Can You Wear Fitbit on the Ankle? (Question Answered!)

Fitbit smartwatches and trackers will track activities accurately provided they are worn the right way on the wrist. You might have seen users wearing the band on the Ankle and wondered whether it is right. So, can you wear Fitbit on the ankle?

Fitbit says their smartwatches and trackers are made for the wrist however, with the help of the ankle band accessory you will wear Fitbit Versa, Luxe, Charge, and Sense on the ankle and keep track of your steps, distances, and heart rate.

Step counts are still accurate when tracked from the ankle but the heart rate data is far from being accurate. So I wouldn’t encourage you to wear Fitbit on the ankle to track heart rate, SpO2, and ECG among other metrics.

You should also know this, your warranty is not valid when the Fitbit gets accidentally damaged while on the ankle.

Can You Wear Fitbit Somewhere Other than Wrist?

It’s obvious, Fitbits are meant for the wrist but away from that, they can be worn as ankle bands, bracelets, necklaces or pendants, and scarf. Here is a post that leaves 5 alternative ways to wear Fitbit.

Can I Wear My Fitbit on My Ankle to Sleep?

If you wear Fitbit on the ankle and go to bed the data collected won’t match the one collected from the wrist. That means, with Fitbit on the ankle you won’t get accurate sleep report the coming morning. Therefore, I wouldn’t encourage you to wear Fitbit on the ankle to track sleep.

When Should You Wear Fitbit on the Ankle?

Fitbit designed their trackers and smartwatches to be worn on the wrist and not the ankle or anywhere else. However, with an ankle band, I recommend wearing Fitbit if:

1. You are Pushing Your Baby In a Stroller

Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers hardly count steps when your hands are on a stroller because arm movements are not detected. In this kind of situation, I would suggest you wear Fitbit on the ankle with an ankle band to keep tracking your steps while pushing your baby around in a stroller. With the legs moving, the Fitbit device on your ankle will detect motion and automatically start to calculate steps.

2. Tracking Indoor Cycling

As you cycle both of your hands stay still and the upper part of your body barely moves therefore, putting on Fitbit on the ankle in this scenario would make sense.

While cycling with Fitbit you collect heart rate data however, the data doesn’t always match the one collected from the wrist.

3. Your Fitbit Lacks a Heart Rate Sensor

Yes, we have Fitbit activity trackers that don’t have a heart rate sensor, e.g. Fitbit Alta and Fitbit Ace.

These trackers can be worn on the ankle to count steps without worrying about the heart rate report (they don’t track heart rate in the first place).

We also have a tracker like the Fitbit Inspire which lets you turn off the heart rate feature. So if you have a Fitbit Inspire and only want to track steps and distances consider turning off the heart rate and wear the watch on your ankle.  

4. You are a Nurse

Nurses are not allowed to wear Fitbit or anything on the wrist when working because it is against the health code.

The best solution will be to put Fitbit on the ankle with an ankle band accessory to keep counting steps.

Why Should You Put Fitbit on the Ankle?

I must admit, wearing Fitbit on the ankle is also advantageous and the common advantage is mentioned below:

1. You Get to Count Your Steps Accurately

Fitbits are said to give accurate step count data when worn on the ankle. So, try this if you spend much time pushing your baby’s stroller, doing stationary biking, or if you are a nurse or cook on duty.

Why Shouldn’t  You Wear Fitbit on Ankle

1. You Get Inaccurate Sleep Results

Fitbit smartwatches and activity trackers use your heart rate and movements to determine sleep patterns.

With the tracker worn on the ankle, you won’t be collecting accurate heart rate data and that means your sleep report wouldn’t be accurate. Here’s my advice, wear Fitbit on your ankle during the day to track steps and on the wrist during the night to track sleep accurately.

2. You Can’t View Stats

The Fitbit device will be inside the ankle band when you wear it on the ankle therefore, you won’t be view quick stats, for example, your current heart rate, steps, calories burned, battery level, and time.

3. You Get Inaccurate Heart Rate Readings

Only wear Fitbit on the ankle to monitor steps and not the heart rate. Unlike on the wrist, Fitbit collects inaccurate heart rate information on the ankle. To get accurate heart rate readings wear your Fitbit on the wrist and not on the ankle.

4. You May End Up Damaging Fitbit

Fitbit is at a high risk of getting damaged when you wear it on the ankle and run, cycle, or walk. You may accidentally hit the tracker against something rigid and end up scratching the display or making the display fail to touch again. To keep your Fitbit safe, I would recommend you only wear it on the wrist.

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Jashon Kanaiza

I’m Jashon Kanaiza, a lover of life, books, gadgets, and coffee. I spend hours testing, researching, reviewing, and troubleshooting wearable tech by an array of brands. My goal with JayFinity is to help you push your wearable to its limit. From tips to how-to guides to reviews, you deserve the best wearable information – without a paywall behind it.

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