, but you have to change this in the Versa 2’s settings as the default is for Alexa to launch with a press and hold of the side button.

How to change how Alexa is launched on the Versa 2

Swipe from right to left across on the Versa 2 home screen until you reach the page with the settings icon. Scroll down until you reach Left Button. Tap to change from Alexa to Fitbit Pay and vice versa.

How to turn Sleep Mode on or off on Versa 2

Swipe down from the top of the Versa 2’s display and tap on the quick settings icon, which is the icon on the right of the three that appear over the top of notifications. Tap the half moon to turn Sleep Mode on or off.

How to turn the Always On Display on or off on Versa 2

Swipe down from the top of the Versa 2’s display and tap on the quick settings icon, which is the icon on the right of the three that appear over the top of notifications. Tap the clock icon on the left to turn Always On Display on or off.

How to check notifications on Versa 2

Swipe down from the top of the screen. You can also manage some notifications options on Versa itself, swipe across to settings and head to notifications – here you can disable notifications during exercise or when you’re asleep.

Instantly access music controls on Versa 2

Swipe down from the top of the Versa 2’s display and tap on the music icon.

Connect Bluetooth headphones to your Versa 2

Head into Settings on your Versa 2 by swiping right to left from the home screen > Bluetooth and you can connect to a new device. Put the headphones in pairing mode and they will appear on your Versa 2. Select the headphones to pair them with Versa 2 and you’re done.

Setup a payment card in Wallet on Versa 2

To setup a card for Fitbit Pay, you need to head into the Fitbit smartphone app, then tap your profile icon in the top left followed by the Versa 2 under your name. You’ll see the option for Wallet in the grid of icons below. You can then add your payment card if it is compatible with Fitbit Pay.

How to pay using Versa 2

If you have a payment card setup, swipe down from the top of your Versa 2’s display to launch Fitbit Pay. You can then pay for anything up to £30 at a contactless card terminal.

Customise your Versa 2 display 

Swipe right to left to access apps and then press and hold an icon. You’ll then be able to drag to rearrange the icons, including moving them to different pages.

Add more apps to your Versa 2

If you want to add or remove apps from your Versa 2, head into the smartphone app and tap on your profile icon in the top left, then the Versa 2 under your name. You’ll see apps in the grid below. Tap this and you’ll see a list of all installed apps and those apps you can install in a separate tab.

How to change the pool length on your Versa 2

Swipe right to left on your Versa > tap Exercise > swipe across to Swim > tap the settings cog > change the pool length.

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Fitbit Inspire tips and tricks

How to check notifications on Fitbit Inspire

Swipe down from the top of the main display on the Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR and you’ll find any new notifications.

How to see different metrics on your Fitbit Inspire

Swipe up from bottom of the main display on the Fitbit Inspire or Inspire HR and most metrics that appear in the Fitbit app will appear here. You can also tap the bottom of the main display and the metrics will appear under the clock.

How to turn off notifications on the Inspire

Press and hold the button on the left of the display > scroll down to Notifications and tap to turn on or off.

How to return to a previous screen on the Inspire

Tap the button on the left of the Inspire or Inspire HR and you will be taken back to the previous screen on the display.

How to send the Inspire display to sleep

Press the button on the left of the Inspire or Inspire HR when on the main home display and the screen will go to sleep.

How to change the pool length for swim tracking on your Inspire HR

Swipe from top to bottom from the home screen > select Exercise > swipe down to Swim > swipe down to access pool length before hitting Swim > change length. You can also change the unit between metres and yards. This feature is not available for the Inspire.

How to set a specific goal for exercise on your Inspire HR

Some exercises allow you to set a distance, calories or time goal. Swipe from top to bottom from the main home screen > select Exercise > swipe down to the exercise you want to do and tap on it. If the Set Goal feature is available it will be below the start option. Tap on Set Goal and select which goal you want. This feature is not available on the Inspire.

How to change the clock on your Inspire

Head into the Fitbit app > tap the Inspire or Inspire HR icon in the top left of the app > tap on Clock Faces > tap on the All Clocks tab at the top and select a new clock or select Pick a New Clock on the My Clocks tab.  

For more information on Fitbit and its devices, visit our Fitbit hub for all news and reviews.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle. Originally published on .





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