How to Sync Fitbit with a Phone (5 Quick and Easy Steps!)

Summary: To sync Fitbit, open the Fitbit app on your phone > Tap the Today tab > Tap your Profile Picture > Select your Fitbit’s Image > Tap Sync Now.  Alternatively, open the Fitbit app on your phone > Tap the Today tab > Hold and Pull Down the screen to reload: data is forced manually synced as the page refreshes.

In most cases, the data collected by Fitbit is automatically shared with the Fitbit app on your phone through synchronization so, manually syncing Fitbit is not necessary.

However, there may be instances where you doubt whether your data has been synced correctly, which may require you to manually sync Fitbit with your phone.

Fortunately, syncing your Fitbit with the Fitbit app on an iPhone or Android is easy and does not take up much time.

In this guide, I will outline 5 steps that will help you manually sync your Fitbit with the Fitbit app.

5 Simple Steps That Will Get Your Fitbit to Sync With an Android or iPhone

Syncing is the only way you can send the data collected by your Fitbit to your Fitbit account. Manually syncing Fitbit is a choice because after downloading the Fitbit app and setting it up with the Fitbit Watch data automatically syncs throughout the day.

Apart from manually syncing Fitbit because you doubt it has not synced, you may want to force Fitbit to sync to meet a Fitbit Challenge that is about to end.

Below are steps that show you how to manually or forcefully sync Fitbit with your Android or iPhone:

  • Step 1: Go to the App Menu on your iPhone or Android phone, find the Fitbit Health and Fitness App, and tap on it.
  • Step 2: Tap on the Today tab.
  • Step 3: Tap on your Profile Picture in the top left corner to open your Account

Settings page.

  • Step 4: Select the Device Image that represents your Fitbit Watch.
  • Step 5: Tap on the Sync Now button and your Fitbit will sync the data.

As your Fitbit smartwatch or activity tracker syncs a progress bar shows. The entire syncing process takes less time – less than 30 seconds.

Before You Sync Fitbit Consider The Following:

Consideration 1: Since data is transferred from the Fitbit device to the app via Bluetooth you need to make sure the Bluetooth connection on your iPhone is active.

Consideration 2: Your phone and Fitbit Watch need to be in range so, the second thing you need to do is bring your Fitbit close to your phone.

Have a Fitbit That Won’t Sync? Here’s Why It Won’t Sync and How to Fix It!

Unfortunately, Fitbit may fail to sync even after following all the steps I have shared. This could be due to various reasons, most of which can be fixed. However, why won’t Fitbit sync with the Fitbit app on your phone?

The reason for the syncing issue could be that your Fitbit device and smartphone are not in range, the Bluetooth connection on your iPhone or Android phone is turned off, your phone or Fitbit device has a system glitch, or the Fitbit device and app need to be updated.

Fortunately, the aforementioned causes can be addressed, and as a result, the Fitbit syncing problem can be fixed. Below are the possible fixes for the syncing issue.

1. Turn On Bluetooth on Your Phone

 For Fitbit to share the collected data with the Fitbit app, the Fitbit app must be on.

Therefore, chances are that your Fitbit Sense, Versa, Charge, Inspire, or Luxe is not syncing with the Fitbit Health and Fitness app because the Bluetooth connection is off.

To force your Fitbit to sync you will need to go to settings on your paired iPhone or Android phone and turn Bluetooth on if it is off.

Once Bluetooth on your phone is back on, open the Fitbit Heath and Fitness app and retry to sync data using the 5 simple steps outlined in this guide.

2. Bring Your Fitbit Device and Phone Close

Another possible likely reason your Fitbit won’t sync is because the distance between it and the phone is too much.

Remember, the connection the two devices use to transfer data is Bluetooth and for Bluetooth to work the two devices must be in range.

Therefore, if your Fitbit and phone are close consider bringing them close and once they are close consider forcing a sync or manually syncing – use the simplified steps outlined above.

3. Try to Restart Your Fitbit and Phone

Something as simple as a system glitch might be the reason why your Fitbit won’t sync data. Therefore, it is likely your Fitbit or phone has a system glitch.

A system glitch or error on your Fitbit and phone can be fixed with a simple system restart.

To system restart your iPhone (iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro) press the volume (+) button twice,  press the volume (-) twice, and then press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds and you will see the Apple logo. Quickly release the power button and let your phone restart.

If you have an Android phone just press and hold the power button, and the power off slider and restart slider will appear – swipe the restart slider to the right to restart your Android phone.

After restarting your phone, restart your Fitbit too. Here is a guide that focuses on how to restart Fitbit Watches.

4. Update Your Fitbit Device and App

Fitbit may develop syncing issues or even fail to sync because its firmware needs to be updated or the Fitbit app needs to be updated.

Am sure you already know how to update the Fitbit app: search for the Fitbit app on Apple Store or Google Play Store and tap update.

On the other hand, updating Fitbit is easy and I would like to refer you to a guide that outlines steps for updating 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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