Fitbit GPS: Everything There’s to Know About GPS On Fitbit

GPS is yet another amazing feature you will find on Fitbit. Fortunately, most Fitbit watches and trackers feature the GPS function.

Before we go any further, you need to know that GPS on a Fitbit watch can either be built-in or connected. Built-in GPS on Fitbit, as the name suggests, refers to the GPS sensor built into the Fitbit watch, whereas Connected GPS or Shared GPS refers to Fitbit sharing the GPS of your connected phone.

I prefer watches with built-in GPS because they don’t depend on the phone for GPS signals and they show routes, paces, and distances in real-time. Additionally, if you are on the hunt for a watch with the best GPS, I would suggest looking at the latest Fitbit Sense 2.

What’s the Purpose of GPS on Fitbit?

It’s simple: the GPS on your watch tracks your actual location on the map and the distances covered while traveling. Additionally, with the function, your Fitbit can calculate your pace and other stats.

The great thing is that the GPS feature is easy to use. However, if you don’t know how to use it, I’ll be happy to show you later in this guide.

How Accurate is Fitbit GPS?

Unlike some data collected, the route, pace, and distance information collected by the GPS on Fitbit is accurate most of the time, thanks to the GPS satellites.

How Do You Increase Fitbit GPS Accuracy?

Increasing the accuracy is an easy task, and you can achieve it by syncing your Fitbit watch with the Fitbit app on a daily basis. Not only does syncing regularly enhance the accuracy, but it also reduces the time required by Fitbit’s built-in GPS sensor to connect with satellites.

How Do I Know Fitbit Has Found a GPS Signal?

Knowing whether Fitbit has found a GPS signal is very easy. Once Fitbit detects the signals from satellites it will vibrate to alert you.

How Do You Make Fitbit Detect GPS Signals Fast?

Getting Fitbit to detect the signals quickly is easy. To make the watch detect GPS signals fast, exercise in open spaces and try to avoid areas covered with trees and tall buildings.

How Do I Use the GPS Feature on My Fitbit?

If You’re Using the Built-in GPS Here Are The Requirements

Firstly, ensure that your watch has enough charge. Preferably, make sure that the battery level is at 80% as recommended by Fitbit. This is because the sensors tend to consume the charge on the Fitbit a little faster.

Next, go outdoors and connect to the GPS. Tap on the Play icon and make sure that the connection is stable before you start moving.

If you are using your Fitbit device, make sure you sync it regularly with the Fitbit app on your smartphone. I advocate for this practice because it helps reduce the time taken by the Fitbit sensors to connect with the satellites.

Make sure you’ve allowed the app to access your phone’s location. Additionally, confirm you’ve turned on GPS for exercises that cover physical distances.

If You’re Using the Connected or Shared GPS Here Are The Requirements

Go outdoors, establish a GPS connection, and then start moving. While doing so, make sure that your Fitbit device syncs with the Fitbit app on your phone. Additionally, confirm that the Fitbit app can access your phone’s location information and that your iPhone or Android phone is within 30 feet of your Fitbit.

Can I Use Fitbit GPS Indoors?

The straightforward answer to the question is no. Suppose you use the function while indoors, your device will not receive signals because the roof blocks the skies where the satellites are located. It’s important to keep in mind that the satellites are located in the skies, and for your Fitbit to receive good signals from them, you must be on open ground.

How Do I Fix My Fitbit GPS?: Try The Following Fixes

The GPS feature is interesting; however, it may fail to work according to some users. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, consider the following troubleshooting ideas:

1. Allow Your Fitbit Time

The function is likely fine; it’s just that you didn’t allow enough time for Fitbit to connect with the satellites the first time. To get the GPS to work again, give your Fitbit enough time (about 5 minutes) to establish a connection with the GPS satellites.

2. Switch Off Wi-Fi On Your Phone

If you have a Fitbit that operates on connected GPS, such as Fitbit Charge 6, Charge 2, Charge 3, Inspire 2, Inspire 3, Versa 2, Versa 3, Luxe, etc., try turning off Wi-Fi on your paired phone. According to Fitbit, Wi-Fi signals interfere with GPS signals when on at the same time.

3. Try to Bring Your Fitbit Close to the Phone

Your Fitbit must be close to your phone for the function to work. Therefore, it is likely that your Fitbit is not in range with your smartphone. To get the feature Fitbit to work, you need to bring it close to your smartphone (Fitbit recommends that your tracker is within 30 feet) – so bring your watch and phone close.

4. Check Your Phone’s Bluetooth Connection – It Might be Off

It’s obvious, but I must say it – Bluetooth must be active for your watch to communicate with your phone.

So, go to the settings on your phone and check if Bluetooth is active. If Bluetooth on your iPhone or Android is off, turn it back on, and the GPS on your watch should start to work.

5. Reduce the Time Fitbit Takes to Connect to GPS Satellites

You can easily adjust the time taken by Fitbit to connect to the satellites by holding your hand parallel to your body near your head.

When connected, make sure the distance between you and Fitbit is 2 inches, and start your workout.

Fitbit should now connect fast since the time taken to connect to the satellites is reduced. Click here for more on how to fix the GPS on Fitbit.

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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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