What is Fitbit, How It Works, What It Can Do, etc.

Fitbit is a smartwatch that displays the time and tracks various health and fitness data. It is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle by providing vital information such as heart rate, sleep patterns, calories burned, steps taken, distance covered, and more. In this guide, you will find a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about Fitbit.

Can I Get Fitbit for Free?

If you want a Fitbit but don’t want to spend money, there are ways to obtain one for free. Here is a guide listing ways to get a Fitbit without paying anything. This is great news for anyone who wants to track their fitness but might not have the financial resources to buy a Fitbit.

How Can I Tell Which Fitbit I Have

If you own a Fitbit watch or tracker but are uncertain about the model, you can search for “Fitbit Watches” using your browser and browse through the images. The image that matches your device is the one you have. For more information on identifying your model, check out this post.

Where Should You Place It?

These Watches are made for the wrist. However, some accessories will let you wear Fitbit on the ankle, arm, and waist.

In addition, some accessories allow cyclists to loop their Fitbits around their bicycle handlebars. When wearing the device, it is important to ensure that the fit is comfortable.

Over-tightening the band may result in wrist pain, but there is no evidence to suggest that wearing the watch can cause cancer.

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How Does It Work?

There are several Fitbit models and all come with variable features hence the difference in price points.

The key feature on all the available models is a pedometer. On the watch, you will find a 3-axis accelerometer responsible for movement tracking.

The 3-axis accelerometer collects data and converts it into digital signals to calculate physical activities and steps taken. The watches also feature GPS sensors that monitor the distances traveled and routes used.

To track your sleep during the night, the watch will use your heart rate data and movements. declares you’ve fallen asleep when you have reduced movements. Turning and tossing will make watch assume you are awake.

On the tracker, you can also log calories and monitor your daily meals. That way you will know how many calories you’ve taken in and burned throughout the day.

In addition, the watch will remind you it is time to get up and start working out when it detects you haven’t been moving.

Adding Personal Data

For you to track activities with the watch you need to create a Fitbit account. The information you’ll use includes your age, gender, weight, and height. Click to learn how Fitbit works to track various activities.

How to Set It Up

To monitor workout and fitness data you need to pair with your iPhone or Android phone.

The pairing process is easy and becomes faster if you owned a Fitbit in the past and already have an account.

Nevertheless, follow these steps to successfully set up your watch.

Step 1: Download the Fitbit app from Google Play or Apple Store.

Step 2: Log into your account. Create an account if you don’t have one.

Step 3: Select the Device you want to set up with the app.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap I Accept.

Step 5: Connect your Watch to the Charger.

Step 6: Enter the four-digit code displayed on the watch in the app and tap Next.

Step 7: Choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the Wi-Fi password to connect.

Step 8: Proceed with the onscreen prompts to complete the setup.

What Can You Do With a Fitbit?

There’s much you can do on a Fitbit watch. In addition to tracking your health and fitness, the watch lets you receive and reject calls, send personalized text messages, monitor your swimming, control Spotify music and podcasts, download watch faces, set alarms, add your preferred exercises, and much more.

Problems You May Encounter on Fitbit

After a few years of service, your Fitbit may fail to charge, count steps, track sleep, and touch, or the bands may start to detach. Let’s discuss these problems and solutions.

1. Touchscreen Not Working

The screen may stop working because there is a system glitch. The best way to fix a display that won’t work as a result of a glitch is to restart it.

To restart press and hold the button on the side for 10 seconds until the Fitbit logo appears.

2. Not Charging

Fitbit won’t charge because the charger is dead, the charging contacts on the watch are dirty, or the charging port is destroyed.

Therefore, you need to buy a new Fitbit charger if the old one is dead, clean the dirty charging contacts, or use a different charging port or power source.

3. Not Counting Steps

If your Fitbit was tracking steps and then all of a sudden it stopped counting steps it could be because Fitbit Firmware is obsolete. For that, you need to update your Fitbit OS so that it begins tracking steps.

4. Not Tracking Sleep

Fitbit is having problems tracking your sleep because the sensors are covered or an update is required. Clean the sensors if they are dirty or update your watch if a new firmware update is available.

5. The Band Keeps Detaching

The bands on your Fitbit keep falling off because the buckle tongue is broken or flattening. You need a new wristband!

Fitbit Tips and Tricks

There is more you can do with these watches other than read time, calculate calories, count steps, and monitor sleep.

I encourage you to read the full post I have on Fitbit tips and tricks to find out what more you can do with the tracker.

DND on Fitbit

DND means “Do Not Disturb”. When the DND mode is turned on vibrations and sounds are muted when notifications arrive. Find time and read the post I created to explain DNDon Fitbit.

Devices/Operating Systems that Work With Fitbit

We have two major operating systems compatible with these watches. These operating systems include iOS and Androids.

Examples of iOS devices the tracker works with include iPhones and iPads whereas examples of Android devices Fitbit work with include Google Pixels and Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Best Choices

Fitbit manufactures trackers and smartwatches for people of all ages and genders. Check out my comprehensive guide to the top Fitbits available.

1. Best for Kids

The two best trackers you can buy for your little son or daughter are Ace 2 and Ace 3. With either of the trackers, your child will be able to track steps, sleep, distance traveled, and more.

Unfortunately, the watch does not have a SpO2 or heart rate sensor. These watches are water resistant hence your child can swim with them. When charged the watch can last for up to 5 days.

2. Best for Women

I would recommend Sense and Luxe to women. Apart from tracking the heart rate, sleep, calories burned, steps, and swimming Sense and Luxe will let women track their menstrual cycle.

On Sense, you will play music and pay cashless. On Luxe you won’t be able to play music and make cashless payments. Both Luxe and Sense are water resistant and hence can be worn in the pool or shower.

3. Best for Seniors

One of the best Fitbits I would recommend for seniors is the Sense 2. The watch offers a clear and clean display. With the watch, seniors can keep track of their heart rate, sleep, calories burned, steps, and swimming (thanks to the 5ATM water resistance). After a full charge, Sense can last for up to 6+ days.

4. Best for Men

If you are a man looking to buy a smartwatch I would suggest you buy the Fitbit Versa 4 smartwatch. With the watch, you monitor your heart rate, sleep, temperature, swimming, and much more. A complete charge can last the Versa 4 smartwatch for 5 to 6 days.

Fitbit Alternatives

Fitbit is not the only company making these kinds of watches. We also have companies like Garmin Watches, Apple Watches, Samsung Galaxy Watches, BellaBeat, Whoop, Oura Ring, Mobvoi TicWatch, and many more making the same kinds of watches. You can read more on Fitbit alternatives here.

Fitbit Premium

What is It?

It is a paid service developed to help users achieve their personalized fitness goals. Learn more about Fitbit Premium.

Is It Worth It?

Although you don’t need Fitbit Premium, those who use it enjoy value-added features like the guided programs and detailed sleep score.

On the Premium account, you will access an array of tailored workout routines and programs with advanced insights into your physical activity.

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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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