Fitbit Won’t Hold Charge, It Keeps Draining So Fast: Let’s Fix It

If your Fitbit device won’t hold a charge for at least 5 days, there may be an issue that needs to be addressed. Typically, Fitbit Sense, Charge, Versa, Ace, Luxe, and Inspire have a battery life of around 5 days. This article offers useful suggestions to determine the underlying cause of your Fitbit’s power loss and rapid battery depletion.

If your Fitbit battery is draining quickly, there are several possible causes. These include having constant notifications enabled, having the alarm on, having too many items on the watch menu, having all-day sync enabled, or having the built-in GPS function active. If two or more of these causes are present, your Fitbit may require frequent charging. Click here for more information on how to charge different Fitbit watches.

The good news is that these issues can be fixed to get your Fitbit to keep charge for long unless it needs a battery replacement.

In this post, we will discuss some helpful tips to make your Fitbit last longer after a complete charge. We will delve into why the battery life drains or dies so fast and provide some useful fixes to help you optimize the device’s battery performance. Let’s get started!

All There’s to Know About Fitbit Battery Life

Before I explain why your Fitbit Ace, Charge, Inspire, Versa, Luxe, or Sense won’t hold charge here is a table representing all Fitbit watches with their battery lives on a single complete charge:

 Fitbit WatchBattery Life (On Smartwatch Mode)
1.Fitbit Ace 2, Fitbit Ace 3lasts up to 5 days.
2.Fitbit Charge 3, Charge 4, Charge 5lasts up to 7 days.
3.Fitbit Versa 2, Versa 3, Versa 4lasts up to 4 days.
4.Fitbit Inspire 2, Inspire 3,lasts up to 10 days.
5.Fitbit Sense and Sense 2lasts up to 6 days.
6.Fitbit Luxelasts up to 5 days.
7.Fitbit Ioniclasts up to 4 days.

It’s worth noting that the battery life of your Fitbit device is influenced by how you use it. If you’re experiencing issues where your Fitbit doesn’t hold charge for as long as indicated in the table provided, there may be some underlying problems.

7 Ways to Fix a Fitbit that’s Dying So Fast

In case you are in a hurry here is a table that summarizes the solutions to make fixing quick!

 Reasons Why Fitbit is DrainingHow to Fix the Problem
1.All-day sync might be on.Turn the all-day sync off
2.The GPS is on.The heart rate monitor is left on for long.
3.The screen display is set to maximum.Reduce the screen brightness.
4.The heart rate monitor is always on.Turn the heart rate monitor off – only turn it on when want to use it.
5.Too many notifications are ringing on your device.Disable unnecessary notifications.
6.Always-on display is on.Turn off the Always-On display setting.
7.You’ve set too many  alarmsReduce the number of your alarms to two.

Let’s now discuss the causes and solutions presented in the table above:

1. Turn off All-Day Sync on Fitbit

The all-day sync feature on your Fitbit ensures that it syncs with the Fitbit app on your paired phone automatically. However, both devices must be within 2 meters of each other for this feature to work. While transferring data from the Fitbit device to the app on your phone, the all-day sync feature consumes a lot of battery power. Turn off all-day sync on your Fitbit to prevent it from draining fast and to do so follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Fitbit app on your phone.
  2. Tap the Account icon.
  3. Select your Fitbit Device.
  4. Find the All-day Sync option and turn it off.

To improve the battery life of your Fitbit, it is recommended that you reduce the duration of all-day sync feature usage.

2. Turn Off GPS

GPS is another important feature you will find on Fitbit smartwatches and trackers. With this feature runners and cyclists can keep track of their routes.

A Fitbit may have built-in GPS or share the GPS of the paired phone. Like the all-day sync feature, the GPS feature consumes charge fast and it could be the reason Fitbit won’t hold charge for long.

With the GPS on, Fitbit battery life is reduced to hours (5 to 10 hours). For your Fitbit to keep charge consider turning off the GPS connection – turn it on only when it is essential.

3. Reduce the Brightness of the Screen

If the screen brightness on your Fitbit Sense or Versa is too high, it may cause a shorter battery life. Therefore, I would urge you to reduce the brightness of your Fitbit to save on battery runtime.

4. Turn off the Heart Rate Monitor

With the help of the heart rate monitor your Fitbit Charge 5 Sense 2, Versa, Luxe,  and Inspire will be able to track sleep, calories burned, HVR, and more. As significant as the heart rate sensor is it can drain battery on your Fitbit device.

I would recommend you turn off the heart rate monitor and only turn it on when necessary to improve the battery of your Fitbit device.

5. Disable Unnecessary Notifications

Notifications are crucial for many people to stay connected with family and friends. Fitbit understands this and ensures that you never miss a notification.

However, it’s important to note that frequent notifications can drain battery life. To avoid this, it’s recommended to limit the number of notifications received.

6. Turn off the Always-On Display

When the always-on display setting is on the screen on your Fitbit smartwatch or tracker stays active.

You only need the display on when using Fitbit so, this feature wasn’t necessary in the first place.

Like all the features mentioned the Always-On display also causes your Fitbit to dain charge and die fast.

Turn off the Always-On display setting and your Fitbit should last long after a complete charge.

7. Turn Off Alarm

You will get silent alarms on Fitbit Ace, Versa, Sense, Inspire, and Luxe. With the alarm, you’ll get out of bed and reach work or school on time.

Although the alarm on Fitbit doesn’t sound it vibrates and to vibrate the vibrator must be activated and to activate the vibrator power is used.

It’s advisable to limit the number of alarms set on your Fitbit to two or less in order to extend the battery life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why Does My Fitbit Need Charging So Often?

You keep charging your Fitbit because there are so many active notifications, the GPS is active, the always-on display is on, the all-day sync is active, or the screen is set to full brightness.

Final Thoughts

If your Fitbit is draining its battery quickly or not holding a charge, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s faulty. This is often caused by multiple functions running at the same time. By following the tips and recommendations in this post, you can help your Fitbit hold its charge for longer periods of time.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Fitbit Won’t Hold Charge, It Keeps Draining So Fast: Let’s Fix It”

  1. my Fitbit watch is so frustrating! it keeps going into the technicolor and then needs to be recharged at least every night!! why is this happening??

  2. This is the most annoying watch I have ever had! I would think twice before buying another! Why does the main screen go into a colorful screen and then it has to be charged every 24 hours?!?


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