Fitbit Heart Rate (Everything You Need to Know!)

Your Fitbit device, whether it’s a Charge, Inspire, Luxe, Sense, or Versa, offers a range of tracking features, one of which is the heart rate. In this guide, I will provide all the information you need to know about the Fitbit heartbeat, including how it’s measured, the readings you should focus on, accuracy, and what causes heightened readings. I will also explain how to turn on heart rate tracking if it is currently turned off. So, without delay, let’s get started!

How Does the Fitbit HR Feature Work?

All trackers, except Ace 2 and Ace 3, have HR tracking features. If you’re curious about how this feature works, let me explain. Fitbit uses green lights to measure your heart rate every minute. When the light shines on your skin, some of it is absorbed by the blood. By measuring the rise and fall of light absorption by the blood, the tracker can determine your heart rate or the number of heartbeats per minute. To see these lights, you can turn your watch upside down and observe them flash. However, some users have reported the watch may not always track their heart rate accurately. But what could be the reason for this issue?

Why Won’t Fitbit Track Your Heart Rate?

If you’re wearing a Fitbit, it should begin tracking your heart rate immediately. However, if it doesn’t, there are various reasons why this might be the case. One possibility is that the heart rate tracking feature is disabled. To start monitoring your heart rate, you’ll need to enable the heart rate tracking feature. Here is how to fix a Fitbit that won’t track your heart rate!

How Do You Turn on Heart Rate Tracking on Fitbit?

Activating heart rate tracking is a straightforward process. You can follow these simple steps to activate heart rate tracking on your Versa Watch:

1. Go to the control center on your watch

2. Find and tap on settings

3. Scroll down and find the heart rate option

4. If the heart rate option is off, tap on it once to activate it

To activate heart rate tracking on your Fitbit Charge, follow these steps:

1. Swipe right from the clock face to find the settings

2. Tap on settings

3. Scroll down and find the heart rate option

4. If the heart rate shows as off, tap on it once to turn it on

Is Fitbit Heart Rate Accurate?

Fitbit Charge, Inspire, Luxe, Sense, and Versa watches can track your heart rate while you exercise or rest. 

However, it is important to note that these watches are not verified medical tools, and therefore, the heart rate readings they provide should not be solely relied upon. 

In addition, the heart rate results provided by Fitbit watches may not be completely accurate, which is why verified tools for measuring heart rate are preferred. 

Nonetheless, you can still use the heart rate data provided by Fitbit devices to get an idea of your heart health, as they typically have an average percentage error window of 10%.

Can a Fitbit Give a False Heart Rate?

Fitbit provides you with readings that can give you an idea about your heart health. However, these results are not always accurate and can be misleading. Therefore, I suggest that you do not rely entirely on Fitbit for your heart rate readings. Instead, it’s best to consult a medical professional who can check your heart rate with certified medical equipment and provide unbiased results.

False heart rate readings may occur due to several reasons, including the device slipping off and the band detaching. A quick and simple restart may fix any malfunction.

Why is My Fitbit HR So High?

Many factors can influence the readings so, if you see high heart rate readings on your device, it could be due to emotions, improper breathing caused by poor body positioning, or engaging in fitness and other physical activities. Moreover, if your watch shows that your heart rate is very high, it could be because you are under the influence of something such as drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.

Can Fitbit Detect Heart Problems?

Fitbit watches, such as the Charge 5, Charge 6, Versa 3, Sense 2, and Versa 4, come with an Afib monitoring feature. This feature detects irregular heart rhythms and alerts you if you are experiencing or developing a heart problem. If Fitbit detects irregular heartbeat, it sends an alert. You can then consult your doctor for a proper medical checkup.

What Should My Heart Rate Be On Fitbit?

Mayo Clinic recommends your heart rate as an adult should range from 60 to 100 bpm (beats per minute). Therefore, ensure that your Fitbit results fall within this range.

Final Thoughts

Not all Fitbit watches can track your heart rate, but most do. Ace 2 and Ace 3 are designed for kids and do not track heart rate. On the other hand, models like Charge, Inspire, Luxe, Sense, and Versa have the heart rate tracking feature. These watches can automatically track your heart rate as soon as they detect a pulse, so there’s no need to manually turn the feature on or off. It’s important to note that while Fitbit HR readings can give you an idea of your heart health, they are not 100% accurate. For accurate results, consult your doctor or use a verified HR monitor.

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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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