Fitbit Date and Time is Wrong: Let’s Fix It!

Fitbit is not only designed to track health and fitness activities but also to display the time. To view the time, simply wake up the display of your watch. Unfortunately, some users have reported their Fitbit displaying the wrong time and are wondering why. There are several reasons why your Fitbit date and time is wrong.

One common reason is that your Fitbit is not synced with your phone. This causes it to fall behind or ahead of the correct date and time. To resolve this, try to sync your Fitbit with your phone. When done the date and time should automatically get updated to current.

In this guide, I will show you how to fix a Fitbit that displays the wrong date and time without forgetting to disclose the likely reasons for it. So, without further ado, let’s dive into our discussion.

How to Fix a Fitbit that’s Showing the Wrong Date and Time

1. Try to Sync Your Fitbit With the Phone

When the time on your Fitbit is incorrect, the most common explanation is that your phone and watch have failed to sync. Most of the information on your watch is a reflection of your paired phone, and time is one of them; likely, the two devices haven’t synced yet.

To ensure you get the correct date and time, try to sync your Fitbit and phone. To sync your Fitbit with your phone, do the following:

  1. Make sure your phone’s Bluetooth is active, and your Fitbit is on.
  2. Bring your Fitbit and phone close to each other.
  3. On your phone, open the Fitbit app.
  4. Tap on the Today tab.
  5. Tap on your profile picture/icon to open account settings.
  6. Select your Fitbit Device.
  7. Tap on Sync Now.

Alternatively, open the Fitbit app > tap on Today > tap, hold, and pull the screen downwards, then let go of the screen. This action refreshes the app and manually syncs your phone with your Fitbit. This corrects the time and updates other data on the watch.

2. Try to Set Your Fitbit to the Correct Time Zone

Another likely reason why the date and time on your Fitbit isn’t accurate is that you have entered a different time zone.

To get your Fitbit to start displaying the correct date and time, you’ll need to set it to the correct time zone if you are outside your usual time zone. To change a Fitbit to a different time zone, follow the steps presented below:

  1. Your Fitbit and phone must be close to each other.
  2. Open the Fitbit app on your paired phone.
  3. Tap on Today.
  4. Tap on your profile picture or icon to open your account settings.
  5. Select your Fitbit and then Fitbit Settings.
  6. Tap app settings.
  7. Turn off Automatic Time Zone if it is on.
  8. Tap on Select Time Zone.
  9. Select the Time Zone you are currently in.
  10. Now sync your device, and the time should update to the current.

3. Try to Restart Your Fitbit

Fitbit can develop system errors or glitches, which can cause various problems, and displaying the date and wrong time is one of them.

A simple system restart on your Fitbit device can fix the problem and get the device to start showing the correct information.

Restarting Fitbit is so easy; the majority of the Fitbit models can be restarted by pressing and holding the side button until the screen goes black, and the Fitbit logo appears.

Now, wait for the watch to restart, and then check if the date and time have changed to what’s correct.

4. Reset Your Fitbit

Although it is rare, the troubleshooting ideas outlined in this guide may fail, and your Fitbit may still show the wrong date and time.

If your Fitbit still shows the wrong date and time after restarting, syncing with the phone, and updating your time zone, the best and final solution is to reset it.

Most users who have tried this solution confirm that it not only fixes the time but also the date. Follow the simple steps outlined below to reset your Fitbit.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Fitbit Device.
  2. Under Setting, swipe down to find the About option and tap to open it.
  3. Scroll down to find the Factory Reset option and tap on it.
  4. Tap on Reset and then let your watch reset.
  5. Once the watch is reset, the date and time should automatically update once you set up the watch and sync it with the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Can I Reset My Fitbit to the Correct Time?

Factory resetting your Fitbit most of the time forces it to correct the date and time. You can reset most Fitbit watches in the following way: open the control center > tap on settings > scroll down to find and tap on About > scroll down to find and tap on the factory reset option > tap on the reset button > give your Fitbit time to complete the reset process. That’s it! Resetting your Fitbit to the correct time is as easy as that.

2. Why Won’t My Fitbit Show the Right Time?

There are several reasons why your Fitbit may show incorrect time, including Fitbit failing to sync with your phone, a glitch developing on Fitbit, entering a different time zone, and more. Fortunately, most of these causes, as shown in this post, can be fixed to correct the time on Fitbit.

Final Thoughts

Fitbit is a watch known for health and fitness tracking. However, some people complain that the date and time information it provides are sometimes wrong. Fortunately, any Fitbit watch that displays the wrong date and time can be fixed, and this simple guide offers you the four best ways to do so. I hope this helped you fix things on your smartwatch or fitness tracker.

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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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